SUMMARY OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN 2009

 

UNIBUDS Week ZERO Stall

UNIBUDS Activity

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We just had a fun O-week stall last week! Did you miss out the O-week?

Don't worry... You can ZERO in to our stall this week at the foyer of UNSW Main Library!
So that those who haven't come back to University last week will have the chance to join us too.

With the O-week stall, new members can join our membership, old members can renew their membership, you can also get information of UNIBUDS events, register for O-picnic, meet up with UNIBUDS friends, buy UNIBUDS T-shirt as well as get free distribution Dhamma books at the stall!

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We Need You! We need helpers to keep the stall running!

What you can do? Setting up our stall, packing up our stall, spreading Dhamma, spreading smiles and laughter, introducing UNIBUDS to new students, recommend a books., updating membership, recording mailing lists etc.

Interested in lending us a helping hand? Come and join us at the stall, spread the laughter and joy while introducing Dhamma to all who approach the stall! It's going to be fun!

UNSW Main Library Foyer - Week ZERO(0)
Mon - Fri, 2nd - 6th March 2009
ICon-Time Morning - Afternoon
N/A
Yee Herng 0423 724 954 / yeeherng0422@gmail.com
Khai Yi 0430 533 879 / luvlavyi@gmail.com

UNIBUDS O-PICNIC

UNIBUDS Event

Missing the fun and laughters from the previous UNIBUDS activities? New to UNIBUDS and don't know anyone yet? Want to meet old friends and make new ones? What about just taking a day to relax and chill out before getting blown away by the business of our uni life?

Come and join us in our first event of the year!

If you don't know the way? Fuss not! Our friendly Venue Guiders will be there to lead you to Coogee Beach by bus. The details to meet are:
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Meeting Time: 8.45 am
Meeting Place: UNSW Squarehouse, Ground level
Venue Guider: Jayson (0450 632 109)

Otherwise, we will see you at Coogee Beach! Food is provided, all you need to bring is some sun screen, shades, $1.70 or a blue travel ten if you are meeting us at the Squarehouse, and of course yourself!

Map of UNIBUDS O-Picnic @ Coogee Beach!
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In order for us to better cater to everyones' needs, please register with the organizers with your name, contact number, email as well as your prefered transportation option. Or if you want to help out with this event or will like to share a dish or 2, please let us know too!

Coogee Beach (BBQ pit opposite McDonalds)**
**Venue will be changed to indoors in case of rainy weather. Please register with us so we can notify you of the venue beforehand!
Sat, 14 March 2009
ICon-Time 10.00am - 3.00pm
FREE!!
Mei Ling - 0431 521 812 / meilin9.teoh@gmail.com
Zhang Yi - 0421 818 512 / lahdidadida@gmail.com

UNIBUDS Cook of the Year

UNIBUDS Activity

Following the delicious food at O-Picnic, are you inspired?
Do you want to learn to cook?
How about teaming up with some wise cooks and learn on the job?
Learn Dhamma in a different and fun way~!
Want to share your Dhamma knowledge with all of us?
Now this is a good chance for you to do so!

UNIBUDS proudly presents Cook of The Year!

Cook of the year is an event where you can show us your cooking skills, as well as your Dhamma knowledge! Basically it's a friendly competition-style event, where you can form a team which consist of 4-5 members. Each team shall prepare a number of dishes (enough to feed 8-10 people) with Dhamma related theme and present it in front of our judges.

Your dishes will be judged on the following (by order of importance): Dhamma relevance, Taste, Presentation, and Judges preferences. For those who love to cook, interested to cook, and creative, don't miss out this opportunity! Get your hands into the kitchen and let your creative flow!

P.S: If you are keen to join but do not have a team, let us know and we will organise a team for u!

Note: All dishes must be strictly vegetarian, and do not include any milk, eggs, garlic, onion, leek, shallots, and alcohol. Use of ginger and chilli are permitted. Thanks for your cooperation! =)

REGISTER NOW!!

