The Way to Happiness

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      July 30, 2017 - August 2, the Seventh World Youth Buddhist Symposium will be held again in Thailand. The theme of this year is “The Way to Happiness", three sub-topics will be discussed are “Mind Exploration" "Ecological Coexistence" and “Buddhism in Life". Attendees come from all over the world will meet at the beautiful city - Chiang Mai once again; scholars, university professors and students, religious practitioners, together we will explore and share on the potent theme of “happiness”, to search the wisdom and true meaning of happiness!

World Youth Buddhist Society Anthem in chorus

VIDEO
INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
KEYNOTE SPEECH
WeSpeak
BIG EVENTS
  • The Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    From 12th – 15th July 2016, The Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium was held again in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Under the theme of THE WAY OF PEACE, intensively discussion was developed from the perspective of three respects of Theravada Buddhism, Han Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Nearly 900 scholars,university professors and students will gather together in the picturesque town, Chiang Mai, and share each other’s wisdom.
  • The Fifth World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    Invited by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Chiang Mai Campus of Thailand, the Fifth World Youth Buddhist Symposium was held at Chiang Mai from 1st to 4th August 2015. Under the theme of Ultimate Concern, intensively discussion has been developed from three respects of Spiritual Well-being, Life and Death and Tibetan Buddhism Tradition. Over 700 scholars, university professors and students attended this grand symposium.
  • The Fourth World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    From 1st to 5th August 2014, The Fourth World Youth Buddhist Symposium was held in the Hong Kong Institute of Education. The Theme of this symposium is Social Responsibilities, which was developed with intensively discussion from Environmental Protection, Ethics and Public Interests. There are over 620 scholars and teachers and students from universities around the world have participated this event.
  • The Third World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    The Third World Youth Buddhist Symposium was held from 16th to 19th July 2013 Hong Kong Institute of Education. The Theme of this symposium is Sustainable Development, which was developed with intensively discussion from three perspectives: Dialogue of Buddhism and Other Religious; Core Value of Buddhism, and The Study and Practice System of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The Second World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    From 2nd to 5th August2012, the Second World Youth Buddhist Symposium which lasted for 4 days was successfully held in the beautiful international metropolis—Hong Kong, with the aims of “Open, Inclusive, Seeking truth and Altruistic”, and including three subjects of Buddhism and Science, Buddhism and Spiritual Education, Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The First World Youth Buddhist Symposium

    From 10th to 16th August 2011, the First World Youth Buddhist Symposium was held in Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy on the snow land. This symposium was sponsored by “Centre for Wisdom & Compassion Culture” and “The Youth Buddhism Academic Symposium Committee”.
SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Time Procedure Content Venue
06:40~08:30 Breakfast & shuttle bus to the conference avenue (CMECC) Respective Hotels
08:30~08:40 Welcoming VIP attendees CMECC
08:40~09:55 Opening Ceremony

1. Thai welcoming dance (10 mins)
2. Opening Address: English, Mandarin, Thai and Tibetan MCs (5 mins) , The Most Venerable Phratheppariyat (Thai, 10 mins/CI), Venerable Phra ThepsinghawaracharanÜa (Thai, 10 mins/CI) , Khenpo Sodargye (Tibetan, 10 mins/CI)
3. Introduction to WeSpeak presenters and invited speakers, group photo shooting (10 mins)
4. Introduction to Translation team and MCs, group photo shooting (10 mins)
5. Introduction to worldwide representatives (6 mins)
6. World Youth Buddhist Society Anthem in chorus (4 mins)

CMECC
09:55~10:30 Interfaith Dialogue

Keynote address on Happiness: MC (5 mins), Dr Esther Wakeman (English, 15 mins/CI), Kru Pam (English, 15 mins/CI)

10:30~11:00

Tea Break (Lunch for attendees with no-food-after-midday precept)

Food Court
11:00~11:35 Interfaith Dialogue

Keynote address on Happiness: MC (5 mins), Frank Sethi(English, 15 mins/CI), Venerable Dr.Phrakrusiripariyattayanusat, (English, 15 mins/CI)

CMECC
11:35~12:40

Panel Discussion (60 mins)
Panelists: Dr. Esther Wakeman, Kru Pam, Frank Sethi, Venerable Dr. Phrakrusiripariyattayanusat, Master Hai Tao, Sogyal Rinpoche, Khenpo Sodargye

Group Photo Session for Panelists (5 mins)

