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Tentative Schedule – Friday – October 22, 2021

All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

7:00AM

Practice: Multi sessions

(meditation, chanting, movement, etc…)

7:25AM

Welcome Remarks

Pandemic tribute

7:30AM

PLENARY KEYNOTE

TBD – Environment and Buddhism Global Relief

Bhikkhu Bodhi

8:35AM

Multiple Workshop Sessions

90 minutes
Environment and Climate Change Panel
David Loy, Kristin Barker, Kritee Kritee, Samuel Grant III

Amaragita, Moderator

90 minutes
Elder Panel: Secular + Religious Buddhism
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ralph Steele, Subhuti

Moderator: Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips

90 minutes
Engaged Buddhism—Opening Our Western Eyes
Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke, Dhammananda Bhikkhun, Dhammachari Maitriveer Nagarjuna, Bhante Buddharakkhita

Buddhadharma in the West was brought to us by bold teachers who made a difficult journey to our shores. At the same time, living dharma traditions across the world continue to offer radical expressions of liberation in their own lands.  In many ways, this ongoing work is hardly known in Western Buddhist communities. The exemplary teachers on this panel can open our eyes to their transformative work. How can we learn from them? How can we support each other in spiritual and material ways? How can we deepen that work?

What are the challenges—structural and mental—to working across different (Buddhist) cultures and geographical regions? Sharing their work and dedication, this international panel—diverse in gender, age, tradition, and national identity—can awaken us, and move us towards greater understanding and cooperation.

90 minutes
Face to Face: An Art Practice Retreat
Hojin Kimmel

FORMAT: Everyone will be guided in simple mark making and drawing techniques to work with their own face image on zoom and a partners image in breakouts. The session will end with a sharing of images and experiences.

Materials needed: A few pieces of paper, a few pens, pencils, or thin markers, eraser, masking or scotch tape. A small board or cardboard to lean on. 

At just this very moment what is it that appears in front of you?
—Zen Master Dogen, from Body-and-Mind Study of the Way

What are we facing? Today many of us are on ZOOM in gatherings such as this and are seeing our own face and the faces of our companions quite close up, yet behind a screen. In this workshop participants will be guided in simple, direct, drawing and mark- making techniques to take a closer look at each other through the zoom lens and to express the marvel of our own face or the face of another with no goal other than to meet and see how we meet.

In our life as Bodhisattvas in Dharma Practice, we all must have discussed the insubstantiality and false security of a separate self. But when it comes to dissolving the illusory barrier between self and others, we do need to work on practical levels and keep it real. They myth of separateness is very convincing event and is not easy to shake.

This will be a courageous practice perhaps to expose some of our agendas, and strategies of self- importance. It is seeing how we may see whether we are studying our own face, the face of another, whether we are the one being studied, in facing what is there to face we will find challenges. Where do we draw the line? How do we attend to the forces that insist on judgments, the likes and dislikes? 

Together we will practice and appreciate taking a raw, unadorned look with what appears right in front of us . We may just fall in love falling into the crevasses, wrinkles and creases that life has etched into skin, relishing the bumps, scars, colors and varied textures of this terrain. Hopefully we may be humbled, softened, inspired to meet and live in the circle of wonder with everything we encounter.

9:40AM

Closing Remarks

For the morning session and glimpse of the afternoon.

9:45AM

Networking Exchange and Exhibit Hall

(optional but encourged)

10:00AM - 11:30AM

Planning for 2025

Mahasangha 2025 — A Call to Action

Purpose is to find out who is interested in planning; get commitments; and pass on the baton!

END OF MORNING SESSION

1:00PM

Practice: Multi sessions

(meditation, chanting, movement, etc…)

1:25PM

Welcome Remarks

Steering Committee

1:30PM

PLENARY KEYNOTE

The foundation of faith in Buddhist practice
Sharon Salzberg

2:35PM

Multiple Workshop Sessions

60 minutes
Nichiren Shu’s Faith, Practice & Study
Ryuei McCormick

60 minutes
Buddhism & Climate Change: Realizing Planetary Health
Susan Murcott

For the past three decades, my practice has been to provide safe drinking water to vulnerable populations worldwide. This work has been my best effort to address environmental justice, especially targeting poor women and their families who lack safe drinking water, this basic condition of well-being. Given the urgency of the climate crisis, in the past six years, I have refocused my work on climate action

In January 2021, I was given teacher authorization by Trudy Goodman of Insight LA. We jointly created that Zoom ceremony and invited those closest to us to join the celebration. At  the end of the ceremony, I expressed my vow “to dedicate my life to Planetary Health, the health of the Earth and all beings on Earth, especially focusing on water, climate change and “One Health” the integration of human health, animal health, plant and planetary health.”

I am a teacher with one foot in each of two worlds. As an environmental engineer, I teach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” I teach students about courses in water, sanitation, climate change and planetary health. Also, I am a woman with a deep background in Buddhist feminism, having co-published “Kahawai: Journal of Women and Buddhism in the last 1970s and 1980s, and having translated and published “The First Buddhist Women” in 1992. 

This lecture and discussion with share my perspective in bringing together these two worlds of Buddhism and Climate Change. The guiding principle is taken from the Four Noble Truths:

There is suffering …                      There is climate change.

There is a cause of suffering …   Excess human-generated greenhouse gas emissions are the cause of the climate crisis.

There is an end to suffering  …    There are numerous, currently-available, planetary health interventions, nature-based solutions, and geo-engineered approaches to addressing the climate crisis

There is a path …                           There is a path.

This lecture/discussion is about unifying these two perspectives, with a focus on the actions Buddhists can take to mitigate, adapt and transform the most profound crisis humanity has ever faced.

60 minutes
The F-Word: A Place for Faith?
Satya Robyn

As Buddhists, how comfortable are we with notions of the divine? Growing up proudly self-sufficient and atheist, it took the trauma of addiction to create a crack in my thick layers of protection. Once this crack opened up, the Buddha’s light could stream in. In this workshop I’ll share my experience of being a religious Pure Land Buddhist, looking at how this fits with 12 step fellowships, Christian thinking and Internal Family Systems, the model I use as a psychotherapist. There will also be space for us to explore our own experiences of religion and the divine, and maybe some new cracks will open up! 

3:40PM

Closing Remarks

For the day and glimpse of tomorrow.

3:45PM

Networking Exchange and Exhibit Hall

(optional but encourged)

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