Day one highlights

Day two highlights

Day three highlights

The festival of radical awakening is an amazing intersection of social justice, contemporary issues and spirituality. To be spiritual is to see that we are all intimately connected to the earth and each other, happiness and wellbeing are not just personal matters, they are communal ones. For too long wellness and Buddhist spaces have ignored the pressing realities of diversity and justice. Inner wellbeing and awakening has to be matched by an active commitment to justice, the alleviation of poverty, caring for the planet, questioning our privilege, how we can create a beloved community and uplift each other.

Join our inspiring socially engaged speakers and participate in talks, discussions and solutions.


The Anatomy of Equality

Bhante Sujato


The Buddha spoke of three kinds of conceit: superiority, inferiority, and equality. As progressives, we believe in equality of rights and opportunities; but how are we to square this with the painful reality that there are many who do not believe in these things? Does having a morality of equality make you, paradoxically,  a better person than those who embrace discrimination?

Reimagining A Just Economy: A Buddhist Vision for the Future

Justin Whitaker


As wealth inequality grows and its fundamental injustice is uncovered in the midst of the current global pandemic, what wisdom can Buddhist teachings offer the world? In this talk I will discuss approaches to Buddhist economics and the challenges they face in bringing practical change to our troubled world.


Talk slides [PPTX]

Buddhist Economics: The Schumacher Center for a new Economics
Sulak Sivaraksa: Video Link
Rita Gross: Toward a Buddhist Environmental Ethic
Donald Swearer: Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?
Stephanie Kaza: Link
Clair Brown: Link 1 | Link 2 | Video 1 | Video 2
Ernes C.H. Ng: Link 1 | Link 2

Buy nothing Project: Website

Addiction Recovery and Liberation

Vimalasara Valerie Mason - John


 As wealth inequality grows and its fundamental injustice is uncovered in the midst of the current global pandemic, what wisdom can Buddhist teachings offer the world? In this talk I will discuss approaches to Buddhist economics and the challenges they face in bringing practical change to our troubled world.

Love is Justice and the Personal is Political - Justice, Gender Equality and reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

Ayya Yeshe

 When we look at markers for health, poverty, wellbeing, who is more active in spirituality and religion, who faces more domestic and sexual violence and who has less political and business power, gender matters. Most progressive forms of spirituality claim to respect and empower women, but why in practice is this so very different from the ideal? What is the sacred feminine? What would gender equality look like in the world for both men and women? What do spiritual and social justice organisations that embrace and prioritize gender equality look like? What do the immature vs the mature feminine and masculine look like, how could gender equality change the world and help us all to move towards more joy and less suffering? How is the denigration of the feminine impacting how we care for the earth and even mens emotional wellbeing? Lets find out!

The Time to Act Is Now

Rev Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin


This is our time, our place for action. As spiritual people, we have the tools and the wherewithal to pursue justice and awakening if we can accept that we are capable of making great change. This is a time when spiritual warriors are needed and those of us on the path must respond to the global call for our efforts to create a better and more compassionate world and to care for all beings.

Sustainable Activism

Lama Rod Owens


In a world filled with poverty, the scars of racism, sexism and all kinds of injustice, it’s easy to burn out. There is trauma, there is anger and rage. Healing is about moving through that. Not distancing, not distracting, but moving through it to that really fundamental sadness and hurt that’s beneath the anger. Being sustainable in our activism in a way is about hope, because there is a solution. You don’t just have to suffer; you can transcend suffering. Many people rely on rage to do the work. But that rage is actually extremely depleting. We don’t have to show up out of anger or rage. We can learn to show up out of love and compassion

Radical Rainbows: Diversity in Dhamma

Akaliko Bhikkhu


LGBTQIA+ people are spiritual people. But for many, their relationship with religion has been characterised by rejection, bigotry and trauma. Although Buddhism is considered a more accepting religion, LGBTQIA+ people are often invisible, and their specific needs remain unacknowledged. Bhante Akāliko, founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community, discusses the steps individuals and organisations can take to ensure Buddhist spaces are inclusive and safe for queer, trans and intersex Buddhists.  


