PAST EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN 2012

Come to UNIBUDS Stall

Bi-Annual Event

O-week has ended? No worries! The UNIBUDS stall will still be on for this week! If you haven't renew your membership, here is your chance! New members are welcomed too :)Please do not hesitate to drop by if you have any questions or need further information regarding UNIBUDS.

Central Lecture Block Courtyard (O-week), UNSW
27th March - 2nd March 2012 (week 1)
ICon-Time 10.00am - 4.00pm everyday
Kia Sheng - 0450 632 109 | kiasheng.chew@gmail.com
Den Neil - 0422 064 400 | ooi.den.neil@gmail.com
Bing Sen - 0433 455 522 | kbs25kia@gmail.com

O-PICNIC

UNIBUDS Annual Activity

How did your first week of this new semester go? Whether you enjoyed it or not, you are invited to our first UNIBUDS activity of the year, that is O-Picnic!

We'll be having plenty of activities on that day itself, guaranteed to provide you with a whole lot of fun and laughter. You'll also have plenty of time during this event to meet up with fellow UNIBUDS members, make some new friends or even catch up with some old buddies. Most important of all, enjoy the FREE good food!

So what are you waiting for? Register now by emailing us to avoid missing out on this great event! You are also welcomed to bring any food of your own to share with everyone else.

We look forward to see you there!

Coogee Beach (BBQ pit opposite McDonalds) **
Saturday, 3rd March 2012
ICon-Time 10.00am - 2.30pm
Just your busfare! Food & entertainment are provided!
Xian Hui - 0402 646 027 | xianhui90@gmail.com
Wan Chee - 0425 483 636 | wanchee706@gmail.com

**Venue will be changed to indoors in case of rainy weather. Please register with us so we can notify you of the venue beforehand!

If you aren't sure of the place at Coogee Beach, fear not! We'll have a fellow 'Picnic Rangers' on that day who will be leading you to the venue by bus from Uni. The details to meet are:
Squarehouse (E4), Ground floor
ICon-Time 9.00am sharp!
Bing Sen - 0433 455 522

In order for us to better cater to everyone's needs, please register with the organisers with your name, contact number, email as well as your preferred transportation option. If you want to help out with this event or would like to share a dish or two, please let us know too!

Breathing Meditation

UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
Rod Lee

Meditation is mental development. Meditation is cultivation of the mind's energy. Meditation allows us to develop an awareness of ourselves, others, and our environment. This awareness can help us to deal with everyday life with calm and insight.

Awareness of the breath is a basic method of meditation, and promotes a calm and steady mind. In this workshop we concentrate on developing awareness of the breath through periods of guided meditation practice and discussions. This workshop will be suitable for beginner and experienced meditators alike - and provides a great opportunity to practice with a very experienced teacher, something which we can never have too much of!

Kindly RSVP so that we can confirm the number of attendees and accommodate all. Don't hesitate to contact Allen (details below) with any questions. Thank you!

Goldstein Hall G06
Saturday, 17th March 2012
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Free
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

UNIBUDS POTLUCK

UNIBUDS Activity

If you have missed the O-Picnic, don't worry. Here's a good time for you to catch up with us!

What is POTLUCK?
Potluck is another event where all of us gather under a common reason:

That's right! FOOD! :D
It will also be a good time for us to catch up with each other, sharing experiences and stories as well as creating some wonderful memories together. It will definitely be a night with lots of fun and laughter!

Everyone is welcome and feel free to share your special delicacies or culinary skills with us! There will also be games session, introduction to our April Event and brief presentation on UNIBUDS' various activities throughout the year, which provides you the chance to know more about UNIBUDS.

So, please make yourself free on 24th March 2012. Come and join us:) We really look forward to seeing you there!**

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 24th March 2012
Register by 20th March 2012
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Vi Vian - 0433 622 257 | imvven@gmail.com
Aggie Lawer - 0416 835 850 | aggielawer@gmail.com

**In order for us to better cater to everyone's needs, please register with the organizers by 20th March with your name, contact number, email address and if you would like to share a dish or two. You may register through email/ mobile. Thank you!

