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Initial post: 14 Mar 2014 01:40:11 GMT
Ruhong Chen says:
World Youth Buddhist Society Annual Conference 2014

Theme: Social Responsibilities
Late July- Early August 2014, Hong Kong
(Submission due: Monday 31 March 2014)

To encourage a young generation of researchers, scholars and students to understand the essence of Buddhism and to promote social harmony, World Youth Buddhist Society is delighted to announce the fourth WYBS Annual Conference of this year which will take place at the end of July at Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.

World Youth Buddhist Society contributes to critical research discussions and provides prestigious opportunities for scholars, researchers, and students at all stages of their work across the world to get involved and to give their perspectives in relevant domains and discussions. It focuses on bridging gaps among academia, theory and practices with an open, inclusive and altruistic heart.

This year, echoing the aim of WYBS, we invite you to the WYBS Annual Conference exploring how we can respond positively to and how we can contribute to the social responsibilities regardless of ethnics, gender and religion. You are very welcome to participate in this year's 5-day conference by submitting an essay or creating a video or cartoons for a presentation, or simply by attending this event as audiences.

● Events and Opportunities:

WYBS Annual Conference provides the winners of the essay competition and video/cartoons competition with the Excellent Essay Awards and Creativity Awards, respectively.

WYBS Annual Conference provides a unique space for researchers, scholars and students to share and discuss their views and ongoing or completed work, to network with peers gaining feedbacks in a friendly audience, whilst learning more about various topics in relevant fields and exploring from a wide range of perspectives, as well as gaining experience through presentation.

WYBS Annual Conference provides a precious opportunity for researchers, scholars and students interested in religion and culture to meet and talk with the Conference Keynote Speakers.

WYBS Annual Conference provides prestigious chances for all attendees to learn contemplation and meditation under the direction of experienced teachers.

WYBS Annual Conference provides a unique chance for all attendees to visit some of the most attractive tourist destinations inHong Kong.

WYBS Annual Conference also provides a vibrant and interactive online community for all attendees to share their experiences and to exchange their ideas promptly.

Meet WYBS Committee and other WYBS members on Facebook:

Update the information of WYBS on Wechat: WYBS_HK, or on Weibo:

● Eligibility:

This call for essays, videos or cartoons is directed at researchers, scholars, students from junior college education and above levels, and presidents of societies related to religion or culture in universities, colleges or institutions. In particular, the applicants should be interested in religion or traditional culture.

● Submission and Presentation:

Excellent Essay Awards applicants and Creativity Awards applicants should submit a max 500 word essay abstract and brief description of the videos or cartoons by 31st March 2014 at: WYBS Application, respectively. Attendees who don't apply for the awards should submit understanding of the conference's theme by 31st March 2014 at WYBS Application.

The essay abstract should contain the following: title of presentation; author name and/or affiliation; purpose of presentation and/or research questions; nature of the research presented (e.g. conceptual work, literature review discussion, or empirical research); research methodology and/or sample; key arguments, findings, and/or conclusions (if available/relevant).

Request for full essays, videos and/or cartoons from awards applicants is also due by 31st March 2014. Please email a 3000-5000 word essay (a maximum of 20 pages in length including appendixes, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font), videos and/or cartoon documents at For submissions which have been already published, the authors should email the scanned copy.

Submissions should critically examine existing phenomenon and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to the conference theme or sub-topics. Submissions from a variety of perspectives are appropriate. Essays, videos or cartoons linked to the following sub-topics are preferred:

Social responsibility
Environmental protection
Public welfare
Dialogue between Tibetan Buddhism and other religions

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel composed of members of the sponsor organizations, which will ensure a range of high-quality presentations. Notification and offer of admission will be sent out by mid May 2014. Each nominated submission will have the chance to be presented at this year's WYBS Annual Conference.

● Conference Fees:

All conference attendees will be entitled to 300 RMB (non-refundable) administration fees. Students who could not afford the fees can apply for waiving them. Information on the payment procedure will be made available at a later stage.

