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Keynote Schedule

If you are a Buddhist practitioner or a teacher with limited time and/or less than five years of experience, the Limited Pass ($97) is the right option for you. You will have access to these two plenary sessions per day and recordings.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

7:30 AM (Pacific)
The Role of the Mahasangha
Speakers: Lama Rod Owens, Tova Green, Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin, Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips
We will explore the role of the Maha sangha during times of uncertainty, and conflict in our communities. We will also look at the legacies we are leaving behind us and what we hope to pass onto the next generation.

1:30 PM (Pacific)
What does it mean to live the Dharma?
Speaker: Rebecca Li
Living the Dharma is to learn from the Buddha’s example in living our lives? How do we go about doing so in the twenty-first century in our globalized and technology-driven world? In this talk, we will explore what it means to live the Dharma as we fulfill our responsibilities to each other in our various roles in the family, the workplace, the Buddhist sangha, and our communities at the local, national and global levels.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

7:30 AM (Pacific)
Bodhisattva at East in Majestic Virtue
Speaker: Larry Ward
This brief talk will illuminate the teachings of this Bodhisattva’s most relevant to making a new world out of our encounters with suffering.

1:30 PM (Pacific)
Preventing Harm in Buddhist Communities and Addressing It When It Happens
Speakers: Munisha (Moderator), Lama Willa Miller, Chozen Bays, Scott Edelstein
This panel will discuss their thoughts about the kinds of challenges arising in many sanghas, what works well, what doesn’t and what we can all learn.

Friday, October 22, 2021

7:30 AM (Pacific)
For the Welfare of Many: Rediscovering the Quest for the Common Good
Speaker: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Humankind faces two momentous challenges in the coming decades. One is to establish the social and economic conditions essential for everyone on this planet to live a life of dignity and purpose. The other is to safeguard the natural environment on which we depend from irreversible damage, especially through climate destabilization. Buddhism too faces a major challenge: to expand its radical vision and moral compass wide enough to contribute toward our efforts to meet these two goals. In this talk, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will explore the ways in which Buddhism—and Buddhists—might face these critical demands and apply its insights toward promoting the common good.

1:30 PM (Pacific)
The Foundation of Faith in Buddhist Practice
Speaker: Sharon Salzberg
The talk will center on three aspects of faith in the Buddhist tradition: bright faith, verified faith, and abiding faith. We will explore the importance of the correct kind of doubt (e.g. questioning in contrast to cynicism), and look at how despair is actually the opposite of faith.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

8:00 AM (Pacific)
Culture Wars in Buddhism
Speakers: Ann Gleig and Brenna Artinger

While often associated with a liberal demographic, the increasing online visibility of conservative rhetoric such as—”snowflakes,” “politically correct,” “postmodern identity politics,” and “cultural Marxism,” –demonstrates the presence of right-wing sentiments and populations in American convert Buddhism. Our research situates these sentiments largely as a reaction to the development of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in these communities. We chart this backlash across a broad right-wing spectrum that spans from “reactionary centrism” to the alt-right. In conclusion, we locate these reactionary right-wing forms of American Buddhism in relationship to modern and postmodern forms of global Buddhism.

10:15 AM (Pacific)
Knowing how it feels and letting go of biases
Speaker: Martine Batchelor

During this keynote we will explore mindfulness of feeling tones (vedanas) in its multifaceted aspects; how it is impacted by contact through the senses and determined by perceptions.  How conditioned the experience of vedanas is and in turns how it influences our biases.

1:30 PM (Pacific)
Are We Cultivating the Same Seeds of Stuckness?
Speaker: Dr. Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni

Sunday, October 24, 2021

7:30 AM (Pacific)
EcoDharma
Speaker: Kristin Barker, One Earth Sangha

Climate change is here. Even if we are able to reverse course and begin repair, enormous suffering for human and non-human communities cannot be avoided in the near term. As interlocking ecological crises unfold around the world, including not only climate destabilization but species loss and freshwater shortages, relative social well-being may well buckle under the pressure. Both individuals and communities are increasingly challenged by the fear, grief, and even aggression that comes with encountering this difficult reality, making our collective work of restoring justice and ecological health all the more difficult.

The Dharma offers potent resources relevant to the challenges we face. Our traditions’ wisdom and practices can support communities in turning toward our situation; developing essential qualities such as courage, calm, compassion, and insight; and then acting skillfully. Yet many Dharma teachers rarely speak to these concerns in their offerings, feeling disqualified or in some other way inhibited. In this session, we’ll explore these blocks. We’ll discuss how, in the face of such immense suffering, we as a teaching community can support ourselves and one another in discovering, developing, and sharing our own unique EcoDharma.