12:40~13:40 Lunch Food Court
13:40~13:50 Welcoming VIP attendees CMECC
13:50~15:50 Keynote Speech(I)
Speech: 120 mins

Topic: The Natural Freedom of Mind

Speaker: Sogyal Rinpoche(English, 120mins/CI)

Founder and Spiritual Director of Rigpa
Author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

15:50~16:10 Tea Break Food Court
16:10~17:40 Keynote Speech(II)
Speech: 60 mins
Q&A: 30 mins

Topic: Buddhism and the Science of Happiness: A Happy Marriage

CMECC

Speaker: Dr. Kennon Sheldon (English, 90mins/CI)

Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

17:40~18:30 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: Looking for the World and Myself
Presenter: Chaoyun Wu (English, 20 mins/CI)

Topic: Tame Mind & Body and Attain Happiness
Presenter: En Wan (Mulira Esnart) (Chichewa & Chinese, 20 min/Bilingual & SI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

18:30~19:30 Dinner Food Court
19:30~20:20 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: Religious aspects of pilgrimage walk: Pilgrim's experience of walking during four pilgrimages in the Czech Republic
Presenter: Pavel Šuba (English, 20 mins/CI)

CMECC

Topic: Model of Happiness and Mental Therapy Based on Health Psychology in the West
Presenter: Maya Corman (French, 20 mins/CI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

20:20~21:20 Meeting with Wisdom

Topic: Life, Death and Happiness

Time Procedure Content Venue
06:40~08:40 Breakfast & shuttle bus to the conference avenue (CMECC) Respective Hotels
08:40~08:50 Welcoming VIP attendees CMECC
08:50~09:50 Keynote Speech(III)
Speech: 40 mins
Q&A: 20 mins

Topic: A Buddhist Perspective on Universe, Earth, Ecology, and Humankind

Speaker: Kam Yiu Kuen (Chinese, 60mins/SI)

Vice-president, World Youth Buddhist Society
President, PolyU Buddhist Studies Group PUBSG

09:50~10:40 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: A Way to Connect
Presenter: Howard Barugahare (English, 20 mins/CI)

Topic: Aging Problem in Japan and Problem-solution
Presenter: Kako Kyoda (English, 20 mins/CI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

10:40~11:10 Tea Break (Lunch for attendees with no-food-after-midday precept) Food Court
11:10~12:40 Keynote speech
Speech: 60 mins
Q&A: 30 mins

Topic: Towards a Sustainable Circular and Bio-based Economy

CMECC

Speaker: Prof. Louise Vet (English, 90 mins/CI)

Director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University, Netherlands
Elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

12:40~13:40 Lunch Food Court
13:40~13:50 Welcoming VIP attendees CMECC
13:50~15:20 Keynote speech (Ⅴ)
Speech: 60 mins
Q&A: 30 mins

Topic: Ecological Coexistence and Engaged Buddhism

Speaker: Venerable PhramahaVudhijayaVajiramedhi (Thai, 90mins/CI)

President of Vimuttayalaya Foundation

15:20~16:00 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: Impacts of Global Warming on the Ecosystem and the Way to Happiness
Presenter: Hongfang Zhao (Chinese, 15 mins/SI)

Topic: Why Young People Need to Learn the Buddha-dharma?
Presenter: Yixiong Huang (Chinese, 15 mins/SI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

16:00~16:20 Tea Break Food Court
16:20~17:10 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: The View of Tibetan Buddhism on Ecological Protection
Presenter: Tsoji Dorje (Tibetan, 20 mins/CI)

CMECC

Topic: Gratitude Brings Happiness
Presenter: Mu Wan (Kasimu Patuma) (Chichewa & Chinese, 20 min/Bilingual & SI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

17:10~18:30 Audience participation

Exchange of viewpoints between panelists and audience members

Food Court
18:30~19:35 Dinner Food Court
19:35~20:20 WeSpeak (2 presenters)

Topic: Happiness is a Journey
Presenter: Daphné Gagnon (English, 20 mins/CI)

CMECC

Topic: Lead an Ordinary and Happy Life
Presenter: Jingxuan Wang (Chinese, 15 mins/SI)

Commenting (10 mins/CI)

20:20~21:20 Meeting with Wisdom

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and the Happiness of Humankind
Panelists: Khenpo Sodargye, Master Hai Tao, Dr. Kennon Sheldon, Dr. Elizabeth Lobb, Dr. Chia-Yueh Chu