The Amazing Race

Upcoming UNIBUDS Annual April Activity

Are you ready for a day of FUN? Then you will have to join us in the AMAZING RACE!!

Have you ever thought of joining the Amazing Race while you are watching it on television? Have you ever thought that you would be able to perform better? Or have you just thought of joining for the FUN of it! Well, here's your chance! UNIBUDS will be organising our own Amazing Race!

We will be playing stations games where you will need to finish the game before you can proceed to the next station~ It would be a definite FUN day as you will be playing in a team! We will allocate your team members for you so don't worry. However, you can ask your friends along to join in this great event! These games are not just games, we designed the games to be related to Dhamma (or Teachings of the Buddha) so that you will not just have a great day, but also learn something from it.

We will start the day at 10am in Centennial Park, have a few ice-breaking sessions and games to get to know everyone and get everyone pumped! After that we will have lunch and after that, the RACE begins! So, don't worry about running the whole day! However, do remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because there will be some running involved.

It will be on the 7th of April which is a Saturday! The cost for the event will be only for the lunch which is $5 and the bus fare.
For more information or for registration, please feel free to contact the Wan Chee or Yan Ni. Their contacts will be in the box below.

Please note:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing - Don't forget sunscreen, sunnies, hat, and water bottle
Centennial Park ( We will arrange someone to guide you there, we will meet on campus at 9.15am and head there by bus)
Saturday, 7th April 2012
ICon-Time 10.00am - 4.00pm
$5 for Lunch (Please bring along your MyBus 1 as well)
Wan Chee - 0425 483 636 | wanchee706@gmail.com
Yan Ni - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

One Day Meditation Retreat

UNIBUDS Meditation Retreat
Venerable Phra Mana

A calm and peaceful environment is best for meditation. The friendly and peaceful atmosphere of Sunnataram Forest Monastery in the Southern Highlands is such an environment. A one day meditation retreat provides a great opportunity to develop awareness and concentration, the monastic environment gives one the perfect chance to reflect upon our minds and gain self insight.

We have set this event during the mid-semester break, so come along to expand and recharge your mental energy reservoirs before the semester resumes!

Kindly RSVP by 31st March so that we can arrange transport to Sunnataram Forest Monastery and accommodate all.

What to wear:
- Appropriate dress as a sign of respect for the Sangha (monks) at the monastery. Trousers past knee level and no sleeveless or revealing clothes.

Teacher's Profile: Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was born in the busy city of Bangkok, Thailand. He studied as a medical student for 3 years before undertaking his religious vows. He has undergone meditation practice and training with several great teachers in Thailand and abroad. Throughout his 14 years' 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. Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was chosen as the Buddhist Chaplain together with other Buddhist monks from different traditions to teach meditation to the athletes and contingents of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today, he focuses his training in teaching meditation and cultivating a healthy diet with exercise and wholesome living through Sunnataram Forest Monastery as Abbot. He continues to steer, guide and touch the lives of the Australian community through the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) 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.

Sunnataram Forest Monastery, Bundanoon
Wednesday, 11th April 2012
ICon-Time Full Day
Coach fare:
- $27 For non-member
- $22 for member (subsidised by UNIBUDS)
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

Songkran Festival @ Wat Pa Buddharangsee - Leumeah

Non-UNIBUDS Event

Songkran Festival is the Thailand Water Festival. It is the most important festival for Thai people and is celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year. On that day, Thai people will sprinkle water on the elders in show of respect and pay respect to the Buddha images.

This year we would like to invite everyone to join us in the Songkran Festival organised by Wat Pa Buddharangsee Buddhist Forest Monastery (39 Junction Road Leumeah NSW 2560). Besides attending this auspicious event, we would like extend our help by volunteering in task such as cleaning up the venue, explaining the storyboards portraying the Buddha's life and packing up after the event. So don't miss this great opportunity to experience the Songkran Festival and being a volunteer.

