Buddhism & Australia
7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
1-3 February, 2018
Perth, Western Australia
Venue: Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley Campus
Address: 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley
Building 17, room 103
Thursday, 1 February 2018
9.30- 10.00 - Check in
10.00-10.30 - Welcoming Speeches
- Ven. Vaartnou, Head of Buddhism & Australia
- Professor Clive Barstow, Dean of Arts & Humanities, Edith Cowan University
- Mr Peter Stuart, Consul of Mongolia
- Ven. Vaartnou, Head of Buddhism & Australia
- ’Ivolga monastery in Buryatia
11.00 Group photos
- Ashin KETU, State Pariyatti Sasan University, Myanmar
- ‘Pariyatti Education in Myanmar’
- Dr. Ian Cook, Murdoch University, Perth WA
- 'The Buddhist Doctrine of Skilful Means and Buddhism in Australia'
- Dr. Nadeesha Gunawardana, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
- ‘Pre Buddhist religious beliefs in Sri Lanka’
14.00-14.30 Coffee break
- Ven. Galkande Dhammananda, University of Kelaniya
- 'Theory of Dependent origination and Social Healing approach towards post conflict reconciliation'
- Dr. Bandana Baruah, Cotton University, India
- ‘Buddhism in Ancient Assam, India - A Study’
- Ven. Badanta Vi Suu Dha, Perth WA
- ’Propagation of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar by Mahasi Sasana Yeikthar ’
Friday, 2 February 2018
9.30am - 10.00am Check in
10.00am - 11.30am Presentations
- Ven. Wen'en Yan, Mahidol University
- 'Theravada Buddhism and Tea in Blang Minority Ethnic Identification: A Case Study of Laoman’e Hill Village in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan'
- Dr H.H.N.S. Hewawasan, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
- 'Buddhist Revival in the 19th century in Sri Lanka'
- Dr Nadeesha Gunawardhana & Dr. D.K. Manathunga, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
- 'The role of Mahinda thēro introducing the Buddhism in Sri Lanka'
11.30am - 12.30pm Lunch
12.30pm - 2.00pm Presentations
- Dr Patricia Sherwood, Notre Dame University, WA
- ‘Buddhist psychotherapy: healing addictions.’
- Dr Sudharmawathei Semasinghe
- 'Rituals and Ceremonies on Sacred Tooth Relic'
- Dr Mainu Devi, Diphu Govt. College, India
- ‘Impact of Buddhism on Biodiversity Conservation in Arunachal Pradesh’
2.00pm - 2.30pm Coffee break
2.30pm - 4.00pm Presentations
- Marju Broder, Estonian Nyingma
- ’Lubsan Sandan Tsydenov and the abbot of Kumbum’
- Ven. Shakya Priya Barua, Australia
- ‘The Significance of Buddhagaya’
- Will Pascoe, Perth WA
- ‘Anatta and the experience of Reality’
Saturday, 3 February 2018
Case study ‘Let’s Have a Look at WA Buddhist Life!’ – speakers only
- Organizing Chair Marju Broder:
- tel. +61 0 405549923
Call for Essays on Buddhism
Those who have prepared for certain big task and who are able to put some sort of idea on certain topics, we have a proposal to compose an essay which needs to create a bridge back to the Buddha. Anyone, from any country, is free to apply. Selected essays will be published on the conference website.
- Buddha for every home
- Buddha versus Jesus
- Who reads the teachings of the dead Buddha
- Buddhism is in the way of economy
- Buddhist monks - people with weak vitality and mentality
- Buddhist cosmology and contemporary astronomy and astrophysics are not brothers
- Virtual reality as the modern day Nirvana
- Could Buddha turn on a computer?
- Is virtual reality beyond our reality or not?
- The essay should be at least 800 words and not over 2300 words.
- All essays must be absolutely original and in your own words.
- Images are encouraged. You are free to use images but they must be copyright-free.
- Submissions are accepted only in Microsoft Word documents (doc or docx).
- The cover page of your essay must contain your complete details such as your full name, phone number and email.
- The essay must be written in English.
Back in Berkeley
Two people from Buddhism & Australia, Vello Vaartnou and Marju Broder represented Australia at the UC Berkeley PNC conference that was held on 16-18 August, 2016 in Los Angeles.
The PNC was founded at the University of California, Berkeley and it encourages scholars, academic institutions, and universities to collaborate and exchange their academic resources and research expertise.
It is really wonderful, that Western Australia which is usually known for the mining boom, was represented by two people who deal with the academic aspect of Buddhism on international level. Until today, Western Australian universities do not have Buddhist studies at all.
Prof. Emeritus Lewis Lancaster from UC Berkeley was the key speaker of the first International Conference Buddhism & Australia was very satisfied with the conference, academic presentations and organizational work. He considered that it is necessary to establish connection between Perth and UC Berkeley
Already in 2012, Vello Vaartnou represented Australia at the UC Berkeley and introduced his century project, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia to the international audience. Last year, Australia was represented by Marju Broder at the Berkeley PNC conference at the University of Macau, where the projects of Buddhism & Australia were discussed.
