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Human Revolution Orchestra performs in Manchester 17 November

Copyright HRO

Copyright HRO

Check out this multi-faith ensemble called Human Revolution Orchestra.

They are performing in Manchester soon:

17.11.2015 Live In concert at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester  featuring Robin Eubanks

On their website they say:

Based on a Buddhist concept of Itai Doshin (many in body, one in spirit) the ensemble seeks to create the type of unity which is not a mechanical uniformity. Rather, it is a unity that has at its heart respect for the diverse and unique qualities of each individual. We treasure, and work to bring the best out of each other.



Manchester Buddhist Convention 2015



This is the first notice about the Manchester Buddhist Convention.


This will take place, as usual, on the second Sat. of October, (Oct.10th) at St. Peter’s Chaplaincy on Oxford Road. Please can you put it in your diaries. We have not decided on themes, format etc but will keep you updated. As you know this is the 10 anniversary of the founding of the MBC.


You may be interested to know that we have begun to have smaller events between the large ones in October. These will have dual aims: to learn about a particular theme and to learn about other lineages (which is, of course, one of the aims of the Convention). The first of these took place at Triratna Buddhist Centre on Turner Street on the theme of ‘Mindfulness in the West’. Space was limited so we invited Centres to send two people to these. If you are interested in the event or the Report, please let us know via the website email address.


The second one will take place at the Dechen Centre in Chorlton. Further information will be sent as we plan it. Again, this will be subject to space.


Many thanks,


Jaya Graves (Co-ordinator, Manchester Buddhist Convention)


October Update by Jaya

by Jaya

Update October


This will be the final update so will be mainly concerned with practical things.


However, one or two other things that may interest you;


As I wrote – next year – 2014 will be the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Manchester Buddhist Convention so I hope many of those founder member and groups will feel able to attend. Many of them find that the date clashes with one or other event in their own Centres but since we are giving everyone a years notice (as, indeed we have done for three years, maybe they will be able and willing to make some adjustments to their calendar. It will be a pity if we lose that energy as, of course, the MBC is a living thing. Therefore it evolves. It will evolve differently without them. Discussion sessions will explore ‘Buddhism in the West’. Prior to this Arthavadin from Triratna, will speak about Buddhism’s ‘radical edge’ so will this lead nicely into this topic. Dave Cook will run a session on MBC – A decade of work. Hopefully we will build up a picture of work of what has happened in the MBC in that time and where we want to take it or where it wants to go – which of course is a matter of our collective will. All the sessions will be embedded in Buddhist thinking but there will be common threads with other ‘faith’ traditions, as for example the importance of compassion.


I’m happy to say that the Gender strand is appearing strongly. We will take a historical perspective; explore some of the challenges that are occurring. This, of course is an issue for all genders! It’s also exploratory as none of us are ‘experts’ but have some knowledge and some experience and we want to learn from others. We want to think about what next… to do this we have to face up to certain things and ask the questions.


We will also hear from a group that is coming together to develop work with the emergency services and others that work to heal trauma. This is a very new initiative.


We will also have practice from various schools of Buddhism. I am sorry that we will be missing some of the monastic community as it is close to the Katina festival (the end of the rains), which is very important in the Theravada groups. However, there will be monks and nuns from other schools who will be presenting sessions that offer a mixture or practice and discussion.


Now some boring but essential requests:

  • Please register, regardless of whether you are a presenter, volunteer or planning group member. This is easier than counting heads. It is purely for catering purposes as all our expenses have to be met by donations or out of our own pockets. We do not have any income apart from what is donated. This does not leave a cash surplus nor do we want to waste resources.
  • The Programme for the day is on the website. Look at it for reference and to reflect on the workshops you may want to attend. There will be no printed programmes. This has proved to be very wasteful in the past. If you wish to have a copy it is there for you to print out.
  • For your convenience there will be a hand-written Programme on a board as you enter
  • Please can you donate (give Dana – a wonderful opportunity to practice generosity!) to cover the cost of venue, food and other overheads (publicity, decorations, etc). There is no charge for the event and we would like to keep it that way.
  • If you are new can you leave your name and email address (clearly written!) so that we can contact you for future events.
  • There is a multi-story car park behind the venue if you come by car. Buses are frequent from Piccadilly station, town centre, Chorlton, Whalley range etc.
  • Lastly – pray, meditate, wish deeply for good weather!


Jaya Co-ordinator and programme manager, MBC

Manchester Buddhist Convention 2014: Programme


Renewal and Relevance.

