ASA Conference 2013
Tuesday March 26th 2013, Canberra
Conference contacts: Venerable Thich Quang Ba Tel: 02-6257 5280 Fax 6257 7733
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 and our Hon. Host Venerable Thich Quang Ba, will open the conference and address ‘Noble Efforts and Noble Friendships
Created at International Buddhist Conferences in 2OI2.
Prof. Peter A.jackson from the School of Culture, History and Language College, of Asia and the Pacific, will speak on ‘Buddhism, Gay—men and Gender Issues in Thailand: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’.
Venerable Alex Bruce a Tibetan Buddhist monk (FPIVID specialising in law concerning protection and rights of animals. He will speak on ‘Integration of his professional life and his monastic life.’
Both speakers are lecturers at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT.
We will endeavour to have translators on hand for those Sangha members who are not fluent in English.
This year the ASA annual conference and AGM will be held at Venerable Thich Quang Ba’s Van Hanh Monastery, 32 Archibald St, Lyneham, Canberra.
The one—day conference and AGM will occur on
Tuesday March 26th 2013
Sangha members are encouraged to arrive on the 25th or earlier and register at 7.30am on the 26th. The rooms offered have 2-4 beds. All meals will be provided and are vegetarian. Participants are asked to please; book online, send in the form below or contact Ven. Thich Quang Ba, prior one week of the conference, so all transport needs, meals and accommodation can be met.
6.30 Group meditation
8.00 Welcome ceremony
8.20 An Introduction and welcome by Ven.Thich Quang Ba:‘Noble Efforts and Noble Friendships Created at International Buddhist Conferences in 20 l 2′
8.40 Group Discussion: Led by Ven.Thich Thong Phap ‘On Noble Friendship/Kalyanamitra’
9.40 Morning Tea
1.00 Key Note speech by Prof. Peter A. Jackson: ‘Buddhism, Gay—men and Gender Issues in Thailand: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’ with Q&A
1.45 Afternoon tea
2. 15 2nd Key Note Venerable Alex Bruce: ‘Integration of his professional life and his monastic life’ with Q&A
3.00 Afternoon Discussion:‘Developing ASA’s Noble Friendships throughout 2013
4.00 Closing dedications with a sharing
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, 6l4 Highbury Road, Glen Waverley. 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 online at the ASA website now to ensure your membership is approved in time for the conference. If you cannot access the Internet, please contact us and we will post you a membership application form.
Venerable Thich Quang Ba
Tel: 02-6257 5280 Fax 6257 7733
ASA Secretary Venerable Thong Phap “Thong Phap”