The Mitra conference will be returning to round out 2019!
Spituality is a term usually associated with a separation from the bustle of community engagement. When we think of spirituality, our current perspective of the terms leads us to a concept of coming back to nature and environment outside of the city, the campus, or the workplace and away from others. However, spirituality can be found even when communicating with other people, and is just as important in our daily lives as logic and reasoning. This applies just as well on social media platforms such as instagram, facebook and twitter. Come and join as we discover what it means to be socially engaged, but remain spiritually aware.
Speakers include: Ven. Bhante Suddhaso, Ven. Hui Cen, Ven. Bhante Pandit, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita, Ven. Ayya Yeshe, Andrew William and more....
Morning Tea and Lunch included.
Proudly Presented By Mitra and UTSBMS
Venerable Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta
Buddhist Nun, Activist, Social Worker
Venerable Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta ordained as a nun in 2001. She discovered Buddhism whilst travelling in Nepal and India at the age of 17 on a search for the meaning of life. Coming back to Australia after a year of study and practice in monasteries, she helped run a Buddhist Centre in Sydney and trained with her teacher Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe for five years whilst working at the same time.
Upon ordaining as a Buddhist nun at the age of 23, Venerable Yeshe found that there was very little care or support for western monastics, people preferring to access Tibetan Lamas who are already trained. She stayed with various friends and in garden sheds while living on a mendicant tradition of alms round to obtain food. She engaged in teaching Dharma in HIV hospices, schools, drug and alchohol rehabilitation centres and trained as a yoga teacher.
Coming to India in 2004, Venerable Yeshe studied for two years in a monastery, but felt a need to make Buddhism accessible and socially engaged, whilst still trying to maintain her contemplative way of life. She met Indian Buddhists in 2005 and has been working with them ever since. Her teachers are His Holiness Sakya Trizin (the second highest Lama in Tibetan Buddhism) and Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, the nobel peace prize poet and peace activist, under which she took full ordination as a Bhikkhuni.
Venerable Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta is the author of 'Everyday Enlightenment' published by Harper Collins and is featured in the documentaries 'life beyond the begging bowl' and 'Through the Eastern Gate'. She has also made a Buddhist chanting CD with one of Australia's top world music groups - India Jiva called 'Dakini'.
Vipassana Meditation Teacher
Jeff Oliver is from the Central Coast and began practicing Vipassana in 1992. Between 1993 and 2002, he was a Buddhist monk in the Burmese Theravada tradition. These days, he is a freelance meditation teacher sharing in Europe, Asia and here in Australia. His motto is to LIVE and LEARN and LOVE!
The Mitra Conference has been a long tradition involving Buddhist Community from all over Sydney and Australia since our first conference 2003. After much anticipation, we bring you our 9th Mitra Buddhist Conference in 2018. Here's a clip from one of our previous conferences to get a taste of what you may be in for.
Tickets include access to all talks, workshops, a vegetarian lunch box, morning and afternoon tea.
No Charge for Monastics Attendees
If you experience any issues registering for the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org