International Conference on 
Buddhist meditation across traditions and disciplines: Theories and Practices
Centre for the Study of Chan Buddhism and Human Civilization
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
19-21 May 2017


Date: 19-21 May 2017  
Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong  

This conference aims at examining the theories and practices of Buddhist meditation in various traditions and different disciplines with the hope to map out some paradigms and methods for expounding and practicing meditation in contemporary world. The practice of meditation in a broad sense has been popularized in recent years, yet little work is done in the comprehensive and systematic studies of the theory and methods of Buddhist meditation in different traditions. Although some practices such as calmness (samatha; śamatha) and insight (vipassanā; vipaśyanā) can be found in almost all Buddhist traditions, they are understood and practiced in various forms across traditions. The conference will provide a platform for scholars and practitioners to explore Buddhist meditation not only based on Buddhist texts and traditions, but also in relation to the contemporary practices through a cross-disciplinary approach. 

How to Apply: 
By invitation:
Invited scholars should submit a paper abstract (300 words) and a short biography (100 words) to Ms. Grace Liu (email: by 7 November 2016. Presenters will receive up to 3 nights of free accommodation in Hong Kong and reimbursement of a round-trip flight with economic class.

By public application: 
1. Applicants should fill in the online application form for registration. No registration fee is charged. 
2. Full paper about 8000 in English, including the title, author, abstract, key words, main text, footnotes and references should be submitted to

Working schedule: 
7 Nov. 2016   Deadline of paper abstract submission (300 words) 
14 Nov. 2016         Deadline of accepting the invitation (return the reply slip by email) 
30 Apr. 2017   Deadline of full paper submission (8,000 in English)

Notice sent to presenters after abstract submission

We are pleased to offer you the following funding assistance: 
– Waived conference registration fee 
– Meals and refreshments during the conference period 
– Up to 3 nights’ accommodation near the conference venue 
– Travel subsidy up to USD 300 (For public application scholars).

Travel reimbursement: 
Please bring your receipt and boarding passes to the conference. We will collect these during your stay. In most cases, you will be refunded with autopay in USD dollars within around a month.

Instructions regarding presentations: 
Each presenter will have 15 minutes to deliver her or his paper, and another 10-15 minutes will be provided for questions and answers for each presentation. Panel chair will be keeping time. All presentation rooms will be equipped with projector, screen, and laptop. Please bring your powerpoint or PDF presentation on a USB drive and arrive at your presentation room 10-15 minutes early to upload.

Contact Information:
Tel: (852) 3943-6707 | Fax: (852) 3943-4132
Address: Rm 221, 2/F, Leung Kau Kui Building, 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

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