PAST EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN 2013

KARMA
TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Upcoming UNIBUDS Annual Summer retreat

Do you want to take a break from your everyday life to relax your body, heart and mind after a long and strenuous year?

Do you want to learn a little more about the monastic way of living?
Or do you simply want to do something different and enriching this summer break?

Come and join us for the upcoming SUMMER RETREAT! It will be held on the 6th to 8th December 2013 at Wat Pa Buddharangsee (Leumeah, Sydney).

The theme for this year will be KARMA: TO DO OR NOT TO DO?

Do you believe what goes around comes around? Do our actions affect us and those around us? Come and join us to discover more about Karma and how it applies to everyday life! This is also an excellent opportunity for you to experience the monastic way of living as well as to learn a little more about yourself and Buddhism.

There will be a host of Dhamma enriching activities such as:
Meditation, Chanting, Dhamma Talks, Dhamma Discussions and many more....

The only cost to this event is the transport fee to the Monastery. This is due to the fact that Wat Pa Buddharangsee is providing accommodation and UNIBUDS is providing food for free. But feel free to donate to the Monastery.

Places are limited (35 places only!) and are given on a first come first serve basis. However, priority may be given to UNIBUDS members if there are insufficient places.

Secure your place now! Please submit your registration form to sr.unibuds@gmail.com before Monday 25th of November.

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Summer Retreat 2013 - Registration & Consent Form

Wat Pa Buddharangsee, Leumeah NSW
Weekend of 6th - 8th December 2013
Annabel - 0403 910 110
Allen - 0433 001 648
Kate - 0406 667 785
Email: sr.unibuds@gmail.com

Getting in Touch with our Senses

UNIBUDS Quaterly Meditation Workshop
Jim Teoh

Hope all of you are well and happy. With the hustle and bustle to get all of our assignments out of the way and reduce our workload, we're trying to get things done as soon as possible. But that's kind of difficult with so many things on our minds. So how can we maximise our time on tasks that need to be done and, essentially, have fewer headaches?

Mindfulness is really getting back in touch with our mind, body and senses. It is being aware of the thoughts and sensations that arise from internal and external factors, and being in the present moment. But how can we focus on our mind and notice sensations while being present with the breath all at once? How can we use this to be aware of ourselves in our daily life and live in the moment?

Come along and let's learn from Jim!

Each minute of meditation practice can bring us closer to achieving inner happiness together.

Speaker's Profile:
Experienced in both Mahayana and Theravada teachings, Jim Teoh has been teaching practical Buddhist courses for over ten years. During this time he has taught numerous courses and meditation sessions at one of the earliest Buddhist courses, Buddhist Library. Jim Teoh is one of our favourite speakers for many years!! So, make sure you don't miss his talk this time!

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 2nd November 2013
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Emily Yap - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com

:~: Cook of The Year 2013 :~:

UNIBUDS Annual Activity

Cook of the Year is an annual cooking competition organised by UNIBUDS. SIGN UP NOW!!! This is the perfect time to challenge your Dhamma knowledge and cooking skills. The winning team will be showered with prizes and crowned the best cook of 2013!!!

Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do, we will assign some experienced members to help you out. As long you have the passion to cook and want to have fun, you are most welcomed to join. What’s more, you get to learn more about Dhamma along the way.

Here are the rules and guides that you will need to pay attention to:

1. Form a group of 4 - 5 members
o Don’t worry if you don’t have enough members to form a team. Just inform the organizers. They are more than happy to fix a team for you.

2. Prepare at least 3 Vegetarian Dishes
o Dishes could be entrée, main or dessert
o Dishes MUST BE STRICTLY VEGETARIAN and DO NOT INCLUDE ANY EGG, GARLIC, ONION, LEEK, SHALLOT AND ALCOHOL
o Each dish should be able to serve 5 people

3. Keep them well in containers or bowls and BRING them to The Lodge

4. Present your dishes
o Relate your dishes to the Dhamma
o Name your dishes (preferably using Dhamma terms)
o Be creative (you may use powerpoint slideshow)

5. The dishes will be judged based on Dhamma Relativity, Taste and Presentation

Please RSVP YOUR TEAM EARLY so we can arrange transport for you and your lovely dishes. If you are unconfident with your cooking skills, you are always welcome join as an AUDIENCE to savor all the glorious dishes that participants have prepared. Do heed that there might be limited food on the day, so please let us know early if you are coming.