Responding to the challenges of our time.

Manchester Buddhist Convention

Saturday 11th Oct 2014 9.00 am – 17.00pm

 To view this programme as a .doc file, download it here Final Programme portrait 1

Time Foyer 1





Chill out room



  1. (Ground)

Oxford Room







Registration Coffee/tea

Opening Chants



10.05 – 10.15  







10.15– 10.25







Chaplaincy Terry Biddington          

  1. 25




NBO – Jamie Creswell


Tzu Chi


Gender and Buddhism

11.30 12.35 Lunch in the Foyer       (Please DO NOT take any food or drink into the Chapel (Auditorium)

Ist. Sessions

Sessions 1-5



Session numbers and Presenters
  1. Café

FGS- Ven Miao Duo.

  1. Chill Out room


Dh Arthavardin

  1. Library

Stonewater Zen

John Suigen Kenworthy

4.Oxford Room



John Rowan

  1. 5. Walkway Chapel

Womens’ Space



2nd Session


6-10 6.

Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Deborah Raikes


Buddhist Chaplaincy

Keith Munnings

  • Kelvin Ravenscroft




    14.20-15.05 Discussions:                                Discussion   Julie Williams       Discussion: Buddhism in the West     Discussion   MBC

    (Café)                                             (Oxford Room)                          (Walkway Chapel)

    Tea Break

    3rd session





    Community of Interbeing

    Anne Rowbottom


    Faith and Fire and Manchester Group Jacquetta, Daryl Oprey, Frankie, James                   and others


    The Buddhist Society Of Manchester (Sale).

    Paul Shambrook


    Soto Zen

    Ven Alan Smith


    Soka Gakkai




    1. 35



    Announcements. Dedication of Merit.

    16.45 17.00 Chanting     Fo Guang Centre

    One Root Many Branches






    Presenters/workshop leaders (According to slots)


    Ist. Discussion Session: There will be three slots 10.25-11.25


    Network of Buddhist Organisations: Jamie Cresswell will outline some of the things going on in terms of the NBO, the European Buddhist Union and also on an international cross traditional level. In this there would be plenty of scope for projects and volunteers to be involved. Jamie is particularly concerned that Buddhists get together and work together on what might termed Buddhism in action. This will be an opportunity to outline what is possible.

    Tzu Chi: Dr. Frank Lee will speak on ‘Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s view of Buddhism in Action’ and will focus on “What is the Tzu Chi Foundation doing in the UK”. Tzu Chi’s main concern and approach to the Dharma is compassion in Action. This will be a mixture of presentation and interactive discussion.

    Gender and Buddhism: The issue of Gender has been ongoing within Buddhism right from 2,600 years ago. In recent years there is again a groundswell of questioning. Some of these have been articulated in the MBC over the years. This session will be an exploratory one, open to all – men have ‘Gender’ too! Hopefully such discussion will connect with what is happening in other parts of the world and eventually create change within different Buddhist schools with regard to provision for women, full ordination and more recognised lineage-holders. It may be a long, hard slog but it has already happened in some instances and is supported by world renowned Buddhist teachers. There will be a ‘Womens’Only’ slot later in the day.

    Presentation and Practice – 5 slots each session: 12.40-13.25


    1. Fo Guang Shan Centre: Venerable Miao Chen will speak on Meditation, Fo Guang Shan and Humanistic Buddhism, B.L.I.A. related to Engaging Buddhism.

    2.Triratna Buddhist Order (Manchester Buddhist Centre): Title: The Radical Edge: Returning to Buddhism in the 21st Century. Led by Dh. Arthavadin. In the 1960s and 1970s Buddhism gained a foothold in the West. It promised an alternative to the growing hegemony of consumerism and the ‘me generation’. Now, fifty years on, we must ask ourselves – ‘Has Buddhism changed consumerism or has consumerism changed Buddhism? What can we do to return Buddhism to its radical edge?’

    1. Stonewater Zen: Title: ‘Presence in our time: bearing witness to unbearable suffering’. Presented by John Suigen Kenworthy, an ordained monk in the Stonewaterzen sangha (UK) based in Liverpool and led by Dr David Keizan Scott Sensei and is affiliated to the White Plum Asanga. There are now groups across the UK. (See website for more information on Stonewater Zen)
    1. Dechen Centre: Title: ‘The Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, the heart of the bodhisattva practice’. Led by John Rowan. The Six Paramitas are the practices of bodhisattvas, dedicated to helping all beings attain Buddhahood. If we begin to practice these even in a small measure, we will gradually begin to develop our innate potential, our true nature, our Buddha Nature.

