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Welcome to the

Centre for Buddhist Studies

at Ghent University


The Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies (GCBS) was founded in 2007 at Ghent University, within the Department of Languages and Cultures as the first academic centre for Buddhist studies in Belgium. The buddhological research in Ghent is rooted in a long tradition of expertise that began in the early 20th century with the works of Prof. Dr. Louis de La Vallée Poussin (1869-1938). Since then an increasing number of researchers have focused on a broad range of Buddhological fields.

Given the fact that Buddhism took shape throughout its spread from India via China to Tibet and Japan, the GCBS aims to enable scholars and students to research and study philosophical, doctrinal and socio-cultural aspects of especially the Asian Buddhist traditions .

The members of the GCBS are working interdisciplinary as well as on highly specialized fields. Therefore a major task of the GCBS is to offer a forum for international discussions and to organize lecture series and symposia where research methodologies and findings can be presented and exchanged. Initiatives such as the 'Permanent Education in Buddhism', which is open to everyone holding an M.A., have the intention of opening the academic discourse to society and informing the public about current ongoings in the field of buddhological research.

The GCBS puts a strong emphasis on cooperation with other institutions. Bilateral agreements and Socrates programs have been established with many institutions abroad.

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根特佛学中心简称GCBS 自2007年创建于根特大学语言和文学系,这是比利时国内第一个学术性的佛学研究中心。自二十世纪初期开始,特别是在Louis de La Vallée Poussin教授的开创下,根特大学在佛学研究领域有着历史悠久的传统。 目前越来越多的各国学者正在本中心从事着佛学的学术性研究并深入到佛学内的广泛的分支领域中。

佛教在从印度到西藏,从中亚地区到中国和日本的传播过程中逐渐形成自身固定的模式。 GSCB提供学者和学生,在哲学,戒律和社会文化学领域对佛教进行学习和研究。

GCBS的成员在各自的特殊研究范畴内展开内部合作,所以GCBS将自身视为一个国际学术交流的平台,同时本中心也组织各种类型的学术演讲和交流活动,以便大家沟通各自研究方式和成果。 以佛教的永恒认知为出发点,本中心对所有持有硕士学位的学生和学者开放,并与现今社会互动,在佛教领域以学术角度提供普罗大众相关进行中的各项研究的信息。