Welcome Address from the Conference President
It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you all to the 18th Sakyadhita International Conference, which will be held in Seoul for five days from June 23 to June 27, 2023. This international event, hosted jointly by the Korean Bhiksuni Association and Sakyadhita Korea, will feature various programs such as paper presentations, workshops, exhibitions, meditation, and cultural performances. The theme of this year’s conference is “Living in a Precarious World: Impermanence, Resilience, Awakening.” It is painfully evident that the modern world and civilization can no longer protect us or guarantee everlasting happiness. The world has turned out to be truly impermanent. But recognizing the transience of our existence in such a precarious world is not enough. By realizing this impermanence, we can simultaneously perceive the perpetuity and boundlessness of time and space as well as rediscover that we are unique, invaluable beings in our own right. To do so, we must always remain attentive and insightful. In this time of crisis and chaos, we would like to hold a celebration of insight and awareness here in Seoul, South Korea. We hope that women and bhiksunis from all over the world will join us. Let us gather in harmony and take part in this nirvanic festivity together.
(President of the Korean Bhiksuni Association, Co-president of Sakyadhita Korea)