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The Importance of Interreligious Dialogue and Goals for the Encounter: From the Buddhist Perspective

A speech given by Ven. Hin Hung, director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong, on 27 July 2017 at The University of Mysticism in Avila, Spain.

Our world is rapidly changing. With the advances in science and technology, modern means of communication and transportation bring us closer together, but, at the same time, dividing and distancing people and cultures in a deeper level. Cultural conflicts and competition lead to hatred and violence, which unsettles world peace. The pervasiveness of materialism, consumerism, and individualism creates greed, suffering and despair, inciting doubt in the meaning of life in the minds of many. Issues like ecological degradation are global and cross-regional affecting all of us. They cannot be ignored and demand our immediate attention and urgent response.

Engaging in genuine interreligious dialogue is a constructive response to these challenges. Many difficulties that we face today arise from ignorance, fear, and misconceptions. Interfaith dialogue is indispensable because, without peace among religious communities, peace in the world would not be possible. Through dialogue,  understanding and acceptance of each other’s traditions and values would be nourished; intolerance and hatred would be reduced. By being broad-minded, one realizes that others are likewise pursuing their spiritual paths, and, very often, share the universal ideals of love and compassion. Last but not least, interreligious dialogue would set an example of how different communities can live in harmony in a world that is continuously being “flattened out.”

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1st. World Encounter Teresian Mysticism and Interreligious Dialogue: Theravada Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism — Meditation and Contemplation, Pathways to Peace

Dear friends, a troupe from HKU’s Centre of Buddhist Studies and Buddhistdoor Global are in the medieval city of Avila, the hometown of Saint Teresa of Avila and where the University of Mysticism is based. The University will hold its interfaith conference between Carmelite and Buddhist contemplatives tomorrow on the 27th. If this sounds of interest, please keep an eye out for rolling updates, photos, and blog posts, along with features and news to come from us!

The old city wall of Avila, built during the Moorish period

The streets of the Old City (the inner, earlier parameters of the city)

The Romanesque Cathedral at the heart of the Old City

Conference: “The Inexplicable and the Unfathomable: China and Britain, 1600–1900”


The “Chinese character seems at present inexplicable,” observed Lord Macartney during his celebrated embassy to China in the 1790s, while the Chinese themselves at this time often described “western ocean barbarians” as “unfathomable.” The failure of Macartney’s embassy is well known, not least the Emperor Qianlong’s dismissive comment that “we possess all things. I set no value on objects strange or ingenious, and have no use for your country’s manufactures.”

A sense of bafflement might therefore overwhelm the present-day visitor to the Forbidden City, on encountering its glorious array of English clocks, many imported during Qianlong’s reign. The present conference will consider some of the endless misunderstandings and deliberate deceptions that characterized relations between Britain and China in the four centuries under review, in fields as varied as religion and art, and commerce and literature. It will also explore, however, the burgeoning range of contacts between the two countries, and the increased mutual understanding achieved by two cultures separated by “the confines of many seas.”

Venue: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN


Friday 11 November

17:30–18:00 Registration

18:00–18:10 Welcome: Ted Lipman (The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation) and David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

18:10–19:15 Donald S. Lopez (University of Michigan): “Britain and Buddhism: George Bogle in Tibet, 1774–1775”

19:15 Reception

Saturday 12 November

09:45–10:15 Registration

Session 1 – Chair: Roderick Whitfield (School of Oriental and African Studies)

10:15–10:45 Greg Clingham (Bucknell University, PA): “Cosmology and Commerce on Lord Macartney’s Embassy to China, 1792–1794”

10:45–11:45 Catherine Pagani (University of Alabama): “Elaborate Clocks and Sino-British Encounters in the 18th Century”

11:15–11:25 Discussion

11:25–11:55 Break

Session 2 – Chair: David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

11:55–12:25 Tang Hui (University of Warwick): “’The finest of Earth’: Selling Porcelain in 18th Century Canton”

12:25–12:50 Lars Tharp: “China on a Plate: Images from Hogarth to Whistler”

12:50–13:00 Discussion

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Session 3 – Chair: Frances Wood

14:30–15:00 Jessica Harrison-Hall (The British Museum): “Collecting Chinese Art at the British Museum 1760–1860”

15:00–15:35 Edward Weech and Nancy Charley (Royal Asiatic Society): “The Thomas Manning Archive and Prospects for a New Perspective on British Intellectual Engagement with China in the Early 1800s”

15:35–15:45 Discussion

15:45–16:15 Break

Session 4 – Chair: Lars Tharp

16:45–17:15 Elizabeth Chang (University of Missouri): “Writing Personhood from the Frontier of Western China”

17:15–17:45 Frances Wood: “The View from the Other Side: China’s Reactions to the West”

17:45–18:00 Discussion and concluding Remarks

15th Sakyadhita International Conference On Buddhist Women To Be Held in Hong Kong From 22–28 June 2017

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The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS) will co-organize the 15th Sakyadhita International Conference with the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, with the support of the Dharma Nature Preaching Hall, Buddhistdoor, the Centre of Buddhist Studies Alumni Association (CBSAA), and the Hong Kong Society of Dharma Supporters (HKSDS). The conference theme is titled, “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange, and Social Action” and will be held from the 22 to 28 June 2017 on the HKU campus.

