Manchester Buddhist Conference 2010

The original website for Manchester Buddhist Conference 2010 is here.

2010 Programme

The 2010 Programme was held on Saturday 19th of June 2010 between 9.30 and 16.30.  The Fo Guang Shan temple (540 Stretford Road, Manchester M16 9AF)  in Trafford very kindly offered to host the event and provide lunch for everyone (free of charge).

You can see photos of the event as provided by the Kendal Buddhist Group here.

And more photos here.

Time Main Shrine Room(First floor) Guanyin Room(First floor) Ksitigarbha Room(First floor) Speech Room(Ground Floor) Main foyer
Capacity 200 40 20 150
09:30-10:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee
10:00-10:15 1. Introductory Chant
10:15-10:30 2. Welcome speech
10:30-11:15 3. Keynote SpeechBritish Buddhism Today
11:15-12:30 4. Lunch 5. Market place
12:30-13:05 6. Sri LankaTherevadan meditation class 7. Metta Bhavana meditation class. FWBO 8. Samatha meditation introductory class 9. “The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma”
13:10-13:35 10. Fo Guang Shan meditation class 11. Meditation taster session by Kagyu Ling 12. Kadampa meditation workshop 13. Dhamma talk and discussion by Soka Gakai International
13:40-14:20 14. Zen Meditation class 15. Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism background and chanting demonstration 16. Samatha or NKT meditation re-run if required 17. “Chan Comes West”
 14:20-15:10  18. Teabreak
15:15-16:30 19. Questions and answers session.
16:30-16:40 20. Closing speech by Alan Smith
16:40-16:50 21. Chanting The Aditta Sutta
16:50-17:00 22. Notices about next conference

1. Introductory Chanting

The hosting group, the Fo Guang Shan temple will perform their traditional chanting ceremony.  There will also be an offering of candles for the altar.  An usher will collect lit candles from all attendees.

www.fgsman.org.uk

2. Welcome Speech

By Venerable Miao Shiunn from Fo Guang Shan

www.fgsman.org.uk

3. Keynote Speech British Buddhism Today

By Munisha from the Network of Buddhist Organisations.

What does British Buddhism look like today? What’s our place in society? As the Network of Buddhist Organisations restructures itself, we take a look at some current Buddhist issues and how the UK Buddhist community might respond.

www.nbo.org.uk/

www.clear-vision.org

4. Lunch

Before we leave the main hall a gong will be sounded to let everyone know lunch is being served.  Ordained members from certain traditions are required to eat before mid day so Venerables and Senior lay members will be served in the library by the main entrance.  All other guests will be served in the dining room in basement. Please wait for nuns to chant blessing before starting eating.

5. Marketplace

All groups are welcome to bring Buddhist related goods to sell.  Stalls will be provided.

6. Sri Lanka/Therevada Meditation Class

Led by Venerable Piyyatissa from the Ketumati Vihara, Oldham who is the most senior ordained member in Manchester.

http://www.btinternet.com/~asankawebdesigns/srilankanetuk/ketumati_buddhist_vihara.htm

7. Metta Bhavana meditation class

Led by Shakyajata of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order – FWBO

http://fwbo.org/

8. Samatha meditation introductory class

By Grevel Lindop from the Samatha centre in Chorlton.

www.samatha.org

9. The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma

A talk By Robin Jackson from the Kagyu Ling tradition.

http://www.dechen.org/centres/northwest/manchester.html

10. Fo Guang Shan meditation class

By Venerable Miao Shiunn from Fo Guang Shan

www.fgsman.org.uk

11. Meditation taster session by Kagyu Ling

By Robin Jackson from Kagyu Ling

http://www.dechen.org/centres/northwest/manchester.html

12. Kadampa meditation workshop

Led by Jeffrey Simm, Vairochana centre, Chorlton.

http://kadampa.org/

13. Dhamma talk & discussion subject TBA

By Jill Brennan and Rob Hannay from Soka Gakkai International

www.sgi.org

14. Zen Meditation class

Led by  Alan Smith from the Manchester Zen dojo

www.izauk.org

15. SGI Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism background and chanting demonstration

By Jill Brennan and Rob Hannay from Soka Gakkai International

www.sgi.org

16. Samatha or NKT meditation re-run if required

Since the Ksitigarbha room is quite small – only seating about 20 people, there will be an optional third session of either the Samatha or NKT meditation classes in case people could not fit into the room first time around.

www.samatha.org

17. Chan Comes West

By Simon Child, Western Chan Fellowship.

www.westernchanfellowship.org

18. Teabreak

Tea coffee and biscuits will be served in the library by the main entrance on the ground floor but people will stand in the main reception area opposite.

19. Questions and answers for monks, nuns, and senior practitioners

Chaired by Venerable Piyatissa.  Please feel free to ask questions of our panel.  These can be questions on any topic you like relating to life and Buddhism.  Examples from previous conferences are: – What is the meaning of life?  Should we have children, since all we give them is life that is suffering with death at its end?  Why do some Buddhists eat meat?  Start thinking about questions you might like to ask or just sit and listen to the discussions.

20. Closing speech

By Alan Smith – one of the longest-serving ordained members in Manchester

www.izauk.org

21. Chanting The Aditta Sutta

Led by Mark Rowlands from the Samatha Group.  The text will be available for those who wish to join in.  Or you can just listen.

www.samatha.org

22. Notices about next year’s conference

By Andy Taylor (MUBS)

http://www.umsu.manchester.ac.uk/mubs/

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