Huayen Globalization Forum to be held in Taipei

By Bear Lee, CNA, Aug 29, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan -- The Huayen Forum of Globalization and the Seventh General Conference of World Buddhist Sangha Youth (WBSY) will take place Sep. 4-6 at the Sansia campus of National Taipei University, the organizers said Sunday.

The events, to be organized by the Da Huayen Monastery and the Huayen Buddhist Community, will address the topic "Globalization in Buddhism: Ecological Sustainability of Nature and Comprehensive Harmony" to highlight the increasing concerns over balancing human life with the natural environment.

Other topics to be discussed during the forum will include Buddhist practices and richness of mind in the New Era, the dialogue and collaboration between globalization and environmental protection efforts, Buddhist culture and human core values, and the dialogue between Buddhism and other religions.

Master Hai Yun Jimeng, who heads the Da Huayen Monastery and the Huayen Buddhist Community, took the initiative in organizing the forum in the hope of bringing together the resources of Buddhists around the world to help promote environmental protection, a harmonious society and intelligent exploration.

The forum is aimed at applying Buddhism to strengthen universal values and ethics and reach a "comprehensive harmony" in relations among peoples, between people and nature and their families, and within themselves.

Min Bahadur Shakya, founder of the Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods in Nepal, Dr. Harsha Kumar Navaratne, president of the SEWA LANKA Foundation in Sri Lanka, and many other Buddhist heavyweights from around the world will take part in the forum.