Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism


A Mandala of 21st Century Perspectives

July 1-3, 2016

The registration for the conference and submission of abstracts are now closed

Bhutan Conference-Announcement


This international conference to be held in Thimphu, Bhutan under the auspices of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research will focus on the issues of continuity and change within contemporary expressions of Vajrayana Buddhism. As a textual tradition, Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism developed in India from the 8th century onward as a creative response to changing socio- cultural conditions, building on earlier traditions of spiritual practice. Vajrayana subsequently shaped the art, culture, and consciousness of much of Asia, and specially the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Vajrayana Buddhism is now a global phenomenon. This conference will address issues of tradition and innovation as Vajrayana engages the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Panelists will range from Bhutanese and Tibetan Lamas to neuroscientists, academics, and international scholar-practitioners who have adapted Tantric Buddhism’s methods of individual and collective transformation to the priorities and concerns of the 21st century.

The three-day, publically-engaged series of talks and presentations will address Vajrayana’s historical and contemporary interface with the visual and performing arts, as well as its dialogue with 21st century medicine and science. Presentations will emphasize Vajrayana’s long history of creative innovation within wider processes of continuity and change and the current globalization of Himalayan Buddhist culture. The conference will specifically address the role of body-mind yogic practices within Vajrayana Buddhism and their applicability within increasingly technology-driven, transcultural world.

For more information, please contact Ms. Chhimi Dem at