2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival Organizing Committee

2013/8/30 16:15


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【ソウル2013年8月30日PRN=共同JBN】世界最古の仏教経典籍の一つである高麗(こうらい)八万大蔵経(Tripitaka Koreana)の歴史的価値について討議し、認識を広める国際会議が次週、ソウルで開催される。組織委員会が8月29日、発表した。











Paeng Sunhwa



ソース:2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival Organizing Committee

Int'l Forum on Ancient Buddhist Texts Due in Seoul

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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRN=KYODO JBN/ --

An international conference will be held next week in Seoul to discuss and

promote the historic value of the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the world's oldest

Buddhist scriptures, organizers said Thursday.

(Photo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2013/08/29/20130829150547596089.html )

"The forum, scheduled for Tuesday and organized as a preliminary event for a

global Tripitaka festival kicking off next month, will bring together scholars

and experts from the United States, Japan and South Korea at Plaza Hotel in

central Seoul to explore the messages and structures of the 750-year-old

Buddhist canon," said the organizers.

It comes three weeks ahead of the 2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival, which will

be held in Hapcheon, South Gyeongsang Province, 354 kilometers southeast of

Seoul, from Sept. 27 through Nov. 10 to celebrate the creation of the historic


The Tripitaka Koreana is a collection of Buddhist teachings and laws carved on

more than 80,000 wooden printing blocks, created in the 13th century. It is

considered as the most comprehensive set of Buddhist scriptures found to date,

and the Haein Temple, where the texts are kept, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Speakers at the conference include Lewis Lancaster, an East Asian Studies

professor at UC Berkeley, and Robert Buswell, a Korean and Chinese Buddhist

Studies professor at UCLA, whose presentations will be followed by a panel

discussion, according to the organizers.

"A photo exhibition and an interactive session will also take place on the

sidelines of the festival," they said.

The Tripitaka Koreana Festival was first held in 2011 to celebrate the

millennial anniversary of the canon's creation. Around 2.2 million tourists

visited the event during the 45-day run, according to the organizers.

"This year's festival will offer a wider range of exhibitions and interactive

sessions, the organizers said. Five exhibition halls, each with a different

theme, will feature historic, cultural and entertainment programs on various

topics related to the Tripitaka," added the organizers.

"The Tripitaka Koreana Festival garnered attention as traditional cultural

content and an iconic asset in the 21st century," South Gyeongsang Province

Governor Hong Joon-pyo said. "We plan to prepare and organize the festival with

an aim to promote a harmonious encounter and solidarity of mankind through

wisdom and harmony."

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