Welcome to BUSL Abhidhamma Conference Area - 2018

15th- 16th June 2018, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka

Widening Knowledge of Abhidhamma

Theravada and Sarvastivada are two major Buddhist schools prevailing today that branched off from the main stream of early Buddhism. When the latest development of the two traditions is considered, Abhidhamma is only the factual teachings that can be authorized by them. Even though the two traditions authenticate the two separate Abhidhamma Pitaka, both the traditions have been developing it with reference to early Buddhism. When we read sharply the two canonical literature of Abhidhamma, we could find different interpretations and words that are not akin to the two traditions. Up to date, the scholars like McGovern, Stcherbatsky, and P.S. Jaini have paid their attention to find the relationship between Theravada and Sarvastivada Abhidhamma. However, this is one of the duties of the Buddhist scholars living today to examine the relation between the two major Abhidhammic traditions.

Therefore, Foundation for Buddhist Brotherhood and Sri Lankan Tibetan Buddhist Brotherhood Society in collaboration with International Buddhist Confederation and Bhikshu University of Sri Lanka organize a conference on Abhidharma on 15/16 of June 2018. The plenary session would be chaired by the great scholars like Most Ven. Kuala Lumpur Dhammajothi Thero representing the Sarvastivada tradition and Professor Y. Karunadasa representing Theravada tradition. During the conference, the scholars in the field of Abhidhamma will present their papers showing the relation between the two.

We invite researchers to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at these sessions on the following 12 themes:

  • Historical Background of Abhidhamma
  • Sarvastivāda Abhidhamma Literature
  • Basic Concepts of Abhidhamma
  • Techniques of Abhidhamma Teaching

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  • Theravada Abhidhamma Literature
  • Comparison of Theravada and Sarvastivāda Abhidhamma
  • Psychological Foundation of Abhidhamma
  • Application of Abhidhamma to the modern life.