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Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies

The ongoing encounter between Buddhism and contemporary Western societies has already a lasting mark on both parties, as happens in any open dialogue. Arriving in the “West”, Buddhism has been confronted with the values of European enlightenment and human rights, articulated within the paradigms of Judeo-Christian culture. Buddhism has often been described as a kind of philosophy and lifestyle. Buddhist voices have joined discussions of secular values, Buddhist-inspired mindfulness practices are penetrating therapeutic fields, while Buddhist communities have gained followers attracted to what they see as a more rational and “less religious” religion. Yet Buddhism clearly comprises an immensely diverse system of beliefs and practices that are themselves in the process of vast internal changes in response to new social realities.

To explore these dialogical processes, this International and Interdisciplinary Conference “Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies” brings together 20 scholars of Buddhism and senior Buddhist teachers from the three mainstream traditions of Buddhism, i.e., Theravāda, East Asian (including Zen), and Tibetan Buddhism. They will address such questions as: What can Buddhist thought and practice contribute to today’s world? How, and how much, can or should Buddhism adapt in order to make those contributions in new contexts? What, if any, must be considered to be core teachings or practices that cannot be subject to revision or adaptation? What strategies have Buddhist communities developed to protect core teachings while responding to rapidly changing technological, social and material conditions?

Please note that the conference will be held in English.
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Please note that we cannot issue any visa letters.

The registration of the BDCS conference, which will take place from June 20-22, 2018 at the University of Hamburg, is carried out by Universität Hamburg Marketing GmbH, who operates on behalf of Universität Hamburg, Akademie der Weltreligionen.

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