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ASA Conference 2010

Mercy Place
371 Simpsons Rd
Bardon QLD 4065
(07) 3369 4569

About the Conference

The ASA conference is a landmark event held each year for Buddhist Monastics of various traditions in Australia. The ASA was specifically set up to support dialogue and understanding among monastics of different traditions, and the conference provides a forum for this.

The 2010 conference was a great success, with over 40 attendees. Special thanks are due to the devotees of Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple, who so graciously provided lunch for the Sangha; the staff of Mercy Place; Kim & Maeve Hollows and the Buddhist Council of Queensland for their tremendous support; the Queensland Sangha Association; to all speakers; and to Venerable Susila, the main on-the-ground organizer.


Ven. Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe has been a monk for over 35 years and is highly respected in Australia and overseas for the clarity and inspiration of his teachings. His understanding of how to teach from within a Western context makes the concepts and meanings so much more accessible to Australian audiences. Kenpo is the founder and Spiritual Director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute in Sydney.

Ms Anna Halafoff is a researcher for the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, researching Netpeace: Multifaith Movements and Cosmopolitan Governance.

Ven. Wattegama Dhammavasa from Sri Lankaramaya will be providing valuable information from the perspective of a Sri-Lankan Abbot in Queensland. Venarable Dhammawasa is the Chief Monk of Sri Subodharama Buddhist Monastery in Kandy (Sri Lanka) and Sri Lankarama monastery in Ellen Grove, Brisbane. His tireless efforts and service to the cultivation of the Sangha has resulted in the creation of centres throughout the world.

Ven. Thich Quang Ba is one of Australia’s most prominent Vietnamese monks. He entered monastic life in 1964 and obtained formal monastic education and training at various colleges and universities. He established the Van Hanh Monastery in Canberra (1984) and Nguyen Thieu Monastery in Sydney (2001). Since 2005, he has been appointed as a Member of the National Elders Council for the Australian Sangha Association.
Ven. Master Heng Chih from the Gold Coast Dharma Realm, has been an ordained Buddhist nun in the Mahayana tradition for 40 years. From 1970 to date, she serves as a team member of the Buddhist Text Translation Society in four capacities: translator (Chinese to English), bilingual reviewer, editor, and certifier of canonical Buddhist texts and their modern-language commentaries.

Ven. Ajahn Brahm is a founding member of the ASA, abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, and one of the most popular international Dhamma speakers. He will share his experiences of how to raise awareness and funding for Buddhist projects within Australia.


7.00 Breakfast
7.30 Registration
8.00 Opening Ceremony
8.20 Panel Discussion One: Traditional and New Buddhists Working Together
9.40 Morning Tea
10.00 Panel Discussion Two: Fund-Raising for Buddhist Organisations in Australia
11.15 Lunch
1.00 Workshop Discussion
2.00 Afternoon tea
2.30 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
3.30 Closing dedications


Our funding comes entirely from your generosity. Donations towards the costs of the conference are welcome. Please make cheques payable to ‘Australian Sangha Association’ and post to:

ASA Donation,
PO Box 132,
Bundanoon NSW 2578