An interactive and engaging day of talks, workshops, and discussions exploring what it means to be Buddhist in Britain today.
Saturday 21 October 2023 10:00 – 16:00 BST
Burmese Buddhist Vihara, 29-31 Osler Street Ladywood Birmingham B16 9EU
The UK Association of Buddhist Studies (UKABS), the Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBOs) and the Centre for Applied Buddhism (CfAB) are hosting a one-day, in-person conference for academics, practitioners and guests exploring what being Buddhist in Britain means today.
Bringing together practitioners from diverse traditions of Buddhism, including those born to Buddhist families and those not born to Buddhist families, for a day of group discussions, short talks, experience sharing, and friendship, the conference will cover some important topics including gender, race, social class, challenges for the Buddhist community of practice in a post-covid Britain, being young and Buddhist, and many more!
Guest speakers will include academics from the field of Buddhist studies, monastic leaders from various Buddhist traditions, lay-member Buddhist practitioners, community faith leaders, PhD students and others.
There will be a light lunch served during the day for all participants.
The conference will open with brief welcome remarks by Dr. Elizabeth J Harris, President of the UKABS Committee, Kaspa Thompson, Chair of NBOs, Jamie Cresswell, Director of the Centre for Applied Buddhism. Dr. Caroline Starkey, Associate Professor of Religion and Society at University of Leeds, will begin the day with a brief introductory talk on Buddhism in Britain to give some context for participants who may be new to exploring the topic.
It is strongly recommended that you register your place at the conference in advance since the venue hosting the event has a limit and can hold up to 100 people. It may be possible to turn up on the day without registering.
10.00 Coffee available
10.15 Introduction and welcome – Lucy Plummer (MC) and Jamie Cresswell
10.18 Welcome to Pagoda, Ven. Nagasena
10.20 Prof Elizabeth Harris
10.30 Kaspa Thompson
10.40 Amal Abeyawardene
10.50 Caroline Starkey [A recording of the this lecture is available here]
11.10 Coffee Break
11.35 Ice Breaker groups
12.00 Break out discussion groups
14.00 Roma and Lucy
14.15 Discussion pairs
14.20 Short plenary
14.30 Rahena Harilall
14.40 Keith Munnings
14.50 Coffee break
15.10 Ven. Udunuwara Indaratana
15.20 Break out discussion groups