Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Is Mental Illness a Problem To Be Solved Or An Opportunity To Discover Our Inner World?

Is Mental Illness a Problem To Be Solved Or An Opportunity To Discover Our Inner World?

November 24, 2022

Published with permission of Treasure Mountain Podcast. Please visit Treasure Mountain Podcast, Treasure Mountain website and Treasure Mountain facebook page.

In this episode of Sage Advice we have as our guest, Li-Anne Tang from Perth, Western Australia.

Li-Anne Tang, Ph.D., is an experienced spiritual life coach, guide and mentor. Li-Anne’s life changed dramatically when she found herself in the midst of a dark night of the soul whilst raising her two young children. She searched the world and was fortunate to find wise and compassionate Buddhist meditation masters to guide her on her journey. At that time, she had already explored the depths of Western understanding through a Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Science, Ph.D. in neuropsychiatry and postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her subsequent practice under the tutelage of great meditation masters led her to the first of her spiritual awakenings. Since then, she has studied closely under numerous other masters, who have encouraged her to share her insights through her unique way of connecting with her students.

I hope that this episode of Sage Advice gets listeners to take a fresh look at mental illness from the point of view of spiritual practice, and I hope that this interview with Li-Anne Tang will help some people to stop asking “What’s wrong with me?”, and to start thinking “This difficult mind state I have at this time may be the opportunity I need to learn and to grow”.

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Wherever The Wind Blows | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Wherever The Wind Blows | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

November 23, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 31 October 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio tracks' title to open up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Middle Way, Many Levels | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Middle Way, Many Levels | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

November 16, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 24 October 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio tracks' title to open up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Dhamma Found In Translation In Eastern Europe - Radan Kuča

Dhamma Found In Translation In Eastern Europe - Radan Kuča

October 20, 2022

Published with permission of Treasure Mountain Podcast. Please visit Treasure Mountain Podcast, Treasure Mountain website and Treasure Mountain facebook page.

On this episode of Spirit Stories we have as our guest, Radan Kuča from the Czech Republic who has kickstarted interest in Buddhism by setting up the channel Ajahn Brahm Cesky to translate teachings into the Czech language. As you’ll find out this effort has already had a big impact and may already be spilling over into similar efforts for Ukrainian translations.

This interview has information about:

  • Radan’s challenges in finding out about Buddhism in a country with almost no organisations in Czechia
  • What inspired Radan to start a channel to translate the teachings of Ajahn Brahm, and how he and fellow volunteers have gone about doing this and making it really successful in just a year and a half
  • How the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine has impacted the Czech Republic and what Czech people have been doing to help Ukrainians, as well efforts to start translating Buddhist teachings into Ukrainian to help Ukrainians coping with the trauma of war.
  • And what is coming next for the Czech and Ukrainian Buddhist channels.

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To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Kathryn Choules | Vedana - Feeling Tone | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | Vedana - Feeling Tone | The Armadale Meditation Group

October 13, 2022

Tuesday 11th October 2022

Kathryn Choules joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Sol Hanna | Our World Isn’t Perfect | The Armadale Meditation Group

Sol Hanna | Our World Isn’t Perfect | The Armadale Meditation Group

October 6, 2022

Tuesday 04th October 2022

Sol Hanna joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Kathryn Choules | Unwanted Thoughts and Feelings | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | Unwanted Thoughts and Feelings | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 29, 2022

Tuesday 27th September 2022

Kathryn Choules joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

What Makes A Good Curry | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

What Makes A Good Curry | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

September 28, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 5 September 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio tracks' title to open up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Using Your Body and Mind to Find Joy in the Present | Matt Gibson | 23 September 2022

Using Your Body and Mind to Find Joy in the Present | Matt Gibson | 23 September 2022

September 27, 2022

Matt, whom many people know as Mindful Matt, is an unordained Theravadan Buddhist practitioner and meditation teacher with over 12 years of intensive practice experience. He teaches people how to use meditation to manage chronic illness and physical pain as well as the traditional methods of meditation to help others learn about themselves and find some peace. His talk will be centred upon using the body and the mind to find joy in the only time we can really be here to experience it- in the present moment!

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

The Beauty of Life, Death and Dying : Unifying the Present Moment | Dennis Sheppard | 16 Sep 2022

The Beauty of Life, Death and Dying : Unifying the Present Moment | Dennis Sheppard | 16 Sep 2022

September 26, 2022

Dennis Sheppard has been involved with Buddhist community since 1978, joining with the Buddhist Society of Western Australia as a young man interested in meditation and spiritual practice, and going on to serve multiple terms as president, as well as serving in several other capacities including designing several buildings for both monastics and the lay community.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Denis Sheppard | Being Mindful | The Armadale Meditation Group

Denis Sheppard | Being Mindful | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 23, 2022

Tuesday 20th September 2022

Denis Sheppard joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Shona Olykan | Meditation For Life | The Armadale Meditation Group

Shona Olykan | Meditation For Life | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 15, 2022

Tuesday 13th September 2022

Shona Olykan joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

A Receptive Heart | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

A Receptive Heart | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

September 7, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 15 August 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio track’s title to open it up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Quieting the Mind in the Political Landscape | Dr Brian Walker | 12 August 2022

Quieting the Mind in the Political Landscape | Dr Brian Walker | 12 August 2022

September 5, 2022

Dr Brian Walker is a member of the Legislative Council in the Parliament of Western Australia for the Legalise Cannabis Party.

He has practised medicine for many years in many different countries, before finally settling into practice as a GP at Serpentine Medical Centre. He has front-line experience treating patients in hospitals, emergency departments, and general practice.

If you are familiar with the book Dying To Be Me, which detailed the near death experience by Anita Moorjani, it should be noted that Dr. Walker was Anita’s GP back in Hong Kong. She met up with him in the US 3 years ago and did a beautiful interview which is available on Youtube.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Mark Simpson | Insight Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

Mark Simpson | Insight Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 1, 2022

Tuesday 30th August 2022

Mark Simpson joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Listening to Dhamma | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Listening to Dhamma | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

September 1, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 8 August 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio track’s title to open it up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Chris Lafrentz | Breath Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

Chris Lafrentz | Breath Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 25, 2022

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

Chris Lafrentz joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Sandra Henville | Just Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

Sandra Henville | Just Meditation | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 19, 2022

Tuesday 16th August 2022

This podcast hosted by Sandra Henville is just a 50 minute meditation and as such doesn't follow the usual format :-)  It is literally just a meditation session and delightful for it.

Sandra Henville joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

Low Hanging Fruit of Everyday Dharma | Sandra Henville | 5 August 2022

Low Hanging Fruit of Everyday Dharma | Sandra Henville | 5 August 2022

August 15, 2022

Sandra Henville is a much loved figure at the Buddhist Society of WA. She regularly gives teachings and guides meditation all in a calm yet very fun loving and positive way. Come experience the Sandra spark and learn about the fruits of this path available to us all on a daily basis. That is the benefits of the practice that is available here and now, and not just after 20 years of meditating on a remote mountain top. She’ll show you how to look and what to look for!

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Geetha Mendis | The Four Noble Truths part 2 of 2 | The Armadale Meditation Group

Geetha Mendis | The Four Noble Truths part 2 of 2 | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 11, 2022

Tuesday 09nd August 2022

This podcast is part 2 of 2 :-)

Geetha Mendis joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

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

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