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Tentative Schedule – Thursday – October 21, 2021

All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

7:00AM

Meditation and Chanting Practice

25 Minutes
Led by Kaspa Thompson

7:25AM

Welcome Remarks

Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips

7:30AM

PLENARY KEYNOTE

Bodhisattva at Ease in Majestic Virtue
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.

8:35AM

Multiple Workshop Sessions

8:35AM
Buddhist Justice Reporter: The George Floyd Trials
Pamela Ayo Yetunde

After unarmed Black man George Floyd was tortured and murdered by a police officer and police accomplices on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, a small group of Minnesota BIPOC Buddhist practitioners across traditions came together over five months to create and launch Buddhist Justice Reporter (BJR): The George Floyd Trials.  The purposes of BJR are multifold: to give BIPOC practitioners the opportunity to work together on issues not typically addressed in conventional sanghas; to support the utilization of Buddhist thought and practices for constructive social justice engagements; to live authentically as BIPOC Buddhists who embrace teachings on witnessing and Right Speech; to encourage other Buddhists to transform their aversion to justice making; to support Buddhist activists on criminal justice reform; and to collaborate broadly across Buddhist traditions.

8:35AM
Fair Dharma Emergency Care
Dr. Daniel Ingram, MD MSPH

Dharma practice can create powerful experiences virtually unknown to and unmentioned in mainstream medical and therapeutic education, texts, and science. They are not owned by any board specialty. There are no reasonable diagnostic criteria or categories specific to them, nearly nothing useful in the DSM-5 or textbooks of emergency medicine or emergency psychiatry, no data-backed management strategies, virtually no useful data on the impact of pharmaceuticals on these types of experiences, no established referral networks for those undergoing these experiences, no public health data or epidemiological tracking of these issues, no reimbursement for the care of these experiences when they become unmanageable without resorting to purely pathological diagnostic codes such as Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, etc. In short, dharma practitioners having these experiences are an entirely neglected, marginalized, unrecognized category of patients whose needs are not properly met by mainstream medical and psychiatric care. This is a human rights issue, a social justice issue, and a medical ethical issue. Attempts by previous movements such as the Transpersonal movement have almost entirely failed to penetrate into mainstream standards of care. We will discuss practical steps towards positive change such as to empower mainstream therapists, psychiatrists, emergency medicine practitioners, and other healthcare providers to add more value to the care of dharma practitioners and others undergoing powerful dharma-related experiences.

8:35AM
The Play of Now: Directly present with the dancing body and mind
Jayachitta

During this time of isolation, our sense of ourselves and contact with each other has changed. Activities that seemed natural have fallen away, such as meeting with other people to meditate, or to travel. ‘We’, or who we thought ‘we’ are, has been called into question – this is challenging in many ways, but also a chance to reassess our lives and practice.

This workshop uses embodied exercises from dance and improvisation to support our practice. It offers an opportunity to deepen connection with ourselves and with others through easy elements of movement that guide us into embodied presence and interaction. We will explore qualities of openness, space and interconnectedness that are present even when times are uncertain. We will experience that movement and bodily presence are there, even within constraints. Though isolated, we can experience directly that we, in body and mind, on this earth, are deeply connected. – The workshop helps participants to notice embodied experience more clearly, which can be continued and also greatly enrich the quiet sitting in meditation.

This workshop offers an interactive experience of how a sense of play and joy can be part of our meditation and practice of the Dharma, and how to suffuse it more with lightness and relaxation. The workshop includes both mindfulness in stillness and discovery through curious kindly interest, towards both ourselves and others. We can build a sense of community across oceans and continents – even via contact on the screen.

Prior experience or ‘sportiness’ is not required. Some space to stand and move is good, but a regular room at home is perfectly adequate. 

Jayachitta brings together nearly 40 years of exploration into working with the mind within a Buddhist context and 25 years of research and practice of body-based methods like improvisation, clown and physical theatre. She enjoys working at the interface of disciplines, spiritual and mundane, and in this way bridging the gap between inner work and outward activity.

She was born 1961 in Germany and at the age of 20 encountered teachings from the Buddhist tradition. In 1990 she became a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and was given the name Jayachitta. Learn more here.

