Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Gift of Listening | Kathryn Yew and Sarah Kleintop | 24 June 2020

Gift of Listening | Kathryn Yew and Sarah Kleintop | 24 June 2020

July 28, 2020

This is a workshop style session on the art of deep listening and being truly present with two of our listeners from the BSWA Buddhist Care Line, a free, confidential telephone Listening Service which offers callers a safe space to talk about any issues that may be happening in your life without fear of judgement.  The valuable skill of deep listening is not only of immense benefit when supporting others in these turbulent times, but a skill that is truly beneficial for one’s own spiritual practice. 

For the hours of operation and the phone number of the Buddhist Care Line, please visit https://bswa.org/buddhist-care-line/

Love thyself and all Beings | Meggy Zeggers | 17 July 2020

Love thyself and all Beings | Meggy Zeggers | 17 July 2020

July 23, 2020
Meggy Zegers is on a mission to assist other people to find peace within. To connect to self and find the wisdom to live life in a conscious way. She will share her journey from mental health issues, severe injury after an accident, and a big loss, to becoming healed and at ease with the unknown by loving herself and all beings. In bringing herself back to the present moment and trust, the unknown, in her eyes, has become a true gift. 
 
Healing your Heart | Shaun Nannup and Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 June 2020

Healing your Heart | Shaun Nannup and Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 June 2020

June 20, 2020

Join us for a conversation with Shaun Nannup and Ajahn Brahm on walking a new path forward.

Shaun Nannup is a passionate Aboriginal community leader and master and story teller who works in the area of mental health. He uses Aboriginal spirituality and cultural and psychological ways, to speak of love and unity and healing from within. Everyone who has attended his workshops, talks and 'Welcome to Countrys', speaks of his ability to inspire and connect, always focusing on our humanity and common ground.

Ajahn Brahm is a world famous meditation teacher renowned not only for his wisdom, kindness and humour, but for also standing up for what is right. Born in the UK, educated at Cambridge University and ordained as a monk in remote north east Thailand. Ajahn Brahm is a strong advocate for gender equality in Buddhism, author of best sellers such as ‘Opening the Door of Your Heart’, and ‘Falling is Flying’ and has had his talks sell out faster than Lady Gaga.

Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website, the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

Buddhism in Traditional and Non-traditional Countries | Prof. Ven. Dhammavihari

Buddhism in Traditional and Non-traditional Countries | Prof. Ven. Dhammavihari

February 13, 2020

The Buddhist Society of Western Australia is honoured to have guest speaker Professor Ajahn Dhammavihari give a Dhamma talk. Ajahn begins by talking about the Buddha’s first sermon.

Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website, the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

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Kevin Hume | Science and The Buddha | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kevin Hume | Science and The Buddha | The Armadale Meditation Group

January 3, 2020

Kevin focuses on teaching meditation and mindfulness as simple, practical skills. He teaches us how and why meditation works, draws on the most up-to-date scientific research, and introduces us to techniques that we can use on the go - whenever and wherever we are. He is also keen to help us find innovative ways to adapt meditation to our own needs. His teaching methods reflect his life experiences as a high-level communicator and participant-observer in the media, politics and corporate life. He has a particular interest in the science of meditation, as well as in the cultures and traditions from which such techniques are drawn. Kevin was introduced to meditation in 1992 by renowned meditation teacher Eric Harrison of the Perth Meditation Centre.

Kevin lead the group in meditation by first asking us to relax and listen to sounds around us. By doing this we shift from thinking to observing. The meditation is a full detailed body scan encouraging us to simply observe, not think nor engage with random thoughts. The meditation is well suited to all levels of meditators.

After meditation Kevin opened to questions.

 

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Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website, the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

Bhante Aranavihara | Why Am I Meditating? | The Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Aranavihara | Why Am I Meditating? | The Armadale Meditation Group

November 14, 2019

Bhante Aranavihara encouraged us to ask ourselves why we meditate? Bhante then gave a brief talk on some of the reasons we meditate and how best to deal with them once meditation commences. Bhante asked us to remind ourselves every five minutes or so to come back to our meditation object, not forcefully, but gently.

Bhante begins the meditation by using a body scan and asking us to let our bodies settle down. After the body scan Bhante suggests we shift our attention to either the breath or our metta object.

After the meditation Bhante opened to Q&A. 

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To find and download more Armadale Meditation Group Teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page, choose the AMG teaching you want, then type the title into the Podcast search box.

Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website, the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

Barry Gaskin | Comparative Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

Barry Gaskin | Comparative Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

October 17, 2019

The last week of Rains has arrived. The monks will be with us again next week but we have one more guest speaker before then - Barry Gaskin. Barry has been an attendee at the Armadale group for almost 20 years. He has traveled much of South East Asia in his working career - Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Barry gave a background to his strange introduction to Meditation and Buddhism. He explained his observations as a Westerner living in Buddhist countries, his beliefs of Pre-Birth through to Post Death, how lucky we are and also how meditation can impact on happiness. Meditation is always taught "how to do" but he wants to explain "when to do" as a way of life, with difference and ease.

Barry then lead the group in a 30 minute meditation easily enjoyed by experienced and beginners alike. Barry began with a relaxing body scan, asking us to open our hearts to self-compassion and finishing with a difference.

After meditation Barry continued his talk on Buddhism in both the West and the East.

 

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Buddhism, Psychology and Climate | Kathryn Choules | 11 October 2019

Buddhism, Psychology and Climate | Kathryn Choules | 11 October 2019

October 15, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Kathryn Choules during our 2019 Rains Retreat. Kathryn Choules is the founder of Mind and Movement. Her love of mindfulness, meditation and compassion comes from experiencing the benefits first-hand. She uses mindfulness and compassion training to work with people as they respond to the inevitable stresses of the life, so they live more satisfying and fulfilling lives. Kathryn is a certified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts and recognised as a Senior Teacher by the Meditation Association of Australia, and has done training with Jon Kabat-Zinn directly.

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Response to Voluntary Euthanasia | Len Warren | 4 October 2019

Response to Voluntary Euthanasia | Len Warren | 4 October 2019

October 14, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Len Warren during our 2019 Rains Retreat. Len is from the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre and his talk is in response to the new voluntary euthanasia laws being passed in WA.

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Richard Thomas | Metta, Compassion Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

Richard Thomas | Metta, Compassion Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

October 9, 2019

It’s week 12 of our Rains Schedule already and this week, we have Richard Thomas. Richard came to meditation in the early '80s and discovered BSWA in 1992. He has completed several 3 month Rains retreats, has stayed at Bodhinyana and has also attended retreats at Kyaswa monastery in Myanmar. He was the editor of the book "Emptiness and Stillness" which marked Ajahn Brahm's 60th birthday. He was also a key co-ordinator of the 2015 Global Conference on Buddhism in Perth and a Member of the BSWA Committee and occasional teacher of the Introduction to Meditation course at Dhammaloka. So Richard brings both his experience and expertise to this weeks session.

Richard commenced the session by asking us to reflect on Metta, compassion in general and why we meditate. Richard used his own extensive experience and known facts about Metta meditation to instruct us before commencing the meditation. Richard then guided us in a 30 minute meditation well suited to beginners and experienced meditators alike.

After meditation Richard opened to Q&A before continuing his talk on Metta and compassion.

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Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Message to Opening of the 9th GCB in Perth

Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Message to Opening of the 9th GCB in Perth

October 6, 2019

Bhikkhu Bodhi's message to Opening of the 9th Global Conference of Buddhism held in Perth, WA; 8th and 9th of August 2015. This video was recorded in the United States.

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Life as a Prisoner of Your Mind | Vicki Freeman | 20 September 2019

Life as a Prisoner of Your Mind | Vicki Freeman | 20 September 2019

September 26, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Vicki Freeman during the rains retreat for 2019. Vicki Freeman is a lay meditation teacher that helped establish the Liberation Prison Project in Australia.

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U Zor Hane | Establishing Awareness | The Armadale Meditation Group

U Zor Hane | Establishing Awareness | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 26, 2019

Week 10 of Rains and this week we have U Zor Hane. Zor is originally from Burma, but has been in Australia for over 40 years. He is the Spiritual Advisor of the Buddhist Meditation Society in Joondalup. He has given talks at universities, schools, business organisations and at the Perth Detention Centre. He worked with drug addicted young people at the Palmerston Farm drug rehabilitation centre for 4 years, showing them the life skills that can be achieved through meditation and the Buddhist way of living with wisdom, awareness and harmlessness (to oneself and to others).

Zor lead the group in a 30 minute meditation session beginning with a body sweep then shifting to breath. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced meditators alike.

After meditation Zor spoke to us on Karma and before closing the night, opened to questions.

For further talks and meditation session from U Zor Hane please visit the Buddhist Meditation Society.

 

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Ananda Thilakasiri | Happiness Through Kindness | The Armadale Meditation Group

Ananda Thilakasiri | Happiness Through Kindness | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 19, 2019

Week nine of the Rains season and this week we had Ananda Thilakasiri. Ananda was born in Sri Lanka into a Buddhist family & frequented the village temple with his Grandfather from a very young age yet, came to practise meditation only after meeting the then Ajahn Jagaro & Ajahn Brahm, around 1987. He and his family started visiting Bodhinyana and Dhammaloka regularly from 1991. They have been members of BSWA since that time. He has been serving the Buddhist community in WA, also in other countries in various ways but, mainly as the Treasurer of BSWA. Even though he has been meditating for approximately 25 years, his progress has been rather slow. About 9 or so years ago, he started to attend meditation retreats at Jhana Grove, mostly of those taught by Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Brahmali, Bhante Sujato, on a regular basis. Also, retreats by a couple of visiting Sri Lankan monks. Around the same time, urged by Bhante Sujato, he also started to read the Suttas. The early Buddhist texts from the Tripitaka with the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness, insight, wisdom and meditation. Attending retreats & reading Suttas have helped his meditation practice, immensely! For anyone who has not attended a meditation retreat, yet, he recommends starting with a weekend retreat and then go on to do 9 Day retreats. You will start noticing the difference! Continuity is the key!

Ananda lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focusing on the breath though starting with a body sweep. This meditation is best suited to experienced meditators.

After meditation Ananda opened to questions before continuing to talk on a variety of subjects relative to both Buddhism and Meditation.

 

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Journey to Enlightenment | Kelsang Ani | 13 September 2019

Journey to Enlightenment | Kelsang Ani | 13 September 2019

September 18, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Kelsang Ani from Kadampa Meditation Centre in Fremantle visit Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre during the 2019 Rains Retreat. Kelsang Ani offers a 30 minute breath and mantra meditation, then gives a Dhamma talk on the path to Enlightenment.
While our Sangha (monks and nuns) are on rains retreat, we have guest speakers coming in for the Friday night talks at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre.

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No One Who Lives in Error is Free | Behram Ghista | 6 September 2019

No One Who Lives in Error is Free | Behram Ghista | 6 September 2019

September 17, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Behram Ghista during the rains retreat for 2019. Behram is is an international meditation teacher from India. He is fondly called "Master B" by his students because of his mastery in imparting the Buddhist teachings in a light and playful manner. Behram Ghista talks about the four errors we must avoid in order to train our mind to live in harmony with life. To find out more about Behram Ghista visit: http://www.innermasterynow.net/
We apologise for the sound quality, please wear headphones if necessary.

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Mark Simpson | Yoga and Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

Mark Simpson | Yoga and Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 12, 2019

Week eight of the Rains season and this week we had Mark Simpson. Mark is a yoga teacher, writer, holistic health coach and facilitator. His work integrates postures, breathing practices, meditation and philosophy. He is interested in mindfulness and meditation practices and draws on them both in his own personal life and to help others observe and care for their bodies and minds. He has also attended retreats at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village including a retreat focused on Compassionate Leadership.

Mark then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focusing on the breath and being kind to our bodies. This meditation is well suited to both beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Mark continues his talk on the common areas with Buddhism and Yoga. Towards the end of the evening Mark opened to questions.

For further information on Mark, Yoga and Buddhism, please visit his website.

 

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Doctors for the Environment | Richard Yin | 30 August 2019

Doctors for the Environment | Richard Yin | 30 August 2019

September 5, 2019

Guest speaker Richard Yin gives a talk at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat.

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Community Night | 16 August 2019

Community Night | 16 August 2019

September 4, 2019

Guest speakers Kenzie Dann, Tamkin Essa and Zal Kanga-Parabia offer a talk at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat. Three young guest speakers, pursuing three different vocations, but all having a powerful positive impact in our society.Kenzie Dann is a Nyul Nyul/ Banjima man from Broome. He has many years of lived experience working with youth. His current focus and passion is within the corrective services area where he has been delivering mentoring programs for 4 years, combing culture and therapeutic approaches.

Tamkin Essa is an aspiring young journalist born in Afghanistan and raised in Perth. She is on the Youth Affairs Council of WA where she advocates for young multicultural people through planning state youth summits, helping to nurture future young leaders.

Zal Kanga-Parabia is a multi-disciplinary artist from Perth. He was the West Australian of the year 2018 finalist in the youth category, creative co-ordinator at Propel Youth Arts WA, and currently involved in many community projects including Moonboorli (Beyond) for National Science Week.

Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat.  

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Rob Hendry | Living Buddha Living Christ | The Armadale Meditation Group

Rob Hendry | Living Buddha Living Christ | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 27, 2019

Week six of the Rains season and this week we had Rob Hendry. Rob is a recent convert to meditation and an Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) regular. Rob grew up entrenched within Christianity and has a Bachelors’ Degree in Theology. He has preached regularly in Christian churches, and turned to meditation during last year’s AMG Rains schedule as a way to deal with both stress, pain and illness. He was quickly converted to the trans-formative power of meditation and is eager to share its benefits with others. Rob’s talk this evening focused on his interest in the areas of commonality between Buddhism and Christianity.

Rob then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focusing on the breath and simplicity. This meditation is well suited to both beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Rob continued his talk on the common areas with Buddhism and Christianity. Towards the end of the evening Rob opened to questions.

 

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