Visak 2018/2561 Conference Announcements

The IABU was formed on May 28th, 2007, upon the culmination of the first ever symposium of Buddhist Universities held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The symposium was a part of the celebrations at the United Nations Day of Vesak, organised by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University and sponsored by the Royal Government of Thailand. (The link to the 2009 Conference is broken, and we will try to provide the collection of articles at a later time.)

This year we are proud to present the details for our next major Buddhist conference. See immediately below:

The Executive Committee for the International Day of Vesak and The IABU Committee has approved Thailand by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University to host the United Nations day of Vesak Celebration on May 25th to 27th 2018. As a very auspicious year for the Kingdom of Thailand due to the coronation of King Rama X.

The main theme is :


The Four Panels will be:

Panel 1- Main Theme
Panel 2- Empowering Youth Through Buddhist Education
Panel 3- Preserving Cultural Identity in an Inter-Connected World
Panel 4- Engaged Buddhism for Social Welfare

Please adhere to the deadline date:

Final Full-Article Deadline: 1 March 2018
Invitations to Conference, sent by: 7 March 2018

We must have your fully-perfected articles by the final deadline date to ensure that the article is considered for publication and presentation. Approval of one’s abstract does not mean acceptance into the publication or presentation – as we reserve the right to screen your final version of the article. Once the academic peer-review committee completes their selections, and the editors have completed any additional formatting/revisions – deadline dates are established to ensure the issuing the publication to all of our venerable dignitaries, observers, delegates, panelists and students, etc., for the conference, in a timely fashion.

• Submitted papers are referred and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to the main theme and sub-themes of UNDV 2018 conference and celebrations.
• Submitted Papers should be additionally readied for verbal-presentation (articles may be readied for PowerPoint presentations, rather than just reading from one’s article).
• Papers should be from 8-12 pages, submitted in the preferred font: ‘Times EXT Roman’ (for papers with Pāli/Sanskrit diacritic markings).
• Please download this font: - and compose your article in this font. Articles will be returned if there are any undisplayed diacritical-markings.
• Papers may be rejected for specific circumstances, but may be rewritten, following committee recommendations.

PLEASE SEND ALL ABSTRACTS and FINAL PAPERS to the IABU Secretariat Office Manager – there are no other coordinators operating on our behalf:

Mr. Seth Evans:
Ven.Weerasak Suwannawong:

If you are invited to attend our international conference, your arrival should be on 24 May 2018, and departures begin on 28 May 2018). Any additional longer-term shall be from your own expenses. Invitation notifications to accepted scholars for presenting at the UNDV 2018 Conference and Celebrations will be sent by 07 March 2018. Economy-class airfare will be reimbursed upon arrival, and food and hotel-accommodations near MCU-Wangnoi Main Campus, Ayutthaya will be sponsored by MCU – only for scholars with approved articles.

We would be honored if you could grace us with your valuable contribution and presence.

All UNDV/IABU Conferences

2014: TBA - Vietnam, 7-11 May 2014 - Not sanctioned by the IABU.