The 6th Biannual International Conference on "Buddhist Meditation: Texts, Tradition and Practice", Mumbai, India

The 6th Biannual International Conference On Buddhist Meditation: Texts, Tradition and Practice was jointly organized by K.J Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, Indian Council For Cultural Relations (Government of India, New Delhi), Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Vietname Buddhist University (Hanoi Vietnam), Departments of Philosophy & Pali (University of Mumbai) from the 3rd of September to the 5th of September 2010, at the 4th Floor, SIMSR, Somaiya Campus, Mumbai, India.

Inaugural Session Programme 3rd Semptember 2010

9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Registration
9.30 a.m. to 9.37 a.m. Campus Prayer and Buddhist Prayer Staff of K.J.S.C.B.S.
9.37 a.m. Lighting the Lamp Dignitaries
Sanskrit Invocation Dr.(Mrs.)Parineeta Deshpande
9.40 a.m. Welcome Address Shri. V. Ranganathan
Homn. Secretary
Somaiya Vidyavihar

9.50 a.m. About K.J.S.C.B.S. Dr. (Mrs.) K. Sankarnarayan
About Vietnam Buddhist University Dr. Thich Nhat Tu
About Nava Nalanda Mahavihara Dr. Ravindra Panth
10.00 a.m. Release of Conference Proceedings and
Inaugural Address H.E. Devanand Konwar
Governor of Bihar

10.15 a.m. Blessings by Ven. Ashin Nanissara
Chacellor Sitagu International , Buddhist Academy,

Ven. Dr. Thich Giac Toan
Vice president, Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

10.25 a.m. Address by the Guest of Honour Shri. Suresh Goel
Director General, l.C.C.R.
10.35 a.m. Book Release & Speech by the Guest of Honour Dr.B.L. Mungekar
Member of Rajya Sabha
10.45 a.m. Key note Address Prof. Kiyozumi Ishil
President Komazawa University, Japan
11.30 a.m. Presidential Address Shri. Samir Somaiya
Vice President Somaiya Vidyavihar

11.45 a.m. Taken of appreciation Dr. Sudha Vyas
Vote of Thanks Dr. Parvati Venkatesh

Session Details 1st Day

Freday, 3rd September 2010
Venue: 3rd Floor, Seminar Hall, SIMSR
Afternoon Session
Seesion I: India

1.0 p.m. – 2.45 p.m.

Chairperson: Prof. P.L. Dhar, Co.Chair: Prof. Baidyanath Labh
(1) Prof. Mahesh Deokar
(2) Prof. K. L Dhammajoti
(3) Prof. Angraj Chaudhary
Chairpersons’ Remarks

Session II: Srilanka
2: 45 p.m. – 4. 30 p.m

Chairperson: Prof. KTS Sarao, Co-Chair: Prof. P.P. Gokhale
(1) Prof. Sumana Patnayayaka
(2) Prof. Asanga Tilakratne
(3) Ven. Dr. Mahinda Deegalle

Session III: Thailand
4.30 p.m. – 6.15 p.m.

Chairperson : Prof. Mahinda Deegalle, Co – Chair: Amarjiva Lochan
(1) Ajarn Dr. Maechee Vimuttiya
(2) Prof. Somparn Suwannarat
(3) Ajarn Dr. Songmart Suwannarat
Chairpersons’ Remarks

6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. : Cultural Programme
Dept. of Culture, Maharashtra Government

7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Dinner at Somaiya Campus

2nd day

Saturday, 4th September 2010
Jointly with K.J. Somaiya College of Arts & Commerce
Venue: 3rd Floor, Seminar Hall, SIMSR

9.00 a.m. – 10.00.:
Panel Discussion:
“Theravada meditation with a focus on Buddhaghosa”

Chairperson: Prof. Asanga Tilakratne Co-chair: Dr. Shyam Tagade
(1) Ven. Dr. Dhammpiya
(2) Nun. Dr. Ajahn Maechee Vimuttiya
(3) Ven. Dr. Che Kinda
(4) Prof. Gustaaf Houtman
(5) Ven. Dr. Mahinda Deegalle
(6) Prof. Angraj Chaudhary
Chairpersons’ Remarks

Session IV: Cambodia and Laos
10.10 a.m. – 11.50. a.m.

