The 8th Western Buddhist Monastic Conference
The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Talmage, Northern California
November 7th - 11th, 2002
~ TRUE TO THE SOURCE ~
Hosted by: The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Talmage, Northern California
Co-host: Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, Redwood Valley
The Western Buddhist Monastic Conference is a forum for ordained members of the Buddhist Monastic Sangha of all traditions to gather with one another, share in insights and experiences, learn from one another, and together look into the issues that are uniquely and fundamentally important to our lives as Western Buddhadharma Sangha.
The overarching theme for this 8th gathering of Buddhist Monastics in the West springs from a topic put forth at the 7th Monastic Conference ~ Adapting to the West: Keeping True to the Source with regards to Monastic Training ~ and the suggestion that this theme is not only deserving of more time and attention, but due to its very simplicity, vastness, and perfect relevancy, would in fact serve well as a focal point for our 2002 gathering.
This 8th Monastic Conference focused on the theme True to the Source through a variety of methods: direct exposure ~ through our contact with one another and on-site tours given by resident monastics of both the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and Abhayagiri Monasteries; contemplation ~ through collective meditation and listening; and communication ~ through informal conversation and storytelling, as well as four traditional Councils centered on the topics below.
...True to the Source Councils...
I Insight into Traditional Monastic Forms
II Interface with Western Society
III The Heart of the Matter: Roots, Bodhicitta
In past years, these Conferences have proved to be a wonderful opportunity
to meet anew or meet again in the spirit of sharing with one another
in the great experience of both our diversity and commonality as Buddhist
monastics. For those training independent of an established monastery
or in a small monastic community, the Conference is a precious chance
for a few days steeped in greater community monastic life -- not only
in a traditional training monastery, but with our greater Western Sangha,
with its whole spectrum of traditions, yanas, lineages and schools.
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The proposed presentation topics are:
of suffering caused by a sense of unworthiness & alienation
will provide opportunities for us to broaden our understanding of these
topics, expand our capacity to work within our own communities and gain
greater appreciation and understanding of other communities in these
* Photo Album: The 9th Western Buddhist Monastic Conference - Oct., 2003