Renewal and Relevance.
Responding to the challenges of our time.
Manchester Buddhist Convention
Saturday 11th Oct 2014 9.00 am – 17.00pm
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Chill out room
|10.05 – 10.15||
|Chaplaincy Terry Biddington|
NBO – Jamie Creswell
Gender and Buddhism
|11.30 12.35||Lunch in the Foyer (Please DO NOT take any food or drink into the Chapel (Auditorium)|
|Session numbers and Presenters||
FGS- Ven Miao Duo.
John Suigen Kenworthy
Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Deborah Raikes
|14.20-15.05||Discussions: Discussion Julie Williams Discussion: Buddhism in the West Discussion MBC
(Café) (Oxford Room) (Walkway Chapel)
Community of Interbeing
Faith and Fire and Manchester Group Jacquetta, Daryl Oprey, Frankie, James and others
The Buddhist Society Of Manchester (Sale).
Ven Alan Smith
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
- 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?’
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Soto Zen: Bhikku Alan Smith will speak on the kesa – the robe worn by Soto Zen monks.
- 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