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Tung Lin Kok Yuen International Conference

Buddhist Canons: In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education

27 & 28 November, 2021 (HKT) | Online & On-site at HKU
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Jointly organized by

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The Conference is sponsored by

Tung Lin Kok Yuen.

Speaker
Presentation Topic
Ven. K. L. Dhammajoti
Chair Professor, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
Intellectual Understanding versus Wisdom (paññā/prajñā) in Buddhist Education
Wu Jiang
Professor of the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
Opening the Canon: New Challenges to Buddhist Studies in Humanities Education
Jin Y. Park
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, Washington
Buddhism and Engaged Citizenship
Albert Welter
Head, Department of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona
Retrieving the Dharma Wheel: Searching for Meaning in the Sino-East Asian Buddhist Canon
Huaiyu Chen
Associate Professor, Buddhism and Chinese Religions, Arizona State University
Shaping the Order of Ritualized Community in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasticism
Ven. Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna
Director, Āgama Research Group, Department of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan
Knowledge tied to or freed from identity? Epistemic reflections through the prism of the early Buddhist teachings (#available on Zoom ONLY.)
Guang Xing
Director and Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Educating the Confucians about Filial Piety: Qisong’s Treatise on Filial Piety
Georgios T. Halkias
Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Notes on the Translation and Transmission of Wisdom from the Earliest Canonical Collections of Tibetan Buddhism.
Oren Hanner
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, New York University Abu Dhabi
Vasubandhu on the Role of the Teacher and the Features of Wisdom-Oriented Education
Ernest C. H. Ng
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
From Tradition to Innovation: Wisdom-oriented Education in Buddhist Theory and Practice
Chengzhong Pu
Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
On ‘foshuo佛説’ in the Title of Some Chinese Buddhist Sutras
Ven. Sik Hin Hung
Senior Fellow and Former Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
G. A. Somaratne
Associate Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Conjoining Scientific Knowledge and Dhamma Knowledge for Creating an Authentic Person
Ven. Sumana
Ph.D. candidate, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
Asanga Tilakaratne
Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Knowledge and Wisdom from an early Buddhist Perspective
Chung-hui Tsui
Honorary Assistant Professor and Tung Lin Kok Yuen Scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture, HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies
The Buddhist texts translation in Dharmarakṣa’s team
Bonnie W. Y. Wu
Lecturer, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Attaining the acceptance of truth (kṣānti) through the three kinds of knowledge and its modern-day application.
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Ernest C. H. Ng

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Centre of Buddhist Studies

The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Ernest C. H. NG is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the CBS, HKU where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Buddhism and Economics. He is an expert and thought leader in applying wisdom tradition and spirituality into sustainable decision making in the market economy. Dr. Ng offers lectures and workshops around the world on topics relating to sustainability, management, and Buddhist teachings.


He is the Chief Executive Officer of Tung Lin Kok Yuen, a Buddhist NGO dedicating to Buddhist teachings, education, and community services for over 80 years in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was the founder and Chief Investment Officer of an asset management company and Vice President of Morgan Stanley Asia. He is experienced in sustainable transformation, stakeholder communications, and change management strategy at the individual and organization level. He is committed to coaching young generation and future leaders, serving as mentor for various universities and advisor to organizations such as the Sustainable Finance initiative.


Dr. Ng graduated PBK from the UChicago with BA in Economics and MA in International Relations. He received a MBuddhStud and PhD from HKU. He was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and currently a Fellow at the European SPES Institute. He is the author of Introduction to Buddhist Economics, Leveraging Happiness (幸福槓桿) and Intrinsically Self-sufficient (本⾃具⾜).


Correspondence: chihinng@hku.hk

From Tradition to Innovation: Wisdom-oriented Education in Buddhist Theory and Practice

The wisdom-orientation of Buddhist pedagogy is declared in the Kalama Sutta and Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The Buddha declared that his teachings and practices should be built upon wisdom realizing the truth of the Dhamma. From a Buddhist perspective, there are many different levels of knowledge, but wisdom comprises the principles of dependent arising, impermanence, selflessness, and awakening. The threefold training of wisdom, moral discipline, and mental concentration is taught as a “custom of the noble ones”: teachings leading to the cessation of suffering— which are distinctively different from the mundane customs of legends, traditions, scripture, inference, thought and so forth. This paper first analyzes the Buddhist perspective on tradition and wisdom-oriented education, and then demonstrates its unique contribution in facilitating inspiration and innovation. It further evaluates Buddhist worldview as expounded by the wisdom of dependent arising and the cultivation of human mind. The Buddha teaches with a hopeful assurance that human mind and personality is wieldable and amendable to change. Accordingly, this paper argues that Buddhist pedagogy is supportive of a growth mindset. Through a wisdom- oriented education integrating learning and practice, human flourishing is possible. The implementation of Buddhist wisdom-oriented education in the contemporary society is demonstrated through the education services at Tung Lin Kok Yuen over the last ninety years as an example. Guided by the Buddhist principle of “compassion and fraternity,” as well as the mottos of “new knowledge, traditional practice,” the paper illustrates that a wisdom- oriented education could inspire innovation without losing sight of lineage and value.

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