ABS NEWS – July 2016

NTI at Kyoto 3 Symposium

NTI’s Director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, Venerable Dr Juewei, participated and presented at the recent Kyoto 3 Symposium in Japan, which focussed on “Being Now” Community, Humanity and the Sacred: Platform for a new economics. This event was an opportunity for authors and researchers to come together and interact across disciplines, to stimulate each other in creating a new approach to economics which centres on humanity and spirituality. 

Nan Tien Institute’s Venerable Dr Juewei shares her knowledge at the recent Kyoto 3 Symposium in Japan.

Venerable Dr Juewei shared a presentation on ‘The Four Noble Truths of Economics’, which revealed how we live in a world faced with disharmony and how we trap ourselves in a dissatisfactory state of karmic interdependencies due to self-interest. She went on to explain that “harmonious co-existence is possible” and that “there is a path to cooperative harmony”.

Buddhist Studies Graduate Students' Conference, Taiwan

NTI has an opportunity for its Masters students to apply to attend the upcoming Buddhist Studies Graduate Students’ Conference at Taiwan’s Fo Guang University (FGU). Interested students should submit an online application and 1,000 word summary paper by July 20 2016. The Conference will be held December 18 2016 at FGU’s Department of Buddhist Studies. NTI students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other MA and PhD students from around the world studying Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy and other related disciplines.

More information and to apply.

Buddhism in Chinese History subject now in Australia

NTI has had limited bookings for the China Buddhism Study Tour scheduled for September, so has decided to postpone the tour.

Buddhism in Chinese History - the subject that tour participants would have studied - will now be offered at the NTI Wollongong Campus.

Those students who are interested in this subject, but couldn't travel, had time constraints, or found the cost prohibitive, now have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of Buddhism in China, in the comfort of a local setting!

Buddhism in Chinese History provides a historical survey of the impact of Buddhism in Chinese culture, exploring its growth and transformation through significant people, doctrines, practices and institutions – from the turn of the Common Era to the present. This subject offers an insight into how Buddhism became one of the three pillars of traditional Chinese religion. It begins with the transmission of Buddhism from India to China, and will follow the development of a uniquely Chinese Buddhism - after a period of initial conflict before integrating with the local culture. Buddhist sacred sites will be used as experiential windows to further explore major aspects of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, and its interaction with Chinese literature, philosophy, art, architecture and indigenous religious practices.

More information and to enrol.

NTI Knowledge – helping the youth of Bhutan

NTI international scholarship student Karma Gyeltshen has plans to use his knowledge to help the youth of Bhutan when he finishes his Master of Arts – Applied Buddhist Studies next year.

Karma started his studies at NTI late last year, after looking at a number of Buddhist Studies option worldwide. "There is no other institute that compares," he said.

Karma Gyeltshen

“Looking at the quality of the teachings, lecturers and infrastructure, along with the Institute and Temple environment, it’s very conducive for Buddhist Studies. I really find the true essence of Buddhism here – it’s like heaven for students.”

He has found the subjects at NTI very “intensive and diverse”. “You go back 2500 years and come back to today. Now. Here. It’s quite amazing to travel in time!”

Karma says that his studies at NTI are not wholly about qualifications and his career. “It’s about my whole life,” he said. “After I’ve finished studying here I plan to go back to my country and start teaching young people about what I have learnt – particularly about mindfulness and meditation.”

He explains: “Although Bhutan is a Buddhist country, mindfulness is a distant experience for young people there. It’s normally practiced by Monks in Monasteries – not by lay people! This is a far-fetched experience for them!”

Karma plans to take his learnings at NTI back to his small Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom, and start a Mindfulness Centre and Mindfulness School for Bhutan’s youth.

“This kind of social work is something that I find myself engaging in whole-heartedly,” Karma said. “It’s not for my own benefit, but for the benefit of the young people.  It’s something I look forward to.”


15 Jul 2016