Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



“Buddha-Dharma: Pure and Simple 2020: Retrospect and Prospect” Symposium

Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism
Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, Nanhua University

In the process of spreading Buddhism, due to factors such as local folk customs, cultural integration, translation of scriptures etc., people have different understandings and interpretations of doctrines. As the Ven. Master Hsing Yun of Fo Guang Shan pointed out: For more than two thousand years, traditional Buddhism has given all kinds of false impressions of people, such as those who adhere to the outside ways of the Buddha and falsely spread the Buddha’s will, dressed in the coat of gods and ghosts; even some superstitious remarks, like feng shui, drawing lots and divination, etc., have almost become superstitious and dominated by gods and ghosts. As in The Eightfold Noble Path in Buddhism’s system, ‘Right View’ is in the first priority. The Saṃyukta-āgama Sūtra volume 28 contains: “If there is a world, right view increases, although there are hundreds of thousands of lives, they will never fall into evil interest.” Right view is a beacon. Leading to the light; Right View is the teacher of spiritual practice, leads us to liberation. This shows that only if you have a correct understanding of the principles of Buddhism, one shall not have wrong or paranoid thoughts and behaviours.

Ven. Master Hsing Yun is committed to promoting humanistic Buddhism, he cares about benefiting the others by spreading dharma throughout his life. In 2018, he published Buddha-Dharma: Pure and Simple, which collected more than 300 themes, and gave dialectic explanations to the general opinions of people in the Buddhist world that they may have “severe illnesses”. He has the courage to face the various problems of Buddhism, correct the roots, and let the unique wisdom of Buddhism be truly presented to the world.

Registration and Conference Dates
Registration date: 16 January 2020 (Thu) (registration in the afternoon)
Date: 17 – 18 January 2020 (Fri & Sat) 
Conference time: 17 January: 9:00~18:00; 18 January: 9:00~13:15
Departure date: 19 January 2020 (Sun)

Conference Room, Faculty of Arts, Fung King Hey Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Address: 2nd Floor, Fung King Hey Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Please submit the receipt before 30 September 2019.

Speech or Paper
Please provide a complete paper for the compilation of the proceedings by the symposium committee before 15 November 2019.

Symposium Reception
Once the “Return Receipt & Abstract” have been reviewed and passed, the host will send out an invitation officially. Lodging and transportation expenses will be provided by the host to the presenters who submit a complete paper for the symposium. A round-trip economy-class air ticket will be provided for oversea scholars, or high-speed rail ticket to be provided for the local scholars.