The Swedish Buddhist Studies is a long-term project which includes international academic conferences on Buddhism, academic research on Nordic Buddhism, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia as well interactive maps marking Buddhist architecture in Europe.
Swedish Buddhist Studies aims to inspire and motivate scientists to research Buddhist culture in the Nordic countries and connect scholars working in the field of Buddhist studies.
We wish to advance scholarly interpretation and understanding of Buddhist culture, both in regard to method and results; create highly informative sources of knowledge available to public for free as well encourage Buddhists to research Buddhism with scientific methods and share their understandings in joint workshops with scientists.
The idea to form SBS association came from Mr Vello Vaartnou, when moved back to Sweden after long visit to Australia where he was granted a Distinguished Talent Visa for his academic educational projects.
In March 2020, the founding meeting was held and the non-profit association Swedish Buddhist Studies was officially registered in April 2020.
The Swedish Buddhist Studies team has over 15 years experience in organizing international academic conferences and cooperation in Europe and Australia.
We have currently two ongoing international academic Buddhist conferences and online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia (English, Chinese). The author of these projects is Mr Vello Vaartnou
An online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia was introduced to public by Mr Vaartnou at UC Berkeley in 2012 and it is one of the biggest academic online resources on Buddhism today. It has 62 000 articles, all cross linked and illustrated; thousands of readers every day all over the world, and it is used by universities, colleges and scholars, as well by general public and Buddhist institutions. www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com
The international conference ´Buddhism and Nordlandwas held annually in 2007 – 2011, and it was the first annual conference in Europe to investigate Nordic Buddhism. During five years this conference grew to three days event, having speakers from all Nordic countries and Baltic states, plus scholars from USA, UK, Germany, Hungary, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Russian Academy of Science.(www.budcon.com) From now on, “Buddhism and Nordland” will continue in Sweden
From 2012 -2020, nine international academic conferences “Buddhism and Australasia” were held in Perth, Western Australia and these conferences have produced 180 scholarly articles. This conference brought together scientists and Buddhist scholars from all over the world – UC Berkeley, UK, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Finland, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Singapore. (www.buddhismandaustralia.com) The scholarly articles from both conferences are available on websites for free.
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