Resources

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, find make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, hemophilia a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, sanitary make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness - Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, viagra 100mg but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, viagra Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, capsule make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, visit this site a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney (Rigpa) Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle (Diamond Way) Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
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Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
SEEKING MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE PART IN THE MITRA EDUCATION TEAM

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, viagra sale
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, click
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
SEEKING MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE PART IN THE MITRA EDUCATION TEAM

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, viagra sale
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, click
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? A gathering of over 300 people coming together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, pilule
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, order but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
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Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, viagra sale
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, click
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? A gathering of over 300 people coming together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, pilule
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, order but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, cheap
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, see but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

stickers

SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
SEEKING MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE PART IN THE MITRA EDUCATION TEAM

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, viagra sale
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, click
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? A gathering of over 300 people coming together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, pilule
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, order but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, cheap
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, see but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, Migraine
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, this web
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, healthful
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Group Discussion Topics

There will be a 1.5 hr group discussion session after lunch on both days of the conference. Facilitated sessions will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis by picking a sticker. So to ensure you get to go to the session you want, dysentery make sure get your sticker early!

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SATURDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Thubten Chodron Destination Forgiveness – “An eye for an eye, thumb a tooth for a tooth.” Are anger and vengeance the only ways to respond when we experience harm? Join Ven. Chodron as she shares on how the practice of forgiveness can help us to heal from harm and free us from contributing to a continuing cycle of violence.
Ven Dhammadaasa Destination Wisdom – Many people understand that the Buddha’s teaching is about giving up dogma, but few seem to be able to identify dogma in their understanding of Dhamma. Ven Dhammadaasa has found the key to doing so in the quote from the Buddha that says: “Do not say ‘this is the truth’ but rather “I believe this… (is the truth).” This may not be so compatible with popular ideas that the Buddha taught “there is no-self” and that we should avoid ideas of “I” and “mine”.
Ven Guo Jun Destination Right Effort – Have you ever felt stagnant in your spiritual practice? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of the meditation cushion? Do you find it hard to practice in a busy environment full of distractions and do you feel you are not getting anywhere lately? In this workshop, Ven. Guo Jun will explore the concept of Right Effort and how to apply it diligently to your practice.
Alexandra Yuille  & Debbie Whitney  Destination Compassion – In this workshop, Alexandra and Debbie will explore what compassion is and what it is not. We will also explore contemplative practices that help us develop compassion and spend time experiencing a guided meditation to get us started on this transformative journey. These practices are based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Phil Carlisle  Destination Emptiness – In the 8thcentury AD, the Indian Yogi Saraha said “People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; People who think things are not real are even more stupid.” What did he mean? This workshop will explore the Buddhist view of emptiness from a few different angles and see what science thinks as well
Grahame White Destination Urban Mindfulness – In this workshop Grahame will discuss practical strategies using mindfulness exercises to cultivate inner equanimity and balance for city living. The meditative exercises will be based on The Four applications of Mindfulness – the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

 SUNDAY

Teacher Topic
Ven Brahmali &/or Sujato Destination Loving kindness – If you want to rule the universe or you just want a nice life, this is for you!
Ven Huifeng Destination Nirvana – Congratulations! You’ve taken leave from your sa?s?ric job, packed your suitcase of wholesome virtues, zafu and m?la beads, and are now heading on an all expenses paid Dharma vacation—Destination Nirv??a®!  Yeehaa!  But, where is this nirv??a?  How do I get there?  What’s the weather like? We’d like to invite you to come and chat about this magical mystery holiday Destination Nirv?? with Ven. Huifeng.  He hasn’t been to Nirv??a either but he read about it once in a copy of Lonely Planet, and he’s got an old second hand t-shirt from someone who supposedly went and lived to tell the tale.  So he says…
Ven Thubten Choden Destination Awareness – In this workshop Ven. Thubten Choden will explore how we can improve our awareness and experience stress-free mindful living in our daily lives. She will share her insights on how we all can develop a practice based on mindfulness of body, speech and mind.
Sarah Napthali Destination Self-Compassion – Have you ever felt like a failure at meditation? Maybe you have beaten yourself up for not responding in a “Buddhist” way when things go wrong. For some Dharma practitioners, particularly those living in the West, self-compassion can be a vital missing component of a Buddhist practice. Yet if we can learn to cultivate compassion for ourselves in times of struggle, then we are far more likely to respond compassionately to others. When we are harsh on ourselves, we tend to be harsh on others as well. In this workshop, Sarah will explore the reasons we don’t practice self compassion as well as some ways to bring a practice of self compassion into our lives.
Chien Hoong Gooi Destination Light-heartedness - Many people are searching for happiness and greater contentment in life. This workshop discusses the question of being a cup half full or half empty type of person and explores the various practices that help individuals live a meaningful life. It brings together the timeless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and findings from contemporary scientific and social research. The various practices are introduced in a step-by-step manner, providing helpful guidance to the way we live and the way we deepen our spiritual practice.
Jim Teoh Destination Impermanence – This topic looks into the Buddhist definition of impermanence as one of the universal characteristics and its relationship to the other two characteristics of unsatisfactoriness and non-self. This session discusses how this understanding can help a person to practise so as to lead a more fruitful life.

 

The programme:

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd May

Time Activity Speaker
8:00 Registration
9.00 Conference Opening MITRA and BCNSW
9.30 Talk 1: Mindfulness in the Digital Age Ven. Sujato
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Talk 2: What is this Mind? Know I, sickness
No Me, sick
I Know
H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Workshops/Breakout sessions
2.30 Talk 3: Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude Ven. Huifeng
3.30 Musical Performance – Reflection Steven Daghlian
3.45 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Panel: Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition? Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven. Guo Jun, Ven. Dhammadhira & Ven. Thubten Chodron
5.00 Film Screening about Sravasti Abbey  Ven Thubten Chodron

 

Day 2 – Sunday 4th May

Time Activity Speaker
8:30 Registration
9.30 Talk 1: Causes of Mindfulness Ven. Brahmali
10.00 Talk 2: Fruits of Clear Comprehension Ven. Dhammadhira
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Premiere Film Screening, Bhikkhuni – The Nuns Story Damith Herath
11.30 Talk 3: Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships Ven. Thubten Chodron
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshops/Breakout sessions
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.15 Talk 4: Psychology Meets Buddhism Ven. Guo Jun
4.15 Panel: Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World Sarah Napthali, Ven. Huifeng, Ven. Dhammadaasa & Ven. Sujato
5.15 Video Clip – LOVE, Silence of Damith Herath
5.30 Close

Topic descriptions

Keeping it Real – Living Gratitude (by Ven. Huifeng)

We live in a world of incessant consumerism, where the latest objects of desire are constantly being updated and outdated. It is easy to fall onto a treadmill of constant desire where satisfaction becomes about having the ‘latest’ and trying to keep up with others. In this talk, Venerable Huifeng invites us to understand the true causes of contentment, and become aware of the happiness that is available to us right here and now.

What is this Mind? Know I, No Me, I Know (by H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche)

As we live day-to-day we tend to accept our reality and who we are without question. It is all too easy to forget the miracle of existence, created by our mind, and our place in it. In this discussion, H.E. Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche addresses the importance of knowing ourselves, in relation to our mind and the world around us, in a way that minimises our suffering and that of others.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age (by Ven. Sujato)

Are progress, technology and multi-tasking the enemies of mindfulness? Our lives are increasingly complex and busy, from cities and cyborgs to gadgets and Google. Can we actually live mindfully in a fast paced world, or are there too many distractions to remain present and aware in every moment? Experienced living in both remote hermitages and interfacing with the latest technology, hear what Venerable Sujato has to say about this challenging, compromising and all-pervading issue.

Causes of Mindfulness (by Ven. Brahmali)

Mindfulness is often spoken about and many people strive to achieve it. Benefits of mindfulness include a greater sense of wellbeing, inner peace, and increased appreciation of the world around us. However it is easy to forget that mindfulness does not just happen, nor is it exclusive to those in the realm of monastics. Venerable Brahmali will explain how we can all achieve mindfulness through the necessity of virtue (what we should and shouldn’t do), including mental virtue. Without a solid basis and the continuous development of virtue, mindfulness can be stressful! Mindfulness should be natural and easy, yet is achievable only with a pure mind.

Fruits of Clear Comprehension (by Ven. Dhammadhira)

Two people can share the same experience yet interpret it in entirely different ways. For instance, in the face of adverse circumstances one person may become confused or upset while another may find value and meaning. We often hear about mindfulness but overlook its close companion of clear comprehension. Clear comprehension (sampajanna in Pali) provides the context and purpose to our meditation practice in a way that yields the most complete results. Venerable Dhammadhira will not only remind us how to accomplish clear comprehension but also the importance of achieving it. It is not merely about sharpening a tool, but knowing how to skillfully use it. From her experiences in the United States desert to a Southern Highlands Monastery, hear this unique reflection on the benefits to understanding what really goes on in your mind.

Creating Authentic and Compassionate Relationships (by Ven. Thubten Chodron)

Television and other media frequently bombard us with stereotypes of so called ‘perfect’ relationships that are neither realistic nor fulfilling. The truth is tantalising – that rewarding relationships are both achievable and rewarding. Venerable Thubten Chodron returns to the Mitra Conference to help us understand how to form and nurture authentic, compassionate relationships in both peaceful and trying times.

Psychology Meets Buddhism (by Ven. Guo Jun)

Psychology, the science of the mind, has different roots to Buddhism but arguably many common goals. For example, both are concerned with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their sense of wellbeing. With an interdisciplinary background Venerable Guo Jun will offer a refreshing perspective on this topic, discussing how Psychology and Buddhism relate to and can mutually inform one another. 