For any further queries, please contact the organizers.

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 26th October 2013
ICon-Time 11.30am - 3.00pm
Edo - 0405 998 088 | edowincent@gmail.com
Tze Hao - 0425 811 313 | tzehaotan@gmail.com

UNIBUDS Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2013

UNIBUDS Annual Event

Time passes by so quickly… It is now time to bid farewell and thank the 33rd Executive Committee for making this year filled with joy and spiritual development. As we thank them for their dedication and hard work, it is also the time to pass the torch to the new faces of the 34th Executive Committee. This means another important UNIBUDS event is coming up. Yes, you guessed it right! It’s the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM)!

This event not only shows the great milestones UNIBUDS has achieved, it is also a chance for you to determine the future of this society! We hereby invite you to this meaningful event and show your support to UNIBUDS. You can run for a committee position and help steer UNIBUDS to greater heights or you can come and cheer on those who will be nominated. This is your chance to exercise your voting rights, so do come and join us!

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 5th October 2013
ICon-Time 2.00pm
Triyana - 0434 398 316 | triyanalie@gmail.com
Yan Ni - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

There will be a nomination box available outside UNIBUDS Library for you to submit your nomination(s) from 11am – 6pm on weekdays. Nomination forms and details of each Executive Committee position are placed next to the nomination box. If you wish to run for a key position i.e. Top 5 positions of the Executive Committee, you must be an Ordinary member of UNIBUDS.

Any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

*Please take note that we do not receive any membership registration on the day AGM is held. Membership registration will only be available before and after the day of AGM.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Information Session

UNIBUDS Annual Event

The 34th UNIBUDS Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming soon on Saturday, 5th October 2013. On that day, the 33rd Executive Committee (EXCO) will be passing the torch to the next generation of EXCO to lead this society.

If you’re interested in being part of the 34th EXCO but are unsure of what the EXCO actually does or are unable to decide which position to run for, come to our EXCO information session on Friday, 27th September! This is your chance to have a chat with the 33rd EXCO in a casual setting to know more about the responsibilities of the EXCO, both portfolio duties and beyond.

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UNIBUDS EXCO Portfolio 2013
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UNIBUDS AGM 2013 Nomination Form
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Room 163, Level 1 of Law Building
Saturday, 27th September 2013
Just before English Dhamma Talk Session
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Triyana - 0434 398 316 | triyanalie@gmail.com
Yan Ni - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner

UNIBUDS Social Gathering

Hope all of you are coping well with studies and activities (and of course, having fun!). Thanks to all of you, this year's Bodhi Nite has been yet another great success! Such an achievement wouldn't be possible without all the impressive contribution from all of you! To celebrate this wonderful accomplishment and to express our gratitude to you, we'll be having a Bodhi Nite Thank You Dinner on 28th of September, scheduled to run from 6 to 10pm.

It will be a night of entertainment, refreshment and most importantly, free food!!! Apart from these, there will also be a screening of Bodhi Nite related footages which will definitely serve well as a recap of our memorable journey. Another feature worthy of mentioning is that, Allen (aka the president) will also perform a song for all of us! Yay!

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! (n_n) Please kindly RSVP by Thursday 26 September so that we can cater sufficient food for everyone.

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
Saturday, 28th September 2013
RSVP by: Thursday, 26th September 2013
ICon-Time 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Free
Li Seah - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com
Win Sum - 0416 585 816 | siewws@hotmail.com

Vipassana Meditation

Upcoming UNIBUDS Quaterly Meditation Workshop
Graham Wheeler

With the upcoming assignments and examinations, we tend to lose ourselves to anxiety and stress. So, why not take a part of your time and come back to the present moment and join us in this upcoming meditation workshop!

Vipassana meditation is to look inward and see ourselves clearly. To look at the cause of suffering and know that happiness comes from within, not without. To observe the body and mind's activity and to live in the present moment and gain tranquility and peace.

So come! And we can all learn how to achieve inner peace together.

Speaker's Profile:
Graham Wheeler has been practising vipassana meditation for over thirty years, studying in Australia, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He also has been leading the Blue Mountain Insight Meditation Centre's group meditation sessions in Sydney since 1999. He has his own legal practice in Sydney and much of his work is with community-based organisations.

