Ulan-Ude, 17-19 august 2023

The I International Buddhist Forum “Traditional Buddhism and Challenges of Modernity”

The I International Buddhist Forum “Traditional Buddhism and Challenges of Modernity” was attended by over 600 people from 13 countries - India, China, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Laos, Bhutan, Cambodia, Republic of Belarus. Nearly 200 participants were from different regions of the country (Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Altai Republic, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Republic of Kalmykia, the Republic of Sakha Yakutia, the Republic of Tyva, Zabaykalsky Krai, Irkutsk Region, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Novosibirsk Region, Primorsky Krai, Tomsk Region, etc.), and nearly 250 participants were from the Republic of Buryatia. Participants included representatives of science, authorities, politicians, religious figures and monks.

The event took place in Ulan-Ude on August 17-19. The organizers are the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, the Government of the Republic of Buryatia, and the Foundation for the Promotion of Buddhist Education and Research with the support of the Roscongress Foundation.

On the first day of the forum, the participants held discussions on the development of Buddhist education and international cooperation of countries where Buddhism is widespread, the position of this teaching in modern society and the information space, the preservation of cultural and historical heritage, and oriental medicine.

On the second day, the guests of the forum went to Ivolginsky datsan — the largest Buddhist temple complex located in Buryatia to participate in the traditional conference “The phenomenon of Pandito Hambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Etigelov”. The participants of the event discussed the messages of the Hambo Lama and worshipped his imperishable body: during meditation in 1927, he went into a special state in which he still remains.

The program of the third day of the forum included an open discussion: the moderators of all eight discussions presented the results of the work carried out.

The forum resulted in the adoption of a resolution announcing the beginning of work on the creation of an international association of Buddhist studies and education in order to strengthen the community of Buddhists and researchers from different countries. In addition, the development of a unified academic information platform and a system that would provide a general access to materials and books on Buddhism in libraries around the world will begin, as well as the publication of a scientific journal in the field of Buddhist studies.

The forum was held as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Buryatia, which is one of the world centers of Buddhist culture, the center of Russian Buddhism and plays an important unifying religious and cultural role in spreading the Buddhist religion, strengthening international cooperation of Buddhists and establishing ties with other countries through cultural exchange. Subsequently, it is planned to hold the I International Buddhist Forum on a regular basis.




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Supported by the Roskongress Foundation