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The World Youth Buddhist Society (WYBS) is an open platform for communication. It is committed to the promotion of understanding, studying and practicing the essence of Buddhism among young people around the world. Founded by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche, the World Youth Buddhist Society will be adhering to the aims of open, tolerant, truth-seeking and altruistic, and will be expanding interdisciplinary and inter-religious dialogues on topics including environmental protection, spiritual protection and sustainable development that social development is faced with. It will explore the truth of life, promote mutual understanding, create a harmonious future, and benefit all beings. Currently, the World Youth Buddhist Society is focusing on three programs: the World Youth Buddhist Society Annual Conference, the Research Projects on Traditional Culture and charity activities.

Specifically, the World Youth Buddhist Society Annual Conference is an international conference which calls for research papers among university scholars and students around the world. It also invites experts, academics and religious figures in different fields as Conference Keynote Speakers. Moreover, it arranges meditation, tourism visits, lectures and debates and other activities, with the purpose of promoting the essence of compassion and wisdom of Buddhism.

The first WYBS Annual Conference was held in 2011 in Serthar Larung Gar Buddhist Institution in Sichuan Province. The second and third conferences were held in 2012 and 2013 both in Hong Kong Institute of Education, which have brought a very positive impact on thousands of young students, scholars and researchers and monkhood. The Fourth World Youth Buddhist Conference 2014 will take place this August at Hong Kong Institute of Education with over 600 attendees expected.

The research projects on Traditional Culture mainly hold seminars to learn about the Buddhist scriptures to guide young people to study the sutra, comprehend the nature of mind, and live a life with wisdom. From August to November in 2013, a seminar on the book of "Diamond Sutra makes you mightierThe Cutter" is successfully conducted with the receipt of 436 paper submission. The contributors are professors, PhDs, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, from nearly hundred of institution of higher education and the intellectuals. The excellent paper winners will receive prizes provided by WYBS and participate the Fourth Annual Conference.

WYBSs development is inseparable from the support of the following organizations or individuals: the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Buddhist Society of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and caring people from all communities. So far all workers of WYBS are volunteers. Together with all the supporting groups, organizations and individuals, WYBS will uphold the core idea of openness, inclusiveness, and altruism and will bring the truth of compassion and wisdom to more people to enhance the well-being of all beings.






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