Sakyadhita to Host 15th International Conference at The University of Hong Kong
Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women will host its next conference from 22–28 June 2017 at The University of Hong Kong, with support from the university’s Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS).
The theme of the 15th conference, “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action,” highlights the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world. The Sakyadhita website states: “Buddhism is a significant cultural force in our world, influencing virtually every sphere of human activity from business to popular music. This global spread of Buddhist ethics, iconography, meditation, and philosophy is having an impact on science, psychology, government, and the arts. Today, women have more pathways to self-enrichment than at any time in recorded history. Whether the choice is career, family, or monastery, women are expanding beyond traditional roles in creative and beneficial ways.
“Women also take different paths and approaches to spirituality. Depending on their cultural backgrounds and personal interests, they may be inclined to meditation, scholarship, social activism, or the arts. The 2017 conference theme is broad enough to encompass the many aspects of what Buddhism means to women and to embrace the range of Buddhist women's experiences.”
Sakyadhita is inviting submissions for panel presentations and workshops on topics related to the conference theme. The deadline for proposals has been extended to 15 June 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent within a month. Final papers (2,500 words maximum) are due by 15 August 2016.
Further information about the conference theme is available at the Sakyadhita website. Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to email@example.com. All speakers and workshop presenters must register for the conference and are responsible for their own expenses. Requests for special dates for presentations must be included with the proposal.
Topic suggestions encompass three rubrics, and ideas for panel presentations are listed below:
Contemplation, which addresses personal introspection, mindfulness practice, meditation, and reflection on contemporary life issues.
Cultural exchange, which looks at interreligious dialogue, indigenous Buddhist experience, inter-generational dialogue, and Buddhist transcultural exchange, expressed through music, literature, drama, painting, social media, and the martial arts.
Social action, which examines charitable activities, social entrepreneurship, community leadership, and other ways of transforming society.
Buddhism & Cultural Exchange
Buddhism & Globalization
Buddhism in Contemporary Art
Buddhism, Sexual Identity & Cultural Identity
Buddhist Images Along the Silk Road
Buddhist Interconnections: Sharing Identities & Experiences
Buddhist Sacred Arts
Buddhist Sculpture Across Cultures
Death, Birth, and Rebirth across Cultures
Evolution of Buddhist Cultures
Rap Across Cultures
Respectful Communications Across Buddhist Traditions
Sacred Dance Across Cultures
Sacred Writings: Languages, Scripts, Devotion
Vinaya & Buddhist Cultural Exchange
Women & Trans-Buddhist Dialogue
Women in Indigenous Buddhist Cultures
Women, Compassion & Buddhist Art
Chinese Buddhist Cultures
Buddhism & the Martial Arts
Buddhism in the Chinese Diaspora
Buddhism of Dunhuang
Buddhist Saint, Daoist Sage
Chinese Buddhist Pilgrims & Pilgrimage
Chinese Buddhist Poetics
Chinese Buddhist Texts: Abhidharma & the Agamas
Chinese Contemplative Arts
Cultural Transformation of Guanyin
Women in Chinese Buddhist Art
Women in Chinese Buddhist Traditions
Contemporary Buddhist Women
Applied Buddhist Teachings: Dharma in Daily Life
Buddhism & Business
Buddhism & Social Media
Buddhist Ethics in Contemporary Life
Buddhist Pastoral Care
Busy Women: Mind the Gender Gap
Monastic Life in the Modern World
Prominent Buddhist Women, Lay & Ordained
Women & Buddhism, Leadership & Tradition
Zen at Work
The Contemplation Arts
Basic Sanity: Buddhist Mental Health
Caves & Community, Solitude & Engagement
Cognitively Based Compassion Training
Dealing with Crisis
Comparing Contemplative Traditions
Compassion & Art
Engaged Mindfulness & Listening Skills
Learning Compassion, Being Compassion
Meditation for Homemakers
Mindfulness Across Cultures
Speaking from the Heart
Stress Reduction in Daily Life
Buddhism & Social Action
Are Buddhists Really Equal?
Buddhism & Animals
Buddhism & Capitalism
Buddhism & Gender Politics
Can Corporations Be Compassionate?
Dealing with Ignorance
Future of Buddhist Education
People Problems: Creating Healthy Dharma Centers
Women & Economic Justice
Women as Caregivers: Buddhism & Palliative Care
Women, Children, Poverty & Love
Women, Religion & Law
Women & Contemporary Social Issues
Being with Dying
Buddhist Emergency Relief Services
Buddhist Women & the Climate Crisis
Building Healthy Families & Communities
Challenges Facing Buddhist Societies
Children in Buddhism: Will There Be a Next Generation?
Courage: Healing a Troubled World
Cultivating Compassion, Dealing with Difficult People
Gender Equality: Only a Dream?
Responding Skillfully in a World of Conflict
Skillful Negotiations: Relationship Matters
Adapting the Dharma or Diluting the Dharma?
Buddhism & Sexuality
Buddhism in the Media: Representations
Buddhist Art Therapies
Buddhist Teachers: Quality Control
Buddhist Women Storytellers
Debating the Dharma
Feminism & Femininity
Publicizing Buddhist Women
Publishing Buddhist Books
Self-expression: Indulgence or Survival?
Teaching Buddhism to Non-Buddhists
Western Buddhist Converts: Tradition & Interpretation
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