ASA Conference 2014
This year the ASA annual conference and AGM will be held on the 25th March 2014 at the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV) in Melbourne, 71 Darling Road, East Malvern, Victoria 3145.
About the conference
The ASA annual conference brings together Buddhist monastics of all traditions living in, or visiting Australia, for fellowship, dialogue and to address the issues facing Buddhism in Australia. Previously, the ASA has solved problems with visas for monastics through representations to the Department of Immigration, supported monastics in financial difficulty, liaised with the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC), arranged monastic education forums such as the 2010 Vinaya Conference and represented the Australian Sangha at International Conferences as well as to various Government agencies.
This year we are fortunate to provide two well known speakers.
Ani Tenzin Wangmo was ordained in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism in 2005. She lives in Ballarat at Kunzang Palyul Chöling. Her fields of expertise include qualitative research, community consultation and health care chaplaincy. She facilitated the inaugural survey of ordained in Australia with support of the ASA committee.
Dr Diana Cousens has a PhD in Himalayan Studies from Monash Uni, was ten years Director of the Melbourne Sakya Centre and representative for H.H.Sakya Trizin. She was also Vice-Chair of the BCV and is currently active in interfaith dialogue.
The one-day conference and AGM will occur on: Tuesday March 25th 2014.
Sangha members are encouraged to arrive on the 24th or earlier and register at 7.30am on the 25th. The rooms offered have 2-4 beds. All meals will be provided and are vegetarian. Participants are asked to book online, one week prior to the conference, so all transport needs, meals and accommodation can be met.
6.30 am Group meditation
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am Registration
8.00 am Welcome Ceremony
8.20 am An lntroduction and welcome
8.40 am ‘Outcomes of the ASA Evaluation’ by Venerable Tenzin Wangmo
9.40 am MorningTea
10.00 am AGM
11.15 am Lunch
12.15 pm Key Note speech Di Cousins: ‘Helping temples manage sexual harassment – a new policy’ with Q&A
1.15 pm ‘Building on the ASA Evaluation’ led by Venerable Tenzin Wangmo
3.15 pm Afternoon tea
3.45-4.00 pm Closing Ceremony
Sponsorship is available for interstate participants who need assistance with travel expenses.
Our funding come entirely from your generosity and donations towards the
costs of the conference are welcome. Please make cheques payable to ‘Australian Sangha Association’ and post to ASA Treasurer: Venerable Gontug Rinpoche, 614 Highbury Road, GlenWaverley, VIC 3150
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 now to ensure your membership is approved in time for the conference.
Buddhist Society of Victoria
Tel: 61-3-9571 6409
Or: ASA SecretaryVenerableThong Phap “Thong Phap” firstname.lastname@example.org