Kindly contact Bing Sen who will be arranging the transportation to the monastery. Most likely we will be taking public transportation to Wat Pa Buddharangsee.

Wat Pa Buddharangsee, 39 Junction Road Leumeah NSW 2560
Sunday, 15th April 2012
ICon-Time 7.00am - 3.00pm*
*Volunteers might need to stay there longer to pack up after the event. And it might take up to a few hours depending on the number of volunteers we have.
Free - Just your dedication and time :)
Bing Sen - 0433 455 522 | kbs25kia@gmail.com

UNIBUDS POTLUCK

UNIBUDS Activity

Come along for another night of friendship, fun and fine *ahem* cuisine! You are invited to share your cooking skills with everyone, bring a dish along and be inspired by everyone else's cooking. Or if you're too busy to cook, just come along and enjoy the amazing range of food produced by your fellow Unibuddies!

The night will be filled with not only food but also videos and photos of our recent events and a game of trivia! We will also be introducing to you our biggest annual event, and by the end of the night you would be jumping up and down ready to sign up to be a part of something very special: Bodhi Nite!

You wouldn't want to miss this wonderful night! Annnd we'll see you there.**

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 21st April 2012
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Emily - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com
Allen - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

**In order for us to better cater to everyone's needs, please register with the organizers.

Meditation in Daily Life

UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
Jim Teoh

Does our meditation end once we open our eyes and get off the cushion? How can we apply meditation in our daily lives?

In this workshop, Mr Jim Teoh will guide us through how to bring what we learn from meditation into our daily lives. With guided meditations and talks, this workshop will be very useful in bringing you mental stability, concentration, and an awareness of everything you do. It is said that meditation is not just a practice, it is a way of life. Come and see how!

Kindly RSVP so that we can confirm the number of attendees and accommodate all. Don't hesitate to contact Allen (details below) with any questions. Thank you!

Teacher's profile:
Mr. Jim Teoh is experienced in both Mahayana and Theravada teachings. He has been teaching Buddhist courses for over ten years. During this time he has taught numerous courses and meditation sessions at the Buddhist Library. He has been teaching meditation classes at Bodhikusuma since the centre opened in 2002. Jim also facilitates a monthly Buddhism discussion group.

Goldstein Hall G06
Saturday, 28th April 2012
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Free
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

Vesak Day Celebration

UNIBUDS Annual Event

Do you know why the month of May is an auspicious month in Buddhist Calendar? It's because this is the month when we celebrate Vesak. Vesak is the time when we commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions:
- Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and His Passing (Parinibbana)

UNIBUDS will celebrate this auspicious day together every year. This year, we will celebrate Vesak Day in the Theravada tradition. We will have chanting session, short Buddhism talks by venerables and the bathing of the Buddha Ceremony. So, all of you are invited to come and celebrate it together!

The Lodge, Level 3 of Square House UNSW
Saturday, 19th May 2012
ICon-Time 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Pei-Ru - 0430 604 058 | katesee36@gmail.com
Bing Sen - 0433 455 522 | kbs25kia@gmail.com

Metta Meditation

UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
Venerable Neng Rong

Metta or loving-kindness refers to universal love, love without clinging. Developing loving-kindness is the radiating of good wishes, filling our minds with wholesome thoughts, which allows us to become happier, get angry less often, and have more goodwill towards others. This practice helps us to actively cultivate positive emotional states towards ourselves and others, so that we become more patient, kind, accepting, and compassionate. Loving-kindness meditation can also be brought in to support the practice of 'bare attention' to help keep the mind open and sweet. It provides the essential balance to support your insight meditation practice. Join this workshop and develop positivity that will help you in the upcoming exam period!

Kindly RSVP so that we can confirm the number of attendees and accommodate all. Don't hesitate to contact Allen (details below) with any questions. Thank you!

