Manchester Buddhist Conference 2007
16 June2007, Fo Guang Shan Temple
540, Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 9AFOrganised by Manchester University Buddhist Society
The Schedule of the 2007 Manchester Buddhist Conference is still being finalised. The main conference shall be held in the two shrine rooms (main and Guan Yin) on first floor of Fo Guang Shan Temple, and there will be parallel sessions of meditation and discussion in the afternoon in both the shrine rooms (so each participant will have to choose one of the parallel sessions). Lunch shall be in dining hall in the basement, and tea in the library on ground floor.
1. We have requested all the centres that are conducting meditation sessions to send us a short abstract or summary of their meditation session (say half or one A4 page), so we could put it together in the conference pack. So far, very few centres have done so. If your temple/centre is conducting a meditation session and you have not yet sent us an abstract, please email it to Oxana at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The table below may give a mistaken impression that there are too many meditation sessions. The total time devoted to meditation sessions is only two hours (one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon), each session lasting half an hour. There are two or three parallel sessions of meditation simultaneously in different rooms, from which the participants have to choose. Each half-hour session, includes the verbal instructions as well as the meditation sitting itself, and any questions the teacher wishes to entertain. The actual meditation sitting should therefore last around 15 to 20 minutes (can vary depending on the teacher's choice). Also, if any participant does not wish to attend a session, they are free to have tea or informal chat with others in the tea room/library.
3. The six parallel discussion sessions in the afternoon will be organised in the following way:
At the registration, from 9 to 9.30 all participants will be asked to propose a topic for discussion by writing it down on the white board, along with the name of a person to chair this session. After 9.30 A4 sheets of paper each with one of the proposed topics will be put around the walls in the Main Shrine room, and all participants will be able to vote for the topic of their choice by leaving a mark on a respective sheet of paper. Voting will finish at 11. At the end of lunch the topics that collected most votes will be announced together with the name of a chair person and a room where the discussion will take place. One of the six organizers will then take the participants to respective rooms.
4. The 6 different rooms for discussion are as follows:
1st floor: Main Shrine Room, Guan Yin shrine room
Ground floor: Function room
Basement: Dining Hall and 2 classrooms
A provisional schedule is as follows: