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In 2011, the physical location changed to the city of Valinhos. Initially, the headquarters were located in the Vale Verde neighbourhood, in an area of industrial sheds. Due to the increase in the number of interested and associated, there was then a second change to the place we are based currently. The current headquarters is completely dedicated to the service aimed at members: we have a classroom, a library containing a decent catalogue of books, in addition to study areas for students and also a training area for doing physical exercises and for teaching Buddhist-originated martial arts.
In 2019, the members and directors of the so-called “ATG” unanimously decided to change the name of the institution: instead of “Tathagathagarba Association”, we began to identify ourselves as “Buddha Dharma Association” (BUDA), which simplified our identification among the local society.
However, due to the change of the headquarters to the city of Valinhos, a new impetus of social aid arose, and the BUDA Association began to assume social projects next to the public administration entities in Valinhos city.
Then, from 2015 on, the BUDA Association turned to educational projects and to promoting social and human values within the local communities, continuing the development of social actions. This reorientation of focus enabled a partnership with the project “House of Children and Adolescents”, based in Valinhos city. Since then, there has been an increase in participation in partnerships with projects from the local sphere, such as in cultural activities of municipal public schools, in order to promote themes related to Health, Law, Ethics, Music and Art. The purpose of the BUDA Association is to expand its Projects in order to offer our social contribution, such as teaching in schools and, thus, contribute to the cultural development of the entire region. Get to know about our Social Actions: Click Here: Acesse Aqui
Relations with the Municipality of Valinhos city - Public Utility
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Teaching Structure: from traditional “Lamrim” Structure to Academic Training in Buddhology
There was, at the beginning of our activities, only a systematic study of some central texts of the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, such as the “The Gradual Treatise of the Essence of Refined Gold” (Lamrim Shershoonma), also the “The Great Gradual Treatise of Complete Awakening” Lamrim Chenmo), among others.
The rhythm of these studies followed the degree of interest of the associates: in the beginning, the associates dedicated themselves for only one lesson per week, whose duration was of maximum two hours. A very slow pace. However, over time, new members have joined, wishing to study Buddhism in a more systematic way, similar to the structure of the Eastern monastic universities. By virtue of this new profile of students, teachers organized the subjects the contemporary structure of academic Buddhology. The first group of Buddhist Studies completed their program of studies in the Academic Training Course within ten years. The pace of study was slower and thus there was little commitment of time on the part of the students. In addition, the lectures were offered based on the teachers’ availability of time, who voluntarily dedicated themselves to the teaching exercise, without remuneration.
Academic Training in Buddhology
The preference and adoption of the academic language as well as the dialogue with Western Philosophy and Christianity had already occurred since 2007. However, it was only in 2016 that the “Institute of Studies of Buddhist and Christian Traditions” (ITBC) was finally established, namely: an institution oriented to the promotion of technical and scientific language as well as academic methods for a rigorous and systematic study of Buddhism. In this way, the current setting of the course was officially created as an academic training in Buddhology. Once the distance learning system had been consolidated, we modified the classes settings (in terms of language and visual production) in order to adapt to a virtual platform. From this measure, we were able to reach more and more students in more locations. In addition, our first graduated became teachers and, as a result, we began to offer more disciplines, which were aligned with the respective expertise areas of each one of them.
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ATG Publishing: Books and Schoolbooks
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In 2012, there was a trip of Association members to India, which enabled the nuns to enter the highest degree within the monastic order of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (the level of “Getsunma”), under the guidance of the monastic body of the Sera Jey Monastery, in India. Monastic life remains one of the central aspects of the BUDA Association, which encompasses the systematic study and constant cultivation of the Normative Ethical Code (“Vinaya”) of the monastic tradition called Mulasarvastivada.
There is also a systematic study of another Normative Code of Ethics (“Vinaya”), which stems from the “Dharmagupta” tradition; it is currently more present in China and Japan and it places a great deal of emphasis on equality between monks and nuns.
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Academic and Interfaith Dialogues
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A missão da Associação Buda é promover a construção do conhecimento e ensino do budismo e da budologia, bem como do cristianismo, enquanto estudo religioso e acadêmico, através da teologia, com atuação em projetos voltados à educação, tanto em solo nacional, quanto internacional de modo a permitir o engajamento em parcerias que visem a promoção do estudo, ensino e debate acadêmicos, bem como ajuda humanitária nacional e internacional.
Ser um centro de educação e convivência nacional e internacional, a partir de uma compreensão dos textos canônicos no budismo, na budologia e no cristianismo, em um modelo estrutural de excelência em educação e trabalho social.
Pautados em valores da moral budista com raízes na compaixão e altruísmo, trabalhamos com dedicação, eficiência, honestidade, amizade, lealdade, responsabilidade social e ambiental, respeito e prontidão, mesmo nos momentos mais adversos. Esses valores representam e orientam nossa conduta, tanto individualmente como socialmente.