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

General Meetings, What's on

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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 uqbuds@gmail.com or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1442376966003582/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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

What's on


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 uqbuds@gmail.com or via Facebook:


We hope that you can join us!

Women in Early Buddhism Seminar: Venerable Sudhamma

Guest speakers, What's on


We are very fortunate to be able to host another visit by Venerable Sudhamma on Friday, 29th August, on the topic of “Women in Early 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: http://dhamma-stream.blogspot.com.au/p/sri.html

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/827774237257212/ or by email to uqbuds[at]gmail.com

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]gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do.


Monastery Visit

What's on

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]gmail.com 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.

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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 uqbuds@gmail.com. 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 apply, please submit the form by following the link: (registration is now closed).

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]gmail.com 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]gmail.com


We look forward to seeing you there!