A Global Journal of Asian Cultures
ISSN 2456 - 9534
Editor: Chandra B.Varma
MEMBERS OF EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
The Asian Renaissance: A Global Journal of Asian Cultures is a peer-reviewed journal, committed to researches and publications on the topics that pertain to the global understanding of the Asian cultures for academic appreciation.
Why Asian Renaissance ?
We all know that European Renaissance by way of the revival of the interests in the European classical literatures and cultures of Greece and Rome, when transformed into a powerful intellectual movement, not only metamorphosed the middle-aged Europe into the modern West to give a fresh impetus to the modern entrepreneurship and scientific explorations, but has also determined, directed and dictated the entire course of the human history during the past two centuries.
Unfortunately, the Western Renaissance has an ugly facet that has prompted insidious devaluation of the human dignity and values with lustful Colonial policies by subordination of science and technology to Totalitarian ends and imperialistic designs underlying the materialistic rat race inflicting irreparable damages to our social institutional fabrics that exacerbate in broken families and marriages; abandonment of the children and old citizens and a number of social evils.
SUSANNE VON DER HEIDE, World Heritage Chair, Lehrstuhl Interkulturalitaet, Berlin-Cottbus, Germany.
TAN HO SOON,
Nalanda Buddhist Society, Selangor, Malaysia.
CHANDRA B. VARMA,
ex -chair, Indian Council of Cultural Relations for Buddhist Studies to Royal Govt of Cambodia
MARIA REIS HABITO, Director,
Museum of World Religions, New Taipei City 234, Taiwan.
Director General, National Museum, New Delhi &
Vice Chancellor, National Museum Institute, New Delhi.
Rector, Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ex Director, Humanities Centre, Krasnodar State University of Culture and Arts , Russia.
ex Vice Chancellor,
Buddhist & Pali University, Homagama, Sri Lanka
The Asian Renaissance, in turn, seeks to ‘cherish the ancient and relish the modern’; ‘foster the best and discard the worst’; ‘repair the damages and replenish the human values by the spirit of reason and humanitarian wisdom enshrined in the teachings of the Buddha and Confucius; and the sciences of Aryabhat and Varhamihira and so on with due appreciation for the modern scientific cultures.
"Twenty-first century belongs to Asia” - is not just an empty jingoistic slogan raised by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead, the slogan is a bold expression of faith in the wholesome roots of the Asian cultures and civilisations that have contributed so immensely to the evolution of the mankind; and still makes many more promises for the progress of the mankind underlying the principles of love, amity and universal brotherhood - embedded in the humanitarian wisdom enshrined in the classical Asian literatures.
The Asian Renaissance, which is long due, still awaits its turn to become a powerful cultural movement underlying the values of benevolence (alobha); loving kindness (adosa); and knowledge-and-wisdom (amoha) not only for Asia but for the whole world in the twenty-first century to effect global peace and sustainable progress for our planet.