9:45AM

Networking Exchange

(optional but encouraged)

END OF MORNING SESSION

1:00PM

Meditation Practice: RUST a practice to help us see the emptiness thoughts

25 Minutes
Led by Dharmacharini Vimalasara

1:25PM

Welcome Remarks

Dharmacharini Vimalasara

1:30PM

PLENARY PANEL

PANEL: Preventing harm in Buddhist communities and addressing it when it happens
Munisha (Moderator), Lama Willa Miller, Chozen Bays, Scott Edelstein

Munisha is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and works as Triratna’s European Safeguarding officer advising Triratna Buddhist centres on policies and procedures for preventing harm in Triratna. From her five years’ experience in this work, as well as many more years’ work in Buddhist umbrella groups such as the European Buddhist Union, she will share her thoughts about the kinds of challenges arising in many sanghas, what works well, what doesn’t and what we can all learn.

2:50PM

Multiple Workshop Sessions

60 minutes
Dharma & Money: What Buddhism can teach us about fostering a healthy relationship with finances
Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, GuoGu Laoshi, Ven. Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni

Whether managing dharma centers, monasteries and NGOs, or developing programming, retreats and right livelihood, the worlds of dharma and money intersect almost daily; sometimes in visible, healthy and transparent ways, and often in stealthy and afflicted ways. Join this panel conversation to explore this important intersection and what it means for you as a dharma teacher to live in an era of dealing consciously with finances and money.

 

60 minutes
Working to Heal the Impact of Racism against Black People: Dharma Relief 2
Anouk Aimee Shambrook and Lorne Ladner

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the national protests that followed, how do we as dharma teachers have a meaningful response to the widespread trauma present in Black communities?

Dharma Relief 2 (DR2) is an ecumenical Buddhist nonprofit organization that decided to take on that question; the advisory board is made up of racially diverse Buddhists from a variety of Buddhist traditions and regions of the U.S.  Our primary focus is raising funds to support African-descended Buddhist teachers to offer their teachings and engage trauma resiliency trainings to foster healing in Black communities.  Because we are all interconnected, this healing supports awakened understanding in each of us and deepens our capacity to live undefended and connect with our true nature.

Many of us say we practice to benefit “all sentient beings”.   In practice, when we look at the racial composition of most convert sanghas in the US, how well do we do at creating safe, welcoming spaces to people from varied racial and cultural backgrounds?  And can that be transformed?

A secondary focus of DR2 is that we’re currently analyzing surveys sent to a wide range of Dharma centers around the U.S. in order to help meet their varied needs for racial diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops, education and trainings.

Anouk Aimee Shambrook
With a passion to integrate science and spiritual inquiry, Dr. Anouk Aimée Shambrook’s path has taken her from earning a PhD in Astrophysics and being a NASA fellow to completing seven years of Vajrayana and Dzogchen meditation retreat. A Black Buddhist teacher, she integrates the latest in neuroscience with the Aware Ego Process, nondual meditation, and somatic tools in her executive coaching practice.  Contributor to the anthology of Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond, Dr. Shambrook uses trauma resilience as a tool to promote racial diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lorne Ladner

Lorne Ladner, Ph.D. has studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of a number of the elder teachers educated in Tibet prior to the invasion and Tibetan diaspora.  He works as a clinical psychologist in the suburbs of Washington, DC.  He also serves as director of the Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center.  He teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation there and at other centers around the U.S.  He authored The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology.  He co-authored Bridges of Compassion, and he edited The Wheel of Great Compassion: The Practice of the Prayer Wheel in Tibetan Buddhism and The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions.  He also produced a training video with the APA on Mindful Therapy and has provided trainings on integrating mindfulness and compassion meditation techniques with psychotherapy to clinicians in a variety of setting.

 

60 minutes
JUST LIKE ME: Living Dharma through Social Engagement
Ven. Gawa Khandro

This presentation being offered to the Conference is based on a course  that Ven. Gawa Khandro developed at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops for first-year students and offered as presentation to university faculty. It involves examining our prejudices and unconscious programming around the ways in which we segregate and differentiate people around us.  The project included walking through the streets, and visiting recovery centres, soup kitchens, homeless shelters., and detox units at the local Mission, engaging the clients in conversations and Q/A sessions to explore the ways in which we are more similar than different.  The aim is to shatter the bubbles we live in and open the students’ minds to the realization that we are not separate, but equal and interdependent.

Participants attending this presentation will be engaged in one or two activities that offer similar opportunities for exploration and discovery.  The hope of the presenter is that we can clarify ways in which non-discrimination and interdependence can become active practices in our daily lives through which we can personally discover the true Dharma and live it in our one-on-one interactions with all beings.

(Anata as living practice not just a concept.  And how to live it out in our interactions with others and in our understanding of our true nature. Nondifferentiation is not activated as a living reality until we take it out into the world and examine how we live it in truth.)

4:00PM

Networking Exchange

(optional but encouraged)

 

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Monastic Networking Group
Host: Dr. Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni

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