Living the Buddha’s Teachings: A one-day Workshop at UQ

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The Buddha walked this Earth over 2500 years ago, teaching the profound truth of the reality of existence. Now, over 2500 years later, Buddhists around the world are still walking in his footsteps, living their lives in accordance with his teachings. Despite the many changes through the centuries, the Buddha’s accurate analysis of the human condition and existence is as relevant today as it was then. Likewise, his teachings on the causes of happiness and unhappiness, and the way to true peace, still holds true in our modern society. As interesting as the Buddha’s theories may be, they are not theoretical. The practice of the Buddha’s teachings is not merely to study it, but to live it. To incorporate it into our lives, such that we come to see the truth for ourselves and see how this practice changes our life for the better. This workshop explores the core teachings of the Buddha, and interweaves the teachings into four main domains of our life: our inner world, our relationships, our work, and our world.

Program

9:30am: Welcome

9.35am – 9.50am: ‘What’s on your mind?’ meditation

9.50am – 10:50am: Your inner world: why do you do what you do, feel what you feel, and think what you think? Exploring intention, feelings, thoughts, and the relationship between them.

10:50am – 11:10am: Break: Tea and Snacks provided

11:10am – 12 noon: Your relationships: what are the top 8 causes of difficulties in relationships and what is the Buddhist practice to cultivate loving relationships?

12 noon – 12.10pm: Short Break

12.10pm – 1.00pm: Your work: practical tips to transform studies to spiritual lessons, work to vocation, peace in busyness, and stress to flowers

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch: Vegetarian food and drinks provided

2:00pm – 2:50pm: Your world: The Buddha said, “Within this fathom-long body and mind is found all of the teachings.” How to see the characteristics common to all humans and all conditioned phenomena, by seeing it within our own body and mind.

3pm: Close

About the Speaker

Tina Ng is the Founder and President of the Metta Centre in Bankstown, Sydney. She is also the Founder and Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal. Metta Centre’s aim is to support lay practice in a meaningful and holistic way: the Metta Wellbeing Centre offers free Dhamma talks, meditation and yoga classes; the Metta Business Hub is to encourage professionals and businesses to bring the Buddha’s teachings into our work and to provide mentoring opportunities; the Metta Community is to connect like-minded Buddhist practitioners with social causes. Metta Legal is an example of merging one’s spiritual practice with the practice of law.

Tina hopes these organisations can support lay practice of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily life, and inspire practitioners to realise that our Buddhist practice does not need to start after we finish work, but that our work is our spiritual practice. Tina also enjoys writing for print and online publications. You can view some of Tina’s writings at www.littlepieceofcalm.com

When: 10 September 2016 | 9am for 9.30am start to 3pm

Where: The Prayer Space, Level 1 – the Multi-faith Chaplaincy Building (Building 38)

The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia.

Feeling Stressed Out? Let’s meditate!

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Buried under the stack of assignments, tests, and quizzes, stressed out, …, wait, you need to take a breath and meditate. This semester UQBuDs together with UQ Meditation Group will launch a fantastic meditation program for you. Every Thursday afternoon from 13:00 to 14:30, we gather at the prayer space (on the ground floor of the Multi-Faith Centre), practice meditation, and share our experiences with each other. Here you will meet practitioners from different backgrounds (Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism and even Christianity)  but practice meditation for the same purpose: to reduce suffering.

This meditation session is kindly led by Barbara and Anna. Both of them are experienced meditators. They have been running this meditation group on campus for about 4 years. Differing from other meditation groups,  this group doesn’t stick to any particular type of meditation. With meditation unguided, you can do whatever meditation practice you prefer, which also means you can share your meditation experiences with others and benefit from learning their meditation techniques.

Here are the details of this meditation program:

Who goes to this meditation group?
We are an informal, non-denominational, group of staff and students from around the university who meet once a week to practice meditation. Everyone who is interested in practicing still, silent meditation is welcome to come and sit with us.

When is the meditation?
The siting is on Thursday starting at 1.05pm and ending at 1.50pm sharp.
If you are attending for the first time please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can show you the layout and arrange a cushion or chair for you.  It is ok to arrive late or leave early if you need to.

Where does the meditation group meet?
We sit in the room called the Prayer Space on the ground floor of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre (building #38).
The front door of this area of the Centre is kept locked but there are always lots of friendly people coming and going through this door. So either follow someone else into the building through the front door or indicate to people inside and they will open it for you. (If you decide to come to the meditation group regularly, door access can be added to your university ID card)
After entering the ground floor of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre walk straight down the corridor, past the Muslim prayer area, and you will see a big spacious room on the left. This is the Prayer Space and we are in there!

What happens at the meditation?
Everyone takes a seat – either on a chair or a cushion on the floor. Chairs and cushions are available but bring your own cushion of you prefer.
Bell to start meditation at 1.05pm. Please be seated 5 minutes before this, if possible.
20 minutes of still, silent sitting.
5 minutes of walking meditation or stretching (whatever you want to do).
Another 20 minutes of still, silent sitting.
Bell to end meditation at 1.50pm sharp.
After meditation is the tea time with discussion.
Please note that this is a practice group not a class; the meditation is unguided (people can do whatever meditation practice they prefer). But beginners are welcome and experienced meditators are available to offer advice before and after the sitting. Please contact Barbara (barbara.sullivan@uq.edu.au) or Anna (anolan.mail@icloud.com) if you have any questions or would like some beginner instruction.
The organizers and several members of this group belong to an off campus zen group – Ordinary Mind Zen Brisbane – see http://ordinarymind.org.au/.

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.