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Hi all - I snarked this from Quiric because I thought the layout was a good base to start. Apologies.


Name: Dhammachick
Nationality/State: Australian / New South Wales
Describe Yourself: I'm a really new Buddhist who has finally committed to serious practise after several years of "dabbling". I'm a mum in inner-west Sydney and from a Pagan background. I still struggle with the concept of anatman but I'm trying my best to get my brain around it.
Any school/tradition you belong to: I am drawn to Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. I am yet to find a Sangha to join.
Special Interests: singing and songwriting, anthropology, ancient history, avid bookworm.

I hope to be able to contribute to this community as well as continue to learn from my fellow Buddhists :)

  • quiric

Introducing myself

Name: Quiric
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
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Walking the Path

 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
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    contemplative contemplative

The APEC sutta

 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...

UPDATE: Mr Howard and Mr Rudd May Meet Dalai Lama

For anyone that doesn't know... The Dalai Lama was not going to be formally greeted when he arrives in Australia, because the Australian government doesn't want to upset China... :/

UPDATE: Mr Howard and Mr Rudd May Meet Dalai Lama

Both Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd are now checking their diaries to see whether they can schedule meetings with the Dalai Lama.

ATC Chair George Farley said that he was delighted that the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader were now intending to meet the Dalai Lama.

The apparent change of heart follows a furious 24 hours of media coverage of the issue, with responses on talkback radio, online polls and blogs clearly demonstrating enormous public support for meetings between political leaders and the Dalai Lama.

‘Mindful of international sensitivities’
The media flurry was initiated by Greens Senator Bob Brown when he released a letter from Senate President Paul Calvert, refusing to hold an official reception for the Dalai Lama when he is in Canberra. In the letter Senator Calvert said: “unfortunately, as I am sure you will understand, I have to be mindful of international sensitivities”.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet will hold an unofficial reception for the Dalai Lama at Parliament House. MPs attending the event include the Group’s Chair Labor MP Michael Danby, Liberal Peter Slipper, Australian Democrat Natasha Stott Despoja and of course Senator Brown.

Council Sparks Controversy
In Melbourne, controversy has erupted over Melbourne City Council representation at the forum being organised by Australia Tibet Council and the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University on June 8. Lord Mayor John So was sent an official invitation to the event. Initially, the Lord Mayor’s office advised ATC that Cr So himself would not be able to attend, but that another Councillor might be able to attend in his place. We later received another phone call saying that no one would be attending.

However, it has since emerged that other Councillors were not made aware of the invitation. Greens Councillor Fraser Brindley will now attend the event on behalf of the Council.

There is now also pressure on the State Premiers, none of whom had previously agreed to meetings, to change their attitude.

For the latest news on this, check here:

On the importance of daily meditation

        "We do physical exercise - yoga, jogging or walking - to keep the body healthy and strong. Otherwise, the body becomes weak and diseased. In the same way, it is even more necessary to keep the mind healthy and strong. The mind is more important; one should not allow it to become weak or diseased. Vipassana is exercise of the mind. Meditating morning and evening makes the mind strong and healthy; it is not a waste of time. We live in a complex and stressful world. If the mind is not strong, we lose the balance of the mind and become miserable. Those who do not know pure Dhamma, who have not learned this meditation, are unfortunate. But those who have received this benevolent teaching and are not using it are even more unfortunate. They have found such a priceless gem but have discarded it as if it is a useless pebble. What can be a greater misfortune?
        It is a matter of great fortune to be born as a human being. Only a human being can become introverted and eradicate mental defilements from the depth of the mind. The world cannot be done by animals or birds or reptiles or insects or other lower beings. Even a human being cannot do this work if he does not know this technique. One gets a human birth, one finds such a wonderful technique, learns to use it, benefits from it, and still discontinues the practice. What a misfortune! A bankrupt person finds a treasure. And he discards it and becomes bankrupt again. A hungry person gets delicious food. And he discards it and becomes hungry again. A sick person finds medicine. And he discards it and becomes sick again. Very unfortunate, indeed! One should not make this mistake.
        Sometimes meditators come to me and say: "I have stopped meditating. What to do, I am so busy." It is a poor excuse. Do we not give food to the body three or four times a day? We do not say, "I am such a busy person, I don't have time for food today." This meditation that we do every morning and evening makes the mind strong. And a strong mind is more important than a strong body. If we forget this, we harm ourselves."

        - From a discourse by S.N. Goenka to 5000 Vipassana practitioners at University Ground, Nagpur, October 2000.

Children's courses

  • torsvan

Buddhist studies at the University of Sydney

Dear all,

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 and
or contact:

The School of Languages & Cultures:
Level 5, MacCallum Brennan Building A18.
Phone: (02) 9351 2869
Fax: (02) 9351 2319

For more information, please contact Dr Mark Allon (Buddhist Studies) ( or Dr Edward Crangle (Religious studies) (
  • indriya

For Tibetan Buddhists & other interested Buddhistly types...

The Dalai Lama is visiting Oz next year. His tour details can be found on the following website:

The Dalai Lama 2007 Australia Tour will be eleven days of events and opportunities to hear and see one of the most recognisable people in the world today, as well as the spiritual and political head of the Tibetan people.

Many people around the world, many of them Buddhist, and even more of them not, are fascinated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Both groups will be well catered for in the tour itinerary, along with the media and commercial leaders.

Sadly the tour doesn't include Brisbane... a good excuse for a trip, though, non?


ETA: oops, HH is coming to Brisvegas!

Send The Prime Minister A Prayer Flag

An email I received...

"You really can make a difference.

If you want Prime Minister John Howard to publicly support the Dalai
Lama's Middle Way approach to resolving the Tibetan issue - and to
offer Australia as a neutral venue for negotiations between the
Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, you need to let him know.

It takes less than a minute to add your name to a "letter" that
Australia Tibet Council is about to deliver to Mr Howard in the form
of a Tibetan prayer flag.

Time is running out for the Tibetans.

Please click this link to sign up to the prayer flag ...

... and please forward this email to anyone interested in helping
with the world's longest running non-violent campaign.

Thank you.

Paul Bourke
Executive Officer
Australia Tibet Council"