Two research papers on Buddhist history was presented at the PNC 2016 in Los Angeles this year. Vello Vaartnou research introduced Buryat Buddhist history( Samdan Tsydenov, Bidja Dandaron and the Abbot of Kumbum) and Marju Broder talked about Karl Tonisson, the father of Estonian Buddhism and his connections with Buryatia and Asian countries.
Guru mandala thanka made by Vello Vaartnou was presented to UC Berkeley and Prof. Lancaster
5th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
"Lets have a look at WA Buddhist life"
Presentation of Buddhism & Australia Projects at the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium 2015 Conference
Projects associated with Buddhism & Australia were presented at the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) 2015 Annual Conference and Joint Meeting at the University of Macau last month as part of the special Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) workshops hosted by UC Berkeley. Co-organized by Academia Sinica (Taiwan), UC Berkeley (USA), and the University of Macau, the main theme of the conference, which ran from 27–29 September, was “Taking Private Data into the Public Domain.”
Held since 1993, the PNC has been committed to enhancing digital research and interaction among researchers, educators, and professionals around the Pacific Rim nations. Its importance and contribution have been widely recognized by academic and scientific communities around the world. This year’s conference hosted speakers from such institutions at Harvard, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiwan Chengyi University, Academia Sinica, and the Russian Academy of Sciences, with a total of 157 speakers from 15 different countries being represented.
The ECAI forum was chaired by Professor Lewis Lancaster of UC Berkeley, and workshops included several Buddhist-related issues, such as ancient texts, Buddhist information mapping, new interpretations on historical cultures, maritime Buddhist history, Southeast Asian maritime history, and cultural data management.
Buddhism & Australia is an annual academic conference organized by the Estonian Nyingma foundation in Perth. Both were founded and are currently managed by Buddhist monk-scholar Vello Vaartnou. Buddhism & Australia has been hosted in various prestigious academic institutions in Western Australia since 2012. The conferences are held to unite scholars and Buddhists, provide an effective way for people to study Buddhism, and engage with Buddhist concepts.
Marju Broder, the organizing chair for the conferences and one of the presenters during the 2015 PNC conference, stated: “Estonia Nyingma is dedicated to developing Buddhist studies in Western Australia and building effective and long-lasting partnerships with Chinese Buddhists and scientists through projects such as the Buddhism & Australia academic conferences and the online Chinese Buddhism Encyclopedia.” The next Buddhism & Australia conference will be held in February 2016, marking 10 years of successfully running Estonian Nyingma Buddhist conferences.
At this year’s PNC conference, three speakers represented Australia from Buddhism & Australia Inc and introduced Estonian Nyingma’s history, current goals, and two ongoing projects.
The second of these, the bilingual online Chinese Buddhism Encyclopedia (English to Chinese), has now grown to 45,000 articles in English and contains some 300,000 cross-linked terms, illustrations, and 5 dictionaries. Vello Vaartnou, the project’s author, emphasizes that technology should be used to popularize Buddhism in China, which is considered important due to having the largest population of Buddhists in the world. China’s increasing global influence means that the country has great potential to preserve and develop the Buddhist tradition, influencing the course of development for Buddhism in a positive way.
Buddhism & Australia Association
Buddhism & Australia is a non-for-profit organisation, founded by Venerable Vello Vaartnou (Lama 万道). The organisation deals with variety of international Buddhism projects with main emphasis on academic and international collaboration.
The Buddhism & Australia Association is known for hosting annual academic international conferences since 2006, with the coming conference to be held 18-20 February, 2016 in Perth. The idea of Buddhism & Australia conferences is to unite the work of Australian and international academics, monastics and lay Buddhist and provide a platform for co-operation on different projects and aspects related to Buddhism.
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The idea of "Buddhism & Australia" conferences is to unite the work of Australian and international academics, monastics and lay Buddhist and provide a platform for co-operation on different projects and aspects related to Buddhism.
In Asian countries we can speak of 2600 years of Buddhist history. In Australia Buddhism is like a seed, it is still young and growing rapidly, becoming more popular amongst Australians. A seed needs water and nutrients to grow. We can say that the Buddhist seed in Australia is in a very fertile earth. But much work and effort is needed for the seed grow into a mature tree.
Australia symbolizes the movement of 21th century globalization. Almost all nationalities and Buddhist traditions are represented in Australia, which creates a unique opportunity and time for Buddhism and Buddhist to develop new ideas and Dharma activates.
“Buddhism & Australia” conferences are organized with the best intentions to further develop Buddhism in Australia and to engage with Buddhist from overseas.
The author and main organizer of international conference "Buddhism & Australia" is Vello Vaartnou, the Head of Estonian Nyingma and IC Buddhism & Australia, who has been annually organizing international Buddhist conferences in Europe since 2007. The first conference “Buddhism & Nordland” was organized in Estonia, which was focused on the history of Buddhism in Northern Europe. The conference was a huge success, uniting scholars and Buddhists from the Nordic countries and attracting visitors from as far as Mongolia, India and China.
When Vello Vaartnou moved to Australia in 2010, he decided to continue the tradition of organizing annual meetings for academics and monastics to discuss and work on different Buddhist aspects and topics. The first Buddhism & Australia conference was held in February 2012.