WBU Forum July 2008

Programme:            WBU Sunday Forum
Topic:                        “Hinayana Buddhism in Practice Today
Date & Time:           July 6, B.E. 2551 ( 2008 ) 12:00-13:30 p.m.
Speaker:                    Dr Ravindra Kumar

About the speaker
Dr. Ravindra Kumar is an eminent writer, thinker, scholar, political-scientist, peace-worker and educationist having more than 100 works on great personalities of the Indian Sub-continent including Gautama Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi and on various social, religious, political, historical, educational and cultural issues to his credit. Some of his well-known works include Morality and Ethics in Public Life, Theory and Practice of Gandhian Non-Violence, Religion and World Peace, Non-violence and Its Philosophy, Five Thousand Years of Indian Culture, Mahatma Gandhi at the Close of Twentieth Century, Mahatma Gandhi in the Beginning of Twenty-First Century, Towards Buddha, Towards Peace, Five Thousand Years’ History of Jammu-Kashmir, Civilization: Its Fundamentals and Evolution, Gandhian Thoughts: New World, New Dimensions etc.
Universally renowned Indologist and the Former Vice-Chancellor of the CCS University of Meerut, India, Dr. Ravindra Kumar has been associated with a number of national and international academic, cultural, educational, social and peace organizations and institutions. He has visited many countries of the world as a Visiting Professor and Scholar and has delivered more than 400 lectures around the world on subject related to Asian values, civilization, culture and history, cooperation, Gandhism, human rights, Indian way of life, international understanding, and world peace. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Peace International Journal. Between 1993 and 2007, he has organized many national and international seminars at various places on Religion and Politics, Morality and Ethics, Education, Peace and Development, Non-Violence and Democracy, Hunan Rights, and Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi. Besides, Shan-i-Kaum, Ambassador of Peace, Shantidoot, Sardar Patel National Award, Master of Wisdom and other honours, Padma Shri was awarded to Dr. Ravindra Kumar by H. E. the President of India for his noteworthy services.
Contact address: Phone; 0091-121-2645551, 4010831; Mobile: 9319090160,

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12 Responses to WBU Forum July 2008

  1. Owen says:

    I have been recommending a book called “My Stroke of Insight – a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey” by Jill Bolte Taylor and also a TEDTalk Dr. Taylor gave on the TED dot com site. And you don’t have to take my word for it – Dr. Taylor was named Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People, the New York Times wrote about her and her book is a NYTimes Bestseller), and Oprah did not 4 interviews with her.

  2. Cittasamvaro says:

    Our Little Bangkok Sangha have been looking at this topic. We are planning to do a ‘movie day’ on JBT based on the TED piece. It is a bit short to do on its own so we are thinking to combine it with another video that raises similar questions – probably Douglas Harding. I am not sure the WBU would go for this topic – they mostly look to known speakers to propose and present topics related to Buddhism. Besides, we have a more informal atmosphere when on our movie days, and no time restraints. I think JBT raises some very interesting questions, not least the relationship between the brian and spiritual experiences.
    So far we have not set a date.

  3. Prajapati says:

    It is indeed a great attempt in which such type of initiative is being taken by the WBU and a scholar like Dr. Ravindra Kumar is being invited to speak. Please keep it up.

  4. Suchitha says:

    I know Dr. Ravindra Kumar as one of the leading scholars in South and Southeast Asia; he is renowned peace leader and an ardent believer of universalism. It would be better if he is invited by your forum to deliver a series of lectures on subject like this and enlighten the generation of the day.

  5. Chris Stanford says:

    I seriously question how a person who describes himself as ‘a leading scholar of Buddhism…peace worker (i.e., non-sectarian)…educationist….’, etc., could refer, in the 21st century, to any school of Buddhist thought and practice as, “Hinayana”.

    This is a seriously derogatory term first introduced by Mahayanists to, in their minds at least, differentiate their ‘Maha-(=Great) practice from the other Hina- (=lesser) Buddhist practitioners. They wanted to show how ‘Maha’ they were in relation to other Buddhist practitioners in the first and second centuries CE.

    No school would willing describe themselves as ‘Hinayana’. Why should anyone else?

  6. Suchith says:

    ‘Hinayana’ is just a word, it becomes derogatory if you make it so in your mind. I am a believer that there is no need to look at in an oppressor / oppressed mindset.

    I’ve studied about Buddhism in my life without ever considering any negativity associated. So lets not ruffle feathers needlessly.

  7. Chris Stanford says:

    In its original usage, the term ‘Hinayana’ was coined by the Mahayana team (never used by Theravadans or other early Buddhist schools themselves) as a polemic term in their literature to denigrate the non-Mahayanists. The term was intended to differentiate ‘us’ from ‘them’; us big guys (‘Maha’, and by implication, of greater value) from them, the not so big guys (‘Hina’, of lesser value. and to be avoided).

    By any linguistic definition, the term is negative and pejorative; certainly to be avoided (right speech!) when other, more respectful terms are available (i.e., Nikaya, Theravada).

    [BTW, ‘Suchith’, by what name would you be more broadly recognized?]

  8. Cittasamvaro says:

    Greater Vehicle‘ … ‘Lesser Vehicle‘ … All Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense!

    As a Hinayanist, I was never bothered by the term. Since we have not vowed to postpone our final enlightenment until all living beings have reached nibbana, the vehicle, or ‘load’ as it is sometimes translated, is a lighter (lesser) one.

    While it is not very P.C. to use ‘Hinayana’ I suspect that in the academic circles of India the term is used liberally and without bias.

  9. Suchith says:

    Dear Chris,

    You can identify me as ‘Suchith Abeyewickreme’
    Can contact me at suchith@hotmail.com


  10. Clause J says:

    Great news! Please get it add to google!!

  11. Suchitha says:

    Eagerly waiting to have a look at the text of Dr. Kumar’s speech. Could you add it to the google!

  12. Cittasamvaro says:

    I don’t have a copy of the speech sorry. I can ask at the WBU on Sunday at this months forum.

    Were you at U Jotika’s talk Suchith ? I did not notice you there.

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