Teacher's profile:
Venerable Neng Rong is the abbess of Hwa Tsang Monastery. Venerable Neng Rong 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. She has done extensive work in teaching of scripture classes for both primary and high school students and is also involved in teaching Buddhism to university student groups from UNSW, Sydney University, Macquarie University and University of Technology. Venerable Neng Rong helps with providing support, advice, and counselling for the university Buddhist community and members of the university community in general.

Goldstein Hall G06
Saturday, 26th May 2012
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Free
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

Winter Retreat

Upcoming UNIBUDS Event during holiday

Every year UNIBUDS organises a winter retreat during the July session break so we can rest and replenish our strained mind from session 1, and to experience the monastic life. This year is no exception.

When is it? 29th June 2012 (Friday) - 1st July 2012 (Sunday)

Where is it? Sunnataram Forest Monastery. It is a renowned monastery situated in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW. It is a perfect place for meditation as it has a spectacular, calming view of hills and valleys and overlooks the forests of National Parks.

What monastery is it? Sunnataram Forest Monastery is a Theravarda Buddhist monastery form the Thai forest tradition. For more information, please visit the monastery's website: http://www.sunnataram.org/

What will we be doing? Under the guidance of the monastery's Abbot, PhraMana, we will be learning meditation, chanting, tai chi, yoga, listening to Dhamma talks, and getting involved in a sketch program. If weather permits, we will be bushwalking.

What's in it for me? You will experience first-hand the monastic life, help out around the monastery and practice the Dhamma in a friendly and inspiring environment. Not to mention, have heaps of fun with fellow Unibuds friends!

That all sounds amazing! But, how much is it going to cost me? All accommodation and food is provided free of charge by the monastery. However, you will need to purchase your own train tickets (about $3.90 concession / $7.80 adult one-way), and donations to the monastery will be greatly appreciated.

But I'm not a student/ UNIBUDS member/ full-on Buddhist! The retreat - and Sunnataram itself - is about opening the doors of Buddhism for you to explore, freely. All are welcome! However, due to the limited spaces available, there is a first-come-first serve basis, and UNIBUDS members do have priority. So please register soon so you don't miss out!

Ok, how do we get there? We will be going by train, departing from Central station on Friday morning. Alternatively, you can make your own way there by car, but you will still need to register and inform us about this. It is highly recommended that you attend the whole retreat from Friday to Sunday, as this will allow you to enjoy the retreat to the fullest.

Count me in! What do I need to do? Please register as soon as possible, as spaces are limited. To register or for more information, please contact the organisers of this retreat, by sending an email to wr.unibuds@gmail.com, or contact one of us below:
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com
Wan Chee Chua - 0425 483 636 | wanchee706@gmail.com
Yan Ni Ng - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

Click here to download the Winter Retreat application form, complete it and send it to wr.unibuds@gmail.com. Please note that you will need to wait for our reply to confirm your registration. Thank you.

Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact or email us. Our contact details can be found below.

**As a sign of respect to the Monastery, priority will be given to members who are able to attend the retreat for 3 days 2 nights, following by non-members who are able to attend for 3 days 2 nights. All applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. It is recommended that you attend the whole retreat.

Sunnataram Forest Monastery @ Bundanoon
Weekend of 29th June - 1st July 2012
ICon-Time Weekend Stayover
ICon-Time - All accommodation and food are provided free of charge by the Monastery.
- The only cost is your train ticket: about $3.90 concession / $7.80 adult one-way.
- Any dontations to the monastery will be greatly appreciated but not an obligation.
Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com
Wan Chee Chua - 0425 483 636 | wanchee706@gmail.com
Yan Ni Ng - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

Blue Mountains One Day Trip

UNIBUDS Social Event

Hi everyone! Hopefully everyone is enjoying your holiday!!

Do you have any plans on this Wednesday? If not, come and join us in a one day trip to the Blue Mountains. Besides enjoying bushwalking in the nature, we will be visiting the famous landscape of Blue Mountain, The Three Sisters.

