THURSDAY, JULY 2 7 / Jueves

17.00 Opening of the conference

17.30 The importance of interreligious dialogue and goals for the encounter:

- From Carmelite perspective / Dr. Francisco Javier Sancho Fermín, Director and Professor, CITeS “University of Mysticism”

- From the Buddhist perspective / Venerable Sik Hin Hung, Director, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

18.30 The Order of the Discalced Carmelites / Fr. Agustí Borrel, I Definitor of the Discalced Carmelite Order

19.30 The Theravāda Buddhist tradition / Dr. Asanga Tilakaratne, Professor of Pāli and Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


FRIDAY, JULY 28 / Viernes 28 julio

08.30 Ceremony ~ chanting (The Main Chapel)

10.00 Virtue and the Teresian path of prayer / Dr. Maximiliano Herráiz, Professor CITeS “University of Mysticism”, Specialist and publisher of the books of Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross

11.00 Break

11.30 The role of sīla (virtue) in the path to liberation / Venerable Prof. Raluwe Padmasiri, Head of the Department of Buddhist Philosophy, Postgraduate Institute of Pāli and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

12.30 ~ 13.30  Panel discussion. Moderator:  Dr. Jesús Abraham Velez de Cea, Professor in the Religion Department at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA

17.00 Vocal and mental prayer and religiosity in the Carmelite tradition / Sister María José Pérez, Discalced Carmelite Nun, from the Puzol Monastery (Valencia)

18.00 Prayer, worship and ritual in the Theravāda tradition / Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, DPhil (Oxford), Trustee & Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford, Professor, ITBMU, Yangon  (Myanmar)

19.00  Break

19.15 Panel discussion. Moderator: Dr. Francesc Torradeflot, Director of the UNESCO Association for Interreligious Dialogue (Unescocat)

20.15 Prayer- meditation workshop: Buddhist meditation / guided by Venerable Dr. Dhammadinnā (Italy), Professor at the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (Taiwan), Buddhist Studies Department. Āgama Research Group Director. (Aula Magna)

SATURDAY, JULY 29 / Sábado 29 julio

08.30 Ceremony ~ chanting (The Main Chapel)

10.00 Discursive meditation and the prayer of active recollection / Dr. Rómulo Cuartas, Subdirector and professor, CITeS “University of Mysticism”

11.00  Break

11.30  Preliminaries of concentration meditation / Dr. G.A. Somaratne, Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

12.30 ~ 13.30 Panel discussion. Moderator: Venerable Dr. Dhammadinnā, Professor at the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (Taiwan)

17.00 Awards ceremony and presentation of the awarded papers in the II International Award Teresa of Jesus and Interreligious Dialogue:

17.15  Igor Giusti: St. Teresa of Ávila and Gotama the Buddha: A Comparison of Mystical Stages and Final Spiritual Attainments in St. Teresa’s Path to Union with God and the Buddha’s Path to Nibbāna in Theravāda Buddhism

18.00  Cristiana Dobner: El camino del Diamante y el Castillo Interior

18.20  Break

18.50  Imanol Bageneta Messeguer: El Reino interior de las almas. Diversidad y semejanza en las espiritualidades contemplativas

19.10  Jesús Collado Gómez: Teresa de Jesús y Sidharta: El Camino hacia la Nada

19.30  Joy Alumkal Philopose: St. Teresa of Avila and Nagarjuna. Two ‘Gurus’ of ‘trans-historical’ relevance with their ‘Middle Way’

20.15 Prayer-meditation workshop: Teresian prayer of recollection / CITeS community. (Aula Magna)


SUNDAY, JULY 30 / Domingo 30 julio

08.15 Ceremony ~ chanting

09.30 Mystical prayer and its degrees / Dr. Francisco Javier Sancho Fermín, Director and professor, CITeS “University of Mysticism”

10.15 The Jhānas in the path to liberation / Dr. Rupert Gethin, Director and Professor, Centre for Buddhist Studies-University of Bristol, President of the Pali Text Society

11.00 Break

11.30 ~ 12.15 Panel discussion. Moderator: Daniel Millet, Ph.D. Candidate, the Centre of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong

12.15 Closing paper: Buddhism and Christianity: cooperation for peace

Conclusion of the conference

 

For those who would like to participate in the Eucharist, there is the possibility on Friday and Saturday at 8: 00 h. in the “Música Callada” chapel, floor -1; Sunday at 13: 00 h. in the Main Chapel.

BREAKFAST: Friday and Saturday at 9.00 h; Sunday at 8.45 h. / LUNCH: 14.00 h. / DINNER: 21.00 h.