by Metta Convention 2016 Organising Committee
The third Global Metta Convention, ‘Connecting of Hearts’, will be held near Uluru in the Red Centre of Australia between the 11th and 13th of March 2016. This convention follows the ‘Meeting of Hearts’ and the ‘Healing of Hearts’ conventions, which were held in Singapore and Sri Lanka respectively. These conferences are especially convened to promote the widespread practice of Metta and bring like-minded people together through acts of compassionate love.
The theme of this convention is ‘Connecting of Hearts’ which represents the connecting of Buddhist and Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and practices, as well as connecting cultures, people and the land. It will provide an opportunity to share and exchange practices and experiences of wisdom and love.
This Metta convention will bring together two ancient spiritual ways of living, the Dharma and Tjukurrpa. Tjukurrpa is natural law that is the foundation of Oneness and connection with the Earth for the Aboriginal people of central Australia.
Some of the key highlights of the convention will include:
- sunrise and group meditation at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- sunset and meditation at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
- walking in the footsteps of the Ancestors around Uluru
- walking through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta
- being present at ancient Aboriginal ceremony
- experiencing the Australian outback
- listening to renowned guest speakers on topics that promote Metta and Oneness
- Connecting to your heart, and connecting with others, in the spiritual heart of Australia
Gather with like-minded people in this unique and special place. Radiate Metta from this sacred land to the world and beyond.
For more information, please go to www.mettaconvention.org.
Convention speakers include:
- Venerable Mahinda, abbot of the Aloka Meditation Centre and founder of Metta Round the World.
- Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sydney University (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
- Dr Charika Marasinghe, human rights law consultant and coordinator of the 2014 Metta Convention in Sri Lanka.
- Dr Susan Murphy Roshi, teacher, writer, radio producer and film director
- Alison Hunt, elder of the Anangu people of Central Australia