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.

How To Apply Spiritual First Aid: Buddhist wisdom for troubled times
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.

UQ Buds presents: Meditation and Mooncakes with Ven. Miao Xin


It’s time for Mid-Autumn Festival again! (Chinese: Zhong Qiu Jie, Vietnamese: Tet Trung Thu). For many of our members from Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian backgrounds, it’s a time for family, and …also…MOONCAKES!

UQ Buds will also be coming together to join in calm for an evening of meditation. The session will be lead by Ven. Miao Xin from Chung Tian Temple, who has kindly agreed to come to UQ for this event.

As always, this opportunity to learn from an experienced dharma teacher is “priceless” but free.

Date: 12th September, 2014

5:00pm~6:30pm: meditation with Ven. Miao Xin
6:30~7:00pm: free tea and vegetarian mooncakes

Location: large downstairs prayer room, UQ Multifaith Chaplaincy bldg 38

RSVP to or via Facebook:

We hope that you can join us!

Women in Buddhism Seminar: Venerable Sudhamma


We are very fortunate to be able to host another visit by Venerable Sudhamma on Friday, 29th August, on the topic of “Women in Buddhism”. As senior nun of the Sri Subodha Sangamitta Dhamma Education Institution, a leading women’s seminary in Sri Lanka. We look forward to the opportunity to share in some of her wisdom. Her website can be found here:

Her talk will include an introduction to eminent female disciples of the Buddha, and an explanation of the Buddha’s vision for the spiritual development of women in different roles: as lay householders, and as renunciants. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Please come a little early to allow us to begin promptly at 3:30pm.

Date: 29th August, 2014
Time: 3:20pm for a 3:30pm start
Location: UQ Multifaith Centre upstairs classroom

RSVP: via Facebook or by email to uqbuds[at]

A little about Venerable Sudhamma:

Senior Resident Nun at Sri Subodha Retreat Centre, Ambuluwawa – Sri Lanka,
Sri Subodha Sangamitta Dhamma Education Institution, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Retired Primary School Teacher Brisbane, Australia
Senior Resident Nun at Sri Subodha Retreat Centre, Ambuluwawa – Sri Lanka, Sri Subodha Sangamitta Dhamma Education Institution, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and works at Yasodara Sinhala & Dhamma School Brisbane, Australia

Pali class update

Our Semester 2 Pali class is now full! We look forward to welcoming a range of students from diverse backgrounds over the coming 10 weeks.

The textbook ebook can be found here. (We will be providing a print copy for students at the first class.) Full information (including the room) will be emailed out in the next few days.

Anumodana for all those who worked hard to make it possible. If you have missed out on registration for this semester, email uqbuds[at] and we’ll see what we can do.

Monastery Visit

This Sunday (10th August) at Dhammagiri Forest Monastery there is a one day meditation/ethics program called “Full Moon Program”. If anyone is interested, please contact uqbuds[at] with your name, what suburb you live in, and whether you have a car. Since the monastery is a little bit far (near Ipswich), we will be arranging carpooling.

Here is the schedule:

08:30 – 9:00 am…….Arrival of participants at Dhammahall & Silent Meditation
09:00 – 10:00 am…..Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem, Observance of 8 or 5 precepts & Guided Meditation
10:00 – 10:30am……Preparation of food for Almsround
10:30 – 11:45 am…..Almsround & Shared Meal
11:45 – 1:00 pm…….Dhammatalk and discussion
01:30 – 2:30 pm…….Chanting and/or Guided Meditation when the monk is available.
If not, anyone is welcome to do personal meditation in the Dhammahall until the next session.
03:00 – 5:00 pm…….Guided Meditation & Dhammatalk

Please note: The ceremony at 9.00am is not only for those observing 8 precepts as
it includes both 8 and 5 precepts and one can join or leave at any time in the program.