In the Buddha’s Words: Sutta Study and Discussion Series (Session 2)


Dear all,

UQ Buds welcomes you to join us for the second sutra study. We will keep learning Chapter 1 “The Human Condition” of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book “In the Buddha’s Words”. The session will start with 30 minutes meditation and free vegetarian food. The schedule is below:

In the Buddha’s words Series 2: “The Human Condition”

Date: Tuesday,September 1
Time: 6:00pm-6:30pm arrival
6:30pm meditation (may include breathing/walking meditation and gentle exercises)
7:00pm-8:00pm sutra discussion and questions
Location: Showing Hartley Teakle Building, 83-C413

Please wear modest, comfortable clothing.

We hope to see you there!
with lovingkindness,
The UQ Buds Executive

In the Buddha’s Words – sutta (sutra) study and discussion series

“Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind”

                                                                                                                ——His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dear all,

UQ Buds welcomes you to join us for the first sutra study of our semester 2, 2015 series. This semester, we develop a sutra study and discussion session for an exploration of the early discourse of the Buddha and we are aiming at deepening our understanding of mind. It will be led by Mr. John Kelly and will use Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book “In the Buddha’s Words” as the guideline of our study. The session will start from 4 August with 30 minutes meditation.  The schedule is below:

In the Buddha’s words Series 1: “The Human Condition”

Date: Tuesday, August 4

Time: 6:00pm-6:30pm arrival
6:30pm meditation (may include breathing/walking meditation and gentle exercises)
7:00pm-8:00pm sutra discussion and questions

Location: Therapies Annexe, 84A -304, University of Queensland

Please wear modest, comfortable clothing.

About John Kelly:

John Kelly has been a practicing Buddhist for over 30 years and has extensively studied the Pali language and the suttas of the Pali Canon. In 2011 John completed an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Sunderland and subsequently his dissertation for this course, “The Buddha’s Teachings to Lay People”, was published in the academic journal Buddhist Studies Review.  He also was principal assistant to Bhikkhu Bodhi in his recently published translation of the Anguttara Nikaya.

Here is the introduction of “In the Buddha’s Words” on

In The Buddha's Words…… In the Buddha’s Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha’s discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha’s Words allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha’s contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha’s teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

Here is the link:

We hope to see you there!

with lovingkindness,
The UQ Buds Executive

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.

Introductory Pali Class

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] 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.

Beginners’ Pali Class

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.