Exciting activities for Semester 1, 2016

beautifulflowers1252852529Dear friends,

The UQ BUDS executives have prepared many exciting activities for you in Semester 1, 2016!

First, a welcoming tea (coffee and snacks provicded) will be held in the following week of Market Day!

Second, the free course Buddhism 101 will be delivered fortnightly by the chief nun Venerable Sudhamma.

Third, exam. YES, EXAM! If you are interested in getting a diploma in Buddhism for teaching purpose, we also offer you an opportunity to take in the formal exam (designed by the Young Men’s Buddhist Association).

Fourth, a secret guest will visit UQ BUDS in February 2016! She used to be one of the founders and the old executive of UQBUDS, but now she is a ten-precept nun wearing yellow. We will be able to learn some of the Buddhism tradition to cultivate merits from her. For example, offering food to the nun.

More details will come soon.

Wish everyone with metta!

UQ BUDS executives

Get a diploma in Buddhism!

UPDATE: The Course Outline– Introduction to Buddhism 101 –

Prepared By Ven. Sudhamma *( B1- Book1)
Teachers: Ven. Sudhamma and Mr. Jaliya Ekanayaka
• Mr.Jaliya Ekanayaka is the Senior Dhamma Teacher at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya, Colombo.

Dhamma:

Session 1: Introduction to Buddhism – What is Buddhism? (Brief talk)
• The life of the Buddha (Important events of the Buddha from Birth to Enlightenment (*B1, 01 – 21)
Session 2: The Three Refuges (Basic Division pp59 – 61)
• The Great Qualities of the Triple Gem (*B1, 23 – 28)
• Theravada Buddhist Councils (B1, pp29 -36)
Session 3: Introduction to Tipitaka (B1, pp37 – 39)
• Books of the Sutta Pitaka (B1, pp40 – 44)
Session 4: Different Types of Dana (B1, pp45 – 48)
• Different Types of Sila (Morality) (B1, pp49 – 52)
• Wholesome Deeds and Unwholesome Deeds (B1, pp53 – 55)
• The Ten Meritorious Deeds (B1, pp56 – 60)
Session 5: Mangala Sutta (B1, pp 61 – 63)
• Metta Sutta (B1, pp64 – 66)
Session 6: The Dhammapada 10 Verses (B1, 67 – 69)
Session 7: Revision and attending to past papers

Abhidhamma:
For the Students who plan to sit for the YMBA Examination in June and for those who wish to attend Classes on alternate Tuesdays.
Session 1: The History of Abhidhamma (B1, pp73 – 78)
• Introduction of Citta or Consciousness (B1, pp79 -91)
• The planes of Existence (B1, pp.79 – 80)
Session 2 : Kamavacara Citta (B1,Chapter1 Lesson 3, pp. 81 – 87)
Session3-4: Forty Samatha Objects & meditation (B1, pp96 -99)
• Rupavacara Citta, Arupavacara Citta and Supramandane Citta (B1, pp92 – 95 & pp. 104 – 109)
Session 3 -4: Laws of the Mind (B1, pp 87- 88)
• Exercises on Lesson1 (B1, pp88 -91)
Session 5: Pancha Suddavasa, Special Knowledges, (B1, pp 100 -103)
Session 6: Revision

Free Buddhism course for you -Buddhism 101

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Guest Speakers: Venerable Sudhamma

 

Introduction of Venerable Sudhamma:

 

Introduction of Buddhism 101:

  1. What can we learn from this program?
  2. Introduce meditation and student counseling or support
  3. Introduce examination

 

 

Welcoming Session: March 2. For welcoming new members and introducing Buddhism 101.

 

Timetable:

 

5:30-6:00pm- Student counseling or student support (Life and student counsellings from Buddhist perspective)

6:00-6:30pm- Meditation followed by observing the precepts.

