The 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Call for Papers
26-28 February, 2015 Perth, Western Australia
The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia.
The conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasian region and will be held on 26-28 February, 2015 at the University of Western Australia, in Perth.
The conference is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their recent and latest researches and to complete each other by revealing different aspects and materials on Buddhism; to consider future directions of Buddhism so that Buddhist education continues to be responsive to the needs of learners in changing times across diverse contexts.
The organizers are open to proposals for contributions on Buddhist history, philosophy, texts as well for proposals on any related theme.
Special focus for Buddhism & Australia 2015: Buddhist Symbols and Symbolism
All Buddhists, scholars and members of the general public interested in Buddhism are invited to present their papers in this coming conference. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
Where: Trinity College Conference Centre, University of Western Australia Address: 230 Hampden Rd, Crawley WA 6009 Timeline: 9.30am - Check in 10.00am – 4.00pm Presentations
* Documentary "Light on the Lotus Hill" on Friday, 27 February, 2015 Author: Chan Chow Wah, Singapore. * Free Taichi session on Saturday, 28 February,2015 8.30am – 9.30am by Taichi Zone specialists for all participants
* Re-Examination - The Modernization of Buddhism Ven. Dr. Chang Qing , Buddhist College of Singapore * The Significance of Eight Traditional Buddhist Auspicious Signs in Day to Day Rite Dr. Tsetan Namgyal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India * Symbolism of the Lotus in The Lotus Sutra: A Study of the Dharmata (實相) Prof. Cheming Yang , National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan * Jhānas and the First stage of Sainthood: A Survey of Pāli Canon and Commentarial Literature Ven. Amrita Nanda, The University of Hong Kong, China * Buddhist Symbols, the Becon Lights to Nibbana Ven. Dr.Bhikkhu Bodhipala, Bodhi Dharma International Meditation Centre, India * Is that Buddhism Scientific? Dr. Mingshu Liu, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China * Why is Guan Yin not Wearing Channel? Mr. Chan Chow Wah, Independent scholar, Singapore * Importance of Education for Preservation of Buddhist Culture Ven. Bhikkhu Sunandapriya, Dhaka University, Bangladesh * Buddhism as a Religion of Universal Appeal and Communal Harmony : Exploring the Impact on Socio-Cultural Fabric of Punjab Dr. Mohammad Idris Lourey, Department of History, Punjabi University * Representation of Buddhism in Select Indian English Poetry Mr. Mahendra M, Central University of Karnataka, India * Buddhist Symbolism in Australian Verse: A Comparative Study of Randolph Stow, Robert Gray and Judith Beveridge Dr John Charles Ryan, Edith Cowan University, Australia * Youth-oriented Buddhist guidance literature in Burma Ms. Mee Mee Zaw, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia * Gardens of Empty Nothing – The Zen Garden Master Mujyo Williams, Jizo-an Zen Centre Perth, Australia * Theories of Buddhist Socialism Giac Chinh – Liem Duc Tran,Van Hanh Buddhist University, Vietnam * Dhamma cakka: An Important Symbol of Buddhism Prof. Dr. Bela Bhattacharya, The University of Calcutta, India * Dialogue between Tibetan Buddhism and Feminism in Buddhist Women’s Lives Sharin Shajahan Naomi, PhD candidate, Murdoch University, Australia * A Buddhist View on World Peace Theravada Myanmar Buddhist Society * How Taichi can benefit modern day Australia Henri L., Taiji Australia *13 principles of Taichi Sam Sujatna, Perth Taichi Academy * Non-Duality in ancient traditions and modern practice Will Pascoe * Essence, key principles and concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Paula Zeng - Taichi Zone * Taiji Quan - martial art or opposite to martial art? James Strider - Core Fitness * Philosophy in contemporary Chinese politics and its roots in history. Ryan McDermott - Western Australia China Centre
Where: Trinity College Conference Centre, University of Western Australia Address:230 Hampden Rd, Crawley WA 6009 Timeline:9.30am -Check in 10.00am – 4.00pm Presentations
A New Chairperson for International Conferences Buddhism & Australia.
At the opening ceremony of the 3rd conference on 6th February, 2014, the author and main organizer of the International Conference Buddhism & Australia, Vello Vaartnou, announced officially that he will hand over the responsibility for the conference to Marju Broder.
Vaartnou said that he is involved totally in his online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia project, which takes all his time. Broder has been the organising secretary for the Buddhism & Australia conferences in Perth and for the Buddhism & Nordland conferences in Europe since 2007. Her duties will include Calling For Papers, correspondence and all organizing for the Buddhism & Australia conferences.
Call for Quarterly Submissions
The main function of the international conferences "Buddhism & Australia " is to provide a platform for academics and monastic scholars and lay Buddhists to present academic presentations. Traditionally all the presentations of our conferences have been published on the website, making them available for larger public.
Now Buddhism & Australia website provides an opportunity for people from around the globe to present their ideas,research findings and knowledge about Buddhism as text submissions, which will be published on our website.
Academic articles related to Buddhism, e.g., literature, history, philosophy, art, psychology, education, science, society etc., are welcome.
Complete articles should include the title, an abstract, references and contain min 4 pages. An author`s CV (max of 2 pages) should be added to the article.
The articles shouldn’t be published earlier. Copyright of all accepted works will transfer to the Buddhism & Australia,that will include articles in on-line databases, possible books or elsewhere for academic distribution. Articles are expected in English.
The articles will be published quarterly. Deadlines for submissions are:
April 1, 2014
June 1, 2014
September 1, 2014
January 1, 2015
The submissions will be approved by Vello Vaartnou, the Head of Estonian Nyingma and Buddhism & Australia.
The choice of topic and handling of the material will be the criteria in assessment of papers.
In each period the board will note three outstanding articles. The author of the best article will have the possibility to participate in the next conference for free (no registration /participation fee).
We welcome all scholars, Buddhist monks and everyone to share their thoughts, knowledge, ideas and opinions about all matters related to Buddhism.
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.