SCRIPTURE AND EPIC: A COMPARATIVIST LOOKS AT THE BIOGRAPHIES OF THE BUDDHA AND ODYSSEUS

Nick J. Allen Like many students, I assume that the founder of Buddhism was himself a historical figure (how else does one explain the existence of such a founder-focused religion?), but also that very little is historical in the traditional biography, even as it is presented in the earliest sources.  What follows is a paper …

The 19th IAHR International Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Giorgos Halkias The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) is a worldwide body of national and regional associations for the study of religion. It is a member of the Counseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH), which functions under the auspices of UNESCO. Founded in 1950, the IAHR is held …

The 2005 SSEASR Regional Conference, New Delhi

Giorgos Halkias The South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion (SSEASR) Regional Conference, co-hosted by IAHR and in collaboration with Somaiya Centre of Buddhist Studies (Mumbai), convened from January 27-30 at the India International Centre (IIC), a large compound operating since 1962 and located by Lodi Gardens in New Delhi. The conference …

AN OVERVIEW OF HEALTH CARE IN THE TIBETAN MEDICAL TRADITION

Giorgos Halkias In Tibetan, medicine is called gSoba Rig-pa, the knowledge of healing. The core of the Tibetan Medical Tradition (TMT) is over 1200 years old, dating back to the times of a powerful Tibetan Empire that extended from Ganges to Samarkand, Turfan, and Tun-Huang. TMT received formative influences from Indian, Chinese, and Persian medicine, and …

Tsunami Relief Fund in Greece

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The New Year celebrations went quiet as people throughout the world watched the horrific scenes brought to our houses by the means of mass communication. The destruction ofbiblical proportions that affected the countries of  the South and South-East Asia after the powerful earthquake of the 26th December 2004 left behind hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless in a situation of direct …

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS – BARCELONA 2004

Giorgos Halkias The Council for a Parliament of World Religions (CPWR) convened from the 7th to 13th of July in Barcelona bearing the theme: Pathways to Peace: the Wisdom of Listening, the Power of Commitment. According to the Parliament’s Program the mission of the CPWR is ‘to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual …

Creation of a Department of Modern Asian Studies at the University of Athens

The Presidential Decree 83/2004 by which the Department of Turkish and Asian studies is established in the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was published in the Official Journal of the Hellenic Republic (Government Gazette) issue A 65/2-03-2004. The beginning of the department’s educational function and the introduction of the first students …

A CHRONICLE OF THE GREEKS IN INDIA – 1750-1950

Introduction by Demetrios Th. Vassiliades In “A Chronicle of the Greeks in India – 1750-1950”, Dione Marcos-Dodis, who was born in Karachi and grew up in Calcutta, researches and records the way of life that her family, relatives and friends led during their sojourn in India.  They were part of a little known but, nevertheless, important emigration movement …