Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland
I have the great joy to announce the great festival on the anniversary of Buddha’s first turning of the wheel of Dharma celebrated at Danakosha Ling with an international seminar on ethics beyond religion and the foundation of Buddhism on August 3rd and 4th, 2019.
To my great delight many Buddhist leaders have agreed to speak about the four noble truths based on the understandings of different Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and Burma. In particular Her Excellence Pema Choden, the ambassador of Bhutan, Matti Repo, the bishop of Tampere, Esko Kilpi, and many other scholars and leaders will express their wisdom on secular ethics.
These two topics are essential for the peace of mind of individuals and world peace in general. All religions are built on the foundation of secular ethics for finding peace, harmony, happiness, and tolerance. Without this common ethical foundation there is no meaning in religious terminologies.
Buddhism spread to many different countries over the span of over 2500 years. Consequently there are many different ways of understanding and practicing Buddhism. Yet, if we lose the meaning of the four noble truths, the first teaching of Buddha, we step outside Buddhism.
In this way these two topics are very important for the foundations of religions in general and for Buddhism in particular.
This short weekend is a golden opportunity for you to gain great knowledge and experience on humanity, ethics, wisdom and loving kindness from many esteemed speakers. Everyone interested is cordially welcome!
Her Excellence Pema Choden is Bhutan’s ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain and the European Union. She has served in Bhutan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1989. She holds a bachelor’s degree and has studied French and international relations, including at the ENA in France.
Matti Repo is the 36th bishop of Tampere Diocese since 2008 and a doctor of theology since 1997. Before his ordination as a bishop he has acted as the secretary of theological matters in the Church administration, a researcher in the theological department of University of Helsinki, and held other positions of responsibility in the Church administration. He is a docent of dogmatics in the theological department of University of Helsinki.
Venerable Thich Hanh Bao is the chairman of the Buddhist Organization and the abbot of the Vien Y Pagoda at Padova, Italia, and the chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Culture Center and the abbot of Lien Tam Pagoda in Turku, Finland. He has been elected as the member of the executive committee of The World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC) since 2002. He received the full ordination of a monk in 1994 at Phap Hoa Pagoda, Marseille, France. He served as the abbot of Van Hanh Pagoda, Odense, Denmark, for 10 years.
Esko Kilpi is the founder and principal of Esko Kilpi Company, a leading research and advisory firm on post-industrial value creation and digital work environments. He works as a management author, and takes part in academic research and lectures on the topics of post-industrial, post-fossil value creation, ethical view of the firm and intelligent technologies. His special interest is interaction and interdependence based on sciences of complexity and theories of complex social systems.
Venerable Phra Mahanuan Chamnanram has been an ordained monk in the Thai Theravada tradition for 43 years, and the last 17 years he has resided in Finland, where he acts as an abbot of a temple in Nurmijärvi. He has graduated from Mahamakut Buddhist University Religion and philosophy. He hosts a Buddhist radio program in Thailand.
Irma Rinne is the chairwoman of the Finnish Buddhist Union and a member of the Buddhist Dharmacenter. She is retired from the University of Helsinki, co-ordinator in musicology, and a licenciate of philosophy in musicology.
Venerable Dr. Pannasami is the president of Buddha Dhamma Ramsi in Finland, a temple in the Burmese Buddhist tradition, since 2013, and he has held many other positions of responsibility in various Buddhist organizations. He is widely educated in Buddhist subjects, and he holds a Ph.D. from Magadh University, India. He has published numerous books and articles in different subjects related to Buddhism, and shares his knowledge in different countries.
Venerable Taehye Sunim is the founder and abbot of Musang Am monastery in Lerici, Italy, and the chairman of Bodhidharma ry in Finland. He has published many writings and translations of Buddhist texts over the last four decades. He has studied Buddhism in many Asian countries, and received ordination as a full monk in the Korean and Burmese traditions.
Cecilia Winquist-Innanen is a supervisor, psychiatric nurse and therapist. She is the president of Tarab Institutet Finland ry, a member of the educational board of Tarab Institute International, and a teacher on “Unity in Duality Science of Mind and Phenomena” educational program. She is one of the founding members of Finnish-Tibetan Cultural Association. She held responsibility in the organizing committee for the visits of H.H. the Dalai Lama to Finland.
Jyrki Koivisto has acted as the vicar of Jokioinen church since 2002, and before that as a priest in many small churches in North Ostrobothnia, Finland. He graduated as a master of theology in 1994, and was ordained as a priest in 1995. He has been involved in the activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland since young age, and he has also been involved in international christian youth activities in Europe.
In order to help us prepare for the event, please kindly register as soon as possible or at latest by July 20th by filling out this form.
Everybody is cordially welcome. Attendance is free of charge. Donations according to your generosity.
The event is organized by Danakosha Ling, a Dharma community in the lineage and teaching tradition of the Ngagyur Nyingma or Nyingma Early Translation School of Tibetan Buddhism. This community was officially registered in Finland in 2005, under the spiritual direction of Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche.
This Dharma community’s main purpose is to, in the world in general and in Finland and other western countries in particular, benefit temporarily and ultimately the minds of sentient beings, by clarifying the path and means of finding true happiness and peace.