Living on the Edge:
Harmony in an Age of Turbulence

Any animosity that exists in this world can be resolved with joy and smiles, with which nothing in this world is unresolvable.”

(Dharma words from Venerable Master Hsing Yun – 108 Tips for Life.)

 

We live in turbulent times. There are many challenges that appear to make life uncertain. These concerns range from personal struggles, military conflicts, environmental matters, political instability, and financial uncertainty. How can these elements be negotiated and how can we achieve outcomes that are beneficial for ourselves, those around us and for those who will inherit our legacies?

Program

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Keynote Speaker

Abbess Manko

Chief Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples in Australia and New Zealand

Abbess Manko is the Abbess of Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong and the Chief Abbess of Fo Guang Shan temples in Australia and New Zealand.  She was born in Malaysia and first volunteered at her local temple.  She joined the Fo Guang order in 1987, and in 1990 she was assigned to Wollongong – overseeing the construction of Nan Tien Temple.  The temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.  In 1996, she was posted to Singapore to develop a Humanistic Buddhism Centre, with the grand opening of Fo Guang Shan Singapore in 2008.  Since 2010, she has returned to Australia and continued her tireless project building work in supervising construction of the Nan Tien Institute and the Nan Tien Bridge (connecting the Temple and Institute).  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Nan Tien Institute and is Chairperson of the Hsing Yun Education Foundation.  The not-for-profit Foundation provides financial support and learning opportunities to the wider community to access and understand values and principles of Humanistic Buddhism.

Tina Ng

Founder and President of the Metta Centre

Tina Ng is the Founder and President of the Metta Centre, which provides a space for Buddhist teachers to share the Buddha’s teachings to the public. Tina is also the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a law firm that deals with cases relating to family law, child protection, property, civil litigation and guardianship matters. She is an accredited mediator at Metta Resolution, which provides mediation, training and coaching to resolve conflict in the community and within families. Tina is serving her second year on the board of the Buddhist Council of NSW, and is active in the Buddhist community supporting various causes. Tina has a keen interest in supporting the youth, and runs mentoring programs through her law firm and projects. She has participated in Buddhist events as coordinator, advisor, emcee and auctioneer at charity functions. She has shared the Buddha’s teachings in conferences, talks, workshops, and in her writings (www.littlepieceofcalm.com).

Workshop Facilitators

Tom Halbert

Tom’s sustainability focus is in empowering community led responses using the many tools that have been developed over the last several decades, particularly Deep Listening. He has a BA in sustainable development from Murdoch University in W.A

Tom Halbert

Meg Hart

Meg is a cross-cultural consultant, executive coach and experiential learning facilitator. She has an academic background in organizational and coaching psychology as well as practical business experience running manufacturing and consultancy companies and designing and delivering action learning programs in leadership, ethics and culture change in Asia and Australia. Her work is informed by lasting engagement with the teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism which she seeks to apply in her professional and personal life through daily meditation practice and mindful relational responsibility. Meg recently spent a year working for the Royal Government of Bhutan on a multi-disciplinary report to the United Nations titled “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm” and was formerly Director of Consulting at the St James Ethics Centre.

She currently provides mindfulness-based coaching for personal clients, business leaders and teams at Hart&Mind Coaching, and is a guest lecturer in Nan Tien Institute’s Graduate Certificate of Humanistic Buddhism.

Meg Hart

Professor Stephen Hill AM

Stephen Hill is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Though graduating initially as a research chemist, he also was awarded Australia’s first PhD in Business Administration (University of Melbourne) and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong at age 30.

He has authored or coauthored 22 books and over 350 publications or major international speeches across eleven disciplines. From 1995 to 2006 he served as the United Nations’ Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and Ambassador of the UN Agency, UNESCO – based in Indonesia and Paris.

 

Stephen is a key advisor to the Communities of Practice series.

Professor Stephen Hill

Jade Hutchinson

Jade Hutchinson is a graduate from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of International Studies and Sociology from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Jade is a Master of Research Candidate under the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. He has previously worked as a Research Analyst at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological  University in Singapore. Jade maintains a position as an Early Career Researcher Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Member Researcher at The Urban Violence  Research Network, Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University.

Dr Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King is a leadership development adviser and an acknowledged author and scholar focusing on the role of mindfulness at work. Prior to founding her own business in 1999 she held senior roles in the healthcare industry.

Her research involves the integration of business scholarship and practice to enhance executive performance and organisational culture. Her academic background includes a Science degree in Biotechnology, an MBA, a Masters of Coaching and Human Resource Management, postgraduate training in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and a PhD. Her thesis is titled ‘Developing leaders to perform in uncertainty : The mindfulness solution’.
Dr Elizabeth King

Dr Remy Low

Remy Low is a lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work. In his research, Remy examines educational policy and practice in relation to broader social, cultural, and religious issues. He is also interested in exploring ways to cultivate greater awareness of such issues through contemplative pedagogy (e.g. mindfulness, deep listening, process art, etc.).

Tina Ng

Tina Ng is the Founder and President of the Metta Centre, which provides a space for Buddhist teachers to share the Buddha’s teachings to the public. Tina is also the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a law firm that deals with cases relating to family law, child protection, property, civil litigation and guardianship matters. She is an accredited mediator at Metta Resolution, which provides mediation, training and coaching to resolve conflict in the community and within families. Tina is serving her second year on the board of the Buddhist Council of NSW, and is active in the Buddhist community supporting various causes. Tina has a keen interest in supporting the youth, and runs mentoring programs through her law firm and projects. She has participated in Buddhist events as coordinator, advisor, emcee and auctioneer at charity functions. She has shared the Buddha’s teachings in conferences, talks, workshops, and in her writings (www.littlepieceofcalm.com).

Alex Trauth-Goik

Alex Trauth-Goik is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong whose research focuses on the civil liberty implications associated with the development and application of new  surveillance technologies. He has previously worked for the media intelligence company Meltwater as a government media analyst and is currently a top writer in politics on the online publishing platform ‘Medium’. In 2017 he graduated with First Class Honours in International Studies majoring in Chinese Mandarin from the University of Wollongong.

Venerable Miaoyou

Venerable Miaoyou is the Director and Company Secretary of the Nan Tien Institute. She has been a resident teacher at the Nan Tien Temple for more than 15 years, and during that time has conducted meditation retreats for hundreds of visitors. In addition to leading meditation retreats, Venerable Miaoyou has assumed several positions, including overseeing the development and construction of the bridge connecting the Temple and the Institute. She is also a spokesperson for the media and interfaith events and conferences. 

Venerable Miaoyou

Mindful Movement

Louise Zaslawski

Louise has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 10 years learning forms such as Yang, Chen and Sun tai chi forms as well as many Qi Gong forms. She has travelled around China with a Tai Chi and Qi Gong master Master Tary Yip and visited Wudang Mountain, the birth place of Tai Chi, several times and practised with Daoist monks.

She has competed and won many competitions for Tai Chi both nationally and internationally, in fact she just returned from Shanghai where she won a gold medal for the Yang 24 form at the Chin Wu International Wu Shu and Tai Ji competition in August. She is very happy and fortunate today to be able to introduce you to a well-known qi gong form called the Ba Duan Jin (Eight Brocade exercises) that has demonstrated to have health benefits for both young and old.
Louise Zaslawski

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