The Dhammachai International Research Institute (DIRI) of New Zealand and Australia has been conducting a number of activities in the fields of education and research in Buddhist Studies. Its objectives are as follows:
1) To research and investigate the buddhavacana, the original teachings of the Buddha, without bias to any particular school or discipline such as Theravāda, Mahāyana or Vajrayāna.
2) To promote both the academic study of Buddhism, especially the origins of Buddhism, and the application of the teachings to daily life.
3) The establishment of its own journal by the Institute which will publish articles relating to these objectives.
4) To co-operate with similar centers in other academic institutions in organizing seminars and conferences, etc.
Research on “the Original Teachings of the Buddha” has been carried out by the Institute for several years. The Institute, therefore, is to organize an International Seminar on early Buddhism with the co-operation of Buddhist scholars from around the world whose research fields are related to early Buddhist studies.
The history of DIRI Building
The building was constructed in 1877 AD, and it had been erected at a total cost of £1,067. In 1908 excessive repairs were carries out by James Annand. The plans were drawn up by the Architects, Mandeno and Fraser in 1924 for a building to cost £7,425. In addition, the building was especially used as the bank of New Zealand (BNZ), and it is presently addressed at 399 George Street, Central Dunedin, New Zealand 9016.
George Street George Street, the main street of Dunedin, is the second largest street of the south island in New Zealand. Dunedin has been considered to be the centre of education and is classified to be the city of literature by UNESCO. In addition, George Street reflects a good relationship between Edinburgh in Scotland and New Zealand. The Street is known as an economic area, and Heritage Building, Knox Church has been established around there.