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Tentative Schedule – Thursday – October 21, 2021

All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

7:00AM

Practice: Multi sessions

(meditation, chanting, movement, etc…)

7:25AM

Welcome Remarks

Steering Committee

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.

9:40AM

Closing Remarks

For the morning session and glimpse of the afternoon.

9:45AM

Networking Exchange and Exhibit Hall

(optional but encourged)

END OF MORNING SESSION

1:00PM

Practice: Multi sessions

(meditation, chanting, movement, etc…)

1:25PM

Welcome Remarks

Steering Committee

1:30PM

PLENARY PANEL

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

2:50PM

Multiple Workshop Sessions

60 minutes
Money & the Dharma
Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Guo Gu, Ven. Dr. Pannavati

60 minutes
Dharma Relief – Project #2 Initiative of Racism
Dharma Relief Teachers

Dharma Relief 2 (DR2) is dedicated to working to heal the impact of racism against Black people in U.S. Dharma 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.

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

3:55PM

Closing Remarks

For the day and glimpse of tomorrow.

4:00PM

Networking Exchange and Exhibit Hall

(optional but encourged)

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