Panel 9: Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Understanding and Interpreting Them in the Contemporary World

Date & Time: Friday, 8.04.2016; 14.00–18.00

Location: Ülikooli 16-212

Panel Convener:

Märt Läänemets (University of Tartu, Estonia),


Buddhism or Buddha-dharma with its history of two and a half millennia has had an enormous impact on many Asian civilizations: It has shaped their culture, value systems, and ways of thinking. During the last 200 years Buddhism has advanced globally and has been modified in the Western-style modern world from academic studies to the religious and social movements, community life, forms of psychotherapy, etc. This panel will include discussions on how the traditional concepts and practices of Buddhism have been studied, developed and changed in the contemporary world; how are they understood and applied; to what extent have they retained their original meaning; how and to what extent have they influenced modern cultures and mentalities; how and to what extent have the modern tenets influenced and modified their meaning and content.

Panelists (click on the title for an abstract):

Part 1 (14.0015.40):

  1. Vladimir Korobov (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “Some Reflections on Taxonomies in Abhidharmasamuccaya of Asanga”
  2. Märt Läänemets “On the Meaning of satipaṭṭhāna in the Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta: Some Non-standard Observations”
  3. Kadri Raudsepp (Tallinn University, Estonia) “Approaches to Mindfulness in Tibetan Tradition”
  4. Teet Toome (University of Tartu, Estonia) “The Structure of the Lotus Sūtra”

Part 2 (16.0018.00):

  1. Lauri Liiders (University of Tartu, Estonia) The Naturalized Concept of Karma in Contemporary Buddhism”
  2. Vilius Dranseika (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “Psychological Essentialism in Selecting the 14th Dalai Lama: One More Alternative Account”
  3. Margarita Putnina (Riga Drikung Ngaden Choling Buddhist community, Latvia) “The Phenomenon of Love and Compassion in the Context of Safe Global Community”