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MITRA Youth Buddhist Network
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The MITRA Youth Buddhist Network (formerly the MITRA Intervarsity Buddhist Network) is a network of Buddhist youth organisations in Australia. Predominantly situated in Sydney, Australia, MITRA's current members are UniBodhi (Sydney University Buddhist Society), MacBuddhi (Macquarie University Buddhist Society), and UTS (University of Technology, Sydney Buddhist Society.
The MITRA Youth Buddhist Network has, since 2004, organised an annual Buddhist conference. Traditionally held in July, except for 2010 which was held in May to coincide with the Buddhist Festival Month celebrations run by the Buddhist Council of New South Wales.
2010 Buddhism: Unplugged
The "Having enough ... Finding spiritual wealth" 2009 MITRA Buddhist Conference was held at the University of Technology, Sydney. The theme explored happiness in the midst of the financial hardships of the Global Financial Crisis.
A DVD of the Conference is available which includes footage of all 6 talks including Venerable Robina Courtin's explanation of transforming the mind, Venerable David Lungtok on Emptiness, Venenerable U Vamsarakkhita on "The Buddha's Teaching - Simple, Practical and Powerful" and Venerable Shravasti Dhammika on "2500 Years of Evolving Truth".
Talks included Venerable Heng Sure's insight on whether "Buddhist Activism" is an oxymoron, Venerable Yuan Zhi's on "Love" - is it all you need? Venerable Christine Roberts on "Changing your mind" a discussion between AACAP's Dr Eng Kong Tan and Venerable Ayya Sucinta about the "Therapist's couch and the meditation cushion".
2006 Stop Chasing ... Look Within
Talks included Ajahn Brahm's entertaining discussion on whether the West needs Buddhism, Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan on how to be a "Socially Engaged Buddhist" and Venerable Thubten Dondrup's moving talk on how to deal with suffering.