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Environmental Preservation and Restoration, at Theater D
Panel Discussion on Friday, 13 May 2011 at Classrooms Building, MCU Main Campus
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There are sixteen papers in this session. There are a number of topics addressed in the session, papers cover the concepts of: deep ecology and conceptions similar to Buddhist teachings; the concerns over ecological imbalances of the Ladakh population and how to overcome these obstacles; human's relationship with the environment; protection of trees; modern methods of production and their mechanical distribution leads to disadvantages which can be overcome when the mind operates differently; significance and greater awareness of fresh and sea water, and the animals that rely inside; a survey of the environmental research-works coming from China; the improvement of morals will lead to the protection of the environment; environmental protection of the Indian forests and hot-springs; the importance of vegetarianism; Buddhist-Taoist aesthetic ideas for the protection of the environment through the control of desires and the encouraging of contentment; the functionality and relevance of the Earth Charter to compliment Buddhist ideas; the scriptural basis for protecting the environment and animal species; declining to cut trees and plant more young trees.

These were just some of the concerns drawn from the articles, addressed in this panel. This panel is important into our conference to draw attention to what is missing from our environment, and illuminates how we should proceed into the future.

Guest Speaker

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Guest Speaker

Mr.Kamal Meattle
India
Chief Executive Officer, Paharpur Business Centre & Software Technology Incubator Park
Kamal is a serial entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years of real estate experience and over 40 years of Industry experience.

Moderator Name

1

Chief Moderator (Session 1)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Colin Butler
Australia
Associate Professor Colin Butler graduated in medicine in 1987. He holds three additional degrees, all in research, including a PhD in epidemiology and population health awarded by the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, where he now works full time as research academic at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

2

Moderator (Session 1)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Suraphon Suyaphrom
Thailand
Dr. Suraphon Suyaphrom received B.A.(Buddhism) ,M.A.(Buddhism) and Ph.D. in Political Science. Currently, he is assistant professor and head of Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Science, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. He also takes a position of Vice-Rector for General Affairs.

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Moderator (Session 2)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pataraporn Sirikanchana
Thailand
In addition to being a professor at Thammasat University, Associate Professor Pataraporn Sirikanchana is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Thailand, Deputy Rector of the World Buddhist University and is a member of many academic committees at Thammasat University.

4

Moderator (Session 2)

Dr. Tamas Agocs
United States of America
Tamas is Rector of the Budapest Buddhist University. He gratuated in 1991 from the University of Budapest in English and Tibetan and gained his PhD in 1998 in Buddhist Studies. He studied Buddhist theory and practice with a number of Eastern and Western teachers from different traditions..

5

Moderator (Session 3)

Ven. Dr. Walmoruwe Piyaratana
Sri Lanka
Ven. Dr. W. Piyaratana received a Bachelor's Degree with First Class (PaliSpecial) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Currently, he is working as the lecturer at the Faculty of Buddhism and the Graduate School ofMCU. Further he is working as research advisor at the Buddhist Research Institute of MCU.

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Moderator (Session 3)

Dr. Vinod D. Rangari
India
Dr. Vinod D. Rangari is an alumnus of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagpur University, Nagpur, India. He worked for his Ph.D. in Studies of Medicinal Plants from Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu, India, under the guidance of world renowned Scientist..


Panelist Name and Paper title

1

Buddhist Scriptural Studies on the Natural Environment

Ven. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phra Sigambhiranyana
Thailand
Ven. Dr. Phra Sigambhiranyana received his Ph.D. in Pali&Buddhist studies from Banaras Hindu University. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Department of Buddhism, Faculty of Buddhism, MCU, and also takes a position of Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs. He has contributed several publications and articles.

2

Cut Desire But Not The Tree: Buddhist Eco-Ethical Concepts to Overcome the Present Environmental Crisis

Ven. Dr. Walmoruwe Piyaratana
Sri Lanka
Ven. Dr. W. Piyaratana received a Bachelor's Degree with First Class (PâliSpecial) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Currently, he is working as the lecturer at the Faculty of Buddhism and the Graduate School ofMCU. Further he is working as research advisor at the Buddhist Research Institute of MCU.