Panel topics

Future Faces of Buddhism: Dharma Renaissance or Tainted Tradition

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, Grahame White, Ven Thubten Chodron, Ven Dhammadhira & Ven Guo Jun

(Orthodox or contemporary, the role of youth and women, influence of science and psychology, diluting of teachings for commercial benefit, social engagement, secular values, globalisation)

Spiritual Balance in a Competitive World

Sarah Napthali, Ven Dhammadaasa, Ven Sujato & Ven Huifeng

(Making ethical choices – At home, work, in the community and for the environment) 

Please note: The conference programme is accurate at the time of posting. MITRA Youth Buddhist Network reserves the right to change the conference programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, check
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, rubella
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 
SEEKING MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE PART IN THE MITRA EDUCATION TEAM

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, abortion
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

 

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, pharmacy but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

 

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, viagra 40mg
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

 

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

 

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, viagra sale
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, click
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? A gathering of over 300 people coming together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of the team to help.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, pilule
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, order but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, cheap
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, see but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, Migraine
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, this web
but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, healthful
the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Mitra Conference Team

Would you like to help us organise one of the most exciting Buddhist events of the year? We are organising the next Mitra conference where speakers and delegates from all denominations of Buddhism come together to learn and share the Buddhist teachings. You can be be part of this team to create something exciting.

We need motivated volunteers to help with:

  • Co-Convening
  • Marketing
  • Program/Dhamma Speakers
  • Website
  • Registration
  • Logisitics
  • Finance
  • Outreach

If you would like to help in any of these areas please let us know at mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com

Mitra Education Team

We are after Buddhists who are passionate about sharing the Dharma and who also enjoy working with young people to take part in the Mitra Education team.

The objectives of the education team are to:

Provide University Buddhist society committee members with the skills to run their society, skincare
including those on how to run a Buddhist society and the key Buddhist teachings

This will usually involve organising a one day intervarsity workshop in February and a second workshop during the year which is relevant to University students.

Commitment

The team will organise 1-2 events per year. These events will typically have a lead time of 2-3 months, but are up to 1 day long only. The roles should not involve much work outside of these periods.

What we are looking for

1 x Team manager

With the support of the Mitra committee, the team manager will be responsible for overseeing the organisation of educational workshops for committee members from various University Buddhist societies. This includes liaising with societies regarding dates, coordinating speakers, topics, location and catering.

2 x workshop coordinators

The workshop coordinators will assist the team manager in performing their tasks

What’s in it for you?

The role is suited for anyone who wants to re-engage with Buddhism, are keen to share their interest in Buddhism or want to give back to the Buddhist community. The role will also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Expressions of interests or enquiries

Please send your expression of interest to mitra.ybn.comms[at]gmail.com and we will be in touch

 

Here you can find practical advice on how to help your Buddhist society grow, sickness or useful information on Buddhism. 

RUNNING A BUDDHIST SOCIETY

The following resources have been developed to help Buddhist societies run smoothly.

MITRA has developed them from training sessions held for our network of societies.

 

STARTING A SOCIETY
A brief introduction on some of the basics needed to start a society
RUNNING A SOCIETY
Basic information on how to run and grow a Buddhist society
ACTIVITIES
Some ideas for activities for your society to keep society members active and learning about the Dharma
ORGANISING ORIENTATION
How to attract members early on in the year
ORGANISING DHARMA TALKS
Ideas on how to make sure Dharma talks are relevant, health system interesting and well organised
COMMITTEE HANDBOOK 
Describes the roles and responsibilities of each member of the executive committee. A good resource to train your new committee with.
RECOMMENDING BUDDHIST PUBLICATIONS
There are many Buddhist books out there. This pamphlet outlines the most appropriate books to recommend to others depending on their background and interests.

 

DHARMA RESOURCES
You can find our collection of pamphlet, talks and other Buddhist things in this section.

PAMPHLETS AND PRINT
These pamphlets and print materials can be printed and distributed easily at various functions and activities. Resources marked ‘pamphlet’ are up to 2 A4 pages and are intended to be double sided. They may also require folding or stapling. Resources marked ‘scrolls’ can be printed and cut into strips which can be rolled and tied with a ribbon to make a scroll. They are like Buddhist ‘fortune cookies’.

Author(s) Title Format (Size) Notes
Chodron, Ven. Thubten Dealing With Anxiety   doc (44k) pamphlet
Chodron, Ven. Thubten The Essence of The Buddha’s Teachings doc (47k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Day-To-Day Buddhist Practices pdf (55k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Buddhism In The Eyes of Intellectuals” doc (29k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Food For The Thinking Mind” doc (28k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri How To Overcome Your Difficulties pdf (59k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Is It Wrong To Be Ambitious? pdf (56k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Let Peace Prevail On Earth pdf (57k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Sayings Of The Buddha doc (30k) pamphlet
Higgins, Dr Winton Buddhist Sexual Ethics  pdf (184k) pamphlet
Mahinda, Ven. A 5 Minute Introduction To Buddhism pdf (82k) pamphlet
Mitra Careers Forum 2006 Balancing Careers And A Buddhist Lifestyle  doc (50k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Addictions  doc (33k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Anger doc (28k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Depression doc (37k) pamphlet
White, Brian Happiness  doc (47k) pamphlet

 

Audio

Title   Description File (Size)  Notes
Brian White Interview With The Religion Report 2005 with David Rutledge of the ABC, Short Version mp3
Brian White Interview With The Religion Report 2005 with David Rutledge of the ABC, Long Version mp3
Transcript of Brian White Interview Link to ABC  html
2005 Mitra Conference – Talks by various speakers from the 2005 Conference, “Illuminating The Path”. See www.illuminate.mitra.org.au for more details
 Saturday
Dr Edward Crangle  Healing Mental Imbalance mp3 (61Mb)
Gillian Coote  The Destructive Pain Killers mp3 (60Mb)
Panel Questions mp3 (17Mb)
Venerable Chikwang Sunim  The Big Issues…Euthanasia, Abortion, Just Wars!!! mp3 (66Mb)
Venerable Sujato  Haunted By Guilt, Healing Scars of The Past mp3(61Mb)
Venerable Thubten Tashi  Healing Dissatisfaction mp3 (12Mb)
  Sunday
Question Time  mp3 (17Mb)
Reverend Shi Guojun  A Smile Before Death mp3 (55Mb)
Sister Yeshe  Inspiration To Further Practice mp3 (16Mb)
Venerable Bodhicitta  Xbox, Email, Dharma and The Net mp3 (11Mb)
Venerable David Lungtok  Illuminating The Path mp3 (20Mb)

 

 

 

 

Here you can find practical advice on how to help your Buddhist society grow, stomach or useful information on Buddhism. 

RUNNING A BUDDHIST SOCIETY

The following resources have been developed to help Buddhist societies run smoothly.

MITRA has developed them from training sessions held for our network of societies.

 

STARTING A SOCIETY
A brief introduction on some of the basics needed to start a society
RUNNING A SOCIETY
Basic information on how to run and grow a Buddhist society
ACTIVITIES
Some ideas for activities for your society to keep society members active and learning about the Dharma
ORGANISING ORIENTATION
How to attract members early on in the year
ORGANISING DHARMA TALKS
Ideas on how to make sure Dharma talks are relevant, diagnosis interesting and well organised
COMMITTEE HANDBOOK 
Describes the roles and responsibilities of each member of the executive committee. A good resource to train your new committee with.
RECOMMENDING BUDDHIST PUBLICATIONS
There are many Buddhist books out there. This pamphlet outlines the most appropriate books to recommend to others depending on their background and interests.

 

DHARMA RESOURCES
You can find our collection of pamphlet, information pills talks and other Buddhist things in this section.

PAMPHLETS AND PRINT
These pamphlets and print materials can be printed and distributed easily at various functions and activities. Resources marked ‘pamphlet’ are up to 2 A4 pages and are intended to be double sided. They may also require folding or stapling. Resources marked ‘scrolls’ can be printed and cut into strips which can be rolled and tied with a ribbon to make a scroll. They are like Buddhist ‘fortune cookies’.

Author(s) Title Format (Size) Notes
Chodron, Ven. Thubten Dealing With Anxiety   doc (44k) pamphlet
Chodron, Ven. Thubten The Essence of The Buddha’s Teachings doc (47k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Day-To-Day Buddhist Practices pdf (55k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Buddhism In The Eyes of Intellectuals” doc (29k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Food For The Thinking Mind” doc (28k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri How To Overcome Your Difficulties pdf (59k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Is It Wrong To Be Ambitious? pdf (56k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Let Peace Prevail On Earth pdf (57k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Sayings Of The Buddha doc (30k) pamphlet
Higgins, Dr Winton Buddhist Sexual Ethics  pdf (184k) pamphlet
Mahinda, Ven. A 5 Minute Introduction To Buddhism pdf (82k) pamphlet
Mitra Careers Forum 2006 Balancing Careers And A Buddhist Lifestyle  doc (50k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Addictions  doc (33k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Anger doc (28k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Depression doc (37k) pamphlet
White, Brian Happiness  doc (47k) pamphlet

 

Audio

Title   Description File (Size)  Notes
2005 Mitra Conference – Talks by various speakers from the 2005 Conference, “Illuminating The Path”. See www.illuminate.mitra.org.au for more details
 Saturday
Dr Edward Crangle  Healing Mental Imbalance mp3 (61Mb)
Gillian Coote  The Destructive Pain Killers mp3 (60Mb)
Panel Questions mp3 (17Mb)
Venerable Chikwang Sunim  The Big Issues…Euthanasia, Abortion, Just Wars!!! mp3 (66Mb)
Venerable Sujato  Haunted By Guilt, Healing Scars of The Past mp3(61Mb)
Venerable Thubten Tashi  Healing Dissatisfaction mp3 (12Mb)
  Sunday
Question Time  mp3 (17Mb)
Reverend Shi Guojun  A Smile Before Death mp3 (55Mb)
Sister Yeshe  Inspiration To Further Practice mp3 (16Mb)
Venerable Bodhicitta  Xbox, Email, Dharma and The Net mp3 (11Mb)
Venerable David Lungtok  Illuminating The Path mp3 (20Mb)

 

 

 

 

Here you can find practical advice on how to help your Buddhist society grow, buy or useful information on Buddhism. 

