Symposium on transnational Buddhism begins

By Bodhi Correspondent

Kathmandu, March 25. The symposium on transnational Buddhism: Philosophical, anthropological and historical perspective, organized by Ranjjung Yeshe Institute (RYI) began today in the capital.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the founder of the RYI said that along with being  proud of Nepali as citizen of the country where there is Mount Everest and where the Buddha was born, we should also concentrate on the teachings of the Buddha for peace and harmony in the country.

He stressed on need of following simple path of sila (conduct), samadhi (concentration) and prajna (wisdom) to understand the teachings of the Buddha.

Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, the Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University (KU) said the teaching of the Buddha spread all over the when there was no media and no social media because people understood the value of this teaching even those days.

And Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, the dean of Arts in Kathmandu University explained how KU and RYI agreement to conduct academic courses on Buddhist studies.

A memorandum between the KU and the RYI was signed for five more years of cooperation in the same programme.

Presenting Keynote Speaker John Dunne stressed on relation between science and Buddhism.

Ana Cristina O. Lopes talked about Buddhism in the Lab: Mind & Life Dialogues as Cultural Translation. Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel unleashed his experience about Compassion: The Buddha, His Dharma and How It Came to Tibet .

 

And William Waldron talked about Indian Buddhist Perspectives on the Scientific Study of Meditation, explaining what scientists might learn from their Buddhist subjects. Similarly, Karin Meyers talked about cross-cultural philosophy, modern science, and traditional Buddhist worldviews. At the end, Klaus-Dieter Mathes explained Madhyamaka in the light of quantum Physics, from a modern interpretative comparison of dependent origination with quantum interconnectedness.