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Phakchok Rinpoche: Compassion in Action :: UBC 9/18

September 17, 2010

Compassion in Action:
Integrating Buddhism and Social Development

Lecture by H.E. Phakchok Rinpoche

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm
I.K. Barber Learning Centre | Dodson Room, 1961 East Mall, UBC

Lectures are free and open to the public. Please reserve seats by contacting Jessica Main ( 5 minutes prior to start, any extra seating will be made available.


The Metta Foundation: Insight Dialogue Retreat

June 14, 2010

Residential Retreat at Sea-to-Sky :: Aug 28 to Sep 3

“In Insight Dialogue, Gregory Kramer breaks new ground in applying the Buddha’s teachings to our lives, relationships, and meditative understandings … Drawing on years of experience leading Insight Dialogue retreats, Gregory has masterfully united the breadth of people’s mindful interaction with the depth of dharma fundamentals.” —Joseph Goldstein

The Metta Foundation has never before offered an Insight Dialogue retreat in BC. Many thanks to Lucy Leu, Judy Witheford and Raj Gill for organizing this. Details from Lucy follow.
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Ayya Medhanandi at Langara on Tuesday, July 13

June 8, 2010

The Friends of Thailand Society and the Langara Asian Studies Department present

The Joy of No Opinions

Ayya Medhanandi reflects on suffering, its causes, liberation and the way to freeing our hearts, drawing from her experiences as a Buddhist nun over the last 23 years and more recently as a bhikkhuni practicing in the Theravada tradition.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Doors open at 6:30pm … talk 7:00pm
Location: Langara College 100 West 49th Avenue – Newberry Hall (Room A130) [directions]

Admission by donation
Open to all
No one turned away for lack of funds

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Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC

May 4, 2010

Call for Volunteers

The Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program of the Institute for Asian Research at UBC is planning its first full conference this October: Buddhism in Canada: Global Causes, Local Conditions. A call for volunteers is included in this announcement:
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James Baraz: Awakening Joy :: June 3 at 7:00 pm

March 30, 2010

From the BC Insight Meditation Society:

Join us for an evening talk with James Baraz, cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and renowned meditation teacher for more than 30 years. James will discuss his 10-step program “Awakening Joy” and how we can reorient our minds away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward the contentment and delight available in our everyday lives.

When: Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 pm
Where: Masonic Hall, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

No preregistration is required. Cost is $10 at the door (with no one turned away for lack of funds).

via Brenda Batke-Hirschmann

David Loy: Healing Ecology :: Langara on March 7

February 9, 2010

Buddhist scholar and activist David Loy lists key points from his talk Healing Ecology:

“Human civilization is a construct … This construct has led to a collective sense of alienation from the natural world, which causes dukkha … This dukkha involves a collective anxiety about what it means to be human – that is, a fundamental confusion about what we as a species should be doing … Our response to that alienation and anxiety – the collective attempt to secure or ‘self-ground’ ourselves technologically and economically – is making things worse … We cannot ‘return to nature’ because we have never left it, but we need to realize our nonduality with the rest of the biosphere, and what that implies … This will resolve our collective existential problem about what it means to be human. With us the biosphere becomes self-conscious. Our role today is to heal it, and thereby ourselves.”

Sunday, 7 March 2010
Doors open at 3:30pm … talk 4:00pm … Q&A 5:00pm
Location: Langara College 100 West 49th Avenue – Newberry Hall (Room A130) [directions]

Admission by donation
Open to all
No one turned away for lack of funds

Last updated on February 27 at 5:31 pm

Teleseminar Event: Sacred Awakening Series

February 9, 2010

image - 40 Days with 40 Spiritual Leaders - from sacredawakeningseriesdotcom - link to sacredawakeningseriesdotcomBhikku Bodhi invites you to take part in the Sacred Awakening Series, a teleseminar event covering 40 days from February 17 and featuring 40 spiritual teachers from every major tradition. There is no charge for taking part.

Taking part in the event gives you personal access to the following inspiring spiritual leaders:

Abdul Aziz-Said, Andrew Harvey, Angeles Arrien, Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Ariel Spilsbury, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bhikku Bodhi, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Chunyi Lin, Dattatreya Shiva Baba, Gangaji, Genpo Roshi, Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Grandmother Flordemayo, Isha Judd, James O’Dea, Jean Houston, Julia Butterfly Hill, Jyoti, Kali Ma, Kyriacos Markides, Leslie Temple Thurston, Luisah Teish, Marianne Williamson, Matthew Fox, Michael Tamura, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Rabbi Yehuda Berg, Rev. James Trapp, Rev. Michael Dowd, Sadhguru, Saniel Bonder & Linda Groves Bonder, Sequoia Trueblood, Sheikha Ayshegul Ashki, Shiva Rea, Sobunfu Some, Stanislav Grof, Stephen Dinan & Devaa Haley Mitchell, Swamiji Chidananda Saraswati, Tenzin Robert Thurman

via Brenda Batke-Hirschmann

Redistribution of Wealth :: Mar 5 to 7

December 14, 2009

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Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and Faith Perspectives

A conference which draws on faith traditions to present alternatives in the context of the global economic crisis – presented by the Interfaith Summer Institute

March 5 to 7, 2010

Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory)
British Columbia, Canada

$35 – $100 sliding scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds

[details + registration]

David Loy: Update and Shambala Sun Article

December 13, 2009

The Interfaith Summer Institute has booked David Loy to speak at a conference it is hosting in Vancouver in March: 3/5/10 to 3/7/10. He also has kindly offered to do something with Vancouver BPF while he is in town. Sunday, March 7 is the most likely day for BPF.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the latest David Loy article in the Shambhala Sun. Thanks to the Jizo Chronicles for the heads-up on this article.

Animal Advocacy Camp :: Jan 23

December 13, 2009

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Animal Advocacy Camp: a day of learning about taking effective action for animals

Saturday, Jan 23
Doors Open at 9:00am
[details + registration]

Vancouver Public Library: Central Branch
Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street

lunch included :: free admission :: registration required