Meditation Workshop: Enjoy the benefits of mindfulness

Everyone knows that mindfulness meditation is good for us. However, what kind of benefits that we will get from being mindfulness? Scientists have proven that being mindfulness will make us more adept at switching tasks and returning to a deep level of concentration more quickly after a distraction. Every time we practice meditation, we’re strengthening the neural circuitry for focus and training our brain away from mind-wandering. Beyond the need to concentrate for work, pleasure, or to overcome negative emotion, mindfulness meditation can also help to manage disorders like PTSD, anxiety, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). If you would like to enjoy these benefits of mindfulness, please join our meditation workshop organised by UQ Buddhist Society! For more details, please contact Chen (0423457164) or email to Click here to register!

When: 14 October 2017 | 9am – 3pm

Where: Room 102, Level 1 – the Multi-faith Chaplaincy Building (Building 38), The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia.


9:00am: Welcome and orientation

9.15am: Introduction to Buddhist meditation and initial practice sessions

10.45am: Break

11:00am: Introducing walking meditation and lengthening sittings

12:30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Introduction of the Mahamangala Sutta

2.15pm: Stretch break and final sitting

2:45pm: Feedback

3pm: Closing

About the workshop leaders

Lynn Kelly started meditating in 1975 and undertook eight lifetime precepts with Ven. Gunaratana in the early 1990s. From 1996-2004 she co-lead a weekly sitting group in Takoma Park, MD (USA), with Luisa Montero-Diaz under the auspices of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. Lynn completed the first Community Dharma Leader training offered by Spirit Rock Meditation Center (1997-2000). In 2004, she retired and moved to Brisbane with her husband John. Her princple teachers are Patrick Kearney (Australia) and Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Myanmar), and supporting teachers are Shinzen Young and Bhikkhu Bodhi. She regularly posts to her website, The Buddha’s Advice to Laypeople (

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. Since retiring from a career as a computer database specialist in the USA, John moved back to his home country, Australia in 2004, where he currently resides in Brisbane. He was principal assistant to Bhikkhu Bodhi in his recently pblished landmark translation of the Anguttara Nikaya, in addition to his earlier sutta anthology, “In the Buddha’s Words”. In 2005, John was a founding member and designer on the team that created, a continuously growing trove of information on early Buddhist texts, translations, and parallels. 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.


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Mindfulness Training —Annual 7 Day Residential retreat in Brisbane, QLD

By visiting Buddhist monk, Ven. Sobitha, from Siyane Vipassana Meditation Centre Kanduboda Sri Lanka. This centre is an international meditation centre, which started under Mahasi Sayadaw, a most venerated meditation master from Burma. The centre gives retreats in the style of Mahasi Sayadaw. (google link: kanduboda meditation centre). The retreat will emphasis on how to practice mindfulness during one’s daily activities. Noble silence will be observed during the retreat. There will be both sitting and walking meditations and teachings in between.

When: 5pm Fri 30 Oct 2015 – 5pm Fri 6 Nov 2015

At: 25 Banyan St, Belbowrie Brisbane, QLD 4070 This is a Buddhist nunnery

Fees: 100 $ for the 7 days (accommodation and vegetarian meals included. Breakfast & Lunch, light dinner)

Contact: Devaki 04786 30888 Goodna temple 3818 8806

Please book early as limited places available.

It is possible to come for 1 or 2 days or for the day. However to get the maximum benefit of the retreat, 7 day residential is recommended. If you live in Brisbane, please byo linen. Spaces also available for caravan/van parking.

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

Registrations open for UQ Meditation Retreat (Ven. U Dhammajiva)

From the 10th-18th of December, 2015, there will be 8-day silent meditation retreat that will be held right here at a UQ college. The teacher will be Ven. U Dhammajiva of Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya. This is quite a well known meditation monastery in Sri Lanka. ( With the encouragement of Ven. Sudhamma and the retreat organisers, we are hoping to send a number of participants from UQ Buds.

This year’s retreat will be conducted in English, which is truly a blessing. Applications close June 30th. The cost for accommodation for eight days is $264 (lunch is sponsored, but breakfast should be arranged individually) + the cost for the teacher’s airfare (currently unknown), which will be split between many participants.

The info sheet and registration form are below:
Invitation to register- Retreat Dec 2015
retreat application in English_Revised(1)

Please send the appropriate paperwork to Chandana Samarasinghe: email donsamara[at]

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

Meditation Semester 2, 2014

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 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!