    Dechen is an international association of centres of the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with centres world-wide.


    1. A ‘Womens’ Space’: led by Oxana Poberejnaia will explore some of issues that arise in the session in the morning Discussion session and explore some of the challenges that women face and make in relation to Buddhism and the wider world.



    1. Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation (Chorlton): Title: Samatha Practice. Speaker: Dehorah Raikes.This is a chance for complete beginners to Samatha breathing mindfulness practice to learn the first basic stage of the practice, discuss what supports Samatha practice and explore the Five Hindrances to meditation as described in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Deborah practices Samatha in the Theravada school.


    1. Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group (Kalayanamitra): Title: BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY: CANYOUHELP? Speaker: Keith Munnings

    Keith practices in the Samatha tradition and has taught meditation for more than 30 years’. He has also been a Hospital Chaplain for 10 years.

    1. Kelvin Ravenscroft: Title: Maple Leaves in Autumn – Inspired by Zen Master Ryokan’s question “What legacy shall I leavebehind?” this participative workshop will explore perspectives on Engaged Buddhism with particular reference to a Buddhist response tothe effects of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster in Japan.
      Kelvin has taught Religious Studies and Philosophy in a range of educational contexts, developed and taught University courses exploring Spirituality and Personal Development and Ethics, Change and Personal Development and has led workshops internationally exploring the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) dimensions of teaching and learning.
    1. KwanUmZen: Title:  “Just Like This is Buddha”. Presented by Jibul, bodhisattva teacher. Jibul has been a Zen Buddhist for 40 years, in the Kwan Um School for 20 years, and teaching in England since 2011 at The Peak Zen, Kubong-Sa, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

    The essential characteristic of the Zen tradition is “Tathata”, translated into English as “Thusness” or “Just Like This”.  Applied in perception, in action and in relationships, this is the heart of Zen practice and awakening, beyond words, before thinking — a special transmission outside the scriptures. This will be a dharma talk and discussion.


    2nd Discussion session. There will be 3 slots 14.20-15.05


    Facilitator/presenter: Julie Williams. Julie is a dramatherapist: Theme: Mindfulness Within The NHS based on experience of delivering mindfulness within the NHS to Managers Clinicians and Patients. We will explore the difficulties and delights of retaining the authenticity of this ancient practice within a secular organization that is driven by targets and outcomes. How we make it accessible without diluting its essence.

    Facilitator: Rita Ashworth. Rita is a long practitioner and is still exploring. Theme: Buddhism in the West Presenter/participants: John Rowan, Irene Wai Lin

    Facilitator: David Cooke. Dave practices in the Samatha school of Buddhsim. Theme: MBC – a decade of work… Gathering ideas for the future


    1. Community of Interbeing: Led by Anne Rowbottom. The Heart of Manchester Sangha is part of the community of Interbeing –practising in the tradition of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. The Heart of Manchester Sangha invite you to share a session of practice that include guided meditation, walking meditation, silent meditation, and perhaps some sharing or questions and answers –as time permits. Open to anyone who would like to join us.
    1. Faith and Fire: Jacquetta Gomes and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey, will update us on the work of Faith and Fire. Frankie Kington and a group from Manchester will introduce an initiative developing here.
    1. Centre of Buddhist meditation (Sale): Paul Shambrook will speak on ‘Practice in Daily life’. He will aim to cover what the Buddhist Society of Manchester (Sale) teaches in terms of practice and approach to the Buddha’s way.
    1. Soto Zen: Bhikku Alan Smith will speak on the kesa – the robe worn by Soto Zen monks.
    1. Soka Gakkai International: SGI will demonstrate gongyo, their twice daily chanting practice. This consists of two passages from the Lotus Sutra in a Japanese transliteration of a High Chinese translation if the Sutra, and the mantra,’ Nam-myoho-renge-kyo’.




    We will not to use the Auditorium this year. However, we will convene there in the morning and reconvene in the afternoon to dedicate for to dedicate merit and announcements.

    The morning ‘plenary’ has been replaced by a discussion session (3 slots).

    After lunch there will be TWO presenter/discussion sessions with FIVE slots each (rather than six as in previous years).

    This will be followed by another discussion session of THREE slots each before the tea break.

    After tea there will be one more discussion session of FIVE slots each.

