Friday Night Speaker
In memory of Anna Winther
Sadly, Anna Winther was one of the three foreign nationals who died in the Esperance bushfire of 17 Nov 2015. She was a regular at Dhammaloka and active in the Kaliyana Mitta group of young Buddhists. She was 29 years old and completed a Masters degree in Human Rights, and taking time off from studies to work in Esperance to fulfill her visa requirements. She was a beautiful woman with profound intelligence and a kind heart, and will be missed.
This is an article for the Curtin University newspaper, which she wrote as part of her journalism degree which we post in memory of her:
Message from the President
BSWA can be proud to say that we have made a major breakthrough in obtaining permanent visa applications for our monks and nuns who have taken the vow of poverty and have been instrumental in the change of policy guidelines in Australia for visa applications for our Sangha.
Since 2009, BSWA and all Sangha throughout Australia, have had problems obtaining permanent visas. Unlike clergy of other mainstream religions who are paid a salary, our Sangha would never have been able to meet the minimum wage requirement because of their vow of poverty. This made it impossible for our Sangha to obtain visas under the then legislation.
This was a real problem for survival of Buddhism in Australia. I wrote to the Federal Minister to request for a meeting: -
The monks are back at Armadale tonight - yeah
We have been told that "The monk with the most gravity" is on tonight. So I presume we have Ajahn Brahm!
High Definition Live Streaming success!
We are pleased to report our first successful high definition live streaming today. It featured the Saturday Guided Meditation class by Ajahn Apijatho. You can watch it here on the BSWA's YouTube channel.
We thank BSWA volunteers Jake Mitra and Michael Loh for this upgrade with the support of Hon. Sec. Drew Bellamy and the BSWA committee. You can expect regular live streams of Friday nights at Dhammaloka starting 7:30pm and on Saturdays for meditation at 3pm Perth time.
Kindfulness, by Ajahn Brahm
Publisher Tim McNeill has returned from a very successful Frankfurt Book Fair. The highlight was a preemptive bid for the new Ajahn Brahm title Kindfulness by the same German publisher who has enjoyed a run of bestseller status of Brahm's previous works in German.