Thimphu [Bhutan]Oct. 3 (ANI): The Fourth International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism with the theme “The Modernity of Buddhism” is held in Thimpu, Bhutan, Zhichenkhar.
The Center for Bhutan and GNH Studies (CBS) and the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan are organizing this conference in close collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), India.
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The conference which began on October 1 will end on Tuesday. Leading practitioners, teachers, scientific researchers, academics and independent scholars debate the central theme of this four-day conference.
The keynote address was delivered by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering. A delegation of 17 CIB members is participating in the Conference. Members of the delegation include experts in Vajrayana Buddhism. The delegation is led by Ven. Dr. Dhammapiya, Secretary General, IBC.
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The Conference brings together around 400 participants, including 250 internationals representing 26 countries. A CBS press release said the modernity of Buddhism is another way of saying that most ideas about Buddhism can be explored as being of timeless relevance or saying that it is not antiquated.
The overall theme of the conference allowed for various contributions through papers, panel discussions and hands-on workshops. Speakers discussed how Vajrayana Buddhism has developed across time and geographic regions and how its philosophy and practices can actively contribute to global well-being and transformation as the world emerges from the pandemic.
The lecture examines the ways in which Vajrayana Buddhism continues to creatively adapt to the modern world.
Some of the articles focused on connectedness, compassion and social engagement in Buddhism; Learning “how to be” for a truly sustainable civilization: Rediscovering the Buddhist virtues of contentment with the joy of “just being”; Mindfulness as the foundation of the Buddhist path and a way to connect ancient wisdom and modern psychology; Global Adaptations and Evolutionary Forms of Vajrayana Buddhism in the West; Redefining Values and Priorities in a Frantic World: The Power of Buddhist Reflections on Life, Growth, Aging, Death, and Beyond, and Women and Yoginis in Buddhism. These are just a few of many areas of presentations and discussions at the Bhutan Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism. (ANI)
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