Nationality/State: Australian / Victoria
Describe Yourself: I came to Buddhism through surviving domestic violence and experiencing chronic ill health; it just spoke to - and continues to - speak to me. I struggle with practising alone but still see Buddhism as part of all that is.
Buddhist, Secularist, Both or Other: Buddhist
Any school/tradition you belong to: Western Buddhist Order
Special Interests: gardening, writing, painting, creating
Apologies for the cross posting but I thought this simple exploration by Stephen Batchelor might be of benefit, particularly to those, like myself at present, who feel somewhat disconnected from others.
" As you walk along a path, you are indebted to every man, woman, child and dog who preceded you. And each time you place a foot on the ground, you maintain the path for those who will follow. In pushing aside a fallen branch, you take responsibility for those who will come later... A path is created by clarifying one's aims and removing what gets in the way of their realisation. "
Living with the Devil: A meditation on good and evil, pages 77- 79
If anyone feels like continuing this short satirical (though hopefully respectful) 'sutta' please do. It was written in response to the APEC conference being held in Sydney at the moment.
Thus have I heard, one day the Buddha took his place at the APEC conference after rising gracefully above the anti-protest barricades, negotiating security checks on his bowl and beaming loving kindness at the batallions of police armed with capsicum spray. The Lord sat in tranquil ease between two delegates. One of these delegates adjusted his tie to one side, circumvented another security check, waited for the noise of the Blackhawk helicopter to subside then turned to the Buddha and said...
Just thought I would let you all know about Buddhist Studies at the University of Sydney
The University of Sydney is currently offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to Buddhism within the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies and the Department of Studies in Religion. This includes the newly created Masters, Graduate Diploma, and Graduate Certificate of Buddhist Studies. Courses for 2007 include
ASNS2622 Buddhist Scriptures I (semester 1)
RLST2609 Theravada Buddhism (semester 1)
RLST2623 Meditation & Self Transformation (semester 2)
BDST6903 Tibetan Buddhism (semester 1)
ASNS6976 Buddhism & State in North-East Asia (semester 1)
RLST6934 Mysticism, Religion and Cognition (semester 1)
BDST6904 Buddhism in Gandhara & Central Asia (semester 2)
RLST6944 Buddhism in East Asian Thought and Practice (semester 2)
Courses taught in 2006, which may be repeated in 2008, were
ASNS2621 Buddhist Philosophy
RLST2609 Theravada Buddhism
RLST2610 Mahayana Buddhism
BDST6902 Buddhism and the West
BDST6901 Readings in Early Buddhist Literature
BDST6905 Healing in Buddhism
RLST6935 Buddhist Contemplative Practices
Sanskrit and Pali language courses are also available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels from the department of Indian Subcontinental Studies. For more information, see www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/religion/index.php and www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/indian/
The School of Languages & Cultures: firstname.lastname@example.org
Level 5, MacCallum Brennan Building A18.
Phone: (02) 9351 2869
Fax: (02) 9351 2319
For more information, please contact Dr Mark Allon (Buddhist Studies) (email@example.com) or Dr Edward Crangle (Religious studies) (firstname.lastname@example.org)