Announcing the 16th Sakyadhita Conference on Buddhist Women - June 2019

Posted on behalf of the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women

Blue Mountains, Australia (near Sydney)
June 23rd - June 28th, 2019

The theme will be New Horizons in Buddhism which looks at the changes happening nowadays in Buddhist circles both in Asia and the West. Australia can well illustrate these challenges as it is a melting pot of many diverse cultures, including many Buddhist traditions.

Further information regarding Registration will be available soon and sent out once the Conference website is finalised.

Call for Proposals

"New Horizons: Buddhist Women Rising to Challenges”

Whether Buddhism is relatively new to a country or has been there for thousands of years, rapidly changing conditions are creating great challenges for Buddhism. Some are the same as past challenges and some are new. Buddhism has always managed to adapt to new conditions, while balancing the values of Dharma with the demands of the present. This time, for the very first time in history, women are central to the challenge.

The Planning Committee of the 16th Sakyadhita International Conference is looking for proposals for paper presentations, workshops, and poster sessions for the Conference. Fitting the theme are any genuine concerns and practical discussions on issues related to how Buddhist women would have risen to the challenges in the past and will continue to do so in response to the various forms of new challenges that the modern times present to us and ask us to solve. More personalized perspectives based on one’s own experiences will also be welcome.

This year, our paper presentation program will be much reduced (maximum 20 presentations will be accepted), as we will be adding more workshops, a new poster session, as well as interactions in various other formats. Those who are interested in presenting their thoughts related to our theme are most welcome to consider submitting a proposal.

Proposals for papers, workshops, and poster sessions (250 words maximum) must be submitted by September 1, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in October. The workshop presenters and poster presenters should submit their plan, and will receive further details upon having their initial proposals accepted. Upon acceptance, papers are due by January 15, 2019, and should not exceed 1,700 words (approximately 3 pages in a 12 pt font, single-spaced with a 1-inch margin), as the paper presentation time is set for 15 minutes. The final versions of these papers will be translated into several languages including Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese, and posted on the conference website and accessible to conference attendees.

Proposals for papers, posters and workshops should be sent to,, and, respectively. Proposals must include sender’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, and phone number), and a short bio of the author in about 5 lines.

Further suggestions are welcome, and if you would like to show films please contact the planning team at All speakers and workshop/poster presenters must register for the conference.

If you have inquiries any other general matters other than those above mentioned, please contact