This event will not be a success without the audience to taste the food! So, don't worry if kitchen is not your area, be at the dining table to taste the wonderful dishes! =)

The Lodge, Level 3 of Square House, UNSW
Sat, 28th March 2009
ICon-Time 11.00am - 3.00pm
N/A
Ming De - 0404 510 077 / mingde.teh@gmail.com
Ian - 0430 063 421 / iancxy89@gmail.com

Vesak Day Celebration

UNIBUDS Event

The month of May is an auspicious month in Buddhist Calender. Why? It's because it's the month when we celebrate Vesak. Vesak is the time when we contemplate and celebrate the day of the Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and his Passing (Paranibbana). UNIBUDS will celebrate this auspicious day together every year. This year we will celebrate this day in Mahayana tradition. We will be having chanting session, two short Buddhism talks by venerables and the bathing of the Buddha Ceremony. So, all of you are invited to come and celebrate it together! Let's not miss this auspicious event!

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse, UNSW
Sunday, 9th May 2009
Please REGISTER by Friday, 7th May 2009
ICon-Time 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Rosie 0420 815 595 / rosiana35@gmail.com
Kelly 0430 470 035 / kykellywong@gmail.com

Potluck!

UNIBUDS Activity

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Guys! Another event coming up! This time it is Potluck!

Come and meet your UNIBUDS brothers and sisters!
Never meet, never know!

Bring the dish that you would like to share with them!
Sharing is caring!

Also! Come and taste the wonderful cooking of theirs!
A little taste, bring a smile on your face!

Potluck is an event where all of us will gather under a common reason: FOOD. It is a good time for all of us to get together, sharing experiences and also stories!

Also, we will be having video clips and photo slide shows of Bodhi Nite 2008 - Seeds of Tommorrow, Blossoms of Yesterday! So come! Come and have a look at what you have done and the good memories we had!

What is Bodhi Nite, you may ask...Come and join us to find out more! It will definitely be a good chance for you to see how we celebrate our UNIBUDS Anniversary! You will be amazed! ^_^

We invite you to the Lodge, Squarehouse for this event! It is time to re-charge with FOOD before go study rooms!

Come and have a break!

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse, UNSW
Sunday, 23rd May 2009
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Yee Herng 0423 724 954 / yeeherng0422@gmail.com
Shi Ying 0430 007 279 / shiying86@gmail.com

Winter Retreat 2009

UNIBUDS Annual Event

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Expecting to laze off and hibernate during the winter? Well, you can put that thought aside now as Unibuds invites you to join our Winter Retreat! What is it? Winter Retreat is a 3 days 2 nights activity of retreating from your daily hustle bustle to a simple monastic living up in the Southern Highlands of Bandanoon. There would be program line up for all participants, such as: Dhamma talks, Tai Chi, Mini Performances, Bush Walking, Group/Team activities and tour around the Monastery.

It is an excellent chance to experience Monastic lifestyle and take a real good break from your hectic studies and work. At the same time, rejuvenate yourself with Buddhist teachings and philosophy! Definitely an essential body, mind and spirit food. So, hope to see you guys there!

Food and accommodation are provided for free by the Monastery. There would not be a specific cost charged. Thus, donations to the monastery would be very much welcomed.

PS: Priority will be given to members who are able to attend the retreat for 3 days 2 nights, then only non-members who are able to attend for 3 days 2 nights. Or else, we will accept the applications by first come first serve. To register a place, fill in the application form (Right click and 'save as' to download form) and please send them to wr.unibuds@gmail.com before the 27th of June. Thanks!

Sunnataram Forest Monastery
3rd - 5th July 2009
Train Fare - approximately $8 for Concession / $16 for Adult)
Donations to Monastery are welcome!
Kelly - 0430 470 035 | kykellywong@gmail.com
Rosie - 0420 815 595 | rosiana35@gmail.com
Ian - 0430 063 421 | iancxy89@gmail.com

UNIBUDS STALL

Bi-annual Event

There is a Big news for you, "We have a UNIBUDS stall on week1!"

