From Abhidhamma To Abhidharma July 2013


Conference Centre of Ghent University, Gent, Belgium


From Abhidhamma To Abhidharma

Early Buddhist Scholasticism in India, Central-Asia, and China


Organisers: The Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies of Ghent University, Belgium, and Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan.


Dr Tamara Ditrich, Head of Program (Applied Buddhist Studies) from Nan Tien Institute (NTI) will be presenting “Interpretations of the Terms ajjhatta and bahiddhā in the Abhidhamma” at this conference.

Keynote Speakers:

Johannes Bronkhorst (Université de Lausanne, Switzerland), Bhikkhu K. L. Dhammajoti (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong )


Lance Cousins (Oxford University, UK), Siglinde Dietz (University of Göttingen, Germany), Rupert Gethin (University of Bristol, UK), Weijen Teng (Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan), Tse-fu Kuan (Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan), Kin-tung Yit (National Sun Yat Sen University, Taiwan), Tamara Ditrich (Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, Australia), Vered Lamm-Naon (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Marie-Hélène Gorisse (Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies),  Zhihua Yao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Juan Wu (University of Tokyo, Japan) , Tillo Detige (Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies), Goran Kardaš (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Chen-kuo Lin (National Chengchi University, Taiwan), Ching Keng (National Chengchi University, Taiwan), Yao-ming Tsai (National Taiwan University, Taiwan), Jowita Kramer (University of Munich, Germany), Ann Heirman (UGent, Belgium), Stefan Baums (University of Munich, Germany), Ingo Strauch (Université de Lausanne, Switzerland), Collett Cox (University of Washington, Seattle), Thomas Jülch (Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies), Eric Greene (University of Bristol, UK), Max Deeg (University of Cardiff, UK), Robert Kritzer (Kyoto Notre Dame University Kyoto, Japan) and Elizabeth Kenney (Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan), Christophe Vielle (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Esler Dylan (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Tatiana Ermakova (Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia), Jean-Marie Verpoorten (University of Liège), Danny Praet (UGent), Christophe Vielle (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Tom De Rauw (UGent, Belgium)

Conference Theme:

From Abhidhamma to Abhidharma: Early Buddhist Scholasticism in India, Central-Asia, and China

The conference focuses on the Indian origin of Buddhist philosophical systems as they were constructed through rational inquiry, as well as on the way these Indian systems developed in the Central-Asian and Chinese cultural contexts.

Conference Goal:

Although Abhidharma systems, i.e., early Buddhist philosophical systems as they originated in India and developed in Central-Asia and China, are the fundament of the philsophies of the different Buddhist schools in these different regions of the world, they are mostly studied from the angle of and in function of understanding one of these different developed schools. It is the aim of this conference to bring together different scholars in the field of Buddhist studies who either study the origin and development of Abhidharma systems, or the philosophical development of mature Buddhist schools. This will enable a developmental and comparative approach to understanding the value of Abhidharma systems.