The accommodation costs (6 nights, including one night the day before the opening of WYBS conference) and meal fees for all attendees during the 5-day conference are fully sponsored by World Youth Buddhist Society Committee. Other costs, including (but not limited to) transportation (such as flights/trains to and fromHong Kong) and visa fees, should be at the expense of attendees. Information on the accommodation will be made available at a later stage.

● Conference Hosts:

WYBS Annual Conference is hosted by the World Youth Buddhist Society, the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Buddhist Society of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Extensive appreciation is given to all donators and volunteers for their strong and long-standing dedication.

● Conference Venue:

The Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po,NewTerritories, Hong Kong (travel advice)

Information on the conference timetable will be made available at a later stage.

For further enquiries, please email WYBS Annual Conference Committee at

More information about the conference can be found at: World Youth Buddhist Society Hompage

We look forward to meeting you at July 2014!

To learn more, please feel free to visit us on our facebook page :

Or contact with email;

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 08:13:35 GMT
Haiyuan Xu says:
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Posted on 22 Mar 2014 08:53:02 GMT
How very odd. Nine people do not think that the OP adds to the discussion. It relates to a religion and to the title and is therefore an appropriate thread for the religion forums and yet nine people vote it down. I can understand thinking it is not of interest if you are not buddhistly inclined and therefore one ignores the thread and posts nothing but why the negative vote? There are some very strange people trawling through these forums. It beggars belief to try and imagine what they were thinking... weird!?

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 11:16:34 GMT
Spin says:
The OP is an advertisement, not a topic for discussion. Secondly, Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 14:16:41 GMT
AJ Murray says:
If it's a philosophy, how come there are Buddhist monasteries and monks along with a religious hierarchy?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 14:41:53 GMT
Dan Fante says:
I would imagine it's a religion when the tax man asks the question.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 14:43:04 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Careful now. Down with this sort of thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 14:46:20 GMT
Spin says:
DanL Unlike Scientology, which has been declared a "religion", Buddhism has NEVER brought its beliefs to court. Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion. It does not seek to "convert". Or evade Tax...

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 16:55:29 GMT
Garscadden says:
The Dalai Lama definitely seems to treat Buddhism as a religion. His keynote on religious harmony demonstrates this:

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 17:54:25 GMT
Buddhism is a religion which contains certain specific philosophical beliefs. To say it is a philosophy, in some sense of the word, is not incorrect. But to say it is a philosophy and therefore not a religion is not quite correct. I think that in the total economy of the spiritual life of human beings most people who know what they are talking about would locate Buddhism as a reasonably consistent religious view.

If we define religion, provisionally, as wiki does:

'A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.'

Then it seems correct to call Buddhism a religion. On the other hand if we understand it as:

'The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods,'

as the Oxford online opens its account with, then it is not. Buddhism does not have a God or gods or any other supernatural controlling power which it worships.

In other words: it depends what you mean by 'religion.' I think this is largely a semantic problem and need not detain us too long. I am happy to call it a religion, so long as it is understood that it is an atheistic religion.

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 22:48:06 GMT
Anita says:
In all honesty - I don't understand why a label is so important. If you are a Buddhist, you obviously have an idea if you are religious or not. But if you are not a Buddhist, what is your business?..

There have been (possibly, still are) tribes in far North which did not have a notion of God (or of multiple gods at that). So, technically, were not religious - ? However, they did live in close communication with supernatural. They did have a lot of spirits and they did care to not anger them. Their shaman communicated with spirits, not gods, and they didn't worship anything, but they did try to indulge the spirits in order to receive some help and not be harmed.

(Garscadden - I'm sure you mentioned once a similar tribe in Africa, but I can't remember the name at the moment.)

