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ASA Conference 2011

About the Conference

The ASA annual conference brings together Buddhist monastics of all traditions and genders in 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 and represented the Australian Sangha to various Government agencies.

Speakers

This year we are fortunate to provide a number of well known speakers to present their informed words on Sharing AmongTraditions. The speakers will be announced soon.We will endeavour to have translators on hand for those Sangha members who are not fluent in English.

Venue

This year the ASA annual conference and AGM will be held in the serene Jhana Grove Retreat Centre in the hills just south of Perth. The one-day conference and AGM will occur on Wednesday 8th June, but Sangha members are welcome to arrive a few days earlier and stay a few days later if they wish. Each participant will have their own room with its own en-suite. All meals will be provided, including special meals by prior arrangement. Participants will be provided with all transport between the airport and Jhana Grove. There will be no charge as it is the hosts’ privilege to serve the Sangha. 

Program

6.30 Group meditation
7.00 Breakfast
7.30 Registration
8.00 Welcome ceremony
8.20 Sharing Between Traditions-Part 1
9.40 Morning Tea
10.00 Sharing Between Traditions-Part 2
11.15 Lunch
1.00 Discussion forum:
2.00 Afternoon tea
2.30 Annual General Meeting
3.30 Closing dedications followed by sharing
4.30 End

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is available for interstate participants who need assistance with travel expenses.

Donations

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 Bodhinyana Monastery, Serpentine WA 6125

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 now to ensure your membership is approved in time for the conference.
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