With the stall, new members can join our membership, old members can renew their membership, you can also get information of UNIBUDS events, meet up with UNIBUDS friends, buy UNIBUDS T-shirt as well as get free distribution Dhamma books at the stall!

Are you an existing member?
Do you know that all members have to renew their membership every year? UNIBUDS stall is a good chance to do so! Come to our stall! Bring your new friends and juniors along to join this big family! Let's make UNIBUDS stall as happening as we could! ^_^

Are you interested in UNIBUDS?
Known UNIBUDS but not yet a member? Interested in joining us? Come to our stall! You can fill up the membership form and be a member at UNIBUDS stall!

Are you new to UNIBUDS?
Welcome to UNIBUDS! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Yee Herng and I am the Internal Vice President of UNIBUDS for this term. I will be updating you on UNIBUDS activities on a weekly basis through emails like this. I hope you enjoy your stay and please make yourself comfortable. Any comment, suggestions, ideas, questions, feel free to contact me anytime through unibuds@gmail.com.

Don't miss the chance to get to know UNIBUDS family! Welcome :D

Outside Main Library
Tuesday - Thursday, 21st - 23rd July 2009
ICon-Time 9.00am - 4.00pm
Yee Herng - 0423 724 954 | yeeherng0422@gmail.com
Kia Sheng - 0450 632 109 | kiasheng.chew@gmail.com

Bodhi Nite Stall

Volunteers and helps are welcomed!

UNIBUDS has grown and this year UNIBUDS will be celebrating its 29th Birthday! And so we welcome you to our anniversary night -- Bodhi Nite 2009!

We, as enthusiastic members of UNIBUDS, are going to set up a marketing stall in front of the Uni Main Library to promote and sell Bodhi Nite tickets! Of course, we hope that you will be able to help as well! We will be meeting up at 8.30am in the morning at the Unibuds Library (Squarehouse level 3) to set up, and pack up at 3pm!

What can you help? We need more menpower to set up as well as pack up because we need to carry everything to the stall (including the table, Buddha statue, banner etc) all the way from the lower campus to the upper campus (or the opposite way). Other than that, we will need people to look after the stall as well.

Don't worry if you only have 1-2 hours of free time in a week for the stall because we welcome everyone to be there anytime! Or you can even bring your lunch to the stall and eat with the rest of us!! There goes the saying: "The More the Merrier"!!

If you feel like contributing but don't know how to contribute, this is a GREAT chance! To let us know your availability, contact us now!

Outside Main Library, UNSW
Everyday on week 4 & 5
ICon-Time 9.00pm - 3.00pm
Ian - 0430 063 421 | iancxy89@gmail.com

Bodhi Nite 2009

UNIBUDS Annual Event

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Here comes the biggest annual event in UNIBUDS - Bodhi Nite

Bodhi Nite is an anniversary to commemorate the wonderful birth of this society, and its journey which we have become a part of. In conjunction to this celebration, we explore a certain concept or value found in Buddhism, and then share it with masses through a creative mix of stage play, choir and multimedia presentations.

Want to know how you can volunteer and be part of the event itself, click here to find out!
Clancy Auditorium, UNSW
29th August 2009
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 10.00pm (6.00pm - 7.00pm > Vegetarian Dinner)

$10 |- UNIBUDS members
$12 |- non-member
$15 |- at door (no guarantee that tickets will be available at door)

Khai Yi - 0430 533 879 | luvlavyi@gmail.com
Ian - 0430 063 421 | iancxy89@gmail.com

Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner

UNIBUDS Annual Event

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It comes, it stays, it goes. Bodhi Nite 2009 isn't forever.
Bodhi Nite 2009 came to a close on 29th August but many memories of the night still linger on. More than 100 volunteers put in their time and effort over a period of 3 months to present their best on that night of celebration.

Many thanks to the people who made it happen!
Bodhi Nite 2009 was possible only with the collective efforts of everyone involved, be it the performers, the backstage, the many supporting departments and even the audience!

