Local Development and Spiritual Cultivation: Awakening Asian Youth to a Sustainable Future


October 8 (Tues.) Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple, Tokyo

October 12 (Sat.) Ryukoku University, Kyoto


Sponsored by:

Mekong Watch

AYUS International Buddhist Cooperation Network

Japan Network of Engaged Buddhists (JNEB)

We are all individually connected in communities and societies that must deal with various global issues such as climate change. The structure of social systems makes resolving global issues difficult, so we need to integrate our thoughts and feelings as we live our daily lives. If we can firmly seize this opportunity, we can surely give rise to a great change through individual action at the local level together.

19mw_ted2We welcome as our guest for this event, Ted Mayer, who is coming from Bangkok where he is working with young people from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds to teach them about such global issues through the medium of English language instruction in order to cultivate them as next generation civil society leaders. The program is called the School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) founded by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). The program offers an English language program for socially conscious language learning that allows for the rapid, enjoyable, and successful mastery of language skills in a rich, cooperative learning environment. It also fosters personal growth and social engagement as a contribution to peace, justice, understanding, and sustainability worldwide. Ted will not only be speaking about the experiences of this program but will also offer participants time to share and explore important global problems and how we can be empowered to take them on and transform them.

For more on the SENS program, visit their homepage here:


October 8 (Tues.) 19:00-21:00

Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple, Tokyo

Tsukiji 3-15-1, Chuo Ward

Meeting Hall on the 2nd floor to the left of the main hall

Entrance Fee: 500 yen (students and members of JNEB, AYUS, and Mekong Watch free)

Registration Contact: Jonathan Watts, JNEB Coordinator

e-mail: ogigaya[at]gmail.com

October 12 (Sat.) 15:00-17:00

Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Entrance Fee: 500 yen (students and members of JNEB, AYUS, and Mekong Watch free)

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