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Meditation Semester 2, 2014

Meditation, What's on

Meditation for semester 2 2014 will be held on Tuesdays 1-2pm at UQ Multifaith Chaplaincy every week during semester (starting from Week 1). We will be joining with a diverse group of staff and students for sitting and walking meditation.

Everyone who is interested in practicing still, silent meditation is welcome to attend.

The Multi-Faith Prayer Space is on the ground level of Building 38 (behind the Social Sciences building and underneath the Chaplaincy Unit offices). The front door of this building is kept locked by the University but there are always lots of people coming and going through this door who are very willing to let you in. So either follow someone else in or indicate to people inside and they will open the door for you. Then walk down the corridor, past the Muslim prayer area, and you will see a large spacious room on the left. We will be in there!

The sitting begins on the dot at 1.05pm. If you are attending for the first time please arrive 15 minutes before the start time so we can show you the room and arrange a cushion or chair for you.

Here is what happens at our sitting:

* Bell to start, sharply at 1.05pm

* 20 minutes of still, silent sitting

* 5 minutes of free walking or stretching (whatever you want to do)

* Another 20 minutes of still, silent sitting

* Bell to close at 1.50pm

Cushions and chairs are available for you to use.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact If you require instruction in meditation or are meditating for the first time, we can arrange guidance through either the meditation group organisers or visiting Buddhist layteachers, monks and nuns- just let us know!

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Introductory Pali Class

Buddhist Studies, Pali, What's on

Pali is an ancient Middle Indo-Aryan language, and the liturgical and canonical language of Theravada Buddhism. Closely related to Sanskrit, it is the language of the Buddhist Tipitaka , Atthakata (commentary) and Tika (subcommentary). It is therefore an important language for the study of Buddhism, particularly as it has developed in Sri Lanka and countries such as Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

In Semester 2, 2014, the UQ Buddhist Society will be hosting a series of introductory Pali classes aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Pali or Sanskrit, with the goal of building basic reading proficiency. We invite you to join us for this rare opportunity to gain skills in engaging Buddhist texts.

Teacher: Dr. Sanka Wasalthilake

  • Cost: $50 for 10 weeks
  • 10 x 1 hr classes commencing Week 3 of Semester (August 14) and ending Week 12 (October 23), with a break for midsemester break
  • Thursday Evening, 7pm-8pm: UQ location TBA
  • The text used will be Lily de Silva’s “A Pali Primer”.
  • The class will be capped at ten students. Please apply early to secure your place

To confirm your place, please make a payment of
$50 (UQ Buddhist Society Members) or
$52 (non-members: includes membership) to:

UQ Buddhist Society
Commonwealth Bank
BSB: 064 158
Account number: 11039368

We’ll send you a receipt via email when we confirm your payment.

Email uqbuds[at] with any questions.

About our teacher:

Sanka Wasalthilake (previously a Buddhist monk) received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2001) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia (2014) both majoring in Buddhist studies. Sanka has been teaching Pāli/Sanskrit more than 15 years at an International Bhikkhu Training Institute in Sri Lanka. Sanka was invited to Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastery Brisbane in 2004 to serve as a religious advisor to the Buddhist society. Currently, Sanka lectures on Buddhist Studies at the University of Queensland as a casual staff member while continuing further research studies on Pāli sub-commentarial (ṭīkā) literature.

Introduction to Buddhism with Ven. Dhammavaro

What's on

Following on from our successful Vesak event, UQ Buds will be hosting our final educational event for Semester 1 on May 30.

We are pleased to be able to welcome guest speaker Venerable Dhammavaro to UQ to give a presentation- “Introduction to Buddhism” and to be able to answer your questions.

Location: UQ Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre, the Boardroom
Time: 3pm Friday 30th May
RSVP via Facebook or by emailing uqbuds[at]

We look forward to seeing you there!

Beginners’ Pali Class

Buddhist Studies

Pali is the canonical and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism, and the language of the oldest extant Buddhist canon, the Pali Canon. It is an ancient Indo-Aryan language that has heavily influenced other languages, such as Thai and Sinhalese. As an international language, it has historically been the “lingua franca” of Theravada Buddhism.

Knowing some Pali can not only help students to understand chanting, but it is the key to accessing the closest thing available to the words of the Buddha himself, the suttas.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for a Pali evening class to be run in second semester, 2014 at UQ. Details are still being finalised.

Please email uqbuds[at] to express your interest.

Buddha’s Birthday at UQ (All Welcome)

What's on

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On the 16th of May, 2014, UQ Buds will be celebrating two important events: the formation of our club, and Buddha’s Birthday (Vesak)! We will be holding activities throughout the evening, including meditation and a free vegetarian dinner. (To register to participate in the evening session and free dinner, please fill in the Google form below.)

Buddha’s Birthday UQ Participant Registration Form

Schedule: May 16, 2014

Proposed Schedule for Evening Session

Location: UQ Multifaith Prayer Space

6.00~6.45pm Meditation led by Buddhist nun, Venerable Sudhamma
6.45~7.00pm Break
7.00~7.30pm Inaugural general meeting of the UQ Buddhist Society
7.30pm onwards: free vegetarian dinner.

FREE vegetarian dinner will be provided for all those who sign up as members and sign their attendance at our inaugural general meeting. (This is very important, as we need to make quorum.) Club membership is $2. It is not necessary to attend the meditation session to participate in the meeting and dinner.

Please email any questions to uqbuds[at]