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International Association of Buddhist Universities -Workshop in Wang Noi, Thailand

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Geoff Bamford

Some 50 delegates attended. My fellow So-Wide trustee the Venerable Khammai Dhammasami was in the chair. With Philip Stanley from Naropa University, I helped to moderate.

We spoke of the need to facilitate horizontal exchanges between IABU members. The new website (www.iabu.org) makes this easy.

An IABU Support Fund has been set up. The first priority will be to launch the IABU Visiting Lecturership (VL) Scheme. VLs from a larger institutions can offer significant help to smaller ones. Indonesia has a number of such smaller institutions, which can benefit greatly from the Scheme. For instance, it will help them in gaining accreditation from their government. It was agreed that the scheme should focus initially on Indonesia.

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A Discussion of The Broken Buddha

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Richard Gombrich

Ven Dr Anil Sakya, aka Phra Sugandho, spent a month this term as Visiting Professor at the OCBS. Dr Anil, as he likes to be known, is a Newar who was ordained in Thailand and since then has mainly lived in Wat Bovoranives in Bangkok, where he has for many years been assistant secretary to the Supreme Patriarch of the Thai Sangha. He also holds teaching positions at 3 Bangkok universities: Mahamakut, Mahidol and Kasetsart.

Dr Anil gave two lectures on the distinctive features of Thai Buddhism in our weekly lecture series, and also spoke on the Nepali diaspora in Thailand to a group of anthropologists. All of these lectures were extremely informative and greatly appreciated.

 

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Reflecting on my lecture: Buddhism and Stoicism: a comparison

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Richard Gombrich

A few days ago I gave a lecture, which I began like this:

“Once many years ago I was having a conversation with my father, when he asked me to explain the Four Noble Truths to him. When I did so, he responded, “I see. It is like Stoicism.” Over the years I have read quite a few books and attended many lectures about Buddhism. Occasionally the Buddha’s teachings are compared to those of some western philosopher; in my experience the commonest such comparison is between the Buddha’s teaching of no soul and the philosophy of David Hume. But very rarely have I come across comparisons with Western classical philosophy….

 

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So-Wide Space March 2010

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Newsletter of the Society for the Wider Understanding of the Buddhist Tradition

  • Buddhism and Science Colloquium
  • Mindfulness in Schools Conference
  • Bhutan Buddhism and Modern Life
  • Online Resources Pali Links
  • Activities in Oxford Spring and Summer 2010

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So-Wide Space January 2010

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Newsletter of the Society for the Wider Understanding of the Buddhist Tradition

  • Mindfulness in Schools Conference
  • New Centre for OCBS
  • Tibetan & Himalayan Online Resources
  • Pali Conference Held in Bangkok
  • Activities in Oxford January 2010

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So-Wide Space November 2009

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Newsletter of the Society for the Wider Understanding of the Buddhist Tradition

  • So-Wide's Work (I)
  • Buddhist Art Lectur 2nd November
  • Tibetan & Himalayan Online Resources
  • Taking Mindfulness Back to Asia
  • Exploring the Buddhist Classics
  • OCBS Monograph Series

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Newsletter 3

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July 2009. News and updates of OCBS and So-Wide: events, developments, a book and more.

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Newsletter 2

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May 2009. Second newsletter was sent to subscribed members. It contains information about developments, events, and academic projects.

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Newsletter 1 is Out

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First newsletter was sent to subscribed members. It contains information about coming events, courses and lectures.

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