Buddhist Chaplaincy Symposium IX
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Passions & Possibilities:

Sharing ideas, Generating Reflection

This year’s symposium has a new format. Rather than keynote speeches or dharma talks, 6 to 10 speakers from several dimensions of Buddhist chaplaincy and spiritual caregiving will share the stage. They will offer a variety of powerful, short talks, each focused on a single topic or idea.

With a nod to TED talks, our speakers are given a maximum of 20 minutes to present their experiences and ideas on the theme of theme of Passions & Possibilities in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Participants will then have opportunities to engage with each speaker and each other, which allows people to make connections and draw their own conclusions. A partial list of speakers includes Gil Fronsdal, Paul Haller, and Jennifer Block. Buddhist chaplains and the like are welcome to speak, information as such is at the bottom of this page.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013

Time: 9:30am to 5pm

Location: Insight Meditation Ctr., 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA, 94062.

Who Attends: Buddhist clergy, chaplains, teachers, & the like (you do not need to be a chaplain to attend!) All are welcome to attend. Those who do attend will engage with the ideas presented by the speakers, and with each other.

Cost: By donation: sliding scale. Suggestion: $20-45. Vegetarian Lunch included. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Note: The knowledge and inspiration from the speakers are offered freely in the spirit of dana, the practice of generosity. Donations from attendees cover the cost of lunch and space use.

Schedule: 9:30am~registration, 10am~speaker presentations, 12:30~lunch (provided), 1:30~more presentations, 4:00~special interest break out groups, 5pm~end

Registration: Fill out a form, send it with payment, and then: show up! Click Here to download the registration form

About this event: The Buddhist Symposium is an annual event that started in 2005 to re-unite the pioneers of Buddhist Chaplaincy. It is a time and place when like-hearted practitioners share ideas & activities to cultivate the emptiness out of which compassion flows. The symposium is a creation of the alumni of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies (www.sati.org).


Request for Speakers:
Share Your Unique Perspective!

As mentioned above, we are hoping to have speakers from many streams of Buddhism and dimensions of spiritual care to enrich our time together.  Every person who has cared for others in times of need has a unique story or an exceptional perspective to share.

We invite you to speak less about your past successes, and moreso to connect your Buddhist chaplaincy work and thinking to big topics -- the universe, the future, the healing of delusion, etc.  Please address a topic you are passionate about that can relate loosely to the theme, which will in turn allow the audience to make connections and draw their own conclusions.

You do not need to have speaking experience, or consider this as a formal presentation.  It is simply a time to share with colleagues and friends the ways in which you have found Buddhist practice to be well-equipped to ease suffering and comfort those in distress.

Each speaker will have 30 minutes: 20 to share their ideas, story, etc. and then 10 minutes for discussion with the attendees. You can speak for less than 20 minutes, too.  A host/facilitator will help ideas flow from one presentation into the next and keep a steady rhythm.

One Simple Caveat: No keynote speeches or grandstanding -- all speakers are equal!

Interested? Hooray! Please email Jennifer Block at revjblock@gmail.com to tell her about your interest and topic.  She will contact you to confirm and talk through the details.

Thank you for considering this invitation.

Wise Words

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”


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