A Festival of Sharing
Turn insights into practice
Between talks, there will be an outdoor festival where attendees and event partners can let go of transactional exchanges and practice giving and receiving with the simple goal of connecting and sensing their own experience. It’s a festival of sharing.
"Meditation is inner service and service is outer meditation."
Generosity was the first virtue on Buddha’s list of 10 perfections (“paramitas”). It unlocks a profound inner transformation, that helps us cultivate many other virtues and awaken our true nature.
Each day from 11am-2pm, the 11th Conference on Buddhism will host an outdoor festival on the UC Berkeley campus, where attendees can practice generosity in real time, as a community experiment in giftivism: radically generous acts that change ourselves and change the world.
The Festival of Sharing is an invitation to shift from transaction to trust and consumption to contribution. It is an opportunity for our collective community to tap into an experience of value creation led by generosity. Through engaged participation in giving and receiving, the virtues of inclusiveness, oneness, and interconnectedness come alive.
How It Works
Festival partners such as Sangha groups, nonprofits, local businesses, as well as individuals will host outdoor tents of unique offerings to share with conference participants in diverse forms of capital. Rather than a quid-pro-quo market, this is an opportunity for all present to engage and unlock community wealth in the forms of presence, attention, knowledge, art, inspiration, creativity, compassion and beyond.
Examples of festival offerings include:
prayer flag making
pay-it-forward body work or healing
sharing of Buddhist books and texts
crafts from local artisans
storytelling and listening
an alternate forms of capital auction
sharing of music