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3d International Academic and Research Conference «VAJRAYANA BUDDHISM IN RUSSIA».

27.09.2012

On September 21-24, 2012 in Vladivostok the Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association and its Vladivostok Diamond Way Buddhist Centre held the 3d International Academic and Research Conference «VAJRAYANA BUDDHISM IN RUSSIA: HISTORICAL DISCOURSE AND ADJACENT CULTURES». The Association activities are becoming more and more noticeable among other Buddhist organisations in Russia. Many buddhologists have been watching it and studying the Karma Kagyu tradition for a long time. Allowing to band Buddhologists and Buddhists together such a conference helps to create new levels of mutual relations and understanding.

The Conference was supported by the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East (the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Centre for Philosophical Comparative Studies and Socio-Humanitarian Research of the Philosophical Faculty of Saint-Petersburg State University and Primorsky Region Home Policy Administration. The Conference was co-chaired by N.G. Artemyeva, PhD in History, Head of Medieval Archeology Department of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East and E. V. Leontyeva, PhD in History, a member of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the chief editor of the Orientalia Publishing House. A.B. Sokolov and V.M. Dronova coordinated the Conference on behalf of the Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association.

The Conference was attended by scientists from many Russian cities including Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok, Blagoveshensk, Magadan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Chita, Elista, Samara, Tolyatti, Novgorod, Sochi, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Kazan, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude. The total number of participants who represented different institutes, museums and research centres was 83 with 12 scientists originating from the Russian Far East Region including A. P. Zabiyako, Doctor of Philosophy, Head of the Religious Studies Faculty of the Amur State University, editor of «Religiovedenije» scientific magazine (Blagoveshensk); T. V. Barnyukovich, Doctor of Philosophy, professor of the Zabaykalsky State University (Chita); A. V. Lesnov, PhD, Head of the Philosophy Faculty of the North-East State University (Magadan), A.O. Belyakov, PhD, archeologist, Amur Region Historical and Cultural Heritage Preservation Centre (Blagoveshensk) and several famous scientists from Vladivostok: N.G. Artemyeva, PhD in History, Head of the Medieval Archeology Department of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East; A. V. Popovkin, PhD in Philosophy, Senior Research Associate of the Ethnography, Ethnology and Anthropology Department of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East; N.U. Prihodko, PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Far East Federal University; M.B. Serdyuk, PhD in History, Associate Professor of the Far East Federal University; G.K. Bozhkova, PhD in History, Associate Professor of the Far East Federal University and others.

Among the participants were Buddhist practitioners, scientific degree holders, graduates from Buddhist institutes and monasteries in India, teachers and translators for the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute KIBI (New Delhi, India), International Institute for Tibetan and Asian Studies ITAS (Karma Guen, Spain) and representatives of Buryatiya Datsans (Buddhist monasteries).

When choosing potential participants for the Conference we did not take into consideration their religious views because anybody can be a specialist in Buddhism whether he or she is a Buddhist, an atheist or a follower of any other religion. Some of the participating scientists took part in the Conference remotely – from India, Nepal, France, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The conference opened with warm welcoming speeches by professor V.L. Larin, Grand PhD in History, Director of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East, (Vladivostok); associate professor B.U. Kitinov, PhD in History, a member of the Advisory Board for the Religious Expertise at the Ministry of Justice (Moscow); A.Sh. Koybagarov, President of the Russian Diamond Way Karma Kagyu Buddhists Association (St. Petersburg – Moscow); A.M. Alexeev-Apraksin, grand PhD in cultural studies, a co-chair of the second Conference under the same name (St. Petersburg) and V.M. Yevtushenko, Head of the Primorsky Region Home Policy Administration (Vladivostok). The Conference noted the urgency of this research area, in particular, in connection with the APEC summit and increased attention to the culture and religion of the Pacific region.

The Conference consisted of a plenary meeting, seven break-out sessions and a round-table discussion called «Buddhist education of the past and future». The participants had an excursion to the museum of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East. Also, the guests had a tour around the city, saw the venue of the APEC summit and visited the Vladivostok Diamond Way Buddhist Centre.

The Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East (the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) perfectly fitted to be the event venue. The budget of the Conference was formed by sponsor donations from the Buddhists from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Magnitogorsk, Samara, Elista, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Stavropol, Nevinnomissk, Pyatigorsk, Irkutsk, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and especially Vladivostok. Without generosity of these idealists the Conference would have failed. A large number of volunteers from among Diamond Way Buddhists and workers of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East helped to arrange the Conference.

The Conference meetings were attended by quite a few people that came to find out more about the topics they were very much interested in.

On the last day of the Conference the scientists visited archaeological sites with the remains of the Buddhist temples in Partisansky and Shkotovsky areas which confirm that people of the Middle Ages, who had inhabited the territory of the Russian Far East, had already known and practiced Buddhism. The closing ceremony also took place there. The participants expressed the opinion that the Conference turned out to be successful, informative and interesting in terms of topics, reports and attendants. Many scientists gained a diversity of knowledge about Buddhism in general and Vajrayana in particular and came up with fresh ideas.

The Conference reports will be published as a collective monograph which will surely bring much benefit to the scientific community, Buddhists and other interested people.

The Conference web-site:

www.vajra-conference.buddhism.ru

 

 

 

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