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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ "DHAMMA AND SOCIETY" : 8th INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST RESEARCH SEMINAR PROCEEDINGS ❖

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"Dhamma and Society": Proceedings of the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar held in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu (1906-1993) on 24-25 May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ ECONOMICS FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE ❖

PAISAL VISALO Phra. (2017). Economics for the quality of life. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 24th May 2017 at the Activity Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives. 

« When I was first invited to give a keynote speech on “Economics and Sustainable Development,” I was surprised. Firstly, because I am not an economist and secondly, I think that sustainable development has been involved with a lot of disciplines, not only economics but also politics and social science etc. Another reason is that economics has an impact and is connected not only with sustainable development but it can have impact on a large scale and on issues that are more important... »  [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ WATER IS STILL, THE BANKS FLOW ❖

SANTIKARO Upasaka. (2017). Water is still, the banks flow. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 24th May 2017 at the Activity Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« I am honored to speak in remembrance of Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, the beloved teacher who continues to have a huge impact on my life and how I live it. Because of him I am able to attend this seminar connected with his hundred and eleven “Age Teasing Day.” For my contribution, I would like to translate the highlights of a talk titled “Still Water, Flowing Banks” that he gave on his last conscious birthday. That was in 1992 when he turned 86 years old. Unfortunately, for his 87th birthday he was alive just legally... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ BUDDHADĀSA'S NOTION OF "DHAMMA LANGUAGE" ❖

BUCKNELL Roderick S. (formerly Ariyananda Bhikkhu). (2017). Buddhadāsa's notion of 'Dhamma language.' Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 24th May 2017 at the Activity Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« Nearly half a century has passed since the period when I was translating booklets containing the teachings of Ajahn Buddhadāsa. At that time (1970–71) I was an ordained monk, based at Wat Umong, a quiet forest monastery located just outside of Chiangmai. Of the books in the Wat Umong library many were by Buddhadāsa. But when I first arrived there, all but one of them were inaccessible to me because I could not read even one word of Thai. That one exception was Towards Buddha-Dhamma... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ WISDOM, THE SANGHA AND DEMOCRACY ❖

TITMUSS Christopher. (2017). Wisdom, the Sangha and Democracy. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.  

«Everybody in this hall is Buddhadasa. Everybody in this hall is Dhammadasa. Everybody in this hall is Sanghadasa. We all are the servants of the Triple Gem called The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. As servants, we have immense responsibilities. In the privilege of giving this talk this morning, I would like to speak to the respected Buddhist monks, academics, the scholars and the devoted lay people. I would like to speak to the young people, who are sometimes referred to as the “me” generation... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ INTRA-BUDDHIST DIALOGUE ❖

CHENG Chen-huang. (2017). Intra-Buddhist dialogue: Patriarch Hui Neng’s concept of Non-thinking and Bhikkhu Buddhadasa’s concept of Sunyata as an example. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« We come from different corners of the world, and we follow the different traditions of Buddhism. To further mutual understanding among Buddhists, we need to undertake intra-Buddhist dialogue. In terms of religious dialogue, we have the interfaith dialogue, and the intra-faith dialogue. I want to take the example of Patriarch Hui Neng’s Concept of Non-thinking and Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa’s Concept of Suññatā to describe how we can communicate with each other... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ BUDDHADĀSA BHIKKHU AND BEING THERAVADA IN THE 21st CENTURY ❖

SEEGER Martin. (2017). Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu and being Theravāda in the 21st century. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives. 

« In my talk, I want to combine some reflections on my personal encounter with Buddhadāsa’s work with ideas that he expressed in 1973 in a remarkable essay, which has received not much, if any, scholarly attention so far. My purpose of doing so is to propose possible pathways for future research on Buddhadāsa’s intellectual development and legacy. Let me start. Whilst becoming alienated from beliefs and practices of Catholicism, the religious tradition I was brought up in... »  [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ THAI BUDDHISM AND BUDDHADĀSA'S TEACHING UNDER THE MILITARY REGIME FROM 1958 TO 73 ❖

ITO Tomomi. (2017). Thai Buddhism and Buddhadāsa's teaching under the military regime from 1958 to 1973: The legacy. Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« It is my great honor to be invited all the way from Japan to this memorial seminar and conference in honor of Tan Ajahn Buddhadasa’s 111th birth anniversary. I am grateful to the organizer for finding my book, Modern Thai Buddhism and Buddhadasa, and calling me back to my starting point, the place where for the very first time I found an interest in Buddhism and contemporary Thai history. In the early 1990s, I read for the first time Tan Ajahn Buddhadasa’s book... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ BUDDHADĀSA BHIKKHU YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW : IN? OUT? BEYOND? ❖

GABAUDE Louis. (2017). Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu yesterday and tomorrow: In? Out? Beyond? Keynote speech to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« One can never be sure why one has been invited to give a Keynote Speech. The question here is why you have actually invited a foreigner, a Farang, a non-Buddhist, to give what could be a potentially pretentious discourse on a Thai Buddhist monk whom you know — or should know — better than anyone in the world? Why have you invited an outsider to a party — a conference — dedicated mostly to “insiders,” that is to participants who are in, and by in I mean in Buddhism, and even in “true” Buddhism... » [Read full text]

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8th IBRS Small.png ❖ REVISITING "THE 3 WISHES" IN THE AGE OF HYPER-MATERIALIST GLOBALIZATION ❖

SATHA-ANAND Suwanna. (2017). Revisiting Buddhadāsa's Three Wishes in the age of hyper-materialist globalization. Concluding Remarks to the 8th International Buddhist Research Seminar organized in honour of the 111th Anniversary of Buddhadāsa, given on 25th May 2017 at the Main Meditation Hall of the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives.

« The New York Times, 9th July 1993, published a brief message on the passing away of Ajahn Buddhadāsa in the followings: Bangkok, Thailand. July 8. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a monk whose non-traditional ideas transformed Thai Buddhism and earned him an international following, died today at his temple in Southeastern Thailand. He was 87 and was reported to have suffered a stroke in May. As a critic of superstitious beliefs, materialism and militarism, Buddhadasa provoked re-examination of the religion... »  [Read full text]

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