Lumbini International Buddhist Conference 2021

Facing COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge, Ethics and Collective Responsibility.

Lumbini International Buddhist Conference 2021

Lumbini Buddhist University is pleased to announce the Lumbini International Buddhist Conference 2021 (May 27-28) in Lumbini, the Birth Place of Lord Buddha, Rupandehi District, Lumbini Province, Nepal. The main theme of this conference is “Facing COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge, Ethics and Collective Responsibility.”

If you are interested in contributing to this conference, please send a paper title, abstract (maximum 250 words), and brief biography (maximum 100 words) by April 25, 2021 at [email protected]. Submission is accepted only in Microsoft Word documents (doc or docx). If the abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper or power point presentation (16:9 ratio, or PDF file) should be submitted by May 15, 2021. For your kind information, each presenter will get 10-15 minutes for presentation.

If you want to participate in the conference as a discussant, please send your short biography (maximum 100 words), mentioning the session (sub-themes of the conference) you want  to participate as a discussant, by April 25, 2021 at [email protected].

If you want to present your poster, please send your poster by May 15, 2021 at [email protected].

■ Introduction

Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) was conceived at the First World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini in 1998 AD. Its establishment was initiated with the promulgation of LBU Ordinance in 2004 AD preceding the Second World Buddhist Summit. The LBU Act was endorsed by the Parliament in 2006 AD (Vikaram Samvat 2063). Accepting and Following the teaching of Lord Gautam Buddha, LBU is dedicated to World Peace through academic activities and research in the areas of Buddhist Philosophy, Literature, Education, Culture and the applied subjects to inspire Shanti, Bandhutva, Maitrai, Sadbhava (peace, empathy, friendship and compassion).

LBU has been organizing the Lumbini International Buddhist Conference on Buddhism and contemporary themes annually on an auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima (Birth Anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha). This year’s main theme is “Facing COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge, Ethics and Collective Responsibility.” The conference aims to generate innovative and creative ideas based on Buddhist philosophy to overcome the negative effects of the ongoing long term pandemic. It, moreover, gives special attention to development of strategies, programs, policies and enhances cooperation among Buddhist academic institutions on promoting Buddhist education.

 ■ Objectives and Themes

The main goal of the conference is to promote Lumbini as a hub of  scholars, researchers, teachers and student in the field of Buddhist Studies (Applied Buddhism). For this year, the specific  objectives and the themes of the conference are as follows:

  • To bring together diverse people including spiritual leaders, educators, scholars, students and practitioners to share their experiences and research results on different aspects of Buddhism;
  • To discuss on individual as well as community’s social responsibilities in the context of COVID-19 pandemic;
  • To explore the scopes of adapting the “Triple Gems” concepts of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (as enlightenment, ethics, and collective responsibility) in COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic era; and
  • To delve in applied Buddhism for innovative and creative ideas in solving the socio-economic as well as psychological problems in the contexts of current as well as in the post COVID-19 era.

Main Theme:

Facing COVID-19 Pandemic: Knowledge, Ethics and Collective Responsibility

Subtheme 1: Lumbini and Tourism

The session brings the spiritual leaders, scholars, policy-makers, administrators, local elites and activists in the tourism development of Lumbini – the sacred birthplace of the Buddha. It aims to evaluate the state, progress and challenge of the tourism strategy, policy, program and coordination among stakeholders in the promotion of tourism in Lumbini. It mostly focuses on generating the creative and innovative ideas on lengthening the stay of tourists in Lumbini. Discussion on the changing dynamic of global tourism – which has direct impact on our national economy too – in post-COVID era, is also an important part of this session.

Subtheme 2: Buddhist Philosophy and International Peace

Buddhism teaches us about transformation and path of peace. We ourselves can transform the life of the people and their relations. Often, knowingly and unknowingly, our discussion deeply goes to nation-state centric Buddhist diplomacy and geo-political categories, when we talk about Buddhist way of peace in international politics. This session aims to discuss on the ways (techniques)  to overcome this practical dilemma. The key questions of the session are: What is the universal vision of peace in the Buddhist worldview? How can we develop the Buddhist way of peace culture in international politics? How can we promote the peace research? How the global order is changing in the post COVID-19 era? How can we reshape it? What can be our contribution in making  a peaceful global community?

Subtheme 3: Buddhism and Higher Education

The session aims to focus on two specific agendas related to Buddhist Education. First, Buddhist studies as a disciplinary studies: the state, direction and limitation. Does it have a homogeneity like other disciplines? What is the trend of the development of the sub-fields in Buddhist studies in Asia and beyond? What are the key academic discourses in Buddhist studies on re-structuring the Sangha in the post COVID-19 era? Second, academic management of the Buddhist universities: How can they promote Buddhist pedagogical principles in professional majors? What do the Buddhist academic institutions need to focus on enriching students’  liberal arts or humanistic education mostly in the COVID-19 era?

Subtheme 4: Sustainable Development

How can we classify the similarities and differences between modern sustainable development and sustainable development in Buddhist tradition? Are we really aware of the physical future of the earth? What has COVID-19 taught us? What have we learned? What have we missed? These questions will be discussed in this session. The session particularly welcomes the research articles and innovative ideas based on application of Buddhist philosophy on the development of economically viable tapovana (meditation grove) in the modern era.

DateProgramTime (NPT)
March 25Call for Abstract Submission 
April 25Deadline for Abstract Submission Deadline for Discussant Registration 
April 30Notification of Acceptance 
May 15Submission of Final Version of the Proceeding Paper or Power Point Presentation Deadline for Poster Submission 
May 20Publication of the Final Booklet of the Conference Distribution of the link of the virtual conference room 
May 25Online Rehearsal (Pre-Conference)8 AM
May 27-28International Buddhist Conference 2021 
May 27 (off-line)Conference Opening Session Including LBU Tourism Club Announcement Ceremony08:00 – 09:30
May 27 (off-line)Lumbini and Tourism (Round Table Talk)10:00-12:30
May 27 (off-line)Buddhist Philosophy and International Peace13:30-15:30
May 28 (on-line)Buddhist Higher Education (Buddhist Academic Institution Round Table Talk)09:00-11:30
May 28 (on-line)Sustainable Development13:00-15:00
May 28 (off-line)Closing Ceremony15:00-1600
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