What do you need to prepare?

  • Proper attire, including walking shoes and clothing that keep you warm.

  • Camera, to take pictures of the fabulous scenery.

  • Water, in case you are thirsty during the trip.

  • Last but not least, money. The total cost of the trip should be less than $50 (including transportation and food), yeah!
  • Please kindly register with Bing Sen and contact him for more details. Thank you.

    Blue Mountain
    Meet at: UNSW Main Gate
    Wednesday, 4th July 2012
    ICon-Time 6.30am - 7.00pm
    Transportation Fee and Food - approx $50
    Bing Sen - 0433 455 522 | kbs25kia@gmail.com

    Come to UNIBUDS Stall!

    UNIBUDS session 2 stall

    What can you do at the stall?

    This is a good chance for you to meet new friends/members, introduce your friends to UNIBUDS and maybe sign up or even renew your UNIBUDS' membership!

    We are also looking for helpers to man the stall. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the process of promoting UNIBUDS and also the joy of signing up new members! You will also get a chance to know the new & "old" members a little bit more!

    Main Library Foyer
    Monday to Thursday, 16th - 20th July 2012
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 4.30pm
    Dennis - 0423 810 985 | fallenangel91xd@gmail.com
    Foh Fan - 0422 422 544 | yongfohfan@gmail.com
    Yi Hui - 0430 222 663 | sarahmichellewee@gmail.com

    Bodhi Nite 2012 Marketing Stall

    UNIBUDS Annual Event

    We are going to have our Bodhi Nite Marketing Stall soon!! Tickets are now available for sale!

    You can grab your ticket at our stall every Monday to Friday, starting from week 3 to week 6.

    Besides, we are looking for helpers to help at the stall. Please kindly contact Vi Vian if you would like to help and join us. We really NEED your help and support, and we would really APPRECIATE it! Hope to see you there!



    ICon-Time
    WEEK 3: In Front of Main Library (10am to 4pm)
    WEEK 4: The Quad (10.30am to 4pm)
    WEEK 5: In Front of Main Library (10.30am to 4pm)
    WEEK 6: In Front of Main Library (10.30am to 4pm)
    Vi Vian - 0433 622 257 | imvven@gmail.com

    Bodhi Nite 2012: Hidden Enemies of The Mind

    UNIBUDS Annual Event

    BN2012_WebPoster

    UNIBUDS was founded in 1981, by Dr. Ching Liang Lim and his small group of committee members. With endless guidance from both of our Patrons and support from the communities, UNIBUDS was able to withstand the test of time and became a society for students, by students, which flourished in a university environment.

    It is our 32nd anniversary this year and we would like to present to you this wonderful yet inspiring event Bodhi Nite 2012!

    Bodhi Nite is an anniversary night that commemorates the birth of our dearest society. In conjunction to this celebration, we hope to portray the wonderful teachings of the Buddha in a fun, creative and relaxing way. This year, we will explore the theme "Three Poisons" through a creative mix of stage play, choir performances, and Multimedia presentations.

    In order for us to succeed, we require effort from everyone to make this possible! Do you feel like showing your talents and impressing others? Do you want to add colour and form treasured memories during your university life? Bodhi Nite is a great chance for you! This will definitely be one of the most wonderful and exciting experiences for you in UNSW. Come and join us now!

    For more information on how you can be part of this exciting team, please click here!

    Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW
    Saturday, 25th August 2012
    ICon-Time Dinner : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
    Performance : 7.00pm - 10.00pm
    $12 - Member
    $15 - Non-member
    $17 - At Door
    Den Neil - 0422 064 400
    Vi Vian - 0433 622 257

    Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner

    UNIBUDS Social Gathering

    WOOHOO~!! Bodhi Nite 2012 was successfully held on 25th August. We were lucky to have more than 100 helpers who willingly contribute their invaluable time and effort to make this event a success. Many thanks to all who made it happen!

