About the EBL Conference

The 2016 EBL Conference takes place this year at Seabrook Buddhist temple in Bridgeton, N.J., over the Labor Day Weekend. Please save the dates (Sept. 2–4) and plan to attend an informative and fun event.

The theme of the conference is “Come as You Are: Buddhism and Daily Life.” Our special keynote speaker will be Rev. Kenneth Tanaka. Rev. Tanaka is a Shin Buddhist minister and a renowned scholar, author and translator. It wlil be a great treat to spend some time with him.

Another feature of this year’s conference is that the services and workshops will be run by the East Coast temples’ Minister’s Assistants, with the resident ministers of the various temples supporting as observers.

Seabrook Buddhist Temple is unique in the Eastern District. It is our only “country” temple, and it has a precious legacy. It was founded to support the Japanese-Americans who came to work at Seabrook Farms after experiencing the internment camps of World War II.

Many people in the Eastern Buddhist League have long family ties to Seabrook. Today, the Seabrook community looks forward to expanding on its distinguished past by spreading the Dharma in the present.

The entire program, including conference meals (but excluding Friday and Saturday dinners), will be held at the temple in its tranquil rural setting. Accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Millville-Vineland are about 20 minutes away.

And that is not all. Stop at some of the area’s fruit and vegetable stands to taste the world-renowned Garden State produce. If you can extend your stay on either end, Seabrook is located right between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

Atlantic City is famous for its casinos and beautiful beach. Stop at Fralinger’s to buy their famous salt water taffy. Do this before going to the casinos, so you will have something to take home afterward.

Philadelphia is famous for its historical sites, world-class art museum and vibrant food and cultural scenes. Who makes the best Philly cheesesteaks? One way to find out…

Plan to “Come As You Are” to Seabrook this Labor Day. Dress code for the conference is casual.

For more information, contact the conference co-chairs:
Susan Jacques, Seabrook Buddhist Temple (sjaquespt@verizon.net) or Gary Jaskula, N.Y. Buddhist Church (gjaskula@cloud9.net).


Registration through MBT (optional)

  • Conference: Please complete the registration form (click for Registration Form) and submit, together with registration fees, to Jesse Zavala in the MBT office.
  • Hotel: Please include your hotel payment with registration fees to the MBT office, payable to Midwest Buddhist Temple (hotel reservations and payments will be made through Seabrook Buddhist Temple to secure a reduced rate.)

Registration Online (optional)

Deadline: JULY 31, 2016 (after July 31, late registration fee applies)

Notes about Transportation

  • Please note that Seabrook Buddhist Temple is located about 1 hour from both air and train transportation. Those requiring transportation from the airport or train station should notify the MBT office and we will look at making arrangements. As much as possible, please try to arrange your train or air travel together with others in order to consolidate transportation to the Temple.