Humanistic Buddhist Responses to Modern Crises
Never Waste a Crisis: A human response to disruption
Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster
Hugh Mackay AO
Leading international Buddhist studies scholar, Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster and Australia’s top social researcher Hugh Mackay are the Symposium’s keynote speakers. It is envisaged that their topic, “Never Waste a Crisis: a human response to disruption” will set the tone for the entire Symposium.
Dialogue and conversation during their session will focus primarily on what we can learn from the current pandemic, and how we can shape a positive, more humanistic future.
The first major topic for discussion is on the impact of isolation vs community strength as well as what happens when a crisis shatters social norms and disrupts aspects of peoples’ lives, welfare and social worlds.
The discussion will then focus on doors which have been opened to change – with potentially positive results for our personal and social worlds, as crises allow us opportunities to reorganise.
With a particular focus on extending what we can learn from the present COVID-19 Pandemic to other crisis situations, the dialogue when then shift to the issue of Climate Change, which, like the COVID-19 Pandemic, affects the entire human race.
Finally, the dialogue will frame how the current crisis must be seen as a stimulus for positive action, as we need to project forward to specific actions that deal with global problems, even in the face of differences of opinions and agendas.
The Keynote Dialogue encourages us to paint a very broad canvas, but this very canvas provides the frame for considering the basic assertion and exploration of the 8th International Symposium on Humanistic Buddhism, “Never Waste a Crisis: A Humanistic Response to Disruption.”
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Professor Mario Fernando
Professor Dr Bee Scherer
Dr Linus Lancaster
Venerable Miao Guang
Working Towards a More Humanistic Society of the Future:
Challenges for the Self within Complex Systems
Professor Stephen Hill
Dr Leonard Fisher
Dr Peter D Hershock
Venerable Dr Juewei
Learning from Australian Responses to Modern Crises
Professor Anna Halafoff
Revaluing Buddhist Adaptations in the Modern World
Dr Jane Qiu
Dr Jens Reinke
Dr Jonathan Mair
Dr Melody Chiu
Examining Humanistic Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
Emeritus Professor Suzanne Franzway
Professor Will Tuladhar-Douglas
Professor Malcolm Voyce
Dr Jonathan Page
Dr Kwong Chan
Putting Compassion into Action