South Asian Buddhist Conference

Nagaloka International Conference
18th to 20th October 2018


Registration Closed!

Important Guidelines:

  1. Speakers and participants are requested to arrive on 17th  October and depart not earlier than the evening of 20th October.
  2. The food will be Indian vegetarian.
  3. Smoking and drinking of alcohol is not accepted on the campus. Please respect this.

The Program

This is the programme to date and developments will be added as and when they are finalized:

18th Ashok Vijaya Dashmi

Morning programme:

  • Formal inauguration of conference.
  • Ven Master Ren Da (China) has kindly agreed to inaugurate the conference along with special guests
  • Ven Master Chong Hua (Abbot, Chong Sheng Temple, Dali, China).
  • Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thero (M.P.,  Sri Lanka).
  • Prof. Sukhdev Thorat (Distinguished Professor, Savitribai Phule University, Pune and  Managing Trustee, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi).
  • Dr. Hsiang Chou Yo, (advisor to Nagarjuna Inst and Executive Member WFB).
  • Harsha Navaratne (Founder Chairman, Sevalanka, Sri Lanka).


  • Visit to Diksha Bhumi

19th  Morning

  • 9.00 am Chanting and Introduction
  • Key note speeches
  • Ven Chong Hua
  • 10.15 Tea
  • 10.30
    • Ven Ratana Thero
    • Prof Sukhdev Thorat
  • 12.00 lunch
  • 14.00 India- The significance of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, its growth, impact and potential.
    1. Prof Mahesh Deokar. Head of Pali Department, Savitribai Phule University, Pune: –The significance of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion in the revival of Buddhism in India .
    2. Dhammachari Maitriveer Nagarjuna (Prof Santosh Raut), Hon Director Nagarjuna Inst.:- The  dynamics of the Ambedkarite Buddhist movement.
    3. Mangesh Dahiwale, Executive Director, Centre For Dalit Studies, Hyderabad, Buddhist Scholar:- The place and significance of the Dhamma in Dr. Ambedkar’s work, the significance of his approach to the Dhamma for India (democracy), and for Asia (social justice)
    4. Prof S. R. Bodhi, Tata Inst of Social Sciences, Mumbai:- How the Scheduled Tribes are becoming influenced by Dr. Ambedkar and Buddhism, and the possible outcomes of that.
    5. Chair –  Prof Sudhaka, Hyderabad University
  • 15.30 Tea
  • 15.45 The work of Nagarjuna Institute.
    • To demonstrate very fast all India growth
    • Different communities involved
    • Potential impact on India and Asia
  • Sushant – The Importance of Nagaloka
  • Arun – Kerala and the flood.
  • Manish –  Buddha Gaya
  • Sangeeta –  UP/Shakya
  • Sangeeta – Chattisgarh
  • Divya – the Nagaloka association
  • If time, Questions and answers: Chair Mangesh Dahiwale
  • 18.30 Dinner
  • 19.30 Indian Classical music – local Indian Buddhists

20th  Morning

  • 9.00 am China- Tradition, present situation, and initiatives in Buddhism in China today, especially looking at social impact and/or impact or potential impact on Asia
  • Ven Ren Da, Abbot Boshan Zhengjue Monastery, Shandong.
  • Prof Jia Du Quiang, National Institute of International Strategy; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Hsiang Chou Yo, Executive Member, WFB; Advisor Nagarjuna Inst.
  • Raymond Lam, Senior Writer, Buddhistdoor Global.
  • Dongdong Yu, Ananda Foundation, Hangzhou.
  • Chair; Ven Miao Hai
  • 10.30 tea
  • 10.45 Sri Lanka – Tradition, present situation, and initiatives in Buddhism in Sri Lanka today, especially looking at social impact and/or impact or potential impact on Asia
    1. Harsha Navaratne, Founder –chairman, Sevalanka.
    2. Ven Balagonda Manjushri – Sevalanka
    3. Muttu Kumara, Director, Prajashakti Project, Sr Lanka
  • Nepal : Rem Bahadur B K, President, Jagaran Media Centre, Kathmandu
  • 12.00 lunch
  • 14.00 Panel discussion Explore ways to develop communication and partnerships to strengthen Buddhist values to contribute to a progressive and harmonious Asia.  Scope for questions from audience:
    1. Ven Chong Hua
    2. Ven Ratana Thero
    3. Lokamitra and others.
  • 15.30 Tea
  • 15.45 Concluding ceremony