International Buddhist Women’s conference begins June 23

Lion's Roar, June 19, 2015

Yogyakarta, Indonesia -- The 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women will begin on June 23 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, running until June 30. Its theme will be “Compassion and Social Justice.”

From the event’s press release: “The theme will set the stage for participants from all over Indonesia and around the world to draw connections between spiritual cultivation, social transformation, and gender justice. […] Buddhist women are frequently excluded from the processes that shape their communities, such as negotiations among governments, scholarly forums, religious leaders, and social structures. Decision makers are often unfamiliar with Buddhist women’s contributions, while Buddhist women may remain disconnected from the larger issues that affect their daily lives. The 14th Sakyadhita Conference will be an opportunity for dialogue about how compassion and spiritual development can help shape a more just and peaceful world.

Indonesia is home to some of Asia’s oldest Buddhist cultural monuments, dating back as early as the 5th century.

Scheduled dharma talks

  • June 24 Ajahn Brahm on “Buddhism with Compassion, Buddhism with Justice”
  • June 26 Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on “The Six Paramitas”
  • June 28 Venerable Thubten Chodron on “Open Heart, Clear Mind”

Scheduled panel presentations

  • Buddhist Women of Indonesia
  • Compassion & Inner Transformation
  • Indonesian Buddhist Women in Historical Perspective
  • Buddhist Culture in Indonesia
  • Implementing Compassion & Social Justice
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism
  • Bhikshuni Ordination: Benefits & Barriers
  • Equality, Respect & Lay/Monastic Relations
  • The Future of Buddhist Feminism
  • Buddhist Women & Compassionate Activism
  • In the Spirit of Compassion
  • Breakthroughs in Buddhist Education

Interactive workshops

  • Coffee & Zen
  • Buddhist Women’s Leadership & the Environmental Crisis
  • Unlearning Sexism
  • Batik: Then & Now
  • Maritime Buddhism & Borobudur
  • Mindfulness Yoga
  • Drawing Mandalas
  • Dharma in Action
  • Nature as a Vehicle for Healing & Compassion
  • Exploring Alternatives to Religious Extremism and Violence
  • The Many Benefits of Relaxing in Meditation & in Life
  • Sacred Chants in Praise of the Feminine
  • Women’s Struggles for Freedom
  • Tai chi
  • Smiling at Samsara: Life Happens
  • Women in Religious Leadership

For more details visit the conference website.