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9th Global Conference On Buddhism

When:

Sat 8 Aug 2015, 8:30am–5:00pm
Sun 9 Aug 2015, 8:30am–5:00pm

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 2 Days with Lunch and tea breaks: $295.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: jakemitra

This conference is not just for Buddhists, it’s for everyone. This becomes even more obvious when you inspect the incredibly diverse array of both Buddhist and non-Buddhist speakers lined up for the event. Go to www.9gcb for more information.

Meditation and ‘mindfulness training’ are well accepted these days as important and universal tools for stress management and leadership training among managers and employees, for conflict resolution within closed and small-group environments such as offices and companies, and for training front-line personnel working in the service industries.

Strong claims have been made that meditation and relaxation techniques can dramatically reduce employee absenteeism and turnover, and increase productivity. It seems that some of humanity’s most ancient spiritual traditions may have something to offer business.

A common stereotype of the ‘typical Buddhist’ is to think of him/her as probably rather passive, retiring, reserved and quiet, and definitely withdrawn, if not alienated, from the ‘real world’. Perhaps not the kind of person who could lead a team, or deliver snappy decision-making, or ‘sell’ an idea. Surely you need confidence and aggression, and a keen sense of ‘now’ to do that?

Buddhists would say ‘No’ to that proposition, and to the misperceptions underlying it. They would say that there is place for their philosophy and training disciplines in modern offices and companies.

The non-profit Buddhist Society’ of WA (BSWA) (www.bswa.org) is organising the August conference. Their Perth-based Spiritual Director and Abbot, British-born Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera or ‘Ajahn Brahm’ (ajahnbrahm.org), convener of the August conference, is a renowned Buddhist leader and the author of many best-seller books.

In one of his regular Friday evening talks (live-streamed on the BSWA YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BuddhistSocietyWA) during April, on the theme of Leadership, Ajahn Brahm had some fascinating things to say about the role of inspiration in the development of leadership, and the need to think outside the box, to do things differently.

An inspirational leader does not need to boss people around or force them to do things; through the example he/she sets, any boss can create an environment where his/her followers are raring to go of their own accord. Ajahn Brahm cited the Chinese general described in the ancient Chinese classic The Art of War attributed to military strategist Sun Tzu, who said, ‘I only order my soldiers to do what they already want to do.’

Ajahn Brahm also pointed to the Google corporate ethos, where staff are encouraged to take time out to think, and where employees can be seen working all hours of the day, just because they feel valued and inspired by the difference they can make to the world.
But before we can reach this level of leadership, says Ajahn Brahm, we need first to inspire, motivate and lead ourselves. We need to know ourselves and to value ourselves. In many cases we need greater self-esteem. Inward reflection and meditation training can help us achieve this self-knowledge.

This is the kind of insight that Perth’s business leaders, and their employees, may be able to garner from the 9th Global Conference on Buddhism, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees.

9th Global Buddhist Conference on Buddhism
8 & 9 Aug 2015
www.9gcb.org