WBU forum May 2011

Following is the announcement for the monthly forum program by the World Buddhist University:

Programme :       WBU SUNDAY FORUM

Topic :                  Buddhism and Disaster

Date & Time :     May 1, 2554 (2011), 12:00 – 13.30 : P.M.

Speaker :             Dr. Tavivat  Puntarigvivat 

About the Speaker :

Dr.TavivatPuntarigvivatis currently the Director of the Institute of Research and Development at the World Buddhist University in Bangkok. He is also the Secretary General of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards Committee, which has been awarding prominent Buddhist women from around the world each year, in honor of the United Nations International Women’s Day in Bangkok for more than 7 years. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the WFB Review—an international academic journal on Buddhism—published by the World Fellowship of Buddhists during 2002-2008.

Dr. TavivatPuntarigvivathas served as the chairman of the graduate program in Comparative Religion at the Humanities Department, MahidolUniversityin Thailandfor three terms: 1995-1997, 1999-2001, and 2007-present. He has been teaching in the Comparative Religion program at MahidolUniversityfor over three decades. He specializes in such subjects as: Methodology in Religious Studies, History of Religions in China, Tibet, and Japan, and Buddhism in Thai Society. His current research includes such areas as: Buddhism and Transnational Capitalism, Buddhism and Philosophy of Science, and Buddhism and Contemporary Thai Society.

Coming from a broad academic background, Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat received his B.A. in Economics from Thammasat University in Thailand in 1972, his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii with a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1975, and his Ph.D. in “Religion and Society” from Temple University in Philadelphia, U.S.A., with a Temple University Scholarship in 1994. His doctoral dissertation was a study of “Bhikkhu Buddhadasa’s Dhammic Socialism in dialogue with Latin American Liberation Theology.” He was also a researcher on “Zen Buddhism” at Kyoto University in Japan, with a Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) scholarship from 1984-1986.

 Tavivat Puntarigvivathas researched and published extensively, both nationally and internationally, on issues of religion and social ethics—especially from cross-cultural and socio-political perspectives. He has been invited to be a guest lecturer at universities and academic institutions in the United States, such as Temple University, and in Thailandat Thammasat University, Chiangmai University and the Police Cadet Academy. He has been invited to join research projects in the United States, such as What Men Owe to Women: Resources from the World Religions led by Dr. John C. Raines and Dr. Daniel C. Maguire (published by SUNY in 2000), and Liberation Theology in the World’s Living Religions led by Dr. Miguel A. DeLa Torre (publishing in progress), in which he contributed from the Thai Theravada Buddhist perspective and experience.

    Dr.TavivatPuntarigvivathas been invited to attend international conferences, such as the UNESCO conference on Religions in Peace and Conflict held in Melbourne, Australia, and the 19th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion, held in Tokyo,Japan in 2005. He was also invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to join the diplomatic cultural delegation from Thailand for official visits to Nepal,Bhutan,India, and Sri Lanka, in the project called “Getting to Know the New BIMSTEC Members.” 

Location :

Meeting Room, the World Buddhist University, 3rd floor, WFB Headquarters Bldg., in Benjasiri Park, Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Time : 12.00-13.30 pm. All are welcome to join the programme free of charge. For more information, please call 02-258-0369 to -0373, fax 02-258-0372, or see http://www.worldbuddhistuniversity.com

The WBU shares the same building with the WFB (World Fellowship of Buddhists), and can be found by our maps below. It is on the third floor. The WBU is open most office hours, and the building can be entered from the rear of the building from the Soi. The front gate that faces the park is generally locked, but there is access to walk through to the rear.