The International Seminar on the Academic Exchange & Cooperation between the World Buddhist University & Institutions of Buddhist Study of the University of the West was held at University of the West, Rosemead, CA, USA on July 11, 2011. Six Delegates from the World Buddhist University led by Professor Noranit Setabutr, Rector of the World Buddhist University, Thailand, participated in the seminar along with Dr. C.S Wu, President of UWest; Dr. William Howe, Dean of Academic Affairs; and faculty and students of the Department of Religious Studies at UWest.
In the opening speech, President Wu welcomed the delegates from Thailand. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Ananda W. P. Guruge delivered a keynote speech on “Buddhist Studies – Present and Future.” Dr. Howe then spoke on Reaching Out to Buddhist Associations and Organizations and Universities with Asian Studies Programs in California. Altogether, eight papers/presentations were delivered in the seminar from both WBU delegates and faculty of UWest. Dr. Kenneth Locke, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, presented on Research in Buddhist Studies at the University of the West and introduced different programs in the Department of Religious Studies. He also summarized the paper of Dr. Bruce Long on “Instruction in Buddhist Studies: A Review of Personal Experience.”
Dr. Pataraporn Sirikanchana presented his research on “Moral Emphasis and Application in Buddhist Studies: The Case of Thai Education.” Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat talked on the “Religious Syncretism and Reform Movements in Thai Buddhism,” and Dr. Banjob Bannaruji explained “The Four Noble Truths: The Truths for Human Beings’ Liberation and for Application in Solving Problems.” Ven. Dr. Jue Ji talked about the program and activities of the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies. She sought future cooperation with WBU in organizing conferences at UWest. Dr. Miroj Shakya gave a presentation on the ongoing Sanskrit Canon Project of University of the West.
Professor Noranit Setabutr and Dr. Howe concluded the seminar with votes of thanks to the organizers and participants, and encouraged future cooperation between the two institutions to organize similar seminars and conferences in the near future.