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ASA Sangha Conference: 23-24 May 2012

by asawebmaster on April 5th, 2012

About the Conference.

The ASA conference has become a landmark event each year for Buddhist monastics in Australia. The ASA was set up to support dialogue and understanding among monastics of different traditions, and the conference provides a forum for this. This year’s conference features a one day work shop offered by the Chaplaincy Sub-committee of the Australian Sangha Association. The focus of the conference is on how, as Sangha, we can use the Buddha’s teachings to offer better care, both for each other, and for the whole world. This has been a focus of discussions for the past year, since it has been identified in previous meetings that many Sangha in Australia face challenging conditions, living alone or in small groups, often with little or no support.

The conference will have a mixture of lectures and conversations in small and large groups. We want to learn how to listen better to each other, to understand such questions as: What is our situation as a monastic in Australia? What is going well? Where are the challenges? What help do I need from ASA and other monastics? What help can I offer? This workshop has been designed to give monastic participants the opportunity to make clear what their pastoral and other needs are. With this information, the Chaplaincy Subcommittee can articulate the real needs of Australian Buddhist nuns and monks and find ways for ASA to take action.

When we care for one another we are caring for the world.

Venue

Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2012

Quang Minh Temple
18 Burke Street,
Braybrook, Vic. 3019
Australia

Program

May 23

7.00: Breakfast
8.00: Registration
8.30: Introduction
Keynote: Phuoc Tan, his experience with three elders: Thich Phuoc Hue, Geshe Loden, Laurence Khantipalo.
9.00: Looking after Sangha in the Vinaya – Sujato
9.30: Tea break
10.00: 1st session
Background and introduction to chaplaincy subcommittee.
11.00: Lunch
1.00: 2nd session
Listening deeply to one another.
3.00: Tea break
3.30: 3rd session
Caring for one another.
5.30: Finish
6.30: Dinner

May 24

7.00: Breakfast
8.00: AGM
11.00: Lunch
Afternoon:
Local Sangha: to discuss setting up a Victorian Sangha Association.
Visiting Sangha: A relaxing afternoon together.

Conference contacts

Ven. Phuoc Tan 0411 264194
Ven. Chi Kwang 0409 76 4488

Membership

All Buddhist monks and nuns living in Australia are eligible to apply for ASA membership. If you are a member, you can participate fully in the conference by voting for the new committee and other key decisions. Make your membership application online now to ensure your membership is approved in time for the conference.

Donations

Our funding comes entirely from your generosity. All funds will be used for the ASA conference and ongoing expenses. Please make out cheques to ‘Australian Sangha Association’ and post to Santi Forest Monastery.

ASA Contacts

Santi Forest Monastery
PO Box 132 Bundanoon
NSW 2578 Australia

Tel: 02 4883 6331
Email: asasecretary@gmail.com
Website: australiansangha.org

Registration

Register online using the form below.

It is important that you register for the conference now. Attendance at the conference is free, since the venue has been generously made available by the Quang Minh Temple, and all food is donated. However, please do not think that because it is free it does not matter whether you register. We need to inform our caterers and helpers.

We will try to assist with transport for those who have difficulties getting to and from the venue.

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