    Without the collective effort from everyone involved, we would not have been able to make it. Be it the performers, the creative backstage team, drivers who lent their dependable driving skills, receptionists for their warm greetings, photographers who captured the meaningful, joyable moments and many other supporting departments as well as our supportive audience, everyone played an important role in making Bodhi Nite a great success. UNIBUDS would like to invite all of you to this Thank You Dinner in order to show our gratitute.

    For those who have missed out on Bodhi Nite this year? Of course, you are invited too! :D It will be a night that you would not want to miss this time as there will be a sharing session of the photos and footage of the performances during the dinner. There might even be live performances too. Come and join us to re-live the exciting memorable moments together!

    Thank You Dinner will be a Potluck-style dinner, feel free to bring a dish to share with friends, or just come with an empty stomach! :) Please RSVP by Thursday 6th September so that we can cater enough food for everyone.

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 8th September 2012
    RSVP by: Thursday, 6th September 2012
    ICon-Time 6.00am - 9.00pm
    Free
    Xian Hui - 0402 646 027 | xianhui90@gmail.com
    Allen - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

    Vipassana Meditation

    Upcoming UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
    Zen Low

    There will be a Vipassana or Insight Meditation Workshop this Saturday, 15th Septermber. The aim of Vipassana meditation is to develop a focused awareness to observe our moment-to-moment mind/body processes. Through attentive investigation and experience, we are able to see the true nature of life experiences and can thus live more freely with more consideration, compassion and clarity. Let us take some time to learn and develop a practice that will keep us happy and help to deal with stress!

    Kindly RSVP so that we can confirm the number of attendees and accommodate all. Don't hesitate to contact Allen (details below) with any questions. Thank you!

    Teacher's profile:
    Zen came across Buddhism as a university student in New Zealand in 2001 and immediately felt an affinity to the teachings of the Buddha. He worked as a computer programmer and subsequently opened a restaurant business in his home country of Fiji. He attended his first Vipassana Meditation retreat in New Zealand in 2008 and was amazed by the immense benefits of combined Buddhist meditation practice and ethics. Since then, he has attended several extended meditation retreats in Australia and has organised two Vipassana courses in Fiji. His main interests include the application of Buddhism in daily life, in business and the propagation of the Buddha's teachings in the Pacific.

    Goldstein Hall G06
    Saturday, 15th September 2012
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
    Free
    Allen Kha - 0433 001 648 | allenkha@hotmail.com

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    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 32nd 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 33rd Executive Committee. Yes, it is time for the 33rd 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 to attend the AGM and cheer on those who will be nominated. If you would like to just help, we have the opportunity for you to be part of the subcommittees. You don't have to be elected to be part of the subcommittees and they will be described in the AGM. You being there at the AGM is the greatest support you can give us. So, please come and join us!

    Please find below the dcoumnets of Executive Committee Portfolios and the nomination form. Please submit the nomination form at least two days before the AGM. There will be a nomination box available inside UNIBUDS Library. If you wish to become a member of the Executive Committee, you must be an Ordinary member of UNIBUDS. Membership registration will not be available on the day of AGM, and only available before or after the day of AGM.

    pdf AGM 2012 - Nomination Form pdfAGM 2012 - EXCO Portfolios

     

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 22nd September 2012
    ICon-Time 2.00pm
    Emily - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com
    Kendrick - 0416 314 908 | ken.lawer@gmail.com

    :~: Cook of The Year 2012 :~:

    Annual Activity

    Learning the Dhamma is not just a passive gathering of knowledge. Using and applying the knowledge is equally important. So which better place to start than from our daily necessity - food?

    In teams of 4-5 people, prepare a set of dishes (around 3) enough to cater for 6 people, with Dhamma related themes and present them to the judges during the event. The judges will then decide the winning teams based on taste, presentation, and Dhamma relation.

