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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.