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Vipassana Meditation - Looking Inwards

UNIBUDS Quaterly Meditation Workshop
Grahame White

Vipassana means to "see clearly". In this workshop, we will be learning about Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition. Through this practice, we will be able to improve our awareness and attention by tuning into the sensations that we feel in our body and the reactions in our mind.

This meditation workshop is great for someone who wishes to deepen their meditation practice or anyone who is new to meditation. The workshop will include an introduction to Vipassana meditation, guided sessions and a Q&A session.

Kindly RSVP so we can confirm the number of attendees and accommodate all. Thank you!

Speaker's Profile:
Grahame has been involved in the Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre outside Sydney. He also teaches in Illawarra & Sydney areas, Hawaii and in Sri Lanka. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regularly in order to deepen his own practice and study of the Dhamma. Grahame teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed and accessible style.

The Lodge, level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 20th September 2014
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Free. Donations are welcomed.
Emily - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com

Thai Ancestor Day

UNIBUDS Activity

Wat Pa Buddharangsee Buddhist Forest Monastery will be organizing Thai Ancestors Day this coming Sunday, 21st September 2014! So instead of sports, we will be organizing a one day trip to Wat Pa. Thai Ancestors Day, also known as Sart Thai Day, is a day to remember the dead with prayers, rituals and merit making on their behalf. It is a meaningful day to show our gratitude to our ancestors by paying a special respect on the day.

This is a good opportunity to visit one of UNIBUDS’ Patron, Venerable Chao Khun Samai at his monastery to help out and to make merits as well. I’m sure Wat Pa would need all the help they can get on the day! There will also be a lot of food stalls on the day, so you can savour your taste buds with great authentic Thai foods… yum yum…

If you are interested to come, please RSVP with me, Tze Hao by this Friday, 19th September 2014 so that I can arrange the necessary transport logistics. The current plan is to take the train from Central so that we would reach Wat Pa by 9am, which means that we need to leave Kingsford by 7am. If you have an Opal card, the cost would only be $2.50 for the whole trip.

Wat Pa Buddharangsee Buddhist Forest Monastery, Leumeah NSW
Sunday, 21st September 2014
ICon-Time Event Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Please contact organiser for meeting and transport arrangement
Train Fare from Central to Leumeah - $2.50 with an Opal card
Tze Hao - 0425 811 313 | tzehaotan@gmail.com

Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner

UNIBUDS Activity

Bodhi Nite 2014 has been yet another great success! This wouldn’t have been possible without all the amazing contribution from all of you! (Yes, audience included!) So, to thank everyone for their effort and time for Bodhi Nite, we will be having a Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner on the 27th September.

The night will be filled with food, individual performance and, let’s not forget Bodhi Nite 2014 DVD! The Thank You Dinner will be a potluck-style gathering, so feel free to bring a dish or drink to share with friends, or just come with a growling stomach and a wonderful smile! So don’t hesitate to come along and join in the fun!

*Please kindly RSVP by Thursday 25th September so that we can cater sufficient food for everyone.

The Lodge, level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 27th September 2014
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Your empty stomach! (You are welcomed to bring and share a dish or two)
Louis - 0412 279 153 | louis.chandra94@gmail.com

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

UNIBUDS Annual Event

Another one of UNIBUDS important events is coming up! This event shows the great milestones UNIBUDS has achieved. As we thank our 34th Executive Committee for their hard work and endless commitment to make UNIBUDS a lively society, it is time to pass our torch to the new faces of the 35th Executive Committee. Yes, it is time for the 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

We would like to invite you to this meaningful event and to show us your support to UNIBUDS. By trying to be part of the committee, you can help make UNIBUDS a better society for everyone to come together and learn Dhamma as a family. Everyone is welcome attend the AGM and cheer on those who will be nominated. You being there at the AGM are the greatest support you can give us. So, please come and join us!

There will be a nomination box available outside UNIBUDS Library for you to submit your nomination(s) from 9am – 6pm on weekdays. Please find the attached documents with this email for details of each Executive Committee position and the nomination form. The nomination forms will also be placed next to the nomination box for convenience.

Note:

1. If you wish to run for a key position – President, External Vice President, Internal Vice President, Honorary Secretary, or Honorary Treasurer, you must be an Ordinary member of UNIBUDS.
2. Nomination for key positions will not be accepted after the deadline on Wednesday, 1st October 2014.
3. Ordinary members are current students of UNSW, and are current members of UNIBUDS. 4. Nominations for the other positions are accepted before the AGM or may be called out on the day of the AGM.