A dinner to thank you for your efforts.
In order to show our gratitude, UNIBUDS is having a potluck dinner to thank all those involved! Everyone is hereby invited to the dinner! Even if you missed Bodhi Nite 2009, you are also invited to join in our celebrations to show your appreciation!

Encore performance!
Since it was such a memorable evening, it is only right that we have an encore performance! Footage of the performances will be played during the dinner to allow everyone to re-live the exciting moments of the night. There might even be live performances so it is a night not to be missed!!

The Lodge, Squarehouse Level 3
Saturday, 12th September 2009
ICon-Time 6.00pm till late
Free - Bring your empty stomach!
Bernard - 0423 556 911 | bernard.cw@gmail.com
Ian - 0430 063 421 | iancxy89@gmail.com

The Compassionate Heart

UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop

Theme: The Compassionate Heart

Metta is one of the more important teachings of the Buddha. During the last Meditation Workshop, the theme was Vipassana Meditation. Metta meditation is actually one of the 4 meditation practices in vipassana. It is one of the more important teachings of the Buddha. So what is metta or loving kindness? How can we practice it in meditation? Curious about how we can spread loving kindness through meditation? Then, you should really come for the workshop!

The workshop will provide Dhamma talks and guided meditation to assist you in learning.

Whether you are new to the concept of meditation/buddhism or otherwise, you are more than welcome to join.

Dana (food) will be offered to Venerable as a practice of generosity, as such, you are welcome to bring in a dish or two to share with all.Please be mindful that the dish should be a vegetarian dish that does not contain garlic or onion with respect to the Venerable's diet. If you are interested to come along or to offer dana, drop me an email to let me know! If you decide to turn up last minute, it would be great as well.

If there is any inquiries about the workshop, just contact me either by email or call.

Speaker's Profile:
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 counseling for the university Buddhist community and any other members of the university community in general. She hopes to promote religious understanding, peace and spirituality on campus. Venerable Neng Rong is the representative of Venerable Tsang Hui who is one of the UNIBUDS's patrons. She is also the current Buddhist chaplain at UNSW.

Room 203, Level 2 of Squrehouse
Saturday, 19 September 2009
ICon-Time 10.00am - 12.00pm
Mei Ling - 0431 521 812 | meilin9.teoh@gmail.com

UNIBUDS Annual General Meeting

Upcoming UNIBUDS Annual Event

How time flies! Another year has past... For UNIBUDS to grow through impermanence, the conditions have come for a new team to lead us in this Dhamma journey...

We invite you to come to the AGM and show your support to the nominees as this is the time when you can make your voice heard, as we believe that UNIBUDS exists because of her members (ie. YOU!) Therefore, no one is better to determine the future of the society other than YOU! So, please come to the AGM!

For more detailed information of each Executive Committee positions, please click here.

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squrehouse
Saturday, 26 September 2009
ICon-Time 2.00pm (for 2.30pm start)
Mandy - 0404 609 225 | mandypang1989@gmail.com
Jayson - 0450 632 109 | kiasheng.chew@gmail.com

Meditation and our Mind

UNIBUDS Event
John Barclay

Perhaps you are new to meditation. Or perhaps you have attended many meditation retreats. In any case, in this meditation workshop about mindfulness meditation, there will be something to learn and refresh. Plus, meditation is a joyous journey and at the meditation workshop you will find many like-minded meditation learners.

Through the practise of Meditation, we can train our minds to achieve a state of tranquillity, without being disturbed by outside forces. Mindfulness Meditation helps in training and developing the strengths of the mind to achieve this peacefulness.

If you are interested to attend, drop me an email to let me know! Last minute participants are more than welcome to join too. If there is any inquiries about the workshop, just contact Derrick either by email or phone. Hope to see you there!

