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ASA Conference 2008

ASA Conference 10 July 2008

About the Conference.

The ASA conference has become a landmark event each year for Buddhist monastics in Australia. The ASA was set up specifically to support dialogue and understanding among monastics of different traditions, and the conference provides a forum for this. This year’s conference will address three main themes.

First, we consider the role of Buddhist monastics within the broader Australian context. For this, we are proud to announce that Dr. Geoff Gallop, ex-Premier of WA and one of the foremost political thinkers in Australia today, will be giving the keynote speech. This will be a unique chance to listen to and meet Dr. Gallop specifically addressing issues of concern for the Sangha.

The second theme reflects the prominence of Buddhist countries in the news in the past year, especially in some of the very troubled events that are still unfolding in Myanmar, Tibet, and Vietnam. Many Australian Buddhists have come from backgrounds of tremendous suffering and anguish, and this affects how we practice and experience Buddhism. We want to listen and share about the conditions that our Sangha have left behind, how this affects them today, and what can be done about it.

Finally, we will examine the sacred texts that are used by our different traditions, and how these are applied in actual practice. We will hear about the traditional canons of each school, which parts of these are emphasized, how they relate to each other, and how Buddhist Sangha today uses their texts to inform and enrich their spiritual practice.


Dr. Geoff Gallop (read his keynote address here)

Ajahn Brahm (Bodhinyana Monastery & Buddhist Society of WA)

Sayadaw U Pandita

Bhante Sujato (Santi Forest Monastery)

Chi Kwang Sunim (Seon Center)

Thich Quang Ba (Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre, Canberra)