In the Buddha’s Words – sutta (sutra) study and discussion series

“Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind”

                                                                                                                ——His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dear all,

UQ Buds welcomes you to join us for the first sutra study of our semester 2, 2015 series. This semester, we develop a sutra study and discussion session for an exploration of the early discourse of the Buddha and we are aiming at deepening our understanding of mind. It will be led by Mr. John Kelly and will use Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book “In the Buddha’s Words” as the guideline of our study. The session will start from 4 August with 30 minutes meditation.  The schedule is below:

In the Buddha’s words Series 1: “The Human Condition”

Date: Tuesday, August 4

Time: 6:00pm-6:30pm arrival
6:30pm meditation (may include breathing/walking meditation and gentle exercises)
7:00pm-8:00pm sutra discussion and questions

Location: Therapies Annexe, 84A -304, University of Queensland

Please wear modest, comfortable clothing.

About John Kelly:

John Kelly has been a practicing Buddhist for over 30 years and has extensively studied the Pali language and the suttas of the Pali Canon. In 2011 John completed an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Sunderland and subsequently his dissertation for this course, “The Buddha’s Teachings to Lay People”, was published in the academic journal Buddhist Studies Review.  He also was principal assistant to Bhikkhu Bodhi in his recently published translation of the Anguttara Nikaya.

Here is the introduction of “In the Buddha’s Words” on

In The Buddha's Words…… In the Buddha’s Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha’s discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha’s Words allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha’s contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha’s teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

Here is the link:

We hope to see you there!

with lovingkindness,
The UQ Buds Executive

Registrations open for UQ Meditation Retreat (Ven. U Dhammajiva)

From the 10th-18th of December, 2015, there will be 8-day silent meditation retreat that will be held right here at a UQ college. The teacher will be Ven. U Dhammajiva of Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya. This is quite a well known meditation monastery in Sri Lanka. ( With the encouragement of Ven. Sudhamma and the retreat organisers, we are hoping to send a number of participants from UQ Buds.

This year’s retreat will be conducted in English, which is truly a blessing. Applications close June 30th. The cost for accommodation for eight days is $264 (lunch is sponsored, but breakfast should be arranged individually) + the cost for the teacher’s airfare (currently unknown), which will be split between many participants.

The info sheet and registration form are below:
Invitation to register- Retreat Dec 2015
retreat application in English_Revised(1)

Please send the appropriate paperwork to Chandana Samarasinghe: email donsamara[at]

UQ Buds wishes you a Happy South-East Asian New Year!

Happy SE Asian new year (Sinhala+Tamil New Year/Thingyan/Songkran/Lao New Year/Cambodian New Year) from UQ Buds for all those who will be celebrating over the coming week!

Wishing you and your family good health, long life, wisdom, happiness and safety from all dangers. We rejoice with your meritorious activities during this time.

“All times are an auspicious time for dhamma”.


Image: Songkran, cleaning of Buddha figure in front of a Temple (Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui, 2013)
Source: Wikicommons

UQ Buds Noble Eightfold Path Series

UQ Buds welcomes you to join us for our first dharma talk of our semester 1, 2015 series. This series will be focusing on the Noble Eightfold Path, beginning with Right View. These sessions will be run weekly on a Thursday evening starting from April 2 and will feature guest speakers and peer-led sessions.

Noble Eightfold Path Series 1: “Right View”

Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Therapies Annexe 84A Room no 304

Our first two dharma talks will be led by Ven. Miao Xin, a nun of Chung Tian Temple. The schedule is below:

6:00pm-6:30pm arrival
6:30pm meditation (may include breathing/walking meditation and gentle exercises)
7:00pm-8:00pm dharma talk and questions

Please wear modest, comfortable clothing.

We hope to see you there!

with lovingkindness,
The UQ Buds Executive

Bhante Sujato in Brisbane March 2015: Dhamma talk & retreat


Bhante Sujato is an Australian Buddhist monk. In 1994 he left his music career to take higher ordination in Thailand in the forest lineage of Ajahn Chah. As well as living for several years in forest monasteries and remote hermitages in Thailand, he spent three years in Bodhinyana Monastery (Perth) as secretary of Ajahn Brahmavamso, and over a year in a cave in Malaysia. From 2003 until 2012 he was abbot of Santi Forest Monastery in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

As well as being a meditator and teacher, Bhante Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. Bhante Sujato’s writings are available at

The UQ Buddhist Society is deeply honoured to be able to host Bhante in Brisbane and we hope his stay can prove beneficial for the wider community. We thank Sri Lankarama Mahaviharaya for their support of this visit.