Room 203, Level 2 of Squrehouse, UNSW
Saturday, 10th October 2009
Please REGISTER by Friday, 9th October 2009
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Derrick - 0410 123 697 | wonghc@gmail.com

Cook of the Year 2009

UNIBUDS Annual Event

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~Learn Dhamma in a fun and creative way~

What is Cook of The Year (COTY)?
COTY is a friendly competition-style event, where everyone gets together in teams of 4 to 6 to cook and decorate vegetarian dishes of their choice and then relate it to the Buddhist teaching. The dishes are presented and judged on the day and everybody will have a chance to try the food and meet the other participants. This event is open to anyone!! So bring your friends along and show them your cooking skill!

What is the objective of Cook of The Year?
The objectives of this event are to allow people to learn and practice the Dhamma in other interesting ways outside of the typical classroom context.

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What are the rules & regulations?

  • Judging criteria

  • a. Dhamma Relevance (40%)
    b. Taste (30%)
    c. Appearance and Presentation (20%)
    d. Judge's presentation (10%)

  • Teams should provide a short presentation (8-10minutes) explaining how their food relates to the Dhamma.

  • Teams will have to bring their dishes and arrive at 11.15am. Punctuality is a must!

  • Teams arriving more than 45mins late will be disqualified in cases where they are exceptionally late for the event.

  • Food must be strictly vegetarian (according to the Mahayana tradition)

  • Ingredients: No alcohol, meat, garlic, onion, leek, egg, shallot and milk. Use of banned ingredients will affect your score. Use of ginger, chilli and cheese are allowed.

  • It is recommended that each team may prepare 3 dishes and 1 dessert. However, you may decide with your team members.
  • What should each team do?

  • Get a team of 4-6 people.It is preferable to have one senior/ Executive Committee in a team.

  • Create a team name.

  • A discussion among team members before the day will help the team to have a better ideas of what to cook.

  • Prepare the presentation speech in regards to Dhamma before the day will help your team to delivered the message correctly as well as skillfully. Suggestion: You may find information through books, websites or asking UNIBUDS friends.
  • More interesting things...

  • Organisers will come to every teams' place and record a short video(3minutes) of your preparation.

  • Each group will need to provide the exact time and venue to organisers for the recording of the video.

  • Video will be shown on the event to increase a better atmosphere of the event!

  • There will be 4 categories of prizes: First, Second, Third and consolation prizes. Therefore, each team will have a prize no matter win or lose.
  • The Lodge, Level 3 of Squrehouse, UNSW
    Saturday, 17th October 2009
    ICon-Time 11.30am - 3.30pm
    Yee Herng - 0423 724 954 | yeeherng0422@gmail.com
    Niky - 0423 453 249 | tanakaan@gmail.com

    Summer Retreat 2009
    Theme: Mindfulness

    UNIBUDS Annual Retreat

    Thinking of how to spend your Summer Holidays? Thinking of where to go and have a fantastic holiday? DO NOT HESITATE! Come and join us for the annual Summer Retreat! This time round, we are heading to Wat Pa Buddharangsee! (Wat Pa Buddharangsee is our Patron, Chao Khun Maha Samai's monastery)

    This is a great opportunity to spend some time learning about Buddhism and get the precious chance to experience monastic life! Of course, you will be able to put Dhamma into action by participating in simple tasks such as cleaning and tidying up the monastery. Activities such as Dhamma Talks, chanting and meditation are also included.

    The Summer Retreat is always a good condition to relax and meet others who are interested in Buddhism. The retreat is entirely free, except for transportation fee and donation is welcome.

    *Please Note:

  • Like always, priority will be given to UNIBUDS members in registration. Registration will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Full attendance for the duration of the retreat is compulsory.
  • If you are interested to join, please fill up the registration form and forward it to one of the organisers.
  • Wat Pa Budharangsee @ Leumeah
    Friday - Sunday, 27th-29th November 2009
    [3 days 2 nights]
    Bus and train tickets (approximately $ 11.20; Concession $5.60)
    Donation to the Monastery is welcomed.
    Shi Ying - 0430 007 279 | shiying86@gmail.com
    Foh Fan - 0422 422 544 | yongfohfan@gmail.com