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

    Why?
    The First Precept: "Abstain from killing". To avoid unnecessary harming of animal and promote ethical eating, animal produce are avoided.
    In the Mahayana tradition, food stimulants such as garlic and onions are avoided to better cultivation of mindfulness and meditation.
    If you are unsure of any ingredients, please feel free to contact the organisers. Fear not! These constraints can help challenge and heighten your creativity. Thank you for your cooperation! =]

    Most importantly, please RSVP your team early as we can only accommodate a limited number of participants. If you are keen but do not have a team, worry not! Let us know and we will organize a team for you!

    What is a cooking competition without the audience to taste the food? So, don't worry if cooking is not your forte. Just be ready at the dining table to sample the wonderful dishes! Please also RSVP your status as an audience

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 13th October 2012
    ICon-Time 11.00am - 3.00pm
    Pop - 0432 473 898 | tchirakijja@gmail.com
    Weiwei - 0404 775 422 | fam.wwei@gmail.com

    Mindfulness Meditation

    Upcoming UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
    Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi

    Mindfulness, in simple language, is awareness. It trains your mind to concentrate on an object and to live in the present moment. We are honoured to invite Dr. Chieng Hoong Gooi to elaborate further on mindfulness meditation and to share his experience on it.

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

    Speaker's Profile:
    Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi is a registered Psychologist who is currently involved in clinical research applying Buddhist mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders as part of ongoing training to complete his postgraduate in Doctor of Clinical Psychology. He was the previous Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales and has led workshops and given talks at the Buddhist Library, Buddhist Council of NSW and to the Buddhist youth community.

    Goldstein Hall G06, UNSW
    Saturday, 20th October 2012
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
    ICon-Time FREE!
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 |h-shuang@hotmail.com

    Mindfulness Meditation

    Upcoming UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
    Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi

    Mindfulness is awareness. It is the training of the mind to be in the present moment and to be clearly aware of our every physical and mental process. What better way to live in a calmer, relaxed and focused way.

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

    Speaker's Profile:
    Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi is a registered Psychologist who is currently involved in clinical research applying Buddhist mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders as part of ongoing training to complete his postgraduate in Doctor of Clinical Psychology. He was the previous Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales and has led workshops and given talks at the Buddhist Library, Buddhist Council of NSW and to the Buddhist youth community.

    Goldstein Hall G06, UNSW
    Saturday, 20th October 2012
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
    Free
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | h-shuang@hotmail.com

    Summer Retreat

    Upcoming UNIBUDS Bi-Annually Retreat

    Want to try something new or have nothing to do over the holidays? Or perhaps you want to learn more about the Dhamma and Buddhism? Then come along to our Summer Retreat on the 23rd to 25th November at Hwa Tsang Monastery (Homebush). It's a great chance for you to get away from the busy city lifestyle

    and experience the monastic lifestyle.

    The theme for this year is Reaching Equanimity. So what is equanimity? It is an unshaken state of mind that is not swayed by emotions such as worry, anxiety and anger. But how do we get there? Then come and join us to find out! There will be meditation, chanting, Dhamma talks and many more fun activities.

    Everyone is welcomed to the retreat. There are limited places available and are given on a first come first serve basis. However, priority may be given to UNIBUDS members if there are insufficient places. So register early! It is preferred that you stay for the duration of the retreat to minimise disruptions to the monastery and other participants.

    The cost to this event is the transport cost to Hwa Tsang Monastery. Donations to the Monastery are welcomed.

    Click here to download the Summer Retreat application form, complete it and send it to sr.unibuds@gmail.com. Please submit your registration form to sr.unibuds@gmail.com before 17th of November. (* link to the file is broken and will be updated soon.)

    Hwa Tsang Monastery @ Homebush, Sydney
    Weekend of 23rd - 25th November 2012
    Rail Ticket ($4 for Adults or $2 for Concessions)
    Emily - 0433 149 913
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980
    Triyana - 0434 398 316
    Email: sr.unibuds@gmail.com