3

An Overview of Researches on the Idea and Practice of Buddhist Environmental Protection in China

Ven. Dr. Wei Shan
China
Lecturer, Institute for Studies of Buddhism & Religious Theory, Renmin University of China Vice Director, Yunmen Buddhist College, Guangdong Province Member of the Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka

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From Forbidding Cutting Trees to Actively Engaging in Planting: A Case Study of Environmental Practice by Chinese Buddhism

Ven. Dr. Yuan Liu
China
Ven. Yuan Liu received his PhD in Buddhist studies from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PIPBS), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is now teaching in the Buddhist Academy of China (BAC) in Beijing.

5

Formation and Practice of Freeing Animals and Vegetarian tradition in Chinese Buddhism

Ven. Dr. Sheng Kai
China

6

Towards a Buddhist Approach for Living in Harmony with the Oceans and its Life

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Colin Butler
Australia
Associate Professor Colin Butler graduated in medicine in 1987. He holds three additional degrees, all in research, including a PhD in epidemiology and population health awarded by the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, where he now works full time as research academic at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

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Implementation of Buddhist Principles for Improving Environmental Quality and Humanitys Welfare

Suryo Wardhoyo Prawiroatmodjo
Indonesia
Graduated as veterinarian at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Airlangga University, Surabaya - Indonesia. At present he lectures as guest lecturers at STAB Kertarajasa Buddhist College, University of Ciputra, Surabaya. Also organizes trainings, seminars and conferences on environmental topics for various targets groups.

8

Buddhism and the Environment: A Buddhist Approach to the Possible Solutions

Joseph Serra
France
After graduating with Civil Engineer of a high school in 1978, Strasbourg, France, Mr. Joseph Serra began to study Buddhism from 1982 in Sakya Tsechen Ling, the European Institute of Tibetan Buddhism in Strasbourg-Kuttolsheim. In 1989 he became director and Buddhist teacher.
Personal website: www.bouddhisme-et-environnement.org

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The Way of Environmental Preservation and Restoration

Jeff Waistell
United Kingdom
Jeff Waistell gained his B.A.(hons.) at Durham University, MASW and CQSW at Nottingham University, DMS at Teesside University and MBA at the Open University. Jeff is Principal Lecturer and Deputy Programme Director for the Global MBA in the Management and Organisational Studies Department, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University.

10

Significance of Water From a Buddhist Perspective

Wimal Hewamanage
Sri Lanka
Mr. Wimal Hewamanage, a young Pali and Buddhist scholar, who serves as a lecturer in Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Further, he renders his academic contribution to the Post Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, as a visiting lecturer.

11

Ecological and Environmental Concerns Among the Buddhist Communities of Ladakh : A Case Study

Asst. Prof. Dr. Anand Singh
India
Dr. Anand Singh holds a doctorate in Ancient Tourism in India with special significance to Buddhism. He is an Assistant Professor in University of Lucknow, India. Dr. Anand has contributed more than two dozen research papers and books in national and international journals.

12

Buddhism and Deep Ecology: An Appraisal

Asst. Prof. Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh
India
Dr. Singh completed graduation in History (Hons.) from Kirorimal College, University of Delhi and post graduation in Buddhist Studies from Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi in 1995. Presently, Dr. Singh has been teaching in the capacity of Assistant Professor at the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi continuously since February 2, 2006 till date.

13

Ecological Conservation Through the Buddhist Resource Management

Asst. Prof. Dr. Rana Purushottam Kumar Singh
India
He teaches at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed University), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He obtained Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, India. He has published various books, papers, and presented numerous papers both domestically and internationally.

14

The Earth Charter and Buddhist Virtues for Sustainable Community Development from a Buddhist Virtues Perspective

Prof. Dr. Colin Soskolne
Canada
Dr. Soskolne is Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada, where he has been based since 1985. He obtained his BSc and BSc Honours degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Buddhist Virtues in Social and Economic Development Environmental Preservation and Restoration

Prof. Dr. Mamiko Okada
Japan
OKADA Mamiko is a professor at the School of Human Science and Environment, the University of Hyogo. She earned a Dr. Phil. at Bonn University, Germany. She is a trustee of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies and serves as a member of numerous governmental committees.

Secretary

Panel Secretary

Dr. William Yaryan
Dr. William Yaryan received his PhD in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz. As an undergraduate majoring in Philosophy, he was awarded highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His doctoral dissertation was on a social movement that saved endangered redwood trees in the first state park in California.

Panel Staff

Pakawan Sangnee (Pak)
Tel: 081-623-3241
panelist.vesak2011@hotmail.com
Piyaporn Tangsitpaklee (Aor)
Tel: 083-761-8949
panelist.vesak2011@hotmail.com


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