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International Conference: “Dharma Today. Faces of Contemporary Buddhism” – Venice, 5-13 March 2022

This conference facilitated a multidisciplinary and multi-perspective exploration of the identity, roles, and potential of Buddhist traditions in the modern world.

The event was held over several days and featured a series of both remote and in-person sessions at the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters, and Arts in Venice, organized by the Research Center with financial support from the Ministry of Culture. It was also sponsored by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the FISPPA Department of the University of Padua, and the Veneto Region.

Twenty-three international scholars spoke about a wide range of topics, such as:

East Meets West

Transformations that have occurred in Asian Buddhism following their encounter with the modern West and the emerging forms of Western Buddhism.

Mindfulness & the Modern World

The role of Buddhism in spreading meditative practice in the secular world and its contributions to scientific research, especially within the budding field of Contemplative Studies.

Buddhism & Contemporary Thought

The contributions of Buddhist thought to modern philosophy, focusing on ethics, gender studies, ecology, digital studies, and other current issues related to the intricate relationship between humans, technology, and the environment.

International Conference

Dharma Today: Faces of Contemporary Buddhism

A multidisciplinary and multi-perspective exploration of the identity, roles, and potential of Buddhist traditions in the modern world.

📅 Dates:
5-6 March 2022
11-13 March 2022

About the Conference:

How can Buddhist thought contribute to the global challenges we face today? How can we harness the richness of traditional contemplative practices using the tools available to us now? The Italian Buddhist Union has bridged the gap between the monastic and academic worlds, fostering a dialogue among Italian and international experts on the most pertinent issues in contemporary Buddhism.

🤝 In Collaboration With:

  • Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Dipartimento FISPPA, Università di Padova
  • Regione Veneto

Watch the Conference Videos:

DHARMA TODAY (21 videos)

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