RUNNING A BUDDHIST SOCIETY

The following resources have been developed to help Buddhist societies run smoothly.

MITRA has developed them from training sessions held for our network of societies.

 

STARTING A SOCIETY
A brief introduction on some of the basics needed to start a society
RUNNING A SOCIETY
Basic information on how to run and grow a Buddhist society
ACTIVITIES
Some ideas for activities for your society to keep society members active and learning about the Dharma
ORGANISING ORIENTATION
How to attract members early on in the year
ORGANISING DHARMA TALKS
Ideas on how to make sure Dharma talks are relevant, advice interesting and well organised
COMMITTEE HANDBOOK 
Describes the roles and responsibilities of each member of the executive committee. A good resource to train your new committee with.
RECOMMENDING BUDDHIST PUBLICATIONS
There are many Buddhist books out there. This pamphlet outlines the most appropriate books to recommend to others depending on their background and interests.

 

DHARMA RESOURCES
You can find our collection of pamphlet, talks and other Buddhist things in this section.

PAMPHLETS AND PRINT
These pamphlets and print materials can be printed and distributed easily at various functions and activities. Resources marked ‘pamphlet’ are up to 2 A4 pages and are intended to be double sided. They may also require folding or stapling. Resources marked ‘scrolls’ can be printed and cut into strips which can be rolled and tied with a ribbon to make a scroll. They are like Buddhist ‘fortune cookies’.

Author(s) Title Format (Size) Notes
Chodron, Ven. Thubten Dealing With Anxiety   doc (44k) pamphlet
Chodron, Ven. Thubten The Essence of The Buddha’s Teachings doc (47k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Day-To-Day Buddhist Practices pdf (55k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Buddhism In The Eyes of Intellectuals” doc (29k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Food For The Thinking Mind” doc (28k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri How To Overcome Your Difficulties pdf (59k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Is It Wrong To Be Ambitious? pdf (56k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Let Peace Prevail On Earth pdf (57k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Sayings Of The Buddha doc (30k) pamphlet
Higgins, Dr Winton Buddhist Sexual Ethics  pdf (184k) pamphlet
Mahinda, Ven. A 5 Minute Introduction To Buddhism pdf (82k) pamphlet
Mitra Careers Forum 2006 Balancing Careers And A Buddhist Lifestyle  doc (50k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Addictions  doc (33k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Anger doc (28k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Depression doc (37k) pamphlet
White, Brian Happiness  doc (47k) pamphlet

 

Audio

Title   Description File (Size)  Notes
Brian White Interview With The Religion Report 2005 with David Rutledge of the ABC, Short Version mp3
Brian White Interview With The Religion Report 2005 with David Rutledge of the ABC, Long Version mp3
Transcript of Brian White Interview Link to ABC  html
2005 Mitra Conference – Talks by various speakers from the 2005 Conference, “Illuminating The Path”. See www.illuminate.mitra.org.au for more details
 Saturday
Dr Edward Crangle  Healing Mental Imbalance mp3 (61Mb)
Gillian Coote  The Destructive Pain Killers mp3 (60Mb)
Panel Questions mp3 (17Mb)
Venerable Chikwang Sunim  The Big Issues…Euthanasia, Abortion, Just Wars!!! mp3 (66Mb)
Venerable Sujato  Haunted By Guilt, Healing Scars of The Past mp3(61Mb)
Venerable Thubten Tashi  Healing Dissatisfaction mp3 (12Mb)
  Sunday
Question Time  mp3 (17Mb)
Reverend Shi Guojun  A Smile Before Death mp3 (55Mb)
Sister Yeshe  Inspiration To Further Practice mp3 (16Mb)
Venerable Bodhicitta  Xbox, Email, Dharma and The Net mp3 (11Mb)
Venerable David Lungtok  Illuminating The Path mp3 (20Mb)

 

 

 

 

Here you can find practical advice on how to help your Buddhist society grow, nurse or useful information on Buddhism. 

RUNNING A BUDDHIST SOCIETY

The following resources have been developed to help Buddhist societies run smoothly.

MITRA has developed them from training sessions held for our network of societies.

 

STARTING A SOCIETY
A brief introduction on some of the basics needed to start a society
RUNNING A SOCIETY
Basic information on how to run and grow a Buddhist society
ACTIVITIES
Some ideas for activities for your society to keep society members active and learning about the Dharma
ORGANISING ORIENTATION
How to attract members early on in the year
ORGANISING DHARMA TALKS
Ideas on how to make sure Dharma talks are relevant, interesting and well organised
COMMITTEE HANDBOOK 
Describes the roles and responsibilities of each member of the executive committee. A good resource to train your new committee with.
RECOMMENDING BUDDHIST PUBLICATIONS
There are many Buddhist books out there. This pamphlet outlines the most appropriate books to recommend to others depending on their background and interests.

 

DHARMA RESOURCES
You can find our collection of pamphlet, talks and other Buddhist things in this section.

PAMPHLETS AND PRINT
These pamphlets and print materials can be printed and distributed easily at various functions and activities. Resources marked ‘pamphlet’ are up to 2 A4 pages and are intended to be double sided. They may also require folding or stapling. Resources marked ‘scrolls’ can be printed and cut into strips which can be rolled and tied with a ribbon to make a scroll. They are like Buddhist ‘fortune cookies’.

Author(s) Title Format (Size) Notes
Chodron, Ven. Thubten Dealing With Anxiety   doc (44k) pamphlet
Chodron, Ven. Thubten The Essence of The Buddha’s Teachings doc (47k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Day-To-Day Buddhist Practices pdf (55k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Buddhism In The Eyes of Intellectuals” doc (29k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Food For The Thinking Mind” doc (28k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri How To Overcome Your Difficulties pdf (59k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Is It Wrong To Be Ambitious? pdf (56k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Let Peace Prevail On Earth pdf (57k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Sayings Of The Buddha doc (30k) pamphlet
Higgins, Dr Winton Buddhist Sexual Ethics  pdf (184k) pamphlet
Mahinda, Ven. A 5 Minute Introduction To Buddhism pdf (82k) pamphlet
Mitra Careers Forum 2006 Balancing Careers And A Buddhist Lifestyle  doc (50k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Addictions  doc (33k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Anger doc (28k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Depression doc (37k) pamphlet
White, Brian Happiness  doc (47k) pamphlet

 

Audio

Title   Description File (Size)  Notes
2005 Mitra Conference – Talks by various speakers from the 2005 Conference, “Illuminating The Path”.
 Saturday
Dr Edward Crangle  Healing Mental Imbalance mp3 (61Mb)
Gillian Coote  The Destructive Pain Killers mp3 (60Mb)
Panel Questions mp3 (17Mb)
Venerable Chikwang Sunim  The Big Issues…Euthanasia, Abortion, Just Wars!!! mp3 (66Mb)
Venerable Sujato  Haunted By Guilt, Healing Scars of The Past mp3(61Mb)
Venerable Thubten Tashi  Healing Dissatisfaction mp3 (12Mb)
  Sunday
Question Time  mp3 (17Mb)
Reverend Shi Guojun  A Smile Before Death mp3 (55Mb)
Sister Yeshe  Inspiration To Further Practice mp3 (16Mb)
Venerable Bodhicitta  Xbox, Email, Dharma and The Net mp3 (11Mb)
Venerable David Lungtok  Illuminating The Path mp3 (20Mb)

 

 

 

 
 

After 4 years of anticipation, read more denture the Mitra Conference is back again. We’ve been busy making this year’s conference awesome. Just like all our previous conferences it will feature main talks from renowned international and local speakers, pilule panels, workshops, a short film screening, performances, stalls and more.

We will be also be providing a sumptious vegan morning and afternoon tea and lunch

On the day registrations will be available. Just show up.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

Check out the program and our speakers if you haven’t done so already and you can also stay up to date on our facebook page.. Hope to see you all there!

 
 

After 4 years of anticipation, read more denture the Mitra Conference is back again. We’ve been busy making this year’s conference awesome. Just like all our previous conferences it will feature main talks from renowned international and local speakers, pilule panels, workshops, a short film screening, performances, stalls and more.

We will be also be providing a sumptious vegan morning and afternoon tea and lunch

On the day registrations will be available. Just show up.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

Check out the program and our speakers if you haven’t done so already and you can also stay up to date on our facebook page.. Hope to see you all there!

 
 

ALL WELCOME !

MITRA is excited to present our 8th MITRA Conference titled “Destination Mindfulness“, see to be held on Saturday and Sunday 3-4 May, urticaria 2014 at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Similar to our previous conferences, this conference will consist of main talks, panel discussions and break-out sessions, all facilitated by respected international and local, monastic and lay speakers from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

The conference is open to all people (not a youth conference!), from all backgrounds, ages and religions. All welcome!

Get a glimpse of our MITRA Conference 2007 – Change Your Mind Change the World and also check out our MITRA Conference 2008 – Wisdom for a Modern World.

Mitra Conference 2014

The 2014 MITRA Conference lineup includes the following guest speakers:

His Eminence (H.E.) Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and is currently residing in the Kyegu Buddhist Institute (“KBI”) in Sydney.

At the age of five, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Head of Sakyapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism, recognised him as the reincarnation of his predecessor. Aenpo Kyabgon is one of the very few Tulkus (reincarnated Rinpoches) in all of Tibet who possesses the ‘Kyabgon’ title.

