Friday October 2nd the WBU will be holding a conference on the global financial crisis and Buddhism. It’s an all day event, and you need to reserve a spot efore 20th September if you wich to attend. Received information is as follows:
THE WORLD BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHISM and the WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS To be organized in Conjunction with the Nationwide Celebration of the 96th Birthday Anniversary of the Benevolent Sangharaja, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Thailand
2 October 2552/2009
At the Headquarters of the Fellowship of Buddhists
in Benjasiri Park, Sukumvit 24, Klongteoy, Bangkok, Thailand.
Key Host : The World Buddhist University
Co – Host : Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
Office of National Buddhism
The World Fellowship of Buddhists
Mahamakutr Buddhist University
An economic and financial crisis has engulfed the world. Banks have collapsed, stock prices have slumped and there has been an unprecedented decline in economic activity. The crisis began in 2007, in the wake of widespread financial and real estate failures in the United States of America (U.S.A.). These failures affected financial institutions and markets world wide and led to international financial instability, trade imbalances, unstable exchange rates, and several local and regional economic crises. By late 2551/2008 the crisis spread throughout the world. Many governments responded with massive financial support measures, but the crisis continued to spread. Consequently, large numbers of workers have been laid off all over the world.
As the crisis has become a major world problem that needs to be solved, several world and regional summit conferences have been called to discuss solutions and find ways out of the crisis. Many see this crisis as an opportunity for reviewing financial regulations and re-structuring the global economy. But solutions are complicated by the depth of the crisis, the lack of strong global institutions and by overlapping crisis in the environment, natural resources and global trade.
From the point of view of Buddhist Philosophy, all things arise by their own volition, even the economic crisis is no exception, and the extinction of their condition is the extinction of them all. Therefore, a ‘causation’ based view and knowledge is needed to guide the way out of the problems. Mindful of this concept, The World Buddhist University will organize an international conference on Buddhism and the world economic crisis with the objective as follow.
Objectives of the Conference
► To promote Buddha Dhamma as a guide for living a peaceful life as individuals and as societies, in the face of the world economic crisis.
► To discuss and identify Buddhist knowledge, experiences, techniques and methods to be used as a guideline for determining solutions to universal problems, including those caused by the world economic crisis.
► To provide opportunities to Buddhist scholars, Buddha Dhamma devotees and learners, to exchange their views, knowledge and experiences of Buddhism and an economic crisis, as well as to find alternate measures for enhancement of the crisis.
This conference will be conducted using a framework designed as follow
· Opening ceremony will presided over by an honorary invited guest
· Keynote lecture will be presented by the well-known Buddhist scholar
who has an in-depth insight of Buddhism and economics.
· Group discussion will be conducted, dividing into small groups to
discuss various topics as scheduled.
· Conclusion will be drawn, from the outputs of each group, to be compiled
into a summary report of the conference
Schedule and Programmes
|Thursday 1st October 2552/2009|
Arrival of Participants, for the Whole Day
|Friday 2nd October 2552/2009|
|07.30 – 08.30 hours||Breakfast|
|08.45 hours||All participants to take seats in the conference room|
|08.50 hours||Buddha Puja & Pay homage to the Triple Gem|
|09.00 – 09.10 hours||Opening Addressby H.E. Phan Wannamethee, President of the World Fellowship
|09.10 – 09.20 hours||Welcome speech delivery by Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, chairman of the World Buddhist University Council|
|09.20 – 10.15 hours||Keynote Lecture on “Buddhism Toward New Century” by Prof. Richard Gombrich from Oxford University|
|10.15 – 10.30 hours||Coffee / Tea Break|
|10.30 – 11.15 hours||Keynote address on Benevolent Sangharaja, SomdetPhra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of
Thailand by Ven. Dr. Phra Anil Man Sakya
|11.15 – 12.00 hours||Keynote Lecture : “Buddhism and World Economic Crisis” by Prof. Dr. Apichai Puntasen|
|12.00 – 13.00 hours||Lunch Break|
|13.00 – 14.30 hours
|Presentation and Group Discussion Group 1 – Buddhism and Financial Crisis
Group 2 – Buddhism and Unemployment
Group 3 – Buddhism and Consumerism
Group 4 – Buddhism and Sufficient Economy
|14.30 – 14.45 hours||Coffee / Tea Break|
|14.45 – 16.30 hours||Presentation , Discussion and Conclusion|
|18.00 – 19.00 hours||Dinner|
|Rapportuer : Dr. Chris A StanfordMC. through out the whole day : Assist. Prof. Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat|
Meeting Room, the World Buddhist University, 3rd floor, WFB Headquarters Bldg., in Benjasiri Park, Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Time : 12.00-13.30 pm. All are welcome to join the programme free of charge. For more information, please call 02-258-0369 to -0373, fax 02-258-0372, or see www.wb-university.org.
The WBU shares the same building with the WFB (World Fellowship of Buddhists), and can be found by our maps below. It is on the third floor. The WBU is open most office hours, and the building can be entered from the rear of the building from the Soi. The front gate that faces the park is generally locked, but there is access to walk through to the rear.
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