Some of those superstitions were quite fascinating. Say, if men of a tribe were preparing to go hunting seals, no one in the tribe was allowed to utter the word "seal" (whatever it was in their language). Because due to some appropriate spirits the seals could hear that and leave to the open sea. That would mean starving for the tribe. So people had a couple of nicknames for seals, like "a heap of fat", or something.

Doh, that's obviously off topic, sorry...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 00:44:15 GMT
Garscadden says:
The Pirah.

Hindu's can be atheists too - the doctrine of no lord, from memory.

Jainism can also be considered an atheist religion.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 04:58:45 GMT
Spin says:
Gars; The Dalai Llama is a representative of Tibetan Buddhism, not Buddhism in general. There are indeed communities in Asia that incorporate their traditional beliefs in deity or deities with Buddhism. It is not a requirement of Buddhism that one be a Theist, Agnostic or Atheist. When it comes to religion one can believe what one chooses as long as it does not hinder, alter or corrupt the Buddha's teaching; Do no evil, cultivate the good and purify one's mind; behaviour and thought advocated by most religions.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 11:18:17 GMT
Anita says:
Ah, yes. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 13:59:15 GMT
Anita says:
P.S. It is even more off-topic, but just thought I'd say it. It always strikes me as deeply unfair, how a symbol of an extremely non-violent group millenia later is stolen by an extemely violent group... and later is remembered only as such, a symbol of something horrible. Even the very word "swastika" is that of Sanskrit, and the nazis just stole the symbol and used it as their own. Probably unable to think of anything by themselves.

Who now remembers it initially meaning something good? Nearly everybody upon seeing the swastika think *only* of the nazis. And that doesn't feel fair at all.

Over and out now

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:09:47 GMT
It's the same with the cross and the Catholic Church Anita : )

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:13:54 GMT
AJ Murray says:
There are no tax breaks for philosophy.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:16:07 GMT
AJ Murray says:

-"The Dalai Llama is a representative of Tibetan Buddhism, not Buddhism in general."

So he is exactly like the Buddhish version of the Pope, not representative of all Christians, but a significant group.

-"When it comes to religion one can believe what one chooses as long as it does not hinder, alter or corrupt the Buddha's teaching;"

Does philosophy demand unquestioning adherence to a doctrine like this?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:22:01 GMT
Anita says:
Well - at least the cross *is* relevant to Christianity, considering crucifixion.

Is swastika in any way related to nazism other than just as a stolen symbol?..

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:39:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2014 14:43:02 GMT
To what end? abusing others, and talking bs on an internet forum? Not sure anyone needs inner peace or higher knowledge for that. What kind of philosophy demands absolute unquestioning adherence to the thought process of a single individual? doesn't sound like philosophy to me.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:52:25 GMT

'Is swastika in any way related to nazism other than just as a stolen symbol?..'

I can't think of any.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:56:13 GMT
Anita says:
That makes some difference (I think). It surely wasn't the Christians who started crucifying people, it was quite a common sort of death penalty at the time. Hence the Christians possibly used an existing symbol, but it had meaning for them.

What meaning the swastika had for the nazis? It's a genuine question by the way. I really do not know. Why did they choose to use the swastika?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 14:57:18 GMT
AJ Murray: 'Does philosophy demand unquestioning adherence to a doctrine like this?'

No. Philosophy is not a doctrine or set of beliefs. Though a particular philosopher may well espouse a doctrine or set of beliefs. It is a subject, a practice or a way of going on.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 15:11:10 GMT

'Why did they choose to use the swastika?'

Why not? It means good luck among other things. And it is quite striking. Also:

' Hilda Ellis Davidson theorized that the swastika symbol was associated with Thor, possibly representing his hammer Mjolnir - symbolic of thunder - and possibly being connected to the Bronze Age sun cross.'

It is also associated with 'various Germanic Migration Periods,' so Hitler probably identified it with Germanic pagan gods.

The short answer is: I don't know.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 15:50:03 GMT
Garscadden says:
It's a cliched thing to say, but it is kind of jarring when you see them all over the place.
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