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For centuries, Buddhists from the various Buddhist traditions seldom met each other due to geographic distance, different language, and different cultures. Now they can, and for eighteen years Western Buddhist monastics from the diversity of traditions have gathered together to learn about each others practices, education, and communities. The result has been the development of beautiful friendships and mutual respect as we support each other in living the simplicity of monastic life in a society preoccupied by the complexities of consumerism.

Who may attend: These gatherings are open to ordained monastics (at least ten precepts) from all Buddhist traditions and orders who follow traditional vows, including observing celibacy, and who live in North America, but it is particularly relevant for monastics born and/or raised in the West. Registration is required in order to attend. Please see the files section for registration form 2013.

Purpose of the gathering: To create ties of friendship amongst Sangha members.

See the files in this e-group for some information about past gatherings, and the photo albums for a visual documentation of these gatherings.

We are delighted to announce that this years gathering (19th WBMG) will be hosted by City of Dharma Realm,West Sacramento,CA. City of Dharma Realm is a Training and Education Center in the tradition of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

The theme for the Gathering this year is: Buddhist Monastic Formations.
We will have more information in April.
If you are not yet included in our mailing list, and want to be, please write to: wbmonasticgathering@gmail.com

For traveling plans, you can check the City of Dharma Realm website(below).
Sacramento International Airport is the recommended airport. More information on preferred arrival time (in order to consolidate pickups) will be posted in April.


Looking forward to see you!

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  • Buddhism
  • Jan 3, 2009
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