The Central Monastic Body and the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH are delighted to present the compilation of selected papers presented at the international conference titled Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayāna Buddhism: Mandala of 21st Century Perspectives : Proceedings of the International Conference on Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayana Buddhism
This book is a compilation of the papers presented during the International Conference on Globalized Buddhism, themed Buddhism Without Borders. Attended by about 31 national and international scholars, the conference was jointly organized by the Centre for Bhutan Studies and the Ministry of Home and Cutural Affairs from 21 to 23 May, 2012 in Bumthang, Bhutan. The papers discuss a wide range of traditional Buddhist motifs and emerging developments in the global Buddhist scenario. Even though the papers were presented under seven themes (stated in Hon’ble Home Minister’s keynote address) during the course of the conference for sake of convenience, they are essentially a fluid mix of the above concerns and fitted uneasily into those classifications. Therefore, for this publication, no such attempt at categorization has been made. The papers are thus presented here in random order. The Hon’ble Home Minister’s adapted keynote address which was delivered at the conference has been reproduced here, forming an introduction to this publication.
This publication is the proceedings of the conference on Deepening and Sustaining Democracy organised by the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Centre for Bhutan Studies and the United Nations Development Programme. The inspiration for this Conference emerged from discussions between the Hon’ble Prime Minister lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley and Mr Ajay Chhibber, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and Pacific. The conference was held not only to mark the smooth and peaceful democratic transition of Bhutan in 2008, but also as a platform to share lessons and experiences among countries in the region to help strengthen, deepen and sustain the democratic culture and values in Asia.
This publication is the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Gross National Happiness held in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 24 to 26 November 2008, against the backdrop of the global financial crisis. The conference which attracted 90 participants from 25 countries and five continents was attended by an average of 300 participants and observers. With the theme ‘Practice and Measurement’, the conference could not be held at a better place and time than Bhutan, the birth place of GNH.