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Dear All

Thank you for letting us land in your inbox at a time, which for many of us, is very busy and runs contrary to nature which is of slowing down and resting during the additional dark hours of the day.

This will be our final newsletter of 2021 and the focus is primarily on the upcoming Sakyadhita International Conference later this month.

All of the SUK Development Group would like to wish you seasonal cheer and look forward to connecting with you all further in the New Year.

with Metta
on behalf of Sakyadhita UK

Here's the highlights of this newsletter:

  • Sakyadhita International Conference
  • Reflection from 1986 conference by Wendy Barzetovic
  • January's Informal Chat - Karma
  • Video of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in recent Q&A
  • Poem on Right Speech from October's chat


Sakyadhita International Conference 26-29 December

The biennial international conferences work for gender equity in Buddhist communities, focusing especially on improving opportunities for women in education, health, spiritual practice, and ordination. Encouraged by Sakyadhita, members have established retreat centers, education projects, women’s shelters, and initiated translation, research, and publication projects.

This year the conference will be held online, which makes it a gift for so many to be able to share from the comfort of home (and great for reducing our carbon footprint on the Earth too!)

For full details on the conference and to register, please visit this link

Development Group Member Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) BGKT has also shared the following information:

Sakyadhita International has held Conferences since 1987. Conferences held were 1 1987 (India), 2 1991 (Thailand), 3 1993 (Sri Lanka), 4 1995 (Ladakh India), 5 1997 (Cambodia), 6 2000 (Nepal), 7 2002 (Taiwan), 8 2004 (Korea), 9 2006 (Malaysia), 10 2008 (Mongolia), 11 2010 (Vietnam), 12 2011 (Thailand), 13 2013 (India), 14 2015 (Indonesia), 15 2017 (Hong Kong), 16 (2019) Australia.

A classic book Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha, edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ithaca New York, (Snow Lion Publications, 1988) (ISBN 0937938726) (ISBN13: 9780937938720) includes talks from the proceedings of the first Sakyadhita Conference in 1987 at Bodhgaya in India.

Personal Reflection from 1986 Conference

Wendy, from our Development Group, shared the following delightful story at our opening event back in March. It is a wonderful story and we thought it fit perfectly with the theme of the newsletter!

In 1986, I was traveling to India via Bali, after spending seven months in Australia. During my time in Australia, I helped with the tour of a Tibetan Buddhist monk called Geshe Sonam Rinchen, I had the good fortune to meet H.H. the Panchen Lama when he visited Australia, (his first and only foreign visit allowed outside of China by the Chinese government before his untimely death in 1989) and got a great view of Haley’s Comet.

When I was in Bali, before I made my way to Java, to get a bus to Jakarta, to catch a conecting flight to Singapore and another to Bombay, I was looking around the shops and saw the most beautiful temple umbrella. These are used in pairs to grace the enterances to temples in Bali. It was made of saffron coloured fabric and was painted with gold. The inside of the umbrella was woven with different colors of wool reminding me of the woollen offerings that Tibetans sometimes make for Tara. The umbrella was supported on a high, red wooden pole about six feet six inches high. [Read more...]

January's Informal Zoom Chat - Save the Date!

We will kick off the New Year with a Zoom chat on the topic of Karma. Leading this topic with be Lama Choesang.
Please check out our Facebook post for more information and an introduction to Lama Choesang.

On 27 November 2021, Ven Canda hosted a special Q&A with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo which we thought you may be interested to see.
The Treasure of Words

You and I are the same; we wish to hear pleasant words and not criticism,
Be skillful with our words

We wish to hear truths, not lies, exaggerations and falsehoods,
Be skillful with our minds

We wish to hear kind speech, that is not divisive stirs of the pot,
Be skillful with our motives

We wish to hear polite, gentle language, not abuse,
Be skillful with your mouth

We wish to hear constructive, bolstering, worthwhile language, not worthless chatter,
Be skillful with our time

If we hear raging words that are damaging, avoid them like poison, lest it fills you with hate
For time runs out, just as our words will,
Make sure the words we speak are valued and remembered as treasures. 
By Wendy Barzetovic
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