Vajrayana Conference

Concept note

The Second Vajrayana Conference will be held in Bhutan from March 28 to 30, 2018. The Conference will focus on experiencing and understanding how Tantric Buddhism continues to creatively adapt to the modern world. In-depth elucidations of Tantric Buddhism’s core methodologies will be presented by Bhutanese, Tibetan and international practitioners, teachers, scientific researchers, academics, and independent scholars towards a greater appreciation of Tantric Buddhism’s current role within contemporary global society.

Tantric, or Vajrayana Buddhism arose in the Indian sub-continent, and by the eighth-century its practice extended to China, Java, Sumatra, Japan, Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, and Bhutan. Vajrayana is characterized by esoteric ritual as well as yogic disciplines that seek to enlighten humanity through the cultivation of self-transcendent wisdom and engaged compassion. Many of Vajrayana’s earliest teachers were women. Buddhism in its Tantric form not only plays a central role in Bhutan and other Himalayan nations, but continues to spread throughout the world as a practice and existential disposition that unifies spiritual and worldly concerns, empowers ethical action, and promotes both individual and societal wellbeing.

The three-day series of talks and presentations will exchange knowledge and perspectives on Tantric Buddhism’s core practices while exploring their relevance and function within contemporary culture. Panels will specifically address elements of Tantric Buddhist practice such as the function of mandalas and Buddhist art; mantra practice; active imagination and meditative identification with deities; transformational dance; yogic disciplines based on internally cultivated flows of energy within the physical body; approaches to dreaming, sleeping, and dying; health and longevity practices; ‘non-dual’ forms of cognition associated with enlightened, altruistic awareness; and Tantric Buddhism’s engagement with evidence-based cognitive neuroscience and psychology.

The conference will include interactive workshops and discussion groups. It will be open to the general public.

1.Date and venue

  • The Second Vajrayana Conference will be held from 28 to 30 March 2018.
  • The conference will be tentatively held in Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • It will be organized by the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH (CBS) and the Central Monastic Body.

2. Registration

  • Registration is free and open to all.
  • You must register online by following this url Registration for Vajrayana Summit
  • To register, you must provide the following information: name, gender, designation, affiliated organisation, nationality, present address, email, and category of participation.
  • The last date for registration is 15 February 2018.


  • The content of the paper must fit within themes reflected in the concept note.
  • It must be an original work, not presented or published elsewhere.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via email to
  • Abstract may include title, author names with professional affiliation, background, objective, method, key result, and conclusion (in APA style).
  • The length of the abstract must not exceed 300 words.
  • The last date for abstract submission is 20 January 2018.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by a review team.
  • Notification of either acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be made via email by 31 January 2018.


  • Presenting authors should submit the full paper in APA style.
  • The deadline for paper submission is 15 March 2018.
  • Rejection to submit the paper in full may result in cancellation of presentation.


  • The Centre will facilitate Bhutanese visa to the participants.
  • The following are the list of documents to be submitted for processing visa.
  1. Valid passport copy.
  2. Filled up visa application form.
  • The visa application form can be downloaded from


  •  No documents shall be accepted after 15 February 2018.
  • A one-time visa fee of Nu. 2500 shall be levied for all visitors irrespective of the duration or type of participation.
  • The Department of Immigration will start processing the visa only after receiving the visa fee. Therefore, CBS shall pay this in advance. Refund of Nu. 2500 or equivalent amount in USD (approximately USD $40) must be refunded to the Centre on the day of arrival.
  • Soft copy of your visa clearance shall be sent to you via email.
  • Visa shall be valid for a maximum of 10 days.
  • At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter. You must carry a hard copy of the visa clearance at your point of entry.
  • Nationals of India, Bangladesh, and Maldives shall be issued entry permit at the port of entry. Entry permit application must be submitted along with a copy of valid passport.
  • No route permit shall be issued. Route permit is required to travel beyond Paro and Thimphu.

6.Local hospitality

  • All participants will be provided with lunch and dinner during the conference, including tea and coffee at regular breaks.
  • Selected speakers shall be provided with accommodation and local transportation during the conference.


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