IBC represented at a 3-Day Conference on Buddha's Life Story in East Asian Tradition

Tue, Jan 16, 2024

IBC represented at a 3-Day Conference on Buddha's Life Story in East Asian Tradition


The International Conference on the Life Story of the Buddha in the East Asian Tradition recently took place at the birth place of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal, from January 9th to January 11th. Organized jointly by the Buddhist Cultural Research Institute at Dongguk University, South Korea, and the Lumbini International Research Institute in Nepal, the conference attracted scholars and enthusiasts from eight nations.

The conference, led by Prof Chongdok C. H. Park and Prof Soonil Hwang, aimed to explore the nuances of the Buddha's life story as interpreted through the lens of the East Asian tradition. Dignitaries and scholars from countries including Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Germany, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal gathered at the Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI) to delve into cultural, historical, and philosophical dimensions.

During the event, Dr. Chandan Kumar, a Research Associate at the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) in New Delhi, made a presentation on his research on Kashmir's Role and Positioning in the spread of Buddhism, focusing on its historical significance.

The three-day conference featured presentations on a range of topics exploring different facets of the Buddha's life within the East Asian context. Scholars like Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh, Dr. Gurmet Dorjey, Prof Soonil Hwang, Prof Chongdok C. H. Park, Prof Basanta Bidari, Prof Kyungrae, Prof Yasassi Panahaduwe, Prof Jahyun Kim, Prof Eng Jin Ooi, Prof Pram Sounasamut, and Prof Yushuang Yao shared insights on diverse topics related to Buddha's life, teachings, and cultural impact.

One of the highlights of the conference was a carefully planned field trip to Tilaurakot and Lumbini, allowing participants to explore the sacred sites associated with the Buddha's early life. This immersive experience provided a deeper understanding of the connect between the historical and spiritual roots of Buddhism.

The conference emphasized the shared dedication of international scholars to unravelling the profound teachings encapsulated in the life story of Siddhartha Gautama.

It may be mentioned that the IBC has a special relationship with Lumbini as the IBC is constructing the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini.