Manchester Buddhist Conference 2007


16 June2007, Fo Guang Shan Temple 

540, Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 9AF 

Organised by Manchester University Buddhist Society

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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.

Please Note:

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 buddhaconference@googlemail.com

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:

Time

Activity and location

Chairs

9.00-9.30am

Reception and arrivals
Temple foyer

Participants indicate choice of discussion topics on whiteboard

Cathleen

9.30-10.00am

Welcome Speech
Main Shrine Room
by
Ven Piyatissa &
Ven Miao Heng

Voting for top 6 discussion topics of choice

Irene

10.00-10.30am

Mindfulness of breathing meditation (Manchester Buddhist Centre, FWBO)
Main Shrine Room

Irene

10.00-10.30am

Dhammakaya meditation (Phra Seri Sirisampanna from Wat Chareon Bhavana)
Guan Yin Shrine Room

Cathleen

10.30-11.00am

Vipassana meditation (Mahasi tradition, Saraniya Dhamma med. centre)
Main Shrine Room

Irene

10.30-11.00am

Lamrim meditation (Vairochana Centre, NKT)
Guan Yin Shrine Room

Cathleen

11.00am-12.20pm

Lunch

Venerables: in the basement kitchen. Laypeople: in dining hall and classroom in basement

Rooms allocated to 6 discussion topics

Dennis,

Santa

12.20-1.10pm

Keynote speech by Valerie Roebuck "Buddhism in the 21st century"
Main shrine room

Irene

1.10-1.40pm

Speech on "Buddhist community" by Chris Ward (Forest Sangha, Amarawati)
Main Shrine Room

Irene

1.40-2.35pm

Discussion session by all participants on different topics in 6 different rooms (*)

Irene, Joy, Dennis, Oxana,Ven Piyatissa, Ven Chueh Ru

2.35-2.50pm

TEA BREAK

Library on Ground Floor

Jayawan

2.50-3.20pm

Chan meditation (Ven Chueh Ru from Fo Guang Shan)
Main Shrine Room

Irene

2.50-3.20pm

Zazen Meditation (IZAUK Manchester Zen Dojo)
Guan Yin Shrine Room

Oxana

3.20-3.50pm

Anapana Sati meditation (Wat Sri Ratanam)
Main Shrine Room

Irene

3.20-3.50pm

Samatha meditation (Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation, Samatha Trust)

Guan Yin Shrine Room

Sarat Chandra

3.50-4.30pm

Question-answer session by panel of monastics/order members
Main Shrine Room

Irene

4.30-4.50pm

Closing Ceremony
Deciding future venue
Chanting of blessings by venerables

Main Shrine Room

Irene

4.50pm

Conference closes