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SSIS organises an International Virtual Symposium on "The Universal Message of Bhagavan Buddha"

SSIS organises an International Virtual Symposium on "The Universal Message of Bhagavan Buddha"

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SSIS organises an International Virtual Symposium on "The Universal Message of Bhagavan Buddha"
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School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,

International Virtual Symposium on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti
27th May, 2024 (9:30 Α.Μ - 1:00 Ρ.Μ)

Chief Guest : Shri Abhijit Halder
Director General, International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)

Dean : Prof. Brajesh Kumar Pandey
School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU
Chair : Prof. C. Upendra Rao
School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU

Guest of Honour : Padma Shri Dr. Chirapat Prapandavidya
Shilpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Prof. Dharmika Pranidhi
Vice Rector, Nalanda Buddhist College, Jakarta, Indonesia

Distinguished Speakers : Ven. Dhammadeep Bhante
President, Korea-India Friendship Association
Dr. Sergey Pakhomov
Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Russia
Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa
Deputy Secretary General, IBC, India
Prof. Dr. Suvin Ruksat
President, Buddhist Studies Department,
Mahamakut Buddhist University, Thailand
Ven. Dr. Tejawaro Thero
President, Karuna Yoga Vihara Association, Malaysia
Ven. Dr. Hui Xuan
Zen Master, United States of America

Vandana : Bhikkhu Priyadarshi and Bhante Mettanand

Welcome : Dr. Krishna Mohan Pandey ,SSIS, JNU

Vote of thanks : Dr. Mauhar Singh Meena, SSIS, JNU

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Concept : Buddha Dharma remains relevant today for several reasons, The Buddha's teachings offer profound insights into the nature of suffering, the causes of suffering, and the path to liberation from suffering. These teachings provide practical guidance on how to live a more meaningful, compassionate, and fulfilling life, regardless of one's religious or cultural background. In today's fast-paced and stressful world, the practice of mindfulness and meditation, which are important in Buddha Dharma, have become increasingly valuable. These practices promote mental clarity, emotional resilience, and inner peace, helping individuals cope with challenges and cultivate a greater sense of well-being. Ethical Guidelines. Buddha Dharma emphasizes ethical conduct, including principles such as non-violence, honesty, compassion, and generosity. In a world marked by social injustices, environmental crises, and interpersonal conflicts, these ethical guidelines provide a moral compass for navigating complex ethical dilemmas and promoting harmony and social justice. The Buddha's teachings on interconnectedness and impermanence resonate deeply with contemporary environmental concerns.

All are cordially invited to this program.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.