Public Seminar “Shared Understanding of Asian Religio-Cultural Problems” Dialogue between Buddhism and Hinduism

Two global religions, Buddhism and Hinduism, have been fostering various spiritual cultures by integrating customs from all the regions of Asia over time and contributing to the stability of Asia and the prosperity of multi-faceted cultures in the region.

While this being true, in such countries as Sri Lanka, where coexistence between Buddhists and Hindus has become an impending national challenge, and Japan, where the understanding of Theravada Buddhism is not sufficient with fairly limited opportunities for dialogues, the understanding between religions and their sectors is limited in comparison with the long history of those countries or religions.

With this background, this seminar will provide a venue for experts in religion and religious culture from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Japan to engage in dialogue from the interdisciplinary perspectives of religious ethics, philosophy, anthropology, and so forth. The seminar aims to achieve a dialogue transcending religions and their sectors, by focusing on the topics of religions as the fundamental cultures for building a cooperative and constructive future for Asia and their roles as such.

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
(Doors open at 3:00pm)
Venue: The Japan Foundation, JFIC Sakura Hall Access
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
Lecturers: (1) U Mya Than, Pro-Rector of International Institute of Abidhamma (Myanmar)
(2) Gamini Senanayake, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Senior Professor in Agricultural Biology, University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka)
(3) Sivasubramaniam Pathmanathan, Professor Emeritus in History, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
(4) Shuichi Nara, Researcher, the Eastern Institute (Japan)
Moderator: Professor Kenneth TANAKA, Musashino University
Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Admission: Free.
Registration: Please email E-mail or FAX (03-5369-6041) with your name, affiliation and contact information. Prior registration continues until the seats are filled.

For more information, please contact:
The Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. Asia and Oceania Section
Tel: 03-5369-6070 / Fax: 03-5369-6041

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