The Dharma Lecture Series is brought to you by Fo Guang Shan Melbourne and delivered by lecturers from Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong. The Dharma Lecture series covers topics such as Introduction to Buddhism and Humanistic Buddhism and Introduction to Mahayana Sutras. The talks are designed for participants who are new to Buddhism or Buddhists whom wish to gain more in-depth knowledge on the teachings of Buddha. Join us in being enlightened with the wisdom of Buddhism.
Buddhism and Modern Society
The system of Buddhist teachings is based on impermanence and interdependence. This talk surveys how Buddhist communities respond to a range of issues brought about by globalisation, science and technology, modern economics, consumerism, environmental sustainability, and other current topics. This discourse will provide an opportunity to explore the bilateral influence of Buddhist beliefs in relation to contemporary viewpoints and modern perspectives on Buddhist traditions.
Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road: an exploration of cave temples in Dunhuang
Dunhuang is well-known for its spectacular array of Buddhist cave temples. The Mogao Grottoes, for example, is an extensive cave temple complex declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This presentation will provide a vivid display of some stunning examples of the artistic and architectural treasures in these caves. It will also explore how they bear testimony to the religious, cultural and commercial exchanges along the trade routes linking East and West, from the fourth to the fourteenth century CE.
Venerable Dr Juewei is Director of the Nan Tien Institute (NTI) Humanistic Buddhism Centre and Associate Lecturer of Applied Buddhist Studies at NTI. Her research interests centre on acculturation, and include Humanistic Buddhism, Buddhist Economics, Buddhism and Science, as well as Buddha’s birthday festivals. Venerable Dr Juewei also heads a worldwide tour entitled ‘Buddha’s Birthday Education Project – Through These Doors: Connecting Past and Present, East and West’ based on her dissertation and book, Parading the Buddha.