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Friday March 6, 5:30pm arrival and meditation
6:00pm-7:30pm Dhamma talk and questions
Duhig Conference Room, University of Queensland
RSVP to seating is limited.

MEDITATION AND SUTTA RETREAT, March 7-8 2015 (Registration required)

Registration open now:

The theme for this retreat, taught by Bhante Sujato, will be the Buddha’s Discourse to Meghiya (the Meghiya Sutta) It will be a two-day residential retreat suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners, providing opportunities for both breathing and loving-kindness meditation, teaching and discussion. Transport from UQ will be provided. This retreat is open to UQ Buddhist Society members and the wider community.

This retreat is now fully sponsored, which includes accommodation, transport by bus to and from UQ, printed materials, tea/coffee and vegetarian meals on the second day. There will be the opportunity for alms-round/shared lunch on the first day and participants are encouraged to “bring a plate” (i.e. bring a dish to share for lunch). We rejoice with the merits of our kind-hearted sponsors who have made this retreat possible- may they attain nibbana.

Please bring:

1) your own linen/pillow (basic bunk-beds will be made available)
2) modest clothing in muted colours: white or light-coloured clothing is recommended. No shorts or singlets please.
3) insect repellant
4) a bowl, cutlery and a cup
5) personal toiletries/towel
The society will provide basic meditation cushions for use during the retreat.

Retreat Schedule– please note this may be subject to minor changes
Saturday March 7

07:30 participants to arrive at UQ
08:00 sharp depart UQ (Chancellor’s Place bus-stop)
09:00Arrival and preparation of lunch
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Introduction, chanting, meditation teaching
11:00 Lunch
12:00 Relax/informal meditation
14:00 Meditation & interviews from 15:00
17:00 Afternoon tea, rest
19:00 Chanting & Dhamma talk

21:00 Meditation (optional)

Sunday March 8

6:00 Guided meditation
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Meditation & interviews from 9:00
11:00 Lunch
12:00 Relax/informal meditation
14:00 Meditation & interviews from 15:00
17:00 Afternoon tea, rest
18:00 Depart Kindilan
19:00 Arrive UQ
Eight Precepts
1.To abstain from killing living beings
2.To abstain from taking what is not given
3.To abstain from all sexual activity
4.To abstain from dishonest speech
5.To abstain from intoxicants
6.To abstain from taking food after mid-day
7.To abstain from singing, dancing, and from
bodily adornments
8.To abstain from sleeping on luxurious beds

Registration open now:

For enquiries about either the retreat or public lecture, please email the society at uqbuds[at] This email is normally answered within a day. For further information about Buddhist etiquette and culture, please see

Best wishes,
UQ Buds executive

What is the difference between Buddhism and mindfulness?

The following notes were compiled from Kevin Guo’s talk at the UQ Multifaith Centre on the 7th of October, 2014.


Mindfulness in modern psychology has its historical roots in Zen and Theravada meditation, BUT, Buddhism is much more than mindfulness.

*Buddhism has precepts & ethics (5 precepts, 8 precepts)- mindfulness doesn’t prescribe ethics
*Buddhism is “more intense”: e.g. comparing meditation centre program to a MBSR program
*Buddhism culminates in wisdom, such as vipassana meditation and 16 insight knowledges (nana)…and finally, nibbana!

May you be well and happy!

UQ Buds AGM & Auspicious Chanting with Wat Thai Buddharam Monks Oct 17

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UQ Buds warmly invites you to join us in an atmosphere of spiritual friendship to partake in traditional Buddhist paritta chanting, which is soothing to both the ears and heart.

October 17th, 5.00pm-6.00pm, followed by
AGM & refreshments
UQ Multifaith Chaplaincy, downstairs prayer room
RSVP to or via Facebook

We are truly blessed that up to five monks from Wat Thai Buddharam will be joining us for this special event, as well as visiting guest monks.

The chanting will be conducted in Pali in the Thai style. Three famous discourses will be recited: the Discourse on Lovingkindness, the Jewel Discourse, and the Discourse on Blessings. These discourses in particular are believed to have a protective effect on the listener, and are revered as the original words of the Buddha. A guide will be provided in Pali and English.

We hope that this year‘s executive can take advantage of the auspicious occasion of our AGM to formally ask forgiveness from the Triple Gem and from each other for any faults we may have committed, so that we can continue to grow together in happiness & in peace.

Accessibility & sound:
In response to feedback from previous events, we’ll be using microphones to make sure that everyone can hear! The room is fully wheelchair accessible.