Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Stories from Noongar Country | Shaun Nannup | 2 October 2020

Stories from Noongar Country | Shaun Nannup | 2 October 2020

October 5, 2020

Shaun Nannup is a Whadjuk Nyoongar man and Aboriginal elder. He is passionate community leader and master storyteller who is a strong advocate for keeping his culture alive and passing on the ways of his ancestors. He uses Aboriginal spirituality and cultural and psychological ways, to speak of love and unity and healing from within. Anyone and 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. Shaun conveys his message through the art of storytelling which always makes for an inspiring, engaging and moving night.

Coming of the Sun is a continuation of the Noongar story of the Carers of Everything. A story which encompasses care, respect, values, a sense of belonging and place. It makes landmarks of the South West come alive and nurtures an awe and appreciation not only for this magnificent land, but for the Noongar people who have acquired so much knowledge and wisdom from learning to live in harmony with nature, generation after generation after generation after generation.

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

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Activism with Head and Heart | Dr Richard Yin | 18 September 2020

Activism with Head and Heart | Dr Richard Yin | 18 September 2020

September 28, 2020

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

This talk will be a practical session on approaching activism with both our intellect but also with our hearts, understanding that this work is challenging and demands that we give due attention to the need to care for ourselves and others if we are to avoid burnout. Dr Richard Yin is a GP and national secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA).

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

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Sol Hanna | Supporting Each Other | The Armadale Meditation Group

Sol Hanna | Supporting Each Other | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 21, 2020

Sol Hanna speaks to us tonight on "Supporting Each Other" especially in these troubled times. Sol is quite involved in the running of the BSWA and has been for quite a while. He was also a monk for several years at Bodhinyana. (Give on the 8th September 2020). 

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A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through Grief | Cecilia Mitra | 11  September 2020

A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through Grief | Cecilia Mitra | 11 September 2020

September 14, 2020

Our most difficult moments are our best teachers; for it is only when we encounter life-shattering moments, that we can see things as they truly are. But only if we become awakened by the tragedy and pick ourselves up – realising that we ourselves must make the effort to walk the path.

Cecilia has authored a book – Opens Like a Flower Cut it with a Knife – A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through Grief and will share her journey with you.

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

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And My Teacher was Pain | Matt Gibson | 4 September 2020

And My Teacher was Pain | Matt Gibson | 4 September 2020

September 12, 2020

For many of us when pain comes along in its myriad of forms, whether sickness, relationship breakdowns, financial troubles, passing of loved ones, as children or adults, we tend to push it away. But when you are backed in a corner with no where to run, what do you do?

Matt will share with us his very personal story, the meditation techniques he uses and the insights he has gleaned on the way.

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

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Introduction To Buddhism For New Buddhists (1/4 - Three Refuges) | Geetha Mendis | 05-09-2020

Introduction To Buddhism For New Buddhists (1/4 - Three Refuges) | Geetha Mendis | 05-09-2020

September 9, 2020

Introduction to Buddhism Q&A Series for New Buddhists, kindly conducted by lay Buddhist Geetha Mendis.

Session 1: The Three Refuges (05-09-2020)
Session 2: The Five Precepts (12-09-2020)
Session 3: The Four Noble Truths (19-09-2020)
Session 4: The Noble Eightfold Path (26-09-2020)

Find the whole series, including notes here: https://bswa.org/teaching/introduction-buddhism-qa-series-new-buddhists-1-4/

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

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Music and Stories | Zal Kanga Parabia and Kobi Arthur Morrison |  31 July 2020

Music and Stories | Zal Kanga Parabia and Kobi Arthur Morrison | 31 July 2020

September 1, 2020

Ru aka Zal Kanga-Parabia and Kobi Arthur Morrison offer a beautiful concert for the Buddhist Society of WA.

Ru radiates a nostalgic and heartfelt tone that is rare to find in today’s fast paced, loud, moving world. Feeling their foremost intimate credence, with an emphasis on storytelling and dynamic build ups, Ru nurtures a connection through song.

Kobi Arthur Morrison wo leads reconciliation choir groupings such as Madjitil Moorna, Koondarm and Walyalup Kannajil.

Together through song Ru and Kobi Arthur Morrison offer a gentle sense of healing and connection to self and each other.

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

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Web of Kindness | Gen Kelsang Ani | 14 August 2020

Web of Kindness | Gen Kelsang Ani | 14 August 2020

August 20, 2020

Gen Kelsang Ani is a fully ordained Australian Buddhist nun. She is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Perth. Gen Ani has been studying and practising Modern Kadampa Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 15 years.

Gen Kelsang Ani gives a teaching and guided meditation on the kindness and interconnectedness of all living beings. She describes that regardless of what our physical situation may be, we genuinely feel that wherever we look, we find only the kindness of others; that we are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate yourself.

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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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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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