International Conference: Buddhist Canons: In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education

By Press office
Buddhistdoor Global | 2021-10-13 |

The Buddhist nunnery and educational institution Tung Lin Kok Yuen and the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong are organizing an international conference under the theme: Buddhist Canons: In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education. The event will be conducted in English on 27–28 November. Participants may attend the conference on onsite or online. 

About the conference 

The conference aims to invite leading scholars in Buddhist studies and education to dig into the diverse Buddhist canons and canonical texts in search for the wisdom and means to attain wisdom for developing a theoretical foundation and practical guidelines for a wisdom-oriented education appropriate to the modern world, in contrast to knowledge-oriented education. Buddhist canons in this conference refers both to the traditional canons and also to secondary canons, commentaries, and treatises that were developed in various historical and geographical contexts by different Buddhist masters.

In this conference, we aim to:

• Explore a Buddhist definition of wisdom-oriented education and the need for introducing such a system of pedagogy in modern education, and for blending Buddhist wisdom with contemporary knowledge;

• Examine Buddhist methods for developing our human capacity to think and act using knowledge, experience, and common sense, and investigate how the acquired knowledge, understanding, and skills need to be applied with a universal concern for the betterment of all living beings and care for the natural and social environment;

• Discuss the roles of learners and teachers in wisdom-oriented education and the importance of developing in the learners the invaluable attributes of unbiased judgment, critical thinking, kindness, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, non-attachment, virtues, and ethical conduct;

• Investigate how a wisdom-oriented education facilitates rewarding experiences and benefits in life, as compared to knowledge-oriented education.

For full details of the two-day conference program, click here.

For enquiries, call: (+852) 3917 0094 or email:

To register, click here.

Jointly organized by

Tung Lin Kok Yuen
HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies 

Co-organized by

Po Kok Secondary School
Po Kok Primary School
Yuen Long Po Kok Primary School

Media partners

Buddhist in Hong Kong
Buddhist Compassion

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