Following his early monastic studies, Rinpoche began his higher studies in Sutra, Tantra and Shastras under the late Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tsering and other teachers at Sakya College, the noted Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies (in Rajpur, near Dehra Dun in Northern India). Rinpoche graduated in 1998 with the Kachupa degree, equivalent to a B.A.

Rinpoche has received numerous initiations and teachings from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche (Head of the Ngorpa lineage of the Sakya Tradition), and special Tantric teachings from late Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, the founder of Sakya College in India and the International Buddhist Academy in Nepal. Rinpoche, well versed in English, survived a major car accident in 1998 after graduating from Sakya College.  Rinpoche has kindly been travelling widely to bestow empowerments and give teachings to many students from South East Asia, and Australia.

Rinpoche has a unique approach to his teachings, in particular, being able to relate to his students of various ages and experiences. He brings loving kindness, compassion, encouragement and inspiration through his teachings. Many of his students find Rinpoche as a relaxed and genuine teacher who is also fun with a great sense of humour.

For more information on Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche’s biography, teachings and projects please go to the KBI website.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Ven Thubten Chodron updated

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha’s teachings for nearly forty years. A native of Los Angeles, she ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide.

Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; and, most recently, Don’t Believe Everything You Think and was editor for Wisdom’s publication of Insight Into Emptiness.

Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual advisor for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003. Many of her teachings are available on her website and on YouTube. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Venerable Sujato

Sujato pic

Venerable Sujato is an Australian Theravanda Buddhist Monk ordained in a monastery in Chieng Mai in Thailand during the 1990s. He played in a successful rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings.

Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.

Venerable Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major International Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.

Venerable Sujato has become well known for his articulate and support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism and particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Venerable Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association fo Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

Sarah Napthali

Sarah Napthali

Sarah Napthali is the author of the Buddhism for Mothers series of books published by Allen & Unwin which has been translated into nine languages to date. She has recently completed the soon to be published Buddhism for Couples about applying Buddhist teachings in a long-term partner relationship along with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University. Practising in the Insight tradition, with the Bluegum Sangha, Sarah strives to apply Buddhist teachings to her role as mother, wife and friend. She believes that our relationships with others are valuable ground for Buddhist practice but that a kind, compassionate relationship with our own self is an essential foundation for practice.

Venerable Brahmali

Ajahn Brahmali pic

Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan. He completed Masters degrees in Engineering and Finance, before renouncing the world of industry and commerce to ordain as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 1996.

Apart from being responsible for all the building work at Bodhinyana, Ajahn Brahmali also teaches the monastic rules (the Vinaya) and gives Pali classes (the language of the texts).

Ajahn Brahmali’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to all and are very popular downloads on the BSWA (Buddhist Society of Western Australia) website. He teaches regularly at BSWA and in Singapore. Ajahn Brahmali has also published a number of articles on important points of the Dhamma. Ajahn Brahmali is currently involved with the development of the Sutta Central, which is an online correspondence of early Buddhist discourses containing early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels.

Venerable Huifeng

Ven Hui Feng

Venerable Huifeng is a New Zealand monk in the Chinese Mahayana tradition, currently residing and teaching in Taiwan.

Having been introduced to Buddhism in his early teens, he committed himself to Buddhist practice in the 1990s.  Studying at several of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Buddhist Colleges, he received full ordination as a Bhikkhu in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he studied a Masters and then completed a PhD degree in Buddhist studies at the University of Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation was entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajnaparamita: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahayana Sutra”.

Presently he is one of five Vice-Abbots for Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Buddhist Studies at Fo Guang University, Taiwan.  His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mah?y?na s?tra and ??stra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism.  Practice wise, he practices and teaches both classic Indian and Chinese forms of Buddhist meditation, in addition to a little hatha yoga.

For more information on Venerable Huifeng, his teachings and projects please check out his Facebook page and his Prajnacara Blog.

Venerable Dhammadhira

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Ayya Dhammadhira grew up in California, USA. After receiving her BA in Social Sciences and MA in Education, she worked as a school teacher for ten years. Upon learning more about Buddhism and experiencing significant life changes, she decided to enter monastic life in England in 2001. For eleven years, she trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Monasteries before returning to the US in 2012. Back in America, Ayya took Bhikkhuni ordination and continued her life as a nun at Mahapajapati Monastery. In 2013, Ayya was invited to join the group of nuns at Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, NSW where she currently resides. Ayya Dhammadhira brings the teaching of the Buddha to life and teaches the Dhamma in an engaging, down-to-earth and enlightening manner that captures the attention of the audience.

Alexandra Yuille

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After a successful career as a business leader, Alexandra Yuille, B. Arts. CCPE (Advanced) completed her Advanced Certificate with the NSW College of Pastoral Education in 2002. She has worked as a Pastoral Carer at both St Vincents and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. From 2006 to 2009 Alexandra trained in the study and practice of authentic Buddhist teachings on meditation, mind, compassion and wisdom at the Rigpa Institute of Wisdom and Compassion in France. Alexandra currently teaches meditation and compassion practices to a wide variety of people including business leaders and health care workers.

Venerable Guo Jun

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Venerable Guo Jun is a Singaporean Mahayana Monk ordained under Venerable Song Nian of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore. He has studied and practised in all areas of Tibetan, Theravada, Mahayana Buddhism and Ch’an Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Master Sheng-yen.

He has studied and completed various University undergraduate degrees in Biotechnology, Buddhist Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology and more recently a Masters of Buddhist Studies from the University of Sydney.

He speaks Mandarin, Korean and English and has travelled worldwide to Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Luxemburg, Poland, Croatia and Switzerland to teach the Dharma and share his experiences.

He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and currently is the abbot of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore.

Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi

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Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and Buddhist teacher who seeks to integrate western psychology with the practices of Buddhist meditation. He was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. He is currently in private practice and is a committee member for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP).

Dr Gooi works from an integrated approach, combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness and Acceptance-based strategies. He conducts mindfulness meditation courses and workshops, locally and abroad, as part of his personal involvement in community outreach. He also has a special interest working with grief and loss. He assists adults with anxiety, phobias, grief and loss, depression, stress management, and psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Gooi is a member of Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), Australian Psychology Society (APS), Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT), Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) and Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).

Phil Carlisle

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Phil Carlisle first met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1995 at a public talk. His relaxed style and western approach inspired Phil to begin practising Diamond Way Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.The Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a lineage of direct oral transmission, it especially treasures meditation and, through interaction with a qualified teacher, can bring about the full and direct experience of the nature of mind. As a lay practitioner, Phil runs a successful multimedia business, integrating his Buddhist practice with living in the modern world. In 2007 Lama Ole asked Phil to begin teaching Diamond Way Buddhism in Australasia and spread these precious teachings as transparently as possible to idealistic, clear-thinking Westerners. Phil Carlisle has been a student of Lama Ole Nydahl for many years, travelling extensively with Lama Ole throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Europe. Phil and his Media company have recorded and produced video documentary of Lama Ole’s lectures as well as producing a concise teaching series used in centres world wide. Phil has been teaching Buddhism for a number of years within Australia and New Zealand and completed a teaching tour of Russia. Bringing his many years of experience and knowledge, Phil delivers the Buddha’s Teachings in a relaxed and understandable style.

Grahame White

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Grahame has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre outside Sydney., Grahame leads introductory and day long courses in Illawarra & Sydney areas and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is a guiding teacher with the meditation group Vipassana Hawaii. He also teaches yearly retreats in Sri Lanka with the Nirodha Trust. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regulary in order to deepen his own practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings ,at times assisting in the teaching of Vipassana retreats for foreigners. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

Venerable Dhammad?sa

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Dhammad?sa Bhikkhu was born in England in 1965, but migrated to Australia when he was young. From a young age, he was spiritually minded and was deeply committed to the only spiritual tradition he knew at the time, Protestant Christianity. He studied the Bible diligently and at one time aspired to be a missionary. From an early age, he was interested in languages and studied Greek, French, German, Chinese, Thai, P?li, Arabic, Sanskrit and Latin.

He became interested in Buddhism in 1985, and a year later, took ordination as a Thai Theravada Buddhist monk in Australia with Luang Por Somdet Phra Maha R?jamagal?chariya Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, as his preceptor. This was probably the first Therav?da Bhikkhu ordination in Australia.

Shortly after ordination, he started the Vijj? Dhammak?ya meditation system, with Phramah? Wanchai Selakun, a meditation teacher from Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, Bangkok. In 1988, he started the Mah?si Vipassan? meditation system with Ajahn Sawai at Samnak Vipassan? Vivekasom, Chonburi, Thailand. In Thailand in 1993, he met Buddhad?sa Bhikkhu, who encouraged him to focus on the Words of the Buddha, which he has done since then and which clarified greatly the Buddha’s teaching for him. From the year 2000, he has given various public talks and written various articles on the Buddha’s teaching. In 2004, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Studies in Religion (Buddhist Studies) and Mandarin (Modern Chinese Language) at the University of Queensland. In 2005, he published a book called “The Gift of the Buddha – A Happy Life” with an excellent foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Besides Buddhism, he is passionate about the environment and is actively involved with permaculture.

Jim Teoh

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Jim has been a Buddhist teacher for over fifteen years and was one of the initiators of the earliest structured Buddhist programs presented at the Buddhist Library. He has taught numerous Buddhist courses in various organisations, such as the Buddhist Council of NSW, Buddhist Library, Indonesian Buddhist Society of NSW and Bodhikusuma Buddhist and Meditation Centre. Jim is a regular speaker and meditation workshop facilitator at University Buddhist organisations. He is also trained as a Hospital Buddhist Chaplain.

