All You Need Is Kindfulness - now available in German, Vietnamese & French
4-6 March 2016 Weekend Retreat (Jhana Grove) by Senior Sangha
Need some quiet and focused time for meditation?
Can’t afford to take time off for a 9-day retreat?
Want to learn some practical techniques to deepen your meditation practice?
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Weekend Retreat in Jhana Grove (19 – 21 Feb 2016)
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (fondly known as “Bhante G”), founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, will be conducting a weekend retreat in Jhana Grove.
Don’t miss the opportunity to do retreat with this internationally renowned author and meditation teacher.
Date of retreat: 19 – 21 Feb 2016
Nominations for the Committee are now open!
Ajahn Nissarano at Armadale tonight 12/1/16
How wonderful to have Ajahn Nissarano back for a brief visit. He lives in Sri Lanka now, has been a monk for 18 years but started monastic life in our monastery in Serpentine.
Venerable Santutthi at Armadale tonite 5 jan 216
We start at 7pm and finish at 8.35. All welcome.
Ajahn Brahm at Cambridge - Prof Bernard Carr
I first met Ajahn Brahm (or Pete Betts as he was then) when we were students together in Cambridge 45 years ago. The story of our meeting is now well-known and even recorded in a YouTube interview with Ajahn. I was a member of the Cambridge University Buddhist Society (CUBS), recruiting new members at the Societies Fair in October 1969. He was keen to join immediately but apparently I urged restraint and suggested that he wait until after the first talk to confirm that Buddhism really was his ”cup of tea”. However, he rejected my advice and joined immediately.
Meditation Retreat | Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Event Description: Meditation Retreat (Intermediate) with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
9-day 8-Precept Noble Silence Retreat
Normal price: $460 per person twin sharing basis (excl transport)
Early bird price: S$430 per person twin sharing basis (excl transport) Sign up by 30 November 2015 to enjoy early bird price.
Registration closes on 31 December 2015 or when places are taken up
Transport per person (two-way coach): S$90 includes one lunch and one dinner.
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: -