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 All proposals and papers must be the original, unpublished work of the presenter.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.
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.
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)