The Buddha In Our Midst
One Root many Branches
Manchester Buddhist Convention
Saturday 13th Oct 2012
9.00 am – 17.00pm
|Time||Main Foyer||1. (Chapel)||2.
|3.||4. (Library)||5. (Oxford Room)||6.
tion and Refresh
Opening Chant (Samatha Centre)
|10.05 – 10.15||
|Welcome, introduction etc
|Input- Ven. Alan Bhuka
Tenzin Dorjee, Usha McNab,
|11.30 -12.40||Lunch in the Foyer|
Kalyana- Mitra – Keith Munnings
On the work
of Buddhist Chaplaincy
Rev. A Gordon-Finlayson. Stonewater Zen
‘What does it mean to be Buddhist in the West?’
Ven Chueh Yun
Fo Guang Centre
From the Noble 8 Fold Path
J. Sainsbury (Kajyu Ling)
Community of Interbeing
Guided and silent meditation
Women and Buddhism
Dharmachari Buddharakshita, ‘‘Knowing Smile, Troubled World’,
Buddhist Group of Kendal, Ketumati, Police and Fire Service – on the work they are doing together.
Stonewater Zen Sangha, achieving the ‘Great Awaken
Ven. Alan Bhuka
Soto Zen Dojo ‘Zen
and the Kesa’
Kathy Castle and Chris Ward –
Rigpa, ‘Reflections on Dying’.
Dr. V. Roebuck
|14.25-15.10||Discussion Discussion Discussion
4th session (mainly meditation)
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara
4 Foundations of Mindfulness
Ven Pannasammy (Saranaya Dhamma Centre)
Green Tara Puja
Meditation on light
To be decided
Peter Voke –Kwan Um School of Zen
Finding the Buddha Right in Front of You
Closing remarks –
Dedication of merit –
|16.45 – 17.00||Chanting.
The Venue is on three levels. Most of the rooms are on the middle floor and accessed from off Oxford
Road. They have been numbered for your convenience. Room No 5 (Oxford Room) is located on the
lowest floor. Room No 6 (small Chapel) and the space for chanting (unnumbered) are located on the
third floor. There will be people to help you locate these on the day. A large programme for reference
will be in the Foyer.
The opening and closing chants will take place in the Foyer. Lunch will be at 11.30 to allow those who
need to eat early to do so. A short blessing will be said before the start of the meal. Please allow nuns
and monks to be served first. There will be a room allocated for Venerables. It would also be wonderful
if they wished to join us after their lunch in other spaces. It is an opportunity for us to learn. No food
should be taken into the Chapels.
There will be a board or papers for comments and feedback for what you would like to see happen
to the Convention and also what you can contribute.
We have decided to have open discussion fora in the third session of the day (14.25-15.10). The
fourth session (after tea) will be mainly meditation so that after the discussion you are able to go
home in a suitably harmonious state!
The topics for discussion are:
- The way forward for the MBC
- Buddhism in the West
- Dharma Questions
The topics have been chosen for obvious reasons. If you have others, one of the themes may be able
to accommodate them, or you may like to consider leading a session yourself. We can find a space
for this if you contact us very soon.
The opening and closing chants will take place in the Foyer. Please be aware that this is part of the
opening prayers and Sadhana with which we open the day.
For some years now the MBC has been organised by a very small group of people. There was a call
for volunteers last year to expand this but even so it has remained a small group. However, we have
been joined by people farther afield than Manchester both as presenters as well as participants. The
Convention is also addressing questions that have arisen over the years so it has moved on from
Introductory and ‘taster’ sessions. We are organising in a space ‘neutral’ to Buddhism which some
of us have welcomed but which brings more organisational issues.
All in all, this year seems to be something of a turning point. It would be good, therefore, to have a
bigger working group and definitely a reference group so that the event is and feels supported and
owned by a much wider coalition of people and centres. It would also be good if the core organizing
group feel they are working in tandem with the support and interests of the Buddhist community.
It would also be useful if we want to develop some working principles.
Please read this in conjunction with the presenter’s notes which will have a few more details on the
subjects being offered by the speakers. It would be useful if you had some ideas about the sessions
you would like to attend. However, we will have to operate a ‘first come, first served’ system. If you
are very keen on a particular session and you let us know, we will try and accommodate you.
Yours in the dharma,