Sixth International Conference 
Pāli & Buddhism 
Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage 
November 10-11, 2019
Emerging originally in India, Buddhism quickly spread throughout the Indian sub-continent, moved into southeast Asia, then into Central Asia, on into China, Korea, and Japan. And, as a teaching of Buddha were embraced by the people in very different culture and religious settings, Buddhism itself changed in significant ways, resulting in the enormous teachings and practices among contemporary Buddhists. But, in spite of all the diversity all Buddhist trace their belief and practices, in some sense, back to the awakening of Gautama the Buddha under the Bodhi tree and to the teachings that derive from his experience. We believe that the historical Buddha taught in Māgadhībhāsā. His discourses were compiled together in the very similar language, popularly known as Pāli in modern times. 

Pāli is the only Indic language in which we find a complete set of Buddhist canonical literature and much of it can be traced back to first century BCE or before. It is consensus among scholars that due to the efforts of emperor Asoka and his team, the Buddhadhamma was disseminated to the land of Sīhala first and gradually to the other South and South-east countries in coming centuries. As a result, we share certain common fundamental features in terms of culture, doctrine, shrine, architecture, language, and so on with Indian sub-continent and with South and South-east Asian countries. Many pioneering scholars including Venerable H. Saddhatissa has proved the strong connectivity of Pāli based Buddhism particularly with the culture of with Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Srilanka. Although, Pāli is said to be the dead language by some of the modern scholars such as Jules Bloch and Thomas Burrow but despite of its status as dead language, Pāli is still widely studied because many of the early Buddhist scriptures were written in Pāli and its significant role in developing partnership with other diverse culture at large.
We cannot forget the contribution of Anagarika Dhammapala and other Buddhist scholars in the revival of Pāli based Buddhism in India. Maha Bodhi Society of India is committed for preserving the ancient Buddhist wisdom and promoting Theravada Buddhist culture and practice and has been continuously providing a platform where scholars and practitioners meet together and discuss for the betterment of many.

In this regard, Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre is going to organise the Sixth International Conference on Pāli and Buddhism is going to be convened at Sarnath, the place where the Buddha taught the first sermon. The objective of this conference is to discuss the Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage, as a main theme, and to come up with innovative ideas how to promote, renovate, and preserve early Buddhist thought as directed the historical Buddha.
NOVEMBER 20 – 21, 2018
NOVEMBER 20 – 21, 2018
The Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath is going to organize the Fifth International Conference on 'Pāli and Buddhism' at the sacred place of Bodhi Tree of Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath, Varanasi from November 20-21, 2018. It is hoped that in the proposed Fifth International Conference on Pāli & Buddhism, various aspects of Pāli and Buddhist Studies would be discussed elaborately and seriously for ensuring international harmony and understanding among the nations of the world and for the promotion of the study of Pāli language and its literature, comprising the great ideals of Buddha. Since the discipline Pāli is of utmost importance from both theoretical and practical perspectives, the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath, Varanasi has decided to hold the conference on the main theme of “Role of Pāli Literature in Preserving Cultural Heritage”. It has also selected some of the following subthemes: 
1. Pāli Literature and Buddhist Education
2. Religious Traditions in Pāli Literature – Ethical and Moral Values
3. Philosophical Traditions in Pāli Literature
4. Pāli Literature and Gender Issues
5. Pāli Literature and Buddhist Economics
6. Role of Pāli Literature in Promoting Social Harmony
7. Pāli Tipi aka Literature and its Suttas ṭ in Chinese and Tibetan Tripiṭaka
8. Pāli Commentarial Literature
9. Pāli Avadana, Jataka and Vamsa Literature
10. Pāli Abhidhamma Manual Literature
11. Meditation and Vipassana in Pāli Literature
12. Buddhist Councils in India and Abroad based upon Pāli Literature
13. Pāli Kāvya Literature
14. Problems of Editing and Translating Pāli Texts in Indian Languages
15. Pāli and Classical Languages
16. Great Pāli Scholars of India and Abroad and their Contributions
17. Contemporary Issues in Pāli & Buddhism
18. Role of Maha Bodhi Society of India in the Revival of Pāli & Buddhism