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Cook of the Year 2016

UNIBUDS Annual Event

Do you love to cook? Are you one of those who are imaginative and innovative at mealtimes? Or would you like to learn how to cook? Here comes the opportunity to show off your cooking skills.

Cook of the Year is an annual cooking competition where participants come together to challenge their cooking skills by incorporating Dhamma dishes. You will be in a team of 4-5 members and each team shall prepare around 3-4 dishes. This is a good opportunity for you to meet new friends, have fun preparing the dishes and learning the Dhamma in an interesting way!

Please take note that the dishes would have to be strictly vegetarian which means no egg, garlic, onion, leek, shallot, meat, gelatine and alcohol.

For those who are interested but do not have a team, fear not, we will help assign you into a team. So if you are interested, please kindly RSVP by 18th October 2016.

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse, UNSW
Saturday, 22nd October 2016
ICon-Time 11.00am - 3.30pm
Fu Xiu - 0415 678 888 |
Koko - 0452 532 113 |

Meditation Workshop - Vipassana Meditation

UNIBUDS Quaterly Meditation workshop
Patricia Austin

So as you guys know, our finals are just around the corner, and certainly towards the end of this semester, you will begin to stress over the assignments that are piling up as well as the study commitments that you have put off for far too long. You might get a little bit unorganised and anxious about the things you have to do in these couple weeks to go, but worry no more! We are here to help you get through the tough times as UNIBUDS will be holding its Meditation Workshop on 29th October 2016. So put those books away for a while, and come join us for a calming and relaxing meditation experience.

For this upcoming workshop, we are going to learn about Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). It is an interesting meditation technique as the aim of meditation itself is concerned with staying in the present moment as much as you can by observing body and mind. This will be a perfect opportunity for those who are keen to develop their interest in meditation or just simply want to learn how to meditate!

Interested? Do come along and hope to see you there!

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

Speaker's Profile:
Patricia Austin has been a Buddhist practitioner for 20 years. Her meditation training is in the Burmese Theravada tradition. Buddhism is integral to her daily life. Patricia is a clinical psychologist with a small private practice. She has previously worked in HIV/AIDS services, carried out research into the mental health of asylum seekers and for 19 years provided psychological therapy to the bereaved at Sacred Heart Palliative Care Service.

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 29th October 2016
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Ricco - 0410 968 243 |

The Wisdom of Life

UNIBUDS WEEKLY Chinese Dhamma Talk
能融法师 Venerable Neng Rong

Speaker's Profile:
Venerable Neng Rong is the current Buddhist Chaplain at UNSW and Abbess of Hwa Tsang Monastery, which is the monastery founded by UNIBUDS Patron Venerable Tsang Hui. 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 the 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 Sydney. Venerable helps with providing support, advice, and counseling for the university Buddhist communities and members of the university community in general. She hopes to promote religious understanding, peace and spirituality on campus.

Blockhouse G16
Thursday, 20th October 2016
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Cece - 0432 893 598 |

Would the Buddha Recognise His Teachings Today?
Misconceptions and Right Understanding

UNIBUDS WEEKLY English Dhamma Talk
Dr Belinda Khong

This week's EDT session will be focusing on one of the components of the Noble Eightfold Path, right understanding. Right understanding starts by acknowledging the suffering and difficulties in the word around us as well as in our own lives. Then, it asks us to touch what we really value inside, to find how things really are, and to use that as the basis of our spiritual practice. However, how do we know that what we understand is true? How do we know that the teachings of the Buddha haven't been distorted by the external cultural influence, as well as words of mouth?

In our personal opinion, we can only realise something is true when we actually practise it and see it for ourselves. This is especially true for Buddhism because the experience that stems from realisation can only be felt by the practitioner him/herself and not others. Moreover, the Buddha has also instructed us that we should not simply trust anything simply because we have heard of it - as written in the Kalama Sutta:

So, as I said, Kalamas:

Don't go by reports,
by legends,
by traditions,
by scripture,
by logical conjecture,
by inference,
by analogies,
by agreement through pondering views,
by probability,
or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher."
When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" - then you should abandon them.
When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skilful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' then you should enter & remain in them."

Kalama Sutta AN 3.65

But! As the quotes above suggest, take my opinion as a grain of salt. Come to this week's Dhamma talk and experience it for yourself!

Speaker's Profile:
Dr Belinda Khong is a practising psychologist. She also lectures at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Prior to moving into psychology, Dr Khong practised as an attorney. She serves on the editorial boards of The Humanistic Psychologist, and Mindfulness journals. Her professional interests include integrating Western and Eastern approaches to psychology, health and well-being. She was the guest editor for The Humanistic Psychologist Special Issues on Mindfulness in Psychology, and Bringing Heidegger home: A journey through the lived worlds of psychologists and philosophers. She completed a professional training program on Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health-Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. Dr Khong conducts talks and workshops on managing stress and mindfulness meditation for organisations and professionals in Australia and overseas. For more information, please see:

Room 163, Level 1 of Law Building
Friday, 21st October 2016
ICon-Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Tus - 0487 708 381 |

Sport Session - Frisbee

UNIBUDS Weekly Activity

- What to bring: Just yourself!!
- What to wear: Comfortable sports wear and shoes

Kensington Field.
Sunday, 23rd October 2016
ICon-Time 10.00am - 12.00pm
Marco - 0431 485 746 |

Tuesday Afternoon 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
ICon-Time 1.15pm - 2.00pm
Ricco - 0410 968 243 |


Annual Magazine 2010-2011

The long awaited Annual Magazine 2010-2011 is finally out. We have combined the two-year annual magazine into one edition.

'Wisdom with a Heart'
'Mindfulness: Right Here, Right Now'
(PDF: 7.0MB)
Right Click here and 'save as' to download file!

SACCA Publication

The latest Dec 2015 - Feb 2016 Summer Edition SACCA with the topic of 'Kamma in Buddhism' is OUT!
Right Click here and 'save as' to download file! (PDF - 7.0MB).

For those who have not received the SACCA newsletter, please contact May at


Come and learn the Dhamma with us! And together, we shall find the happiness and the purpose of life...

UNIBUDS membership form (pdf, 1.3MB)