The Institute of Oriental Philosophy

IOP Holds the Symposium:
 “The Possibility of Buddhism for the Future of Humankind” in Oxford

The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS), a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford that was founded in 2004, conducts a wide range of research including studies of Early Buddhist Manuscripts as well as Buddhist theories and practices.

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and OCBS signed an academic exchange agreement in 2012 and co-organized a symposium entitled, “The Possibility of Buddhism for the Future of Humankind” in March 2014 as part of the IOP’s annual conference. At the symposium, Prof. F. Gombrich, Founder-President of OCBS, and Dr. Suren Rāghavan, Senior Fellow of OCBS, delivered their speeches. Since then, IOP and OCBS have been fostering their relationship through the exchange of journals and research papers.

On April 6 and 7, 2016, IOP and OCBS held a second symposium and discussion on the aforementioned theme. In his greetings, Prof. Gombrich expressed his expectations for the symposium to contribute to finding solutions to some of the issues facing humanity.

The following are the presenters and the titles of their speeches:

Session 1
・“Voices of Freedom: Friendship, trust and liberation in the poems of the early Buddhist nuns” by Dr. Sarah Shaw, Research Fellow at OCBS
・“Women's Roles and a World Without Nuclear Weapons” by Dr. Toshie Kurihara, Senior Research Fellow of IOP

Session 2
・“Mindfulness Meditation and Social Change: from Therapy to Wisdom and Ethics” by  Mr. Mark Leonard at OCBS
・“Natural Disasters and Buddhist Organizations' Activities” by Dr. Katsuaki Onishi, Research Fellow at IOP

Session 3
・“A Reflection on the Practice of Compassion in the Theravada Buddhist Meditation Traditions” by Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, Research Fellow at OCBS
・“Medical Ethics and Buddhism―The issues of death with dignity and the vegetablestate” by Dr. Yoichi Kawada, Director of IOP

Organizer: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies
Venue: Wolfson College, University of Oxford (UK)
Date: April 6 and 7, 2016

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