Please register in advance to attend the Zoom meetings for each day. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Day One

Friday, 24th July 7-9pm EST

(Saturday 25th 9-11am Sydney, Aust Time)


  • The Anatomy of Equality by Bhante Sujato
  • Reimagining a Just Economy by Justin Whittaker


Day Two

Saturday, 25th July 7-9pm EST

(Sunday26th 9-11am Sydney, Aust Time)


  • Addiction Recovery and Liberation by Vimalasara Valerie Mason – John
  • Love is Justice and the Personal is Political – Justice, Gender Equality and reclaiming the Sacred Feminine by Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta 

  • The Time to Act Is Now by Rev Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin


Day Three

Sunday, 26th July 5-7pm EST*

(Monday 27th 7-9am Sydney, Aust Time)*

*Please note the different time.


  • Sustainable Activism and Racial Justice by Lama Rod Owens
  • Radical Rainbows: Diversity in Dharma LGBTQIA+ by Akaliko Bhikkhu



Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community and has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in over 7 countries. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. Lama Rod’s next book project will explore transformative anger and rage and is due out June 2020.

Bhante Sujato

Bhante Sujato

Bhante Sujato is a senior Western monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism. He teaches meditation internationally. Bhante is the founder of Sutta Central – a free online resource of all the Buddhas Teachings all in one place. Bhante was instrumental in the first full ordination of Theravada nuns in Australia and is a feminist and an anarchist. He was previously Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery, Australia. Ven Sujato is a Pali Scholar and ex musician from the band ‘Martha’s Vineyard’.

Venerable Ayya Yeshe

Venerable Ayya Yeshe

Venerable Ayya Yeshe is a Buddhist nun of 19 years, international Buddhist Teacher, socially engaged humanitarian and contemplative. She has 90k hits on YouTube for her sacred chants and is published by Harper Collins. Ayya has lived and worked with ex ‘untouchable’ Indian Buddhists for ten years and is the Director of Bodhicitta Foundation, working to empower women and children in this community. Ayya is also Abbess of Bodhicitta Dakini Monastery Australia, a new project.

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John is a public speaker and master trainer in the field of conflict transformation, leadership and mindfulness. She is the author of 8 books and the co-founder of Eight Step Recovery, an alternative to the 12 step program for addiction

Akāliko Bhikkhu

Akāliko Bhikkhu

Akāliko Bhikkhu (he/him) is an out and proud queer monk in the Theravada forest tradition. Venerable Akāliko first encountered Buddhism as a teenager and spent over twenty years practising in different traditions before taking full ordination with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 2016. He is the founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community and a Buddhist chaplain at Western Sydney University. He currently resides with his long-term teacher, Bhante Sujato, at Lokanta Vihara, (the Monastery at the End of the World) in Sydney, Australia.

Reverend Myokei Caine - Barrett Shonin

Reverend Myokei Caine - Barrett Shonin

Reverend Myokei Caine – Barrett Shonin is the current Bishop of the Nichiren Order of North America [NONA], Myokei Caine-Barrett is also Resident Priest and Guiding Teacher of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas’ Myoken-ji Temple.  She is the first Western woman, and first person of African-Japanese descent, to be ordained in the Nichiren Shu tradition as well as the first female Bishop in NONA. Myokei Shonin is also engaged in spreading the Dharma behind bars at Texas Department of Criminal Justice, as well as supporting the healing of emotional issues of military service with Vets Journey Home.  She is active in facilitating training and dialogue on diversity and cross-cultural conflict resolution.  She is also active in interfaith and intrafaith dialogue.  She has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 50 years, as well as a Religious Science Practitioner for the past 13 years.  [2020]


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