The Lodge, level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 4th October 2014
ICon-Time 2.00pm to finish
Tze Hao - 0425 811 313 | tzehaotan@gmail.com
Den Neil - 0422 064 400 | ooi.den.neil@gmail.com

AGM Information Session

UNIBUDS Annual Event

If you’re interested in being part of the 35th EXCO but are unsure of what the EXCO actually does or are unable to decide which position to run for, don’t worry! We will be organizing two information sessions – this coming Saturday, 20th September 2014 (After Meditation Workshop) and the following Friday 26th September 2014 (Before English Dhamma Talk). This is your chance to have a chat with the 34th EXCO in a casual setting to know more about the responsibilities of the EXCO, both portfolio duties and beyond. We are more than happy to share our knowledge and give you encouragement to join the next EXCO team! So don’t feel shy to approach us!

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UNIBUDS EXCO Portfolio 2014
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UNIBUDS AGM 2014 Nomination Form
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  Session 1
The Lodge, level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 20th September 2014
ICon-Time 1.00pm - 2.00pm (After Meditation Workshop)
Tze Hao - 0425 811 313 | tzehaotan@gmail.com
Den Neil - 0422 064 400 | ooi.den.neil@gmail.com

  Session 2
To be Advised
Friday, 26th September 2014
ICon-Time 5.00pm - 6.00pm (Before English Dhamma Talk)
Tze Hao - 0425 811 313 | tzehaotan@gmail.com
Den Neil - 0422 064 400 | ooi.den.neil@gmail.com

如何修习禅定?
How to Meditate like a Master?

UNIBUDS WEEKLY Chinese Dhamma Talk
Venerable Neng Rong

This week, we will be having another session on Meditation. Following from last week class, this week we will look deeper into Meditation and the benefits of meditation. We will also look into how meditation can help us in gaining enlightenment when we just sit quietly and do nothing. Apart from that, we will be learning what is the best way to practice meditation in order to reach an optimum result and what to expect from meditation.

There will also be a short meditation session at the start of the session. Everyone is welcome!
P.S.: If you don’t understand Chinese but wish to attend the class, feel free to contact me so that I can arrange a translator to guide you through the class.

Speaker's Profile:
Venerable Neng Rong is the abbess of Hwa Tsang Monastery. Venerable Neng Rong has earned her Masters in Educational Administration at UNSW in 1993 and her Masters of Arts (Buddhist Studies) from the Taiwan Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies in 1999. Venerable has done extensive work in teaching of scripture classes for both primary and high school students. She is also involved in teaching Buddhism to university student groups from UNSW, Sydney University, Macquarie University and University of Technology. Venerable helps with providing support, advice, and counselling for the university Buddhist community and any other members of the university community in general.

Room 203, Squarehouse
Thursday, 18th September 2014
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Den Neil - 0422 064 400 | ooi.den.neil@gmail.com

Keeping the Mind in Balance

UNIBUDS WEEKLY English Dhamma Talk
Phra Mana

Is anger ever justified? We all know how painful it is sometimes to hold on to anger. How can we find the space in our hearts to forgive others, and forgive ourselves?

Speaker's Profile:
Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was born in the busy city of Bangkok, Thailand. After studying medicine for 3 years, he ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1986. He has undergone meditation practice and training with several great teachers in Thailand and abroad. Throughout his experience as a monk, he has traveled to more than 30 countries teaching Buddhism and meditation, attending symposiums, conferences, religious events and many more. In the year 2000, for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Buddhism was represented by monks as volunteers for the Religious Centre in the Games Village and Phra Mana was appointed as the Buddhist Chaplain to teach meditation to athletes and contingents of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with other Buddhist monks from different traditions. Today, as the Abbot of Sunnataram Forest Monastery, he focuses his training in teaching meditation and the cultivation of a wholesome lifestyle. He continues to steer, guide and touch the lives of the Australian community through the Dhamma and meditation to achieve happiness, calm and peace. He is a picture of health, an animator, a strong believer in the power of positive thought, a yoga & Tai Chi enthusiast and an inspiration both to the Sangha (monastic order of monks and nuns) and the lay community.

Room 163, Level 1 of Law Building
Friday, 19th September 2014
ICon-Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Allen - 0433 001 648 | allenkha.ak@gmail.com

Monday to Friday Afternoon Meditation

UNIBUDS DAILY Meditation

What are the benefits of meditation? Meditation helps to relax and settle our minds from our busy daily life. It also allows us to bring awareness to the present moment and to focus on the tasks at hand.

Why not spend a small part of our day to enjoy a little bit of peace and serenity. Take this excellent opportunity to practice, breathe and look within ourselves. For further enquiries, feel free to contact me! Hope to see you there!

UNIBUDS Library, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Monday to Friday
ICon-Time 2.15pm - 3.00pm
Emily - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com

Announcement

SACCA Publication

The latest March 2014 - May 2014 Autumn Edition SACCA with the topic of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Buddhism' is OUT!
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