Venerable Thubten Choden

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Ven Choden is one of Gen-La Venerable Thubten Tenzin’s monastic Sangha in Wellington, NSW, and has been a Buddhist nun for 11 years, having been ordained by Geshe Thubten Dawa. She is a resident monastic of Tharpa Choeling Abbey which began in 2004 under the guidance of Venerable Thubten Tenzin. Tharpa Choeling Abbey was so named by Geshe Thubten Dawa and the Sangha have been together for over twelve years, studying, practising and working on the various projects under the direction of the abbess and kind teacher Venerable Tenzin (often referred to as Gen-la, which means “kind teacher” in Tibetan).

Tharpa Choeling offers a range of activities, both local and international, including prison visits, Buddhist counselling, meditation outreach courses, meditation CDs, courses on healing, Lam Rim courses, on-line courses – Understanding Buddhism and How to Meditate, Mindfulness courses, Tibetan Breath Yoga courses and much more, all by donation.

Debbie Whitney

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After artisitic and business pursuits, Debbie undertook Buddhist Spiritual studies with Rigpa in 2006.  Then as a mother, she incorporated into her life teaching Buddhist Scripture to children in schools whilst also undertaking roles of Care for Rigpa Yeshe, incorporating a Buddhist retreat program for Children.  Since 2011, Debbie has been working as the Buddhist Chaplain at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick .  Today she works with Aged Care and Disability after gaining Certification and more specifically dealing with palliative care patients in their homes.

The MITRA Conference 2014 will be hosted by the following Masters of Ceremony (MC):

Tina Ng

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Tina is the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a role which encourages her to bring Buddhist ethical principles into her practice of law. She has participated in University Buddhist societies, and is an active member of the Buddhist community generally. She is interested in sharing the Buddha’s teachings in all kinds of forums and media. Some of these projects include writing for print and online publications, editing Buddhist books, organising Buddhist community events and also appearing briefly on television. Click here to view some of Tina’s writings.

Steven Daghlian

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Steven Daghlian works as a Market Analyst at CommSec, providing sharemarket updates for Channel 10, Sky News, ABC, Channel 9 and a number of radio stations across Australia. He attended a 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains a few years ago, which changed his life for the better (and also made him cry!). He is in awe and inspired by those who dedicate their lives to the re-discovery of universal truths and the deepening of wisdom. Outside of work, he has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over five years, meditates, plays music with a band called NAH74 each week and is fascinated by experiments relating to intention’s influence on living things.

2014 Mitra Conference Information

DATE: 3-4 May 2014

TIME: 8:00am – 5:30pm

VENUE: Guthrie Theatre – University of Technology, Sydney

Entry is via Harris Street, Ultimo. NSW. 2007.

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased from our Registration page

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Early Bird Special extended until 23 March 2014!

Early Bird Ticket Prices – 13 January 2014 to 23 March 2014

  Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $50 $80 $110
2 Days $65 $95 $125

Full Ticket Prices – 24 March 2014 to 4 May 2014

Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $60 $90 $120
2 Days $75 $105 $135

Discounted “Early-bird” tickets are on sale from 13 January 2014 – 23 March 2014, so make sure you take up this excellent value limited offer before it closes and tickets run out! Tickets include a Conference pack, discounted offers from our sponsors, morning and afternoon tea.

As MITRA is a non-for-profit organisation, the event is wholly run by volunteers and the cost of the tickets is a reflection of the costs incurred by MITRA to bring local and international speakers and delegates to a central location in the Sydney CBD at an affordable price. All profits from this Conference will go towards to Buddhist Temples, volunteer projects and charities chosen by our speakers and future MITRA Conferences.

Registration for break-out sessions will take place during the registration process at the Conference.

For more information, or if you have any enquiries please email our Conference Convenor at mitraconference2014@gmail.com

Mitra Conference 2014

 

After 4 years of anticipation, read more denture the Mitra Conference is back again. We’ve been busy making this year’s conference awesome. Just like all our previous conferences it will feature main talks from renowned international and local speakers, pilule panels, workshops, a short film screening, performances, stalls and more.

We will be also be providing a sumptious vegan morning and afternoon tea and lunch

On the day registrations will be available. Just show up.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

Check out the program and our speakers if you haven’t done so already and you can also stay up to date on our facebook page.. Hope to see you all there!

 
 

ALL WELCOME !

MITRA is excited to present our 8th MITRA Conference titled “Destination Mindfulness“, see to be held on Saturday and Sunday 3-4 May, urticaria 2014 at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Similar to our previous conferences, this conference will consist of main talks, panel discussions and break-out sessions, all facilitated by respected international and local, monastic and lay speakers from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

The conference is open to all people (not a youth conference!), from all backgrounds, ages and religions. All welcome!

Get a glimpse of our MITRA Conference 2007 – Change Your Mind Change the World and also check out our MITRA Conference 2008 – Wisdom for a Modern World.

Mitra Conference 2014

The 2014 MITRA Conference lineup includes the following guest speakers:

His Eminence (H.E.) Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and is currently residing in the Kyegu Buddhist Institute (“KBI”) in Sydney.

At the age of five, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Head of Sakyapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism, recognised him as the reincarnation of his predecessor. Aenpo Kyabgon is one of the very few Tulkus (reincarnated Rinpoches) in all of Tibet who possesses the ‘Kyabgon’ title.

Following his early monastic studies, Rinpoche began his higher studies in Sutra, Tantra and Shastras under the late Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tsering and other teachers at Sakya College, the noted Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies (in Rajpur, near Dehra Dun in Northern India). Rinpoche graduated in 1998 with the Kachupa degree, equivalent to a B.A.

Rinpoche has received numerous initiations and teachings from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche (Head of the Ngorpa lineage of the Sakya Tradition), and special Tantric teachings from late Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, the founder of Sakya College in India and the International Buddhist Academy in Nepal. Rinpoche, well versed in English, survived a major car accident in 1998 after graduating from Sakya College.  Rinpoche has kindly been travelling widely to bestow empowerments and give teachings to many students from South East Asia, and Australia.

Rinpoche has a unique approach to his teachings, in particular, being able to relate to his students of various ages and experiences. He brings loving kindness, compassion, encouragement and inspiration through his teachings. Many of his students find Rinpoche as a relaxed and genuine teacher who is also fun with a great sense of humour.

For more information on Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche’s biography, teachings and projects please go to the KBI website.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha’s teachings for nearly forty years. A native of Los Angeles, she ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide.

Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; and, most recently, Don’t Believe Everything You Think and was editor for Wisdom’s publication of Insight Into Emptiness.

Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual advisor for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003. Many of her teachings are available on her website and on YouTube. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Venerable Sujato

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Venerable Sujato is an Australian Theravanda Buddhist Monk ordained in a monastery in Chieng Mai in Thailand during the 1990s. He played in a successful rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings.

Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.

Venerable Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major International Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.

Venerable Sujato has become well known for his articulate and support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism and particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Venerable Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association fo Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

Sarah Napthali

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Sarah Napthali is the author of the Buddhism for Mothers series of books published by Allen & Unwin which has been translated into nine languages to date. She has recently completed the soon to be published Buddhism for Couples about applying Buddhist teachings in a long-term partner relationship along with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University. Practising in the Insight tradition, with the Bluegum Sangha, Sarah strives to apply Buddhist teachings to her role as mother, wife and friend. She believes that our relationships with others are valuable ground for Buddhist practice but that a kind, compassionate relationship with our own self is an essential foundation for practice.

Venerable Brahmali

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Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan. He completed Masters degrees in Engineering and Finance, before renouncing the world of industry and commerce to ordain as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 1996.

Apart from being responsible for all the building work at Bodhinyana, Ajahn Brahmali also teaches the monastic rules (the Vinaya) and gives Pali classes (the language of the texts).

Ajahn Brahmali’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to all and are very popular downloads on the BSWA (Buddhist Society of Western Australia) website. He teaches regularly at BSWA and in Singapore. Ajahn Brahmali has also published a number of articles on important points of the Dhamma. Ajahn Brahmali is currently involved with the development of the Sutta Central, which is an online correspondence of early Buddhist discourses containing early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels.

Venerable Huifeng

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Venerable Huifeng is a New Zealand monk in the Chinese Mahayana tradition, currently residing and teaching in Taiwan.

Having been introduced to Buddhism in his early teens, he committed himself to Buddhist practice in the 1990s.  Studying at several of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Buddhist Colleges, he received full ordination as a Bhikkhu in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he studied a Masters and then completed a PhD degree in Buddhist studies at the University of Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation was entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajnaparamita: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahayana Sutra”.

Presently he is one of five Vice-Abbots for Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Buddhist Studies at Fo Guang University, Taiwan.  His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mah?y?na s?tra and ??stra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism.  Practice wise, he practices and teaches both classic Indian and Chinese forms of Buddhist meditation, in addition to a little hatha yoga.

For more information on Venerable Huifeng, his teachings and projects please check out his Facebook page and his Prajnacara Blog.

Venerable Dhammadhira

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Ayya Dhammadhira grew up in California, USA. After receiving her BA in Social Sciences and MA in Education, she worked as a school teacher for ten years. Upon learning more about Buddhism and experiencing significant life changes, she decided to enter monastic life in England in 2001. For eleven years, she trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Monasteries before returning to the US in 2012. Back in America, Ayya took Bhikkhuni ordination and continued her life as a nun at Mahapajapati Monastery. In 2013, Ayya was invited to join the group of nuns at Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, NSW where she currently resides. Ayya Dhammadhira brings the teaching of the Buddha to life and teaches the Dhamma in an engaging, down-to-earth and enlightening manner that captures the attention of the audience.

Alexandra Yuille

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After a successful career as a business leader, Alexandra Yuille, B. Arts. CCPE (Advanced) completed her Advanced Certificate with the NSW College of Pastoral Education in 2002. She has worked as a Pastoral Carer at both St Vincents and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. From 2006 to 2009 Alexandra trained in the study and practice of authentic Buddhist teachings on meditation, mind, compassion and wisdom at the Rigpa Institute of Wisdom and Compassion in France. Alexandra currently teaches meditation and compassion practices to a wide variety of people including business leaders and health care workers.

