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Conference fees for Tahlia & Damcho

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Raised by 36 people in 2 months
Created November 14, 2018

Tahlia Newland and Damcho Dyson have been invited to speak at the Sakyadhita International  Association of Buddhist Women's 16th International Conference  (23-28 June 2019) in the Blue Mountains near Sydney Australia. We will deliver a paper with Buddhist Chaplain Jacki Wicks on Sogyal Rinpoche's abuse, it's effect on students, and on the future of Buddhism in the West. 

Our paper has been selected as one of only 20 papers to be presented on the theme of New Horizons in Buddhism, so this is a great honour and an opportunity to bring the issue of abuse in Buddhism to members of this large international community set up by Jetsun Tenzin Palmo . 

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Unfortunately, however, there is no subsidy for those presenting papers and it will cost us AUD $1,153 each ($2306 in total) to attend the full conference and share a room. We can cover our transport costs, but we need help to cover the conference and accommodation fees.

We feel that participating in this conference will be a healing experience and that beneficial and productive discussions /ideas for ways forward might also come out of it. We'll be extremely grateful for any assistance you can provide. In return for your support, we'll share our conference experience with you through words, images and video.

Damcho attended the 2010 conference and found it most beneficial. Can you spot her near the middle of this photo?

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Update 4
Posted by Tahlia Newland
10 days ago
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Awesome news. The Workshop Committee has approved our workshop proposal on Abuse in Buddhism for the 16th Sakaydhita International Conference on Buddhist Women! So we're running a workshop, not just giving a 20 min talk. This will give us the opportunity to go into the issues much more deeply and workshop ideas with others.

We haven't quite covered our costs yet, so if you can think of anyone who hasn't contributed and might like to, please do send them a link to our campaign page.

Thanks again for your support.
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Update 3
Posted by Tahlia Newland
1 month ago
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I thought you might enjoy hearing just how thrilled I am with all your support. In the video I also share news about a book I've started writing. It's working title is 'Fallout', the same title as the paper for the Sakyadhita conference.
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Update 2
Posted by Tahlia Newland
1 month ago
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Wow. I'm so incredibly moved by the donations that have come in to help Damcho and I to pay for the Sakyadita conference. Thank you all so very much. This conference experience will be a real gift from you all, and that makes it all the more special. It makes me realise just how much of a community, and a caring one at that, we Rigpa refugees are.

We are now at $1478 and so are only $800 short of the goal. If that's all I have to pay to cover Damcho and I, then I'm perfectly okay with that.
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Posted by Tahlia Newland
1 month ago
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I am incredibly heartened by the generosity of those of you who have contributed to my and Damcho's conference fees for the Sakyadhita conference next year. I honestly can't thank you enough.

I'd like to at least cover Damcho's fees, and we've already raised half the amount, which is great, so please share this around and help us meet our goal.

When I left Rigpa, I thought I was leaving my community behind; I didn't realise then that I'd find another community, a better one full of generous, compassionate, wise people as deeply concerned about the future of Vajrayana Buddhism as myself. You are all wonderful.

The photo is of the view from the retreat centre.
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