6:30-7:40pm- Teaching Time

7:40-8:00pm- Concludes after Paritta Chanting

Tea Coffee and biscuits or refreshments will be served from 5:30pm or 6:00pm on wards

 

Course Syllabus:

7 sessions.

Mar 8

Mar 22

April 5

April 19

May 3

May 17

May 31

 

The content of each session.

Cold Dharma in the hot summer

 

The monk, the venerable, answered a few questions in the Saturday Personal Questions & Dharma Discussion. First is about the Four Noble Truth. It seems that these truths are true that they are not only accepted by Buddhists, but also by the mass.

Cold dharma

 

 

  1. The Truth of Dukkha (hot)is that all conditional phenomena and experiences are not ultimately satisfying;
  2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkhais that craving for and clinging to what is pleasurable and aversion to what is not pleasurable result in becoming, rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath;
  3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkhais that putting an end to this craving and clinging also means that rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath can no longer arise;
  4. The Truth of the Path Of Liberation from Dukkhais that by following the Noble Eightfold Path—namely, behaving decently, cultivating discipline, and practicing mindfulness and meditation—an end can be put to craving, to clinging, to becoming, to rebirth, to dissatisfaction, and to redeath.

Second, a lady asked why are good people suffering, why was there a bushfire, why were some people dead while some not? The venerable answered in a witty manner. The cause and effect law is that doing good deeds will bring good results; bad deeds bring bad ones. Unlike other religions, Buddhism allows for many lives before and after this life, which brings more possibilities of suffering. But if you are going to understand all the karmic relationships, such as why this happens to this person, that happens to the other guy, your mind probably will explode.

Another lady asked what happens to the dead people, where are they and what are the lives they are living in the other world? The venerable truthfully said, “I don’t know.” The venerable told us when he was twenty, he was stupidly (in the venerable’s words) taking drugs; he didn’t know what’s life like in the forties. Even in his sixties now, he still does not know what happens when he dies. He repeated the good deeds bring good results; bad deeds bring bad results. This cause and effect law is proved by his life. It is “interesting” to see that our relatives passed away. It is not that a good Buddhist will not hurt, but that we will feel that the karmic relationship is breaking down. Let it go. It is hot and painful to hold a hot stone.

These words are like the icy cold water in the hot summer. Hope you calm down and meditate.

In gladness and in safety, may you be at ease

Kathina Season Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri

http://www.dhammagiri.org.au/-programs.html

In gladness and in safety, may you be at ease.

In gladness and in safety, may I be at ease

Everyone deserves metta, or loving kindness, or happiness. The only way to overcome anger is to cultivate loving kindness.

These words coming from Monk’s mouth with the thunders from the sky.12025404_1635563863370509_816311009_n 12207970_1635563806703848_1708934111_n 12226579_1635563816703847_569041320_n 12231350_1635563896703839_1412689319_n

To choose to think of metta or not, that’s the question. The monk answered a young man’s question on how to give loving-kindness to a lion eating a zebra. It’s difficult for us to stop wars, disasters or violence. But we might be able to overcome our own anger or fear by compassionate thinking.

Pavāraṇā Full Moon Program

Pavāraṇā Full Moon Program

End of Rains Retreat at Dhammagiri

Sunday 26 October 2015

08.30 am    Arrival of Participants for Precept Ceremony

09.00 pm    Taking of Triple Refuge & 8 Precepts/5 Precepts

and Guided Meditation

10.00 pm    Arrival of Participants for Almsoffering

Preparing for Almsoffering

10.30 am    Almsoffering, Anumodana & Shared Meal

11.45 am    Dhammatalk

01.00 pm    Break/Walking Meditation

01.30 pm    Chanting of Ādittapariyāya Sutta (Firesermon)                      with Ven. Moneyyo

02.30 pm    Break/Walking Meditation

03.00 pm    Chanting, Guided Meditation                      & Dhamma-discussion

05.00 pm    End of Program

NB: It is possible to participate only for parts of the program, but please arrive at least 15 min before the session starts.