19-20, March, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit,
By ‘Buddhist-matters’, we mean here all those ideas, institutions, knowledge systems, arts, beliefs, rituals, lifestyles, and other cultural practices that bear some marks of contact, inheritance, or influence of the wider tradition of Buddhism(s). The Buddhist-matters, thus, would include both the historical remnants and the continuing forms of institutions and practices related to Buddhist cultures. A critical engagement with some of the broad concerns of Buddhisms is often seen to be a felt-need of the time. The current period is defined predominantly by the proliferating consumerist culture, which bounds to cause various crises for human existence and ecological sustainability. With the onset and onslaught of neoliberal globalised world-order, a peaceful coexistence of diverse cultures has become threatened. Various strands of cultural imperialism, including ethnic and religious, are on their fast track. Sensitive minds from across the world tend to invoke the Buddhist imagery for meeting the challenges paused by the growing consumerist penetration……………….