International relations

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
Since its foundation, the Dharma Gate Buddhist Church has been maintaining close contacts with several Asian and European Buddhist communities and institutes and receiving guest teachers of all Buddhist philosophical schools. It has been a member of the European Buddhist Union (EBU). http://www.e-b-u.org/index.html Principally, it carries out activity in the work of the academic organization board. In 2010, the Church organized the annual general assembly of EBU in Hungary, in cooperation with the Arya Maitreya Mandala order.
 
In 2007, the Dharma Gate Buddhist College became a full member of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU), being its only European institution of education with full membership. In this framework, the College has participated in the organization of several international conferences. It initiated cooperation in the field of research and education with several Asian institution of Buddhist tertiary education.  It is an affiliated institute of Mahachulalongkorn University. Thailand.  http://www.mcu.ac.th/site/
 
 
The new European Buddhist Education and Training Center (EBTC)

In 2011, the Senate, the highest body of the DGBC, decided to found a new institutional entity, the European Buddhist Education and Training Center (EBTC). Their goal was to expand their international relations using the experience and connections the DGBC founders had gained over the years and to create a legal, institutional and administrative framework for it. Within this framework of an institutional entity, the EBTC seeks to find and strengthen the ties between the Dharma Gate and colleges or universities in any of the three major traditions (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana), which want to take part in the creation and expansion of an accredited international Buddhist training program.

In accordance with the beliefs of the Dharma Gate Buddhist Church and a mission statement provided by the DGBC, János Jelen, the rector of DGBC initiated a cooperation agreement between the College and the famous Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) of Thailand.  
In 2011, it was agreed that the MCU will initiate a PhD and a Master of Arts programs in Buddhist Studies in English in Budapest, with administrative and infrastructural support from the DGBC. The EBTC plans to start the MA program in September 2014, then the PhD program in the following year.
The aim is to produce Buddhist graduates with right understanding of Buddhist scriptures, good conduct, and abilities to propagate Buddhism and to do Buddhist research. Graduates receive an MCU accredited degree.

Interested applicants are welcome from all over the world.

Currently, in addition to the MCU, the EBTC has also signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Tzukuba in Japan. It is also negotiating future cooperations with the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India.
 
Please find detailed information on EBTC here: http://www.ebtc.hu/