First of all, yes, it was great to meet Chris in person, during the conference, and just great in general to be in Aus, and feel part of the local Buddhist scene, at least for a couple of days. hhmmm, but I don't know what to say about the "world in a Mars Bar" talk, though. hehe. But definitely Thanks!, to Chris, for being my third volunteer from the audience. We also had a great range of speakers there, and I managed to spend some time with Ven Heng Sure, whom I have met before and long looked up to, and also Ven Thubten Chodron, as we talked about Madhyamaka in Tibet and China, over lunch.
After the conference finished, I headed down to Wollongong for a day and a night, staying at Nan Tien Temple down there, where I received my full and bodhisattva ordination some years ago. From there, it was off to Santi Forest Monastery, where I not only had the good fortune to meet up with and talk with Bhante Sujato, but Bhante Brahms was also staying there at the time, so spent an evening with the rest of the community as he spoke and we all talked, before mooching a lift with him to the air-port - he back to Perth, and me to HK.
A great week it was!