The 8th Western Buddhist Monastic Conference


November 7th - 11th, 2002

* The 8th Western Monastic Photo Album

Hosted by: The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Talmage, Northern California

Co-host: Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, Redwood Valley

The Western Buddhist Monastic Conference is a forum for ordained members of the Buddhist Monastic Sangha of all traditions to gather with one another, share in insights and experiences, learn from one another, and together look into the issues that are uniquely and fundamentally important to our lives as Western Buddhadharma Sangha.

The overarching theme for this 8th gathering of Buddhist Monastics in the West springs from a topic put forth at the 7th Monastic Conference ~ Adapting to the West: Keeping True to the Source with regards to Monastic Training ~ and the suggestion that this theme is not only deserving of more time and attention, but due to its very simplicity, vastness, and perfect relevancy, would in fact serve well as a focal point for our 2002 gathering.

This 8th Monastic Conference focused on the theme True to the Source through a variety of methods: direct exposure ~ through our contact with one another and on-site tours given by resident monastics of both the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and Abhayagiri Monasteries; contemplation ~ through collective meditation and listening; and communication ~ through informal conversation and storytelling, as well as four traditional Councils centered on the topics below.

...True to the Source Councils...

I Insight into Traditional Monastic Forms

II Interface with Western Society

III The Heart of the Matter: Roots, Bodhicitta

IV Interfaith

In past years, these Conferences have proved to be a wonderful opportunity to meet anew or meet again in the spirit of sharing with one another in the great experience of both our diversity and commonality as Buddhist monastics. For those training independent of an established monastery or in a small monastic community, the Conference is a precious chance for a few days steeped in greater community monastic life -- not only in a traditional training monastery, but with our greater Western Sangha, with its whole spectrum of traditions, yanas, lineages and schools.

For further information, please contact Conference secretaries:

Ajahn Punnadhammo at (
Yeo Kwang Sunim at: (

Bohyunsah Zen Buddhist Temple

1932 Highland Boulevard,
Hayward, CA 94542, USA