The theme of contemplation includes sub-topics like personal introspection, mindfulness practice, meditation, and reflection on contemporary life issues. Cultural exchange incorporates interreligious dialogue, indigenous Buddhist experience, inter-generational dialogue, and Buddhist transcultural exchange, expressed through music, literature, drama, painting, social media, and the martial arts. Finally, social action takes many forms, including charitable activities, social entrepreneurship, community leadership, and other ways of transforming society.

The 15th Sakyadhita Conference will be a forum for making connections across cultures and traditions, exploring a wide range of Buddhist teachings, values, and techniques for living a meaningful life.

Proposals are now being accepted for a special presentation panel related to Buddhist Women of Hong Kong. Proposals for workshops on topics related to the conference theme are also welcome. Proposals (250–500 words in length) should be submitted by 15 August 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 September 2016.

Final papers (2,500 words maximum) are due by 15 October 2016 as upon acceptance they must be translated into Chinese and other languages. Proposals should include sender’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. All proposals and papers must be the original, unpublished work of the presenter.

Sakyadhita encourages diversity and creativity. We welcome proposals from presenters of any gender, nationality, or status. We also invite proposals for short films and PowerPoint slide shows (10–15 minutes in length) related to women in Buddhism.

Send proposals to hkucbs@hku.hk, with a copy to hongkong2017@sakyadhita.org and tsomo@sandiego.edu, before 15 August.

All speakers and workshop presenters must register for the conference.  Any requests for special dates for presentations must be included with the proposal.

To know more about the past Sakyadhita Conferences, please visit http://sakyadhita.org/conferences.html.

Major Sponsor
Tung Lin Kok Yuen

Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women
Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Dharma Nature Preaching Hall
Centre of Buddhist Studies Alumni Association (CBSAA)
Hong Kong Society of Dharma Supporters (HKSDS)

“Saving Mes Aynak” film screening in Hong Kong!

Buddhistdoor and The Centre of Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong co-hosted a film screening of the film “Saving Mes Aynak” on 23 April, Saturday evening. The evening was an enjoyable mix of documentary, a Skype Q&A with the director, Brent Huffman, and lively discussion about the problems of conservation of Buddhist sites and artifacts in Afghanistan.

See more at www.buddhistdoor.net!

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“Saving Mes Aynak” Hong Kong Film Screening on Saturday 23 April

Please register through the HKU portal here

Buddhistdoor Global and The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS) will co-host a film screening of director Brent Huffman’s award-winning documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, at HKU’s Rayson Huang Theatre on Saturday 23 April from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. The screening will also feature a live Q&A by Skype with the director.

Saving Mes Aynak centers on Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori and his project to save and preserve the 5,000-year-old archaeological site, Mes Aynak. The film has won various awards, including the Abu Rayhan Biruni Award at the Ahvaz International Science Film Festival, Iran and Best Film at The Archaeology Channel International Film & Video Festival.

The film screening is open to the public and free of charge.


Date: Saturday 23 April 2016
Time: 7.00 p.m.—9.00 p.m.
Location: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Registration: Free booking with HKU here

Turning Inward in the Present Moment, Finding Peace – An Evening with Dr. Barry Kerzin

From altruismmedicine.org

From altruismmedicine.org

Buddhist monk, teacher, and medical doctor Dr. Barry Kerzin will give a talk and lead a meditation session on the theme of “Turning Inward in the Present Moment, Finding Peace” in Hong Kong on Wednesday 30 March. Turning inward opens the door to a new way of living, in harmony with nature and those around us and leaving no room for anxiety, frustration, fear, or anger. The talk will be conducted in English and is free of charge.

Time: 30 March 2016 (Wed), 7.00–9.00 pm

Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Registration: Public Lecture by Barry

For more information, see the announcement on Buddhistdoor Global, telephone (852) 2405 6338, or write to enquiry@buddhistdoor.com.

Ani Choying Drolma to Hold “Rebuilding with Love” Fundraising Concert in Hong Kong

From inktalks.com

From inktalks.com

On 20 April, Nepalese Buddhist nun and world-renowned musician Ani Choying Drolma will bring her music to Hong Kong for a special one-off fundraising concert in support of relief work in Nepal.

Recently named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal, Ani Choying is known throughout the world for bringing Tibetan Buddhist chants and songs to mainstream audiences.

All proceeds from the event will be used to finance relief and education work in post-earthquake Nepal.

There will also be a friendly get-together with Ani Choying earlier in the day.

For further information please see the announcement on Buddhistdoor Global or call (852) 2596 0383. For ticketing, please visit http://www.hkticketing.com.hk/eng/

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