Events Buddhism in Ukraine

December 12th, 2023. 15:30~17:00 JST


Speakers Serhii Trylis Mariia Trylis

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine caused them to evacuate their homeland, Serhii and Mariia Trylis devoted the past decades of their lives to the promotion of Buddhism in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. While based at the Whole-Ukraine Buddhist Center in Irpin City, Ukraine, they organized events for the Buddhist community as well as interreligious dialogues with Christian, Muslim, and other religious leaders. They also translated Buddhist scriptures into Ukrainian. As visiting researchers at the Nanzan Institute, we have invited them to discuss their experiences as Buddhists in Ukraine as well as their lives as refugees in Japan.

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Topic: Buddhism in Ukraine
Time: Dec 12, 2023 15:30 Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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More about the speakers:
Serhii Trylis has been a practitioner of Buddhism for over three decades. He began studying Buddhism at the First Buddhist School in Ulan-Ude, Russia and the Institute of Buddhism in Moscow in the early 1990s. Receiving precepts from Terasawa Junsei, he has been an ordained Buddhist priest in the Nipponzan Myōhōji order since 1992. Serhii served as the Head of the Whole-Ukraine Buddhist Center in Irpin, Ukraine until the 2022 Russian invasion. Following his service in the Ukrainian Defense Forces, he came to Japan in 2023 where he received evacuee status.
Mariia Trylis has been deeply involved in the Buddhist community in Ukraine since 2010. Along with members of the Nipponzan Myōhōji order, she has worked on Ukrainian translations of Buddhist sutras such as the Lotus Sutra, Sutra of the Innumerable Meanings, and Sutra of Understanding the Deeds and Dharma of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, as well as portions  the Mahaparinirvana and Vimalakiriti Sutras. Along with her three children, Mariia fled Ukraine for Japan as evacuees in the summer of 2022.