Chairperson: Dr. Mangala Chinchore Co-chair: Prof. Somparn Promta
(1) Ven. Dr. Sinkong
(2) Dr. Oudern Phetchamphone
(3) Ven. Dr. Sayadej Vongsopha
Chairpersons’ Remarks

11.50 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. : Lunch Break

Seesion V: Japan
12:45 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

Chairperson: Prof. Kiyozumi Ishii, Co-chair: Prof. Charles Willemen
(1) Prof. Akira Saito
(2) Prof. Gereon Kopf
(3) Prof. Mitsuko Yorizumi
(4) Ven. Dr. Chisho Namai
Chairpersons’ Remarks

Session VI: China
3:00 p.m.- 5.15 p.m

Chairperson: Prof. Akira Saito, Co-chair: Prof. Anita Sharma
(1) Prof. Charles Willemen
(2) Prof. Fa Qing
(3) Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe
(4) Prof. Haiyan Shen
Chairpersons’ Remarks

Session VII: Korea
5.15 p.m. – 6.30 p.m

Chairperson: Prof. Mitsuko Yorizumi, Co-chair: Prof. Rana
(1) Prof. Hwain Soonil
(2) Prof. Pori Park
Chairpersons’ Remarks

6.30 p.m.- Dinner at the Somaiya Bungalow

3rd day

Saturday, 5th September 2010
Jointly with K.J. Somaiya Degree College of Arts & Commerce & Science
Venue: 3rd Floor, Seminar Hall, SIMSR

9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.:
Panel Discussion: “ Mahayana Meditation with a focus on Dogen”

Chairperson: Prof. Kiyozumi Ishii, Co-chair: Ven. Sudhammacara
(1) Prof. Charles Willemen
(2) Prof. Mitsuko Yorizumi
(3) Prof. Gereon Kopf
(4) Prof. Fa Qing
(5) Ven. Dr. Chisho Namai
Chairpersons’ Remarks

10.00 a.m.- 10.10 a.m. Tea Break

Session VIII: Tibet
10.10 a.m. – 11.50 a.m

Chairperson: Ven. Dr. Chisho Namai Co- chair: Prof. Andrea Loseries
(1) Ven. Dr. Geshe Dorji Damdul
(2) Prof. Achim Bayer
(3) Bhikkhuni Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Chairpersons’ Remarks

11.50 a.m. -12.45 p.m.: Lunch

Session IX: Vietnam
12.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Chairperson: Prof. J.K Sharma Co-chair: Dr.Lalit Shyam
(1) Thich Giac Toan
(2) Thich Buu Chanh
(3) Thich Nhat Tu
(4) Thich Giac Hoang
(5) Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Tinh Van

Session X: Burma (Myanmar)
3.30 p.m.- 5.15 p.m.

Chairperson: Prof. Ravindra Panth Co-chair: Prof. Mahesh Deokar
(1) Ven. Dr. Dhammapiya Sayadaw
(2) Prof. Gustaaf Houtman
(3) Ven. Dr. Che Kin da
Chairpersons’ Ramarks

5.15 p.m.-5.30 p.m. Tea Break


Venue: 4th Floor, Auditorium, SIMSR
5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Chairperson: Dr. Meena V. Talim
(Hon. Professor, K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies)
Will release the book
Philosophy of Aesthetiics

Valedictory Address
Ven. Ashin Nannissara
(Chancellor of Sitagu International Buddhist Academy, Myanmar)

Observations by the Participants

Concluding Ramarks:
Dr. (Mrs.) K. Sankarnarayan
(Director, K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies)

Departure for Trip to Bhedsa, Karla, Bhaje, Kondane.

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