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

The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse, UNSW
Saturday, 21st September 2013
ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
FREE
Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | shuang.hns@gmail.com

Mid Autumn Festival Celebration @ Hwa Tsang Monastery

Non-UNIBUDS Event

This week, we will be attending the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration organized by our patron's monastery, Hwa Tsang Monastery. It is a night filled mooncakes, lanterns and performances. There will be 2 timeslots of activities. For the earlier timeslot, we will be helping children at the Monastery make lanterns for the festival! The second timeslot will be a performance. Also, if you haven't been to our patron's monastery, this is definitely a great opportunity to walk around and feel the air of peacefulness. If you don't know how to get there, we meeting at UNSW Main Walkway at 2 different timeslots (depending on which activities you are joining). Hope to see you soon.

*For those who are willing to carpool, feel free to contact me!
Kindly RSVP with timeslot that you will be attending. Thank you.

Event Venue: Hwa Tsang Monastery, Homebush
Meeting Venue: UNSW Main Walkway
Saturday, 21st September 2013
ICon-Time Event Time: 1) 4.00pm - 10.00pm, 2) 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Meeting Time: 1) 2.00pm, 2) 5.30pm
Bus and Train Fares
Li Seah Lim - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com

Bodhi Nite 2013:
Peace Within, Love Without
~A Still Mind, An Open Heart~

UNIBUDS ANNUAL Event

UNIBUDS has grown and we will be celebrating its 33rd birthday this year, with our annual performance night: Bodhi Nite!

Bodhi Nite celebrates the foundation of UNIBUDS and its journey in spreading the light of wisdom to all, a journey that each of us have become a part of. In conjunction with 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 of Loving-kindness and Equanimity. How can we cultivate unconditional love towards all beings, yet have a calm mind? Is it possible to have a peaceful, still mind, yet be kind and caring at the same time? Through a creative mix of stage play, singing and multimedia, we will be presenting the meaning of "Peace Within, Love Without".

In order for us to succeed, we require efforts from everyone! Do you feel like showing your talents through meaningful performance? Would you like to add colour to and form treasured memories of your university career? With 12 different departments, Bodhi Nite is a great chance for you to get involved! Come and join us on this wonderful journey~

Date: 31st August 2012
(Week 5 Saturday)

Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm
(6.00pm - 7.00pm - dinner served)
(7.00pm - 10.00pm - main event)

Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW

Details on how you can volunteer to help make this event a successful one: "CLICK HERE"

BodhiNite Marketing Stall

UNIBUDS Annual Activity

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 week 2, week 4 and week 5. Location as follows:

  • Week 2: In Front of Main Library (10am to 3pm)

  • Week 4: In Front of Main Library (9am to 4pm)

  • Week 5: In Front of Main Library (9am to 4pm)
  • Besides, we are looking for helpers to help at the stall. Please kindly contact Nee Shuang [0430 788 980 or shuang.hns@gmail.com] 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!

    Art Exhibition - UNIBUDS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

    UNIBUDS Event

    Do you like DRAWING, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY or POETRY?

    We have the perfect competition for you!

    --> UNIBUDS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD <--

    Produce an artwork or write a poem based on the theme: Metta (Loving-Kindness) and Upekkha (Equanimity).

    There are two categories for entries: Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting or Photography ONLY) and Poetry. We encourage theme exploration and creative techniques used for the specific media. Entries will be displayed during Bodhi Nite and the audience will vote on the best works. Winners will be announced on the night and featured in our publications!

    Theme: Metta (Loving-Kindness) and Upekkha (Equanimity)

    Categories: Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting or Photography) and Poetry

    Deadline to lodge entries: Friday 9th August 2013 (Week 2, Semester 2)

    Lodge entries at: UNIBUDS Library (during opening hours)

    Limits: Basically be as creative as you can! But do not exceed A3 for Drawings, A2 for Paintings and A3 for Photography.

    To express your interest or for more information contact Moe on 0415 600 989 or zarzawe@gmail.com.

    Spark your creative minds and get your hands working!

    Looking forward to see all your entries! :)

    UNIBUDS Potluck

    UNIBUDS SOCIAL Activity

    Welcome back to another new semester! I'm sure most of you still have nothing to do, so why not come to Potluck! You can meet new people there and... Find out more about BODHI NITE!! (YEAHHHH!!!!)

    So what's potluck? Well basically its where you can bring a dish to share and enjoy it with others. If you don't