    We will re-convene, briefly, in the Auditorium, for dedication of merit and announcements.

    The final channting will take place in the Foyer.

    The Venue is on three levels. The rooms are numbered and colour coded for your convenience.   FOUR rooms (including the Auditorium) are located on the middle (second) floor. Room No 5 is located on the ground floor (Oxford Room). Room No 6 is located on the third floor (Walkway Chapel). There will be people to help you locate these on the day. A programme will be displayed in the Foyer.

    Please note the numbers 1-15 denote sessions, NOT room numbers. Session/room numbers are 1-5.

    The opening and closing chants will take place in the Foyer.

    Lunch will be at 11.30 to allow those for who need to eat early. 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. If they wished to join us after their lunch in other spaces that will be a great pleasure.

    No food should be taken into the Auditorium or Chapel.

    A board and papers for comments and feedback will be provided. Please use them. This is what we use to develop the event.

    There will also be some display tables with literature from some of the Manchester Centres.

    Apologies for any mistakes in titles, spellings, etc. These are unintentional.





    One Root Many Branches

    Convention 2013 is a work in progress …


    MBC’s small steering group is working to create this year’s convention on the 12th October in Manchester.

    Our theme this year is intelligent compassion and action in the world.

    We are in the process of meeting venerables/monastics, considering the programme, setting  themes for the day and guiding the practical arrangements.


    EMAIL us at manchesterbuddhistconvention @yahoo.co.uk (omitting the space before the @, spam protection measure …)

    On the day, the earlier the better you could get there to help set up. But in the weeks and months before that we welcome input. On the day we will need hands on deck to help with serving food, setting stalls, registration. etc.

    As always – all welcome.

    Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour in Manchester 5,6,7 October 2012

    Heart Shrine Relic Tour

    Heart Shrine Relic Tour (Photo credit: StigAlbansson)

    “A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.”

    “The purpose of the Relic Tour is to inspire people of all spiritual traditions and paths to come together to experience the blessings of the relics.”

    5, 6 & 7 October 2012

    Manchester, England, UK

    Friday: 5pm to 7pm Opening Ceremony
    Saturday: 10am to 7pm
    Sunday: 10am to 5pm

    Shree Radha Krishna Mandir
    Hindu Religious Society
    Gandhi Hall
    Brunswick Road
    M20 4QB

    Contact: Dr Kim Gandhi
    Email: kim.gandhi@virgin.net
    Telephone: (+44) 07801 708878
    Contact: Mr. Krishan Kumar
    Telephone: (+44) 0161 445 8355

    More information on the official website Maitreya Hearth Shrine Relic Tour

    MBC: Programme and some notes


    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.

    (Ardwark Café)

    3. 4. (Library) 5. (Oxford Room) 6.









    tion and Refresh



    Opening Chant (Samatha Centre)



    10.05 – 10.15  




    Welcome, introduction etc

    Jaya (MBC)

    10.15– 10.25







    Chaplaincy (Hosts)

    Terry Biddington


    11. 25



      Input- Ven. Alan Bhuka

     Tenzin Dorjee, Usha McNab,

    11.30 -12.40 Lunch in the Foyer

    Ist Session


    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)

    On Boddhicitta


    Dene Donalds

    Community  of Interbeing

    Guided and silent meditation



    Oxana Poberejnaia

    Women and Buddhism


    2nd Session


    Dharmachari Buddharakshita, ‘‘Knowing Smile, Troubled World’,


    Buddhist Group of Kendal, Ketumati, Police and Fire Service – on the work they are doing together.


    Rev. D.Scott

    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

    Samatha Centre

    Modern Buddhism

    14.25-15.10 Discussion     Discussion      Discussion

    (3rd Session)

    15.1015-30 Tea Break


    15.35 16.20

    4th session (mainly meditation)




    Ven Piyatissa

    Ketumati Buddhist Vihara

    4 Foundations of Mindfulness


    Ven Pannasammy (Saranaya Dhamma Centre)

    Vipasyanna meditation



    Taravandana Lupson

    Green Tara Puja



    Phra Nicolas


    Chareon Bahvana)

    Meditation on light



    To be decided


    Peter Voke –Kwan Um School of Zen

    Finding the Buddha Right in Front of You


    16. 35




    Closing remarks

    Ven Piyatissa

    Dedication of merit –

    16.45 – 17.00 Chanting.

    Soto Zen


    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:


    1. The way forward for the MBC
    2. Buddhism in the West
    3. 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,


    Jaya (MBC)


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