Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
On March 5, the Soka Cultural Association in France (ACSF) held the first lecture in a three-year series titled “Knowledge of Buddhism.” The lecture was held at the Soka center in Paris and attended by some 140 people. Guest speaker Dominique Trotignon, director of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Paris and president of the Theravada Buddhist Association Vivekārāma, focused on Buddhism in its Indian context.
Mr. Trotignon traced the origins of Buddhism to Shakyamuni and his teachings in the ancient Kingdom of Magadha in northeastern India and also spoke on the relationship between Buddhism and Brahmanism, the transmission of Shakyamuni’s teachings by his disciples, the role of King Ashoka, and the evolution of monastic Buddhist practice and Mahayana Buddhism.
The “Knowledge of Buddhism” lecture series will include presentations by a range of experts, and it will run until 2017. In 2015, the series will cover the transmission of Buddhism by geographical area—India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. In 2016, the series will introduce the main Buddhist schools, and, in 2017, the lectures will focus on the links between Buddhism and other religions and other areas such as science and the arts.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Cultural Association in France (ACSF); photos courtesy of ACSF]
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