NSW: Power of the Here and Now (interfaith dialogue)

Australian Association of Buddhist StudiesThe Nan Tien Institute is hosting an interfaith dialogue event, Power of the here and now: An interdisciplinary dialogue on walking the talk. Speakers include distinguished Buddhist scholar, Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster and Reverend Crews. 

Topics for Discussion

Inner transformation
With courage and transformation, both distinguished speakers explain how, they were able to overcome the binds that once tied them and how they uncovered their authentic “selves.”

Insights through service
How they worked through their domains of service, to become aware, offer compassion, understand human nature and how they faced their religious service with honesty.

The Church and the University
As these traditional institutional structures face major crises that threaten their continued survival in the form we know today, can they be reshaped to survive into the future?

Social action
An interfaith discussion highlighting how two different religions view social action.


Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster: President and Professor at the University of the West; Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

Reverend Bill Crews AM: Minister of the Uniting Church, Ashfield Parish; Founder/Chairman of the Exodus Foundation; Founder/CEO of the Bill Crews Charitable Trust

Tickets are free. Registration opens at 7pm, for a 7.30pm start.
This event is presented by: Nan Tien Institute
Sponsor: Hsing Yun Education Foundation
Buddhist Council NSW
Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Exodus Foundation

Event Details

Program: Power of the Here and Now
Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
Location: University of Sydney, Abercrombie Building (H70)
ABS Auditorium B2010 401 Abercrombie Street, Darlington, New South Wales 2008
Tickets: Free
Bookings: Book online at Eventbrite


Gold leaf covered schist reliquary

Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa. Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive