International Conference on Strengthening Buddhist-Muslim Relation in South East Asia

International Conference on Strengthening Buddhist-Muslim Relation in South East Asia

  • 04 Nov 2019
  • 19:00
  • Royal Orchids Garden Hotel, Batu City, Indonesia

Background

 

    All religions have the same foundation of peace and harmony for the benefit and happiness of many people. Even so, conflicts frequently arise in the name of religion. For example, such a conflict occurred on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh where there was an issue that happened to the ethnic of Rohingya which was mostly Muslim, obtaining unjust act from certain society in the name of Buddhists. Friction over religion also often happens in Indonesia. For example, in 2014 several people in the name of Muslims attacked several Buddhist temples in Sumatra.

 

    Demographics in Southeast Asia have a balanced number of Buddhists and Muslims and play an important role in promoting peace and harmony in this region. Joint efforts in overcoming extremism and radicalism in the ASEAN region would be greatly affecting the world. For this reason, the Kertarajasa Buddhist College in cooperation with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the General Director of Guidance for Buddhist community hold the International Conference on Buddhism November 4-7, 2019 in Batu, East Java, Indonesia.

 

Objective

 

  • 1. To give a new perspective on Buddhist and Muslim relations.
  • 2. To deepen understanding concerning religious relations among Buddhism and Islam.
  • 3. To understand the importance of religious harmony.
  • 4. To develop mutual understanding and further collaboration between religious communities.

 

Special Theme: Strengthening Buddhist-Muslim Relation in South East Asia

 

Sub-Themes:

 

1. The Role of Education Institution, Social work and Welfare Organization in Strengthening Buddhist and Muslim Relation
This sub-theme aims to explore the role of educational institutions, social work and welfare organizations which involve in harmonious relation between Buddhists and Muslims in the form of prevention or settlement of disharmony. This sub-theme expects to explore how Islamic and Buddhist educational institutions and organizations in Southeast Asia address religious relationship and actively become agents to promote harmony.

2. The Role of Media and Media Literacy in Strengthening the Harmonious Relation between Buddhist and Muslim.
Media has an important role to represent religion in term of spreading news and forming public opinions both positively and negatively. Media could facilitate various interests for government, groups and communities. Therefore, media literacy is important to literate society to be critical of news that may potentially produce disharmony between religious groups.

3. Finding Common Values between Buddhism and Islam: History, Text, Practice, Knowledge, and Ritual.
Buddhist and Muslim have interacted in the ASEAN region in the field of politics, social, religion and culture since 11th century. Both religions have similarities in values but have differences in certain doctrine practiced by followers who come from different background. Hence, this sub theme proposes to explore common values of two religions and promote it to both communities.

4. Women’s participation on promoting peace and religious harmony
This sub-theme is to explore the positive role of Buddhist and Muslim women in order to promote peace and harmony. With women adaptability in various circumstances and environments and their leadership abilities, they can act as leaders and active agents to create and strengthen harmony in society. In this context, women can contribute by taking inspiration from religious texts and organizations.

Lukman Hakim Saifuddin

Keynote Speaker

Minister of Religious Affairs of Indonesia

Prof.Dr.Imtiyaz Yusuf

Main Speaker

Assoc. Professor, The International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Malay Word. (ISTAC - IIUM) Malaysia

Prof. (Emer.)Dr. Peter Carey

Keynote Speaker

Adjunct professor at the Departement of Humanities, University of Indonesia

  • Monday, 4 November 2019
  • All day

    - Arrival of participants at Airport Reception
    - Registration at the Hotel Lobby

  • 19:00 p.m. – finish

    - Dinner and Briefing.

  • Tuesday, 5 November 2019
  • 08:30 a.m

    - Arrival of participants
    - Registration at the Hotel Lobby

  • 09:00 – 10:00 a.m

    - Opening Ceremony
    - Remo Dance
    - National Anthem of Indonesia
    - Dhammapada Holy Scripture Reading
    - Report by Head of Steering Committee
    - Welcome address by Ven. Santacitto, Ph.D, the Principal of Kertarajasa Buddhist College.
    - Welcome address and opening by General Director of Guidance for Buddhist Community, Ministry of Religious Affairs (Mr. Caliadi)
    - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m

    Keynote Address by Mr. Lukman Hakim ( former Minister of Religious Affairs )

  • 10:00 – 10:55 a.m

    - Keynote Address by Mr. Lukman Hakim ( former Minister of Religious Affairs )

  • 10:55 a.m – 12:55 p.m

    - Plenary Session “Strengthening Buddhist-Islam Relation in South East Asia” by Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf - Q & A session - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 12:55 – 13:15 p.m

    - Plenary Session “Strengthening Buddhist-Islam Relation in South East Asia” by Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf - Q & A session - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 13:15 – 14:00 p.m

    - Keynote Address by Mr. Peter Carey (Historian) - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 14:00 – 16:00 p.m

    - Panel 1
    “The Role of Education Institution, Social work and Welfare Organization in Strengthening Buddhist and Muslim Relation”
    - Panel 1 Q&Abr
    - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 16:00 – 16:15 p.m

    - Coffee Break

  • 16:15 - 18:15 p.m

    Panel 2
    - The Role of Media and Media Literacy in Strengthening the Harmonious Relation between Buddhist and Muslim
    Panel 2 Q&A
    - Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 19:00 – 20:00 p.m

    - Dinner

  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019
  • 08:00 a.m

    - Registration day-two of participants at Conference Hall

  • 08:30 - 11.00 a.m

    Panel 3
    - Finding Common Values between Buddhism and Islam: History, Text, Practice, Knowledge, and Ritual.
    Panel 3 Q&A
    Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 11:00 – 12:30 p.m

    Lunch & prayers

  • 11:00 – 14:50 p.m

    Panel 4 - Women’s participation on promoting peace and religious harmony Panel 4 Q& A Token of Appreciation Presentation

  • 14:50 – 15.00 p.m

    - Coffee break

  • 15:00 – 15:30 p.m

    - Panel report & closing ceremony

  • 15:45 – 18:00 p.m

    - Monastery & campus tour

  • 19:00 – 21:00 p.m

    - Dinner & Art Performance

  • Thursday, 7 November 2019
  • Before 12:00 p.m

    - Check Out

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