UUBF Convocation 2019

UUBF Convocation 2019

 “Making the Invisible, Visible:
A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism
in the U.S. through a Buddhist Lens,”
led by Dr. Jan Willis

Thursday – Sunday, April 25-28, 2019
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

Dr. Jan Willis (BA and MA in Philosophy, Cornell University; PhD in Indic and Buddhist Studies, Columbia University) is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and now Visiting Professor of Religion at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, Nepal, Switzerland and the U.S. for five decades, and has taught courses in Buddhism for over forty years. She is the author of The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (1972), On Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhumi (1979), Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition (1995); and the editor of Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet (1989). Additionally, Willis has published numerous articles and essays on various topics in Buddhism—Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. In 2001, her memoir, Dreaming Me: An African American Woman’s Spiritual Journey was published. It was re-issued in 2008 by Wisdom Publications as Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist—One Woman’s Spiritual Journey). In December of 2000, TIME magazine named Willis one of six “spiritual innovators for the new millennium.” In 2003, she was a recipient of Wesleyan University’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Newsweek magazine’s “Spirituality in America” issue in September of 2005 included a profile of Willis and, in its May 2007 edition, Ebony magazine named Willis one of its “Power 150” most influential African Americans.

NOTE: Because of the nature of this material, this event will begin on THURSDAY night rather than Friday night as they have in the past. This is to allow Dr. Willis to do a multi-media presentation that will include practice time, discussion and time for reflection and processing material that is very charged for many people.

Registration Cost and Process

The cost of the retreat is broken into two parts.  The first is the program fee that covers the cost of presenting the program.  The second cost is the room and board costs.  There are early discounts for the program fee but there are NOT discounts for the room and board fees.

Program cost:

Full Cost: $140
Discount: $120 (before January 1, 2019)
Early-bird:$100 (before August 1, 2018)

Room and board cost (three meals/day included):

Single: $510 ($170/day)
Double: $450 ($150/day)
Triple: $405 ($135/day)
Commuter: $300 ($300/day)

To register takes TWO steps:

FIRST  follow this link to register and pay the program fee.

THEN follow this link to reserve your room and board with Garrison Institute directly.

A limited pool of funds have been set aside for financial aid to help people attend with limited means.  If you would like to request such aid follow this link.




OR (the non-preferred option BTW)

  1. Calculate your cost (program fee + room and board fee)
  2. Send a note with your
    1. name
    2. address
    3. contact information (email/phone)
    4. requested roommate’s name
  3. Write a check to “Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship” for your cost.
  4. Mail the note and check to our registrar, Richard Swanson, at his address:

UUBF Convocation 2019 Registration
c/o Richard Swanson
164 Page Knoll
Lincoln, VT 05443-9582