Venerable Guo Jun

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Venerable Guo Jun is a Singaporean Mahayana Monk ordained under Venerable Song Nian of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore. He has studied and practised in all areas of Tibetan, Theravada, Mahayana Buddhism and Ch’an Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Master Sheng-yen.

He has studied and completed various University undergraduate degrees in Biotechnology, Buddhist Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology and more recently a Masters of Buddhist Studies from the University of Sydney.

He speaks Mandarin, Korean and English and has travelled worldwide to Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Luxemburg, Poland, Croatia and Switzerland to teach the Dharma and share his experiences.

He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and currently is the abbot of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore.

Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi

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Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and Buddhist teacher who seeks to integrate western psychology with the practices of Buddhist meditation. He was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. He is currently in private practice and is a committee member for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP).

Dr Gooi works from an integrated approach, combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness and Acceptance-based strategies. He conducts mindfulness meditation courses and workshops, locally and abroad, as part of his personal involvement in community outreach. He also has a special interest working with grief and loss. He assists adults with anxiety, phobias, grief and loss, depression, stress management, and psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Gooi is a member of Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), Australian Psychology Society (APS), Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT), Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) and Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).

Phil Carlisle

Phil

Phil Carlisle first met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1995 at a public talk. His relaxed style and western approach inspired Phil to begin practising Diamond Way Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.The Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a lineage of direct oral transmission, it especially treasures meditation and, through interaction with a qualified teacher, can bring about the full and direct experience of the nature of mind. As a lay practitioner, Phil runs a successful multimedia business, integrating his Buddhist practice with living in the modern world. In 2007 Lama Ole asked Phil to begin teaching Diamond Way Buddhism in Australasia and spread these precious teachings as transparently as possible to idealistic, clear-thinking Westerners. Phil Carlisle has been a student of Lama Ole Nydahl for many years, travelling extensively with Lama Ole throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Europe. Phil and his Media company have recorded and produced video documentary of Lama Ole’s lectures as well as producing a concise teaching series used in centres world wide. Phil has been teaching Buddhism for a number of years within Australia and New Zealand and completed a teaching tour of Russia. Bringing his many years of experience and knowledge, Phil delivers the Buddha’s Teachings in a relaxed and understandable style.

Grahame White

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Grahame has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre outside Sydney., Grahame leads introductory and day long courses in Illawarra & Sydney areas and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is a guiding teacher with the meditation group Vipassana Hawaii. He also teaches yearly retreats in Sri Lanka with the Nirodha Trust. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regulary in order to deepen his own practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings ,at times assisting in the teaching of Vipassana retreats for foreigners. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

Venerable Dhammad?sa

Dhammadarsa

Dhammad?sa Bhikkhu was born in England in 1965, but migrated to Australia when he was young. From a young age, he was spiritually minded and was deeply committed to the only spiritual tradition he knew at the time, Protestant Christianity. He studied the Bible diligently and at one time aspired to be a missionary. From an early age, he was interested in languages and studied Greek, French, German, Chinese, Thai, P?li, Arabic, Sanskrit and Latin.

He became interested in Buddhism in 1985, and a year later, took ordination as a Thai Theravada Buddhist monk in Australia with Luang Por Somdet Phra Maha R?jamagal?chariya Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, as his preceptor. This was probably the first Therav?da Bhikkhu ordination in Australia.

Shortly after ordination, he started the Vijj? Dhammak?ya meditation system, with Phramah? Wanchai Selakun, a meditation teacher from Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, Bangkok. In 1988, he started the Mah?si Vipassan? meditation system with Ajahn Sawai at Samnak Vipassan? Vivekasom, Chonburi, Thailand. In Thailand in 1993, he met Buddhad?sa Bhikkhu, who encouraged him to focus on the Words of the Buddha, which he has done since then and which clarified greatly the Buddha’s teaching for him. From the year 2000, he has given various public talks and written various articles on the Buddha’s teaching. In 2004, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Studies in Religion (Buddhist Studies) and Mandarin (Modern Chinese Language) at the University of Queensland. In 2005, he published a book called “The Gift of the Buddha – A Happy Life” with an excellent foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Besides Buddhism, he is passionate about the environment and is actively involved with permaculture.

Jim Teoh

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Jim has been a Buddhist teacher for over fifteen years and was one of the initiators of the earliest structured Buddhist programs presented at the Buddhist Library. He has taught numerous Buddhist courses in various organisations, such as the Buddhist Council of NSW, Buddhist Library, Indonesian Buddhist Society of NSW and Bodhikusuma Buddhist and Meditation Centre. Jim is a regular speaker and meditation workshop facilitator at University Buddhist organisations. He is also trained as a Hospital Buddhist Chaplain.

Venerable Thubten Choden

Choden

Ven Choden is one of Gen-La Venerable Thubten Tenzin’s monastic Sangha in Wellington, NSW, and has been a Buddhist nun for 11 years, having been ordained by Geshe Thubten Dawa. She is a resident monastic of Tharpa Choeling Abbey which began in 2004 under the guidance of Venerable Thubten Tenzin. Tharpa Choeling Abbey was so named by Geshe Thubten Dawa and the Sangha have been together for over twelve years, studying, practising and working on the various projects under the direction of the abbess and kind teacher Venerable Tenzin (often referred to as Gen-la, which means “kind teacher” in Tibetan).

Tharpa Choeling offers a range of activities, both local and international, including prison visits, Buddhist counselling, meditation outreach courses, meditation CDs, courses on healing, Lam Rim courses, on-line courses – Understanding Buddhism and How to Meditate, Mindfulness courses, Tibetan Breath Yoga courses and much more, all by donation.

Debbie Whitney

Debbie pic

After artisitic and business pursuits, Debbie undertook Buddhist Spiritual studies with Rigpa in 2006.  Then as a mother, she incorporated into her life teaching Buddhist Scripture to children in schools whilst also undertaking roles of Care for Rigpa Yeshe, incorporating a Buddhist retreat program for Children.  Since 2011, Debbie has been working as the Buddhist Chaplain at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick .  Today she works with Aged Care and Disability after gaining Certification and more specifically dealing with palliative care patients in their homes.

The MITRA Conference 2014 will be hosted by the following Masters of Ceremony (MC):

Tina Ng

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Tina is the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a role which encourages her to bring Buddhist ethical principles into her practice of law. She has participated in University Buddhist societies, and is an active member of the Buddhist community generally. She is interested in sharing the Buddha’s teachings in all kinds of forums and media. Some of these projects include writing for print and online publications, editing Buddhist books, organising Buddhist community events and also appearing briefly on television. Click here to view some of Tina’s writings.

Steven Daghlian

Steve

Steven Daghlian works as a Market Analyst at CommSec, providing sharemarket updates for Channel 10, Sky News, ABC, Channel 9 and a number of radio stations across Australia. He attended a 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains a few years ago, which changed his life for the better (and also made him cry!). He is in awe and inspired by those who dedicate their lives to the re-discovery of universal truths and the deepening of wisdom. Outside of work, he has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over five years, meditates, plays music with a band called NAH74 each week and is fascinated by experiments relating to intention’s influence on living things.

2014 Mitra Conference Information

DATE: 3-4 May 2014

TIME: 8:00am – 5:30pm

VENUE: Guthrie Theatre – University of Technology, Sydney

Entry is via Harris Street, Ultimo. NSW. 2007.

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased from our Registration page

booktickets

Early Bird Special extended until 23 March 2014!

Early Bird Ticket Prices – 13 January 2014 to 23 March 2014

  Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $50 $80 $110
2 Days $65 $95 $125

Full Ticket Prices – 24 March 2014 to 4 May 2014

Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $60 $90 $120
2 Days $75 $105 $135

Discounted “Early-bird” tickets are on sale from 13 January 2014 – 23 March 2014, so make sure you take up this excellent value limited offer before it closes and tickets run out! Tickets include a Conference pack, discounted offers from our sponsors, morning and afternoon tea.

As MITRA is a non-for-profit organisation, the event is wholly run by volunteers and the cost of the tickets is a reflection of the costs incurred by MITRA to bring local and international speakers and delegates to a central location in the Sydney CBD at an affordable price. All profits from this Conference will go towards to Buddhist Temples, volunteer projects and charities chosen by our speakers and future MITRA Conferences.

Registration for break-out sessions will take place during the registration process at the Conference.

For more information, or if you have any enquiries please email our Conference Convenor at mitraconference2014@gmail.com

Mitra Conference 2014

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Join MITRA

Join the MITRA Alumni list (For Uni Graduates)

If you are a past member of Unibodhi, see Macbuddhi or UTSBS, online you are eligible to join Mitra Alumni. Simply fill in your details on the application form and email it to email@mitra.org.au

You will automatically be included on our mailing list if you choose to receive updates.

If you would just like to join our mailing list, pathopsychology just forward your full name to mitratalk@mitra.org.au, with ‘join mailing list’ in the subject heading.

Join the MITRA Youth Membership (For all Buddhist Youth Societies)

If you are a member/representative of any Buddhist Youth Group anywhere in Australia please fill out this application form to join MITRA

Volunteer with MITRA

MITRA always needs help with events such as their annual conference and intervarsity work. If you would like to volunteer, or help out in any way, please email email@mitra.org.au.

Alumni

If you are no longer at University or part of a youth Buddhist group but would like to get involved again, this section is for you. Alumni are an important part of our network.

 

After 4 years of anticipation, read more denture the Mitra Conference is back again. We’ve been busy making this year’s conference awesome. Just like all our previous conferences it will feature main talks from renowned international and local speakers, pilule panels, workshops, a short film screening, performances, stalls and more.

We will be also be providing a sumptious vegan morning and afternoon tea and lunch

On the day registrations will be available. Just show up.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

Check out the program and our speakers if you haven’t done so already and you can also stay up to date on our facebook page.. Hope to see you all there!

 
 

ALL WELCOME !

MITRA is excited to present our 8th MITRA Conference titled “Destination Mindfulness“, see to be held on Saturday and Sunday 3-4 May, urticaria 2014 at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Similar to our previous conferences, this conference will consist of main talks, panel discussions and break-out sessions, all facilitated by respected international and local, monastic and lay speakers from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism.

The conference theme this year “Destination Mindfulness“, focuses on using Buddhist teachings and philosophy to help us find and maintain balance in our busy lives. Presentation and discussion topics at the conference include: methods to cope with daily stress and changes, handling situations that compromise and conflict with our personal and spiritual ethics, finding meaning in our professional and personal lives, as well as a focus on how to live mindfully, finding ways to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday lives, in a fast-paced and ever changing world.

The conference is open to all people (not a youth conference!), from all backgrounds, ages and religions. All welcome!

Get a glimpse of our MITRA Conference 2007 – Change Your Mind Change the World and also check out our MITRA Conference 2008 – Wisdom for a Modern World.

Mitra Conference 2014

The 2014 MITRA Conference lineup includes the following guest speakers:

His Eminence (H.E.) Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and is currently residing in the Kyegu Buddhist Institute (“KBI”) in Sydney.

At the age of five, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Head of Sakyapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism, recognised him as the reincarnation of his predecessor. Aenpo Kyabgon is one of the very few Tulkus (reincarnated Rinpoches) in all of Tibet who possesses the ‘Kyabgon’ title.

Following his early monastic studies, Rinpoche began his higher studies in Sutra, Tantra and Shastras under the late Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tsering and other teachers at Sakya College, the noted Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies (in Rajpur, near Dehra Dun in Northern India). Rinpoche graduated in 1998 with the Kachupa degree, equivalent to a B.A.

Rinpoche has received numerous initiations and teachings from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche (Head of the Ngorpa lineage of the Sakya Tradition), and special Tantric teachings from late Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, the founder of Sakya College in India and the International Buddhist Academy in Nepal. Rinpoche, well versed in English, survived a major car accident in 1998 after graduating from Sakya College.  Rinpoche has kindly been travelling widely to bestow empowerments and give teachings to many students from South East Asia, and Australia.

Rinpoche has a unique approach to his teachings, in particular, being able to relate to his students of various ages and experiences. He brings loving kindness, compassion, encouragement and inspiration through his teachings. Many of his students find Rinpoche as a relaxed and genuine teacher who is also fun with a great sense of humour.

For more information on Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche’s biography, teachings and projects please go to the KBI website.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha’s teachings for nearly forty years. A native of Los Angeles, she ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide.

Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; and, most recently, Don’t Believe Everything You Think and was editor for Wisdom’s publication of Insight Into Emptiness.

Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual advisor for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003. Many of her teachings are available on her website and on YouTube. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Venerable Sujato

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Venerable Sujato is an Australian Theravanda Buddhist Monk ordained in a monastery in Chieng Mai in Thailand during the 1990s. He played in a successful rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings.

Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.

Venerable Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major International Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.

Venerable Sujato has become well known for his articulate and support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism and particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Venerable Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association fo Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

Sarah Napthali

Sarah Napthali

Sarah Napthali is the author of the Buddhism for Mothers series of books published by Allen & Unwin which has been translated into nine languages to date. She has recently completed the soon to be published Buddhism for Couples about applying Buddhist teachings in a long-term partner relationship along with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University. Practising in the Insight tradition, with the Bluegum Sangha, Sarah strives to apply Buddhist teachings to her role as mother, wife and friend. She believes that our relationships with others are valuable ground for Buddhist practice but that a kind, compassionate relationship with our own self is an essential foundation for practice.

Venerable Brahmali

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Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan. He completed Masters degrees in Engineering and Finance, before renouncing the world of industry and commerce to ordain as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 1996.

Apart from being responsible for all the building work at Bodhinyana, Ajahn Brahmali also teaches the monastic rules (the Vinaya) and gives Pali classes (the language of the texts).

Ajahn Brahmali’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to all and are very popular downloads on the BSWA (Buddhist Society of Western Australia) website. He teaches regularly at BSWA and in Singapore. Ajahn Brahmali has also published a number of articles on important points of the Dhamma. Ajahn Brahmali is currently involved with the development of the Sutta Central, which is an online correspondence of early Buddhist discourses containing early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels.

Venerable Huifeng

Ven Hui Feng

Venerable Huifeng is a New Zealand monk in the Chinese Mahayana tradition, currently residing and teaching in Taiwan.

Having been introduced to Buddhism in his early teens, he committed himself to Buddhist practice in the 1990s.  Studying at several of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Buddhist Colleges, he received full ordination as a Bhikkhu in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he studied a Masters and then completed a PhD degree in Buddhist studies at the University of Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation was entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajnaparamita: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahayana Sutra”.

Presently he is one of five Vice-Abbots for Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Buddhist Studies at Fo Guang University, Taiwan.  His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mah?y?na s?tra and ??stra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism.  Practice wise, he practices and teaches both classic Indian and Chinese forms of Buddhist meditation, in addition to a little hatha yoga.

For more information on Venerable Huifeng, his teachings and projects please check out his Facebook page and his Prajnacara Blog.

Venerable Dhammadhira

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Ayya Dhammadhira grew up in California, USA. After receiving her BA in Social Sciences and MA in Education, she worked as a school teacher for ten years. Upon learning more about Buddhism and experiencing significant life changes, she decided to enter monastic life in England in 2001. For eleven years, she trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Monasteries before returning to the US in 2012. Back in America, Ayya took Bhikkhuni ordination and continued her life as a nun at Mahapajapati Monastery. In 2013, Ayya was invited to join the group of nuns at Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, NSW where she currently resides. Ayya Dhammadhira brings the teaching of the Buddha to life and teaches the Dhamma in an engaging, down-to-earth and enlightening manner that captures the attention of the audience.

Alexandra Yuille

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After a successful career as a business leader, Alexandra Yuille, B. Arts. CCPE (Advanced) completed her Advanced Certificate with the NSW College of Pastoral Education in 2002. She has worked as a Pastoral Carer at both St Vincents and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. From 2006 to 2009 Alexandra trained in the study and practice of authentic Buddhist teachings on meditation, mind, compassion and wisdom at the Rigpa Institute of Wisdom and Compassion in France. Alexandra currently teaches meditation and compassion practices to a wide variety of people including business leaders and health care workers.

Venerable Guo Jun

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Venerable Guo Jun is a Singaporean Mahayana Monk ordained under Venerable Song Nian of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore. He has studied and practised in all areas of Tibetan, Theravada, Mahayana Buddhism and Ch’an Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Master Sheng-yen.

He has studied and completed various University undergraduate degrees in Biotechnology, Buddhist Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology and more recently a Masters of Buddhist Studies from the University of Sydney.

He speaks Mandarin, Korean and English and has travelled worldwide to Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Luxemburg, Poland, Croatia and Switzerland to teach the Dharma and share his experiences.

He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and currently is the abbot of Mahabodi Temple in Singapore.

Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi

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Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and Buddhist teacher who seeks to integrate western psychology with the practices of Buddhist meditation. He was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. He is currently in private practice and is a committee member for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP).

Dr Gooi works from an integrated approach, combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness and Acceptance-based strategies. He conducts mindfulness meditation courses and workshops, locally and abroad, as part of his personal involvement in community outreach. He also has a special interest working with grief and loss. He assists adults with anxiety, phobias, grief and loss, depression, stress management, and psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Gooi is a member of Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), Australian Psychology Society (APS), Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT), Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) and Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).

Phil Carlisle

Phil

Phil Carlisle first met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1995 at a public talk. His relaxed style and western approach inspired Phil to begin practising Diamond Way Buddhism in the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.The Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a lineage of direct oral transmission, it especially treasures meditation and, through interaction with a qualified teacher, can bring about the full and direct experience of the nature of mind. As a lay practitioner, Phil runs a successful multimedia business, integrating his Buddhist practice with living in the modern world. In 2007 Lama Ole asked Phil to begin teaching Diamond Way Buddhism in Australasia and spread these precious teachings as transparently as possible to idealistic, clear-thinking Westerners. Phil Carlisle has been a student of Lama Ole Nydahl for many years, travelling extensively with Lama Ole throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Europe. Phil and his Media company have recorded and produced video documentary of Lama Ole’s lectures as well as producing a concise teaching series used in centres world wide. Phil has been teaching Buddhism for a number of years within Australia and New Zealand and completed a teaching tour of Russia. Bringing his many years of experience and knowledge, Phil delivers the Buddha’s Teachings in a relaxed and understandable style.

Grahame White

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Grahame has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre outside Sydney., Grahame leads introductory and day long courses in Illawarra & Sydney areas and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is a guiding teacher with the meditation group Vipassana Hawaii. He also teaches yearly retreats in Sri Lanka with the Nirodha Trust. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regulary in order to deepen his own practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings ,at times assisting in the teaching of Vipassana retreats for foreigners. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

Venerable Dhammad?sa

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Dhammad?sa Bhikkhu was born in England in 1965, but migrated to Australia when he was young. From a young age, he was spiritually minded and was deeply committed to the only spiritual tradition he knew at the time, Protestant Christianity. He studied the Bible diligently and at one time aspired to be a missionary. From an early age, he was interested in languages and studied Greek, French, German, Chinese, Thai, P?li, Arabic, Sanskrit and Latin.

He became interested in Buddhism in 1985, and a year later, took ordination as a Thai Theravada Buddhist monk in Australia with Luang Por Somdet Phra Maha R?jamagal?chariya Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, as his preceptor. This was probably the first Therav?da Bhikkhu ordination in Australia.

