Dharma Dhamma Conference (DDC)

Venue: Sanchi

Location: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India

Event Date/Time: Jul 20, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 22, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Jun 15, 2012
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The principles like non-violence and Truth; qualities like compassion, honesty, charity and humility and attitudes like selflessness, non-attachment and courage have been the an integral part of the Indian ethos since our remotest past which have been reiterated time and again by great sages and men. The Buddha, the first great personality to appear in the World history added His specific flavor to them; gave the Sanatana Dharma a paradigm shift and demonstrated them through His personal life. The most venerable Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama says “The Hindus and the Buddhists, we are two sons of the same mother”. The Buddha set out on the great Mission of enquiry, which resembles the method followed by Upanishadic seers to find out the root cause of worldly existence. His path was inclusive of all classes of people.

Buddhism is the strongest emotional and spiritual link between the cultures of South and South-East Asia and is connected to India veritably by a spiritual umbilical chord. The place where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago is a place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists of the world.

The sustaining link is provided by Dharma-Dhamma in all these cultures. Dharma, called “Dhamma” in Pali, is an extraordinarily perceptive phenomenon that could explain the natural order and also the order of consciousness from the macro to the micro.

The seminar aims to focus on the essential identity between the Dharmma-Dhamma view points. We find that these thoughts are as relevant today as they have been over millennia of Pilgrims’ Progress, exemplified by the abiding continuum of Hindu and Buddhist Civilizations. We aim through this conference, to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas and foster harmony between the two ancient Civilizations, so that Dharmma-Dhamma becomes a veritable celebration of freedom. It is all the more essential in view of the forces released by Globalisation today, to integrate the Orient through the common factor of Dharmma-Dhamma link provided by centuries of cultural and civilisational interconnectedness.

This conference will explore the following subjects:
• Hindu Dharma – Bauddha Dhamma as Philosophia Perennis and Universalis – Perennial and Universal Philosophies
• Expression of Hindu and Bauddham thoughts in art and architecture
• Archaeological and Historical perspectives
• Sampradayas and patterns of worship in temples
• Renaissance in Hindu and Bauddham temples
• Areas for cooperation between Hindu and Bauddham scholars and prominent citizens
• Socio-economic cooperation among the Indian Ocean Rim countries

Indicative list of themes or topics
1. Specific paradigms of sanatana dharma and bauddha dhamma
2. Root cause of existence in dharma-dhamma
3. Dharma-dhamma in pursuit of a universal cause
4. Dharma-dhamma an inclusive growth (abhyudayam)
5. Dharma-dhamma as the strongest cultural foundation in the Orient
6. Dharma-dhamma as the ordering principle
7. Dharma-dhamma as universal ethos
8. Dharma-dhamma principle as the enduring metaphor, a cultural continuum
9. Dharma-dhamma in cosmic sense
10. Dharma-dhamma in social and ethical sense
11. Dharma-dhamma in forms of worship
12. Dharma-dhamma and ecological preservation
13. Dharma-dhamma as synthesis of social values
14. Phenomenology of dharma-dhamma in various systems of thought
15. Precepts of dharma-dhamma in canonical texts
16. Dharma-dhamma as the highest metaphysical principle
17. Dharma-dhamma and consciousness studies
18. Dharma-dhamma and svadharma
19. Dharma-dhamma and rajadharma, jurisprudence
20. Delineation of dhamma in Abhidamma texts
21. Dharma-dhamma and meditative practices
22. Dharma-dhamma as a normative principle
23. Dhamma analysis in Abhidamma
24. Dharma-dhamma and liberation (nihs’reyas)
25. Place of s’eela as causal factor in dharma-dhamma
26. Dharma in Upanishads
27. Dharma in epics
28. Dhamma in Jataka texts
29. Practice of dharma-dhamma as guarantor of peace in international relations
30. Dharma-dhamma in cosmogenic myths
31. Dharma-dhamma and existential world-views
32. Dharma-dhamma as aesthetic expressions in art and architecture
33. Dharma-dhamma as expressions in performing arts
34. Dharma-dhamma and archaeology
35. Specific contributions of scholars, for example, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, TRV Murty, Bhikku Bodhi
36. Geographical spread of dharma-dhamma from the Urals to the Setusamudram, from the Urals to the Mekong delta
37. Zen Buddhism and metaphysics

Dates: 6 – 8 April 2012
Venue: Sanchi/Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

1. Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka
2. Tathagata Buddha Institute for Oriental Buddhism, Sanchi, MP, India
3. Indian Buddhist Society, New Delhi, India
4. Dalai Lama Foundation, New Delhi, India

1. Department of Culture, GoMP, Bhopal, India
2. India Foundation, New Delhi, India

Organising Committee:
1. Ven Samdong Rimpoche, Dharmashala, India
2. Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Coimbatore, India
3. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Kanchi, India
4. Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero, Colombo, Sri Lanka
5. Dr. Lokesh Chandra, New Delhi, India
6. Swami Mitrananda, Chennai, India
7. Dr. David Frawley, New Mexico, US

1. Js. V.S. Kokje, Indore, India
2. Dr. Baidyananth Labh, Jammu, India
3. Dr. Raji Ramanan, New Delhi, India
4. Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, Chennai, India
5. Dr. S. Ram Mohan, Chennai, India
6. Ven. Tulku Tsori Rimpoche, Myanpat, India
7. Vishwa Ranjan, Raipur, India
8. Shashi Sekhar Sharma, Patna, India
9. Prof. Kapil Kapoor, Delhi, India
10. Shaurya Doval, New Delhi, India
11. Hari Kiran, Singapore


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