ASIA has already organized several activities to prepare the meeting:
April 25 – May 1st, 2006: Philosophical work-shop with Ryosuke Oashi, professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic at Osaka University , Japan, on the theme: “Phylosophy and Zen in the Philosophy School of Kyoto”.
December 20, 2005: Seminar with Michael Bitbol, research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris), on the theme “Epistemology and consciousness research”.
November 16, 2005: Conference with P. Luigi Luisi, professor emeritus of biochemestry at the University of Rome3, on the theme “Science and clinical application of meditation: a synthesis of the Mind & Life Institute conference at Washington DC (8-10 November, 2005)”.
October 9, 2005: Seminar with James Heisig, permanent research fellow of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture and professor at the Faculty of Arts and Letter at the Nanzan University, on the theme “Philosophy School of Kyoto and the inter-cultural dialogue”.
May 14, 2005: “Heidegger-day: beyond nihilism”. Philosophical conference on the theme “surpassing nihilism in Martin Heidegger thought”. Presentators: Gianni Vattimo, professor of philosophy at the University of Turin, with the intervention “Could be the nihilism a value”; Franco Volpi, professor of philosophy at the University of Padova, on the subject “Philosophy as self-haling: Heidegger and pragmatic philosophy”; Carlo Sini, professor of philosophy at the University of Milan, with the intervention “Toward the truth: from interpretation to interpretation” and Franco Bertossa, founder director of ASIA, on the them “Angst and emptiness: nothingness between Heidegger and Buddhism”.
July 23 – 30, 2005: Philosophical work-shop with Thupten Jimpa, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at the McGill University of Montreal, on the theme “Buddhism and its protagonists : from the Buddha to Tsong Kapha”.
July 9 – 16, 2005: Scientific work-shop with Pier Luigi Luisi, emeritus professor at the University of Rome3, on the theme “The origin of life: from molecules to consciousness”.
Dicember 15, 2004: Scientific conference with Pier Luigi Luisi, professor at the University of Rome3, on “Francisco Varela: autopoesis and neurophenomenology”.
November 23 – 28, 2004: Philosophical work-shop with Thupten Jimpa, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at the McGill University of Montreal, on the theme “Nothingness in Nagarjuna and Tsong Khapa Philosophies”.