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

Jointly organized by


The Conference is sponsored by

Tung Lin Kok Yuen.

Presentation Topic
Ven. K. L. Dhammajoti
Chair Professor, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
(Topic - to be confirmed)
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
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
Methods of Wisdom from the Earliest Canonical Collections of Tibetan Buddhism
Oren Hanner
Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Research Fellow, University of Hamburg
Vasubandhu on the Role of the Teacher and the Features of Wisdom-Oriented Education
Ernest C. H. Ng
CEO of Tung Lin Kok Yuen, Adjunct Assistant Professor, HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies
(Topic - to be confirmed)
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
The Utilization of the Three Types of Knowing in the Development of Buddhist-based Psychotherapeutic Intervention
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
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

Jin Y. Park

Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University, Washington

Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Park specializes in East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), Buddhist ethics, Buddhist philosophy of religion, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, and modern East Asian philosophy. Park employs Buddhist tradition to engage with contemporary issues with a special focus on gender, justice, and ethics. Park’s research on modern East Asian philosophy examines the dawn of philosophy in East Asia and the East-West encounter in that context. Park published numerous articles on Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist-postmodern ethics, gender and justice, and modern East Asian philosophy. Her books include Women and Buddhist Philosophy (2017); Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (trans. 2014); Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (ed.2010); Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (co-ed, 2009); Buddhism and Postmodernity (ed.2008), Buddhisms and Deconstructions (ed. 2006). Park currently serves as the President of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (2016-present). Park also served as the President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2018-2019), was on the Board of Directors (2013-2015) of the American Academy of Religion. She was also the Founding Director of the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (2001-2018).

Buddhism and Engaged Citizenship

Democracy is an admired value of modern society. It arrived in Asian societies along with modernization, and together with it came modern Western education. Most of Asian thought traditions and their relevance to either the ideas of democracy or of public education were brushed off when Asian societies eagerly adopted Western models. The Buddhist community was not completely without responsibility in this situation. Trapped in the binary logic of the East versus West, which identifies the former as pre-modern (and traditional) and the latter as modern (and advanced), most of the Buddhist schools and followers in different regions of Asia were busy just making claims for its relevance to modern society, and their visions for these claims, if any, fell short of having significant impact on the development of Asian educational systems or democracy in the modern world.

Recent developments in the social and political situation in the United States have testified to major shortcomings of the modernist approaches to democracy, education, and citizenship. The rights discourse, which has been a backbone of democracy, has revealed its bare face: As much as the rights discourse aims to protect individuals’ freedom, equity, and humane treatment, it can be and has been used to justify self-centered interpretations of the situations at hand, revealing a lack of concern for other people. On the other hand, some American Buddhists take Buddhist teachings, such as no-self, a discovery of one’s mind, and compassion, as integral parts of their mode of challenging racist America and the structural oppression of the society.

This paper examines a possible role that Buddhist teaching can play in envisioning a more equitable and inclusive society with the understanding that a fundamental power of change comes from education, both in formal and informal ways. The paper first examines some of the basic ideas of democracy and their pitfalls. It then proposes a Buddhist vision of wisdom-based education. Finally, it will discuss some case studies and conclude with possible projects to implement wisdom-based education for a more equitable society and engaged citizenship.

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