The 2018 WBU International Conference
4-5 December B.E. 2561 (2018)
This international conference on the Buddhist Path to Sustainable Development Goals was organized by the National Office of Buddhism of Thailand, the World Buddhist University (WBU) and The World Fellowship of Buddhists (The WFB). It was held from 4-5 December B.E. 2561 (2018) at Headquarters of The WFB and the Main Hall of Buddhamonthon, National Office of Buddhism in Nakorn Pathom Province as a tribute to
(1) the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) who was the patron of The WFB and whom the United Nations presented the first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award as the world’s ‘Development King’ for his innovation principle of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy that has reached out to the people regardless of status, ethnicity or religion survived from hardship and economic crisis. His philosophy contributes to economic and social change today, not only in Thailand, but globally,
(2) the late Supreme Patriarch of Thailand Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the founding inspiration of the National Office of Buddhism and the World Buddhist University.
The first day and morning of second day of the conference were a scholarly workshop and discussion. Meanwhile, the afternoon session of the second day was panel discussion for public and media.
The objective of the conference is an open dialogue of the leading academics, academia, government policy makers, Buddhist Leaders and relevant stakeholders to discuss the issues and set directions for a publication of the Buddhist Path of Sustainable Development Goals. Guest renowned speakers invited to the Conference were Dr. Emma Tomalin from University of Leeds in United Kingdom, Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, Dr. Stephen B. Young from Caux Roundtable for Moral Capitalism in U.S.A., Dr. Poomjai Nacaskul from Siam Commercial Bank in Thailand, Dr. Joel Magnuson (Economist based in Portland) U.S.A., Dr. Nick Pisalyaput from Sasin Centre of Sustainability Management in Thailand, Dr. Patrick Mendis from Havard University in U.S.A., Ms. Indira P. Baheramsyah from the United in Diversity Foundation in Indonesia and Ven. Fra Shakyavongsvisuddhi (Anil Sakya), Hon. Rector of the WBU.