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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Vision and aims

Last year, the first Manchester Buddhist Conferencewas held on 5 August 2006. It was a success, attended by representatives of many different Buddhist centres, temples and groups in and around Manchester, university students, academics and
practitioners. The 2007 conference aims to build on the success of the 2006 conference, and have more active participation from different Buddhist practitioners. 

The aims of the conference, in brief, are:

1. To bring together the Buddhist community in Greater Manchester, and foster dialogue and understanding between followers of different Buddhist traditions

2. The theme of the 2007 conference has been decided as "Buddhism in the 21st century". We will seek to hold discussions on this theme and explore how Buddhism can cope with the challenges in this era.

3. To serve as an annual meeting point for Buddhists, complementing the presently held NBO (Network of Buddhist Organisations) meetings, and discuss common issues facing Buddhists in Greater Manchester.

4. To publicise the events of different Buddhist centres, encouraging members to attend events (such as festivals) at other centres and invite other Buddhists to visit their own centres. 

In keeping with the feedback from the 2006 conference, we have decided to increase the number of meditation sessions. Accordingly, one session in the morning and one in the evening will be dedicated to meditation practice in different traditions. 

Chris Ward, the development officer at NBO, indicated during the 2006 conference that the NBO would like to encourage more of such regional interactions. We are thankful for the support and encouragement from the NBO and hope that this conference will become an annual fixture of the Buddhism in Greater Manchester, and will be organised in turn by different centres every year.