Time Procedure Content Venue
06:30~09:00 Breakfast & Leaving to Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong Respective Hotels
9:00~11:00 Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

Topic: Awaken the Primordial Peace from Within
Meditation Instructor: Khenpo Sodargye (Chinese, 120 mins/CI)
President, World Youth Buddhist Society

Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong
11:00~12:00 Lunch Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong
12:00~14:00 Visit the temple、Buddha relic Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong
14:00-16:30 Theravada Buddhist Meditation

Meditation Instructor: The Most Venerable Phra Brammamongkhala Vi. (Thai/CI)
Abbot of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara, Thailand)

Meditation Instructor: Venerable Phra Khru Bavanadharmmabhirat (Thai/CI)
Abbot of Wat Rampoeng (Tapotaram), Chiang Mai, Thailand

16:30~17:30 Group Photos Session
17:30~18:30 Life release
18:30~19:30 Dinner Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong
19:30~21:00 Back to hotel Wat Phrathad Sri Chom Tong
Time Procedure Content Venue
06:40~08:40 Breakfast & shuttle bus to the conference avenue (CMECC) Respective Hotels
08:40~08:50 Welcoming VIP attendees CMECC
08:50~9:50 Keynote Speech (Ⅵ)
Speech: 40 mins
Q&A: 20 mins

Topic: “Fall in Love” with Bodhicitta

Speaker: Master Hai Tao (Chinese, 60mins/SI)

The Chairman of Taiwan Life Culture Foundation
The President of all centers of Master Hai Tao Life Foundation & Association in Taiwan and overseas

9:50~10:50 Guest speech

Topic: Buddha-dharma: Pedagogy of Personal Learning
Presenter: Dr. Sue Smith (English, 30 mins/CI)

Topic: Self-compassion & Gratitude as Mind-Sets for Happiness
Presenter: Dr. Fuschia Sirois (English, 30 mins/CI)

10:50~11:20

Tea Break (Lunch for attendees with no-food-after-midday precept)

Food Court
11:20~12:35 WeSpeak (3 presenters)

Topic: The Way to Happiness in Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism
Presenter: Teruaki Fujioto (Japanese, 20 mins/CI)

  CMECC

Topic: Four Noble Truth and Mind Exploration
Presenter: Dudul Tsering (Tibetan, 20 mins/CI)

Topic: Buddhism and Globalization: A Perspective
Presenter: Divya Baranwal (English, 20 mins/CI)

Commenting (15mins/CI)

12:35~14:00 Lunch Food Court
14:00~14:10 Welcoming VIP attendees   CMECC
14:10~15:25 WeSpeak (3 presenters)

Topic: The Concept of Happiness in Standard Economics and Buddhist Economics
Presenter: Mriduchhanda Chattopadhyay (English, 20 mins/CI)

Topic: Making Friends with Ourselves: Reconnecting with our Bodies through Buddhist Practice
Presenter: Maximilian Thess (English, 20 mins/CI)

Topic: The Concept of Happiness in Buddhism and Marxism
Presenter: Kazal Barua (English, 20 mins/CI)

Commenting (15mins/CI)

15:25~15:45 Introduction

Introduction to the Event of Ideal Planet Essay 2018; Membership Scheme of WYBS and Volunteer Recruitment of Ren-Culture Society (Chinese, 20 mins/CI)

15:45~16:15 Tea Break Food Court
16:15~17:15 Keynote Speech (Ⅷ)
Speech: 40 mins
Q&A: 20 mins

Topic: Look Inside, Walk Outside

  CMECC

Speaker: Khenpo Sodargye (Chinese, 60 mins/SI)

President, World Youth Buddhist Society

17:15~18:15 Free Talk

Reflections over the Symposium (Each 5 mins/Around 11 persons)

18:15~19:30 Dinner Food Court
19:30~20:00 Closing Ceremony

Closing ceremony speech by:
MC in Chinese, English, Thai and Tibetan (5 mins) ;
Venerable Phra ThepsinghawaracharanÜa (Thai, 10mins/CI) ;
Khenpo Sodargye (Chinese, 10 mins/CI);
Financial Report (Chinese & English/5 mins)

CMECC
20:00~21:30 Awards Evening (Chinese & English)

Awards for: The Hosting Organizations, Master of Ceremonies Award, Award on The Ideal Planet, Essay Contest Award, WeSpeak Award, Interpreter Award, Award of Outstanding Contribution to the Symposium, Excellent Volunteer Award for Ren-Culture Society and so forth

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