Shortly after ordination, he started the Vijj? Dhammak?ya meditation system, with Phramah? Wanchai Selakun, a meditation teacher from Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, Bangkok. In 1988, he started the Mah?si Vipassan? meditation system with Ajahn Sawai at Samnak Vipassan? Vivekasom, Chonburi, Thailand. In Thailand in 1993, he met Buddhad?sa Bhikkhu, who encouraged him to focus on the Words of the Buddha, which he has done since then and which clarified greatly the Buddha’s teaching for him. From the year 2000, he has given various public talks and written various articles on the Buddha’s teaching. In 2004, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Studies in Religion (Buddhist Studies) and Mandarin (Modern Chinese Language) at the University of Queensland. In 2005, he published a book called “The Gift of the Buddha – A Happy Life” with an excellent foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Besides Buddhism, he is passionate about the environment and is actively involved with permaculture.

Jim Teoh

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Jim has been a Buddhist teacher for over fifteen years and was one of the initiators of the earliest structured Buddhist programs presented at the Buddhist Library. He has taught numerous Buddhist courses in various organisations, such as the Buddhist Council of NSW, Buddhist Library, Indonesian Buddhist Society of NSW and Bodhikusuma Buddhist and Meditation Centre. Jim is a regular speaker and meditation workshop facilitator at University Buddhist organisations. He is also trained as a Hospital Buddhist Chaplain.

Venerable Thubten Choden

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Ven Choden is one of Gen-La Venerable Thubten Tenzin’s monastic Sangha in Wellington, NSW, and has been a Buddhist nun for 11 years, having been ordained by Geshe Thubten Dawa. She is a resident monastic of Tharpa Choeling Abbey which began in 2004 under the guidance of Venerable Thubten Tenzin. Tharpa Choeling Abbey was so named by Geshe Thubten Dawa and the Sangha have been together for over twelve years, studying, practising and working on the various projects under the direction of the abbess and kind teacher Venerable Tenzin (often referred to as Gen-la, which means “kind teacher” in Tibetan).

Tharpa Choeling offers a range of activities, both local and international, including prison visits, Buddhist counselling, meditation outreach courses, meditation CDs, courses on healing, Lam Rim courses, on-line courses – Understanding Buddhism and How to Meditate, Mindfulness courses, Tibetan Breath Yoga courses and much more, all by donation.

Debbie Whitney

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After artisitic and business pursuits, Debbie undertook Buddhist Spiritual studies with Rigpa in 2006.  Then as a mother, she incorporated into her life teaching Buddhist Scripture to children in schools whilst also undertaking roles of Care for Rigpa Yeshe, incorporating a Buddhist retreat program for Children.  Since 2011, Debbie has been working as the Buddhist Chaplain at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick .  Today she works with Aged Care and Disability after gaining Certification and more specifically dealing with palliative care patients in their homes.

The MITRA Conference 2014 will be hosted by the following Masters of Ceremony (MC):

Tina Ng

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Tina is the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a role which encourages her to bring Buddhist ethical principles into her practice of law. She has participated in University Buddhist societies, and is an active member of the Buddhist community generally. She is interested in sharing the Buddha’s teachings in all kinds of forums and media. Some of these projects include writing for print and online publications, editing Buddhist books, organising Buddhist community events and also appearing briefly on television. Click here to view some of Tina’s writings.

Steven Daghlian

Steve

Steven Daghlian works as a Market Analyst at CommSec, providing sharemarket updates for Channel 10, Sky News, ABC, Channel 9 and a number of radio stations across Australia. He attended a 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains a few years ago, which changed his life for the better (and also made him cry!). He is in awe and inspired by those who dedicate their lives to the re-discovery of universal truths and the deepening of wisdom. Outside of work, he has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over five years, meditates, plays music with a band called NAH74 each week and is fascinated by experiments relating to intention’s influence on living things.

2014 Mitra Conference Information

DATE: 3-4 May 2014

TIME: 8:00am – 5:30pm

VENUE: Guthrie Theatre – University of Technology, Sydney

Entry is via Harris Street, Ultimo. NSW. 2007.

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased from our Registration page

booktickets

Early Bird Special extended until 23 March 2014!

Early Bird Ticket Prices – 13 January 2014 to 23 March 2014

  Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $50 $80 $110
2 Days $65 $95 $125

Full Ticket Prices – 24 March 2014 to 4 May 2014

Concession/Pensioner Adult Benefactor
1 Day $60 $90 $120
2 Days $75 $105 $135

Discounted “Early-bird” tickets are on sale from 13 January 2014 – 23 March 2014, so make sure you take up this excellent value limited offer before it closes and tickets run out! Tickets include a Conference pack, discounted offers from our sponsors, morning and afternoon tea.

As MITRA is a non-for-profit organisation, the event is wholly run by volunteers and the cost of the tickets is a reflection of the costs incurred by MITRA to bring local and international speakers and delegates to a central location in the Sydney CBD at an affordable price. All profits from this Conference will go towards to Buddhist Temples, volunteer projects and charities chosen by our speakers and future MITRA Conferences.

Registration for break-out sessions will take place during the registration process at the Conference.

For more information, or if you have any enquiries please email our Conference Convenor at mitraconference2014@gmail.com

Mitra Conference 2014

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Join MITRA

Join the MITRA Alumni list (For Uni Graduates)

If you are a past member of Unibodhi, see Macbuddhi or UTSBS, online you are eligible to join Mitra Alumni. Simply fill in your details on the application form and email it to email@mitra.org.au

You will automatically be included on our mailing list if you choose to receive updates.

If you would just like to join our mailing list, pathopsychology just forward your full name to mitratalk@mitra.org.au, with ‘join mailing list’ in the subject heading.

Join the MITRA Youth Membership (For all Buddhist Youth Societies)

If you are a member/representative of any Buddhist Youth Group anywhere in Australia please fill out this application form to join MITRA

Volunteer with MITRA

MITRA always needs help with events such as their annual conference and intervarsity work. If you would like to volunteer, or help out in any way, please email email@mitra.org.au.

Alumni

If you are no longer at University or part of a youth Buddhist group but would like to get involved again, this section is for you. Alumni are an important part of our network.

Here you can find practical advice on how to help your Buddhist society grow, physiotherapist or useful information on Buddhism. 

RUNNING A BUDDHIST SOCIETY

The following resources have been developed to help Buddhist societies run smoothly.

MITRA has developed them from training sessions held for our network of societies.

 

STARTING A SOCIETY
A brief introduction on some of the basics needed to start a society
RUNNING A SOCIETY
Basic information on how to run and grow a Buddhist society
ACTIVITIES
Some ideas for activities for your society to keep society members active and learning about the Dharma
ORGANISING ORIENTATION
How to attract members early on in the year
ORGANISING DHARMA TALKS
Ideas on how to make sure Dharma talks are relevant, information pills interesting and well organised
COMMITTEE HANDBOOK 
Describes the roles and responsibilities of each member of the executive committee. A good resource to train your new committee with.
RECOMMENDING BUDDHIST PUBLICATIONS
There are many Buddhist books out there. This pamphlet outlines the most appropriate books to recommend to others depending on their background and interests.

 

DHARMA RESOURCES
You can find our collection of pamphlet, talks and other Buddhist things in this section.

PAMPHLETS AND PRINT
These pamphlets and print materials can be printed and distributed easily at various functions and activities. Resources marked ‘pamphlet’ are up to 2 A4 pages and are intended to be double sided. They may also require folding or stapling. Resources marked ‘scrolls’ can be printed and cut into strips which can be rolled and tied with a ribbon to make a scroll. They are like Buddhist ‘fortune cookies’.

Author(s) Title Format (Size) Notes
Chodron, Ven. Thubten Dealing With Anxiety   doc (44k) pamphlet
Chodron, Ven. Thubten The Essence of The Buddha’s Teachings doc (47k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Day-To-Day Buddhist Practices pdf (55k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Buddhism In The Eyes of Intellectuals” doc (29k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Excerpts from “Food For The Thinking Mind” doc (28k) scrolls
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri How To Overcome Your Difficulties pdf (59k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Is It Wrong To Be Ambitious? pdf (56k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Let Peace Prevail On Earth pdf (57k) pamphlet
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K Sri Sayings Of The Buddha doc (30k) pamphlet
Higgins, Dr Winton Buddhist Sexual Ethics  pdf (184k) pamphlet
Mahinda, Ven. A 5 Minute Introduction To Buddhism pdf (82k) pamphlet
Mitra Careers Forum 2006 Balancing Careers And A Buddhist Lifestyle  doc (50k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Addictions  doc (33k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Anger doc (28k) pamphlet
Tenzin, Ven. Thubten Healing Depression doc (37k) pamphlet
White, Brian Happiness  doc (47k) pamphlet

 

Audio

Title   Description File (Size)  Notes
2005 Mitra Conference – Talks by various speakers from the 2005 Conference, “Illuminating The Path”.
 Saturday
Dr Edward Crangle  Healing Mental Imbalance mp3 (61Mb)
Gillian Coote  The Destructive Pain Killers mp3 (60Mb)
Panel Questions mp3 (17Mb)
Venerable Chikwang Sunim  The Big Issues…Euthanasia, Abortion, Just Wars!!! mp3 (66Mb)
Venerable Sujato  Haunted By Guilt, Healing Scars of The Past mp3(61Mb)
Venerable Thubten Tashi  Healing Dissatisfaction mp3 (12Mb)
  Sunday
Question Time  mp3 (17Mb)
Reverend Shi Guojun  A Smile Before Death mp3 (55Mb)
Sister Yeshe  Inspiration To Further Practice mp3 (16Mb)
Venerable Bodhicitta  Xbox, Email, Dharma and The Net mp3 (11Mb)
Venerable David Lungtok  Illuminating The Path mp3 (20Mb)