The 7th MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series
Professor Damien Keown
MaMa Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor
Professor Damien Keown
Damien Keown is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. His main research interests are theoretical and applied aspects of Buddhist ethics, with particular reference to contemporary issues. He is the author of many books and articles including Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2006). In 1994 he founded The Journal of Buddhist Ethics with Charles S. Prebish, with whom he also co-founded the Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series.
About the Lecture Series
Professor Damien Keown has chosen happiness as the topic of these lectures. He will be concerned in particular with the question of what makes happiness sustainable as distinct from transient and ephemeral. To explore this question he will consider three forms of happiness – worldly, spiritual, and transhuman – dedicating one lecture to each. Drawing on the Pali Canon as primary source, his conclusion will be that happiness is sustainable only when supported by virtue.
Padmasiri de Silva graduated from the University of Ceylon with a Honours Degree in Philosophy, and obtained the M.A. & Ph.D in Comparative Philosophy in the University of Hawaii. He was the Professor & Head of Philosophy & Psychology Department, University of Peradeniya (1980-89). Subsequently he was appointed Senior Teaching Fellow at NUS Singapore. He has also held visiting positions in the University of Pittsburgh and the ISLE program in the USA and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He also served as the coordinator of the IRC Program on “Environment, Ethics and Education” in Singapore, organising four international conferences and was nominated for the Green Leaf Award. Based on this experience, he published “Environmental Philosophy & Ethics in Buddhism” (Macmillan, 1998). He has been active in developing the field of Buddhist Psychology over the years and is the author of the book, “An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling” (Macmillan-Palgrave, 2014). In 2006, he was awarded the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Counselling and practiced as a professional counsellor at the Springvale community center. His recent works include “Emotions and the Body in Buddhist Contemplative Practice and Mindfulness-Based Therapy” (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2017), “Buddhist Psychology of Conflict Studies” (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2018).
Chairman, The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
Chair Professor, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
Professor K.L. Dhammajoti is a leading scholar in the highly specialized field of Buddhist Studies known as Abhidharma, which deals with the metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of ancient Buddhism. He is well-versed in all the Buddhist Scriptural Languages, including Classical Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan and, as such, his expertise is highly sought after by academic institutions around the world, including the University of Calgary, which awarded him the prestigious Numata Chair of Buddhist Thought in the year 2000. He is the author of several scholarly books on Buddhist doctrines and has written many academic papers on his specialty. Professor Dhammajoti is also the editor of the internationally-renowned Journal of Buddhist Studies, dedicated to Buddhist research. In the last decade, he served in the Centre of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong as the Glorious Sun Endowed Professor in Buddhist Studies and continues to serve as Honorary Professor in the University after his retirement. At present, he is the Chairman of the Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong.
Ma Ma Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor 2015-16
Professor B. Alan Wallace
President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, U.S.A.
Professor B. Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide since 1976. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
5-Day Meditation Retreat The Way of Śamatha: Soothing the Body, Stilling the Mind, and Illuminating Awareness
DATE: 22-26 January 2016
Room shared by 6 persons - HKD2,000/person
Room shared by 3 persons - HKD2,700/person
VENUE: HKU Kadoorie Centre (Lam Kam Road, Shek Kong, Yuen Long, N.T., HK)
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Time: 7 - 9 pm on 21 Jan 2016 (Thur) Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
This lecture will focus on the differences between Buddhist and modern psychological definitions of mindfulness. It will also evaluate “mindfulness meditation” and examine it within the rich context of Buddhist theory and practice, in which mindfulness is identified as a mental factor that is vital for all aspects of spiritual practice, including ethics, mental balance, and insight.
Cultivating Mental Balance: A Buddhist View
Time: 7 - 9 pm on 27 Jan 2016 (Wed) Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
This lecture will examine four aspects of mental balance—conative, attentional, cognitive, and emotional—as viewed from a Buddhist perspective. Analyzing each of these aspects in terms of deficit, hyperactivity, and dysfunction, it will also present traditional Buddhist methods for cultivating enhanced mental health and balance.
A Radically Empirical Approach to the Exploration of Consciousness
Time: 7 - 9 pm on 29 Jan 2016 (Fri) Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
While modern cognitive science explores the mind primarily by way of its neural correlates and behavioral expressions, Buddhism presents a radically empirical approach by directly examining mental states and process. Such inquiry is based on the sophisticated development of attention and introspection and has yielded insight into three dimensions of consciousness.
Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of
Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK
胡僧 Hu Seng: Foreign Monks
3-5 pm on April 12, 2015 (Sunday)
Buddhist images and narrative paintings played a vital part in the transmission of Buddhism to China and beyond, while undergoing considerable changes along the way. Buddhist sutras were translated into Chinese by teams of translators, sometimes even classified in terms of literary style, and Buddhist legends were rendered by means of bianwen 變文"altered narratives" and bianxiang 變相 "altered images". Visual evidence at Dunhuang and elsewhere remains to attest some of the activities of monks, and the creation and dissemination of images by moulds, stencils, and woodblock prints.
飛來 Come Flying: How Buddhist images came to China
7-9 pm on April 17, 2015 (Friday)
On the one hand we can trace some of the practical ways in which Buddhist images may have reached East Asia, and how they changed character in the process. On the other, in some cases we find a more imaginative or romantic scenario: the expressions feilai, Come Flying and tengkong, Riding the Clouds suggest a supernatural transmission, even when, as at Feilaifeng (The Peak that Came Flying) close to the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, the images are patently carved right there from the solid granite of the cliff. For the majority, their iconography is not in doubt, yet, in between these two extremes, some images, whose character seems to imply their special importance, still remain unexplained.
瑞像 Auspicious Images: Wang Xuance and Song Fazhi
3-5 pm on April 19, 2015 (Sunday)
The most tangible evidence of all comes from the records of two travellers to India. Returning to China after an absence of sixteen years, the monk Xuanzang brought not only the latest doctrines in the form of manuscripts to be translated into Chinese, but also seven images, all of them small enough to be portable: sadly, none of them have survived. His secular contemporary Wang Xuance, however, has fared better in this respect, although only snippets of his written account survive: on his second journey he was accompanied by Song Fazhi, an artist who made drawings of ruixiang, Auspicious Images. On their return to the Tang capital, Song Fazhi’s drawings were copied, and were the basis for one remarkable painting on silk, discovered in the Library cave at Dunhuang, which, although fragmentary, still features some sixteen images.
The 2nd MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series
3.28, 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of
Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK
Bio-ethics and the Concept of Body
3-5 pm on Oct 19, 2013 (Saturday)
With the new advances in genetics,
it is now possible to have intervention in the natural process. Creating
a new body of ethics for these new procedures have
both social and religious implications.
Higgs Boson and the Search for Cause
3-5 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (Saturday)
taken a major step forward in determining the causal chain of matter and
antimatter. Causality remains difficult to determine and especially the
definition of “First Cause”. Buddhism has taught that such an event
cannot be discovered.
What and Where is Consciousness
3-5 pm on Nov 2, 2013 (Saturday)
Consciousness studies have come to
the fore with the advent of remote sensing of brain activity. Locating
consciousness and defining it are still tasks to be explored. Can
consciousness exist outside the Sensorium?
The 1st MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in
Buddhist Studies Lecture Series
Video of the
- Lecture 1 The Relevance of
Morality: How Buddhism Sees it (Presentation slides:)
- Lecture 2 Pursuit of
Happiness: The Buddhist Way (Presentation slides:)