10:00 AM (Pacific)
May We Gather: Reflections on a National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors
Speakers: Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams, Funie Hsu, Chenxing Han

The co-organizers of “May We Gather” – the first national Buddhist memorial service in response to anti-Asian violence held forty-nine days after the 2021 Atlanta-area shootings – will reflect on the historic gathering that called attention to the long history of violence and exclusion of Asian American Buddhists. We believe that in the face of nearly two centuries of xenophobia and systemic violence, Asian American Buddhists have long joined together to rebuild our communities. Piece by broken piece, we sutured the jagged edges of altars, statues, incense burners, and our very bodies and minds back together. This mending is part of our Buddhist practice in America. Each act of rejoining reveals how compassion can arise out of racial suffering, how fragments are inseparable from wholeness. We mend them as a declaration of our interconnectedness, as an expression of gratitude to our ancestors, and as a way to cultivate the karmic conditions for American Buddhism’s continued flourishing.

11:45 PM (Pacific)
Pandemic Ceremony + Closing Meditation
Speakers: Dharmacharini Vimalasara, Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin and Dr. Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni
Let us gather together to honor the lives of those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will engage in ceremony and celebration from various traditions to transfer merit and transport these souls to the other shore.

Keynote Speakers

Brenna Artinger

Brenna Artinger is an independent researcher whose work focuses on exclusion and extremism. They hold an MPhil in Buddhist Studies from the University of Oxford and are the President of the Alliance for Bhikkhunis.

Larry Ward

Larry is a senior teacher in Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition. He brings twenty five years of international experience in organizational change and local community renewal to his work as director of the Lotus Institute and as an advisor to the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhism and the neuroscience of meditation. Larry is a knowledgeable, charismatic and inspirational teacher, offering insights with personal stories and resounding clarity that express his dharma name, “True Great Sound.” www.thelotusinstitute.org

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972). After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973. For many years he was the president and editor of the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka. He has been living at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2006. In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a non-profit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. In May 2013 was elected president of BAUS.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, released in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences, and retreat centers worldwide. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed over 3 million downloads and features interviews with the top leaders and thinkers of the mindfulness movement and beyond. Sharon’s writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com

Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig is an associate professor of Religion and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019). More info about Ann can be found here.

Rebecca Li

Rebecca Li, PhD, is a teacher of Chan Buddhism in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen. She is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community, a Chan Buddhist practice and study community, and the author of Allow Joy into Our Hearts: Chan Practice in Uncertain Times. She leads Chan retreats, teaches meditation and Dharma classes, and gives public lectures in North America and the U.K.. Her current book project is on the Chan practice of Silent Illumination. Dr. Li is a sociology professor and lives with her husband in New Jersey. Her talks, guided meditation, and calendar of events can be found at www.rebeccali.org.

Ven. Dr. Pannavati

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and meditation center; Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge and President of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada, Chan, and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. Ven. Dr. Pannavati is also a current disciple of Zhaxi Zhouma Rimpoche.

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips is an American Vajrayana teacher, spiritual leader, researcher, author, social entrepreneur and educator. He is the founder/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, an international mindful leadership and coaching company, President of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, a global professional organization for Mindfulness teaching professionals from over 30 countries, and resident teacher of the Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Center. He completed two 3-year meditation retreats and is an experienced Dharma and meditation teacher, who leads retreats in the U.S. and Europe. More info here

Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin

Myokei Caine-Barrett is the first woman of African-Japanese descent, and the only Western woman, to be ordained as a priest in the Nichiren Order. She is the resident priest and guiding teacher for the Myoken-ji Temple, home of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas. Committed to issues of social justice and healing, Myokei has worked with incarcerated individuals in the Texas Prison System for the past 15 years, and has been an active member of The Center for Healing Racism, examining the realities of racism and how it affects people of color as well as the dominant group in society. More info here

Vimalasara Mason-John

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, (hon.doc) M.A. is a public speaker and master trainer in the field of conflict transformation, leadership and mindfulness. They was featured at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood where she gave a talk titled, We are what we think, which outlined a course of action we can take to work on the global epidemic of bullying. They are the award-winning author of 10 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction. Since its publication, it has won the Best USA Book Award 2014 and Best International Book Award 2015 in the self motivational and self help category. Eight Step Recovery offers an alternative to the 12 step program for addiction. Eight Step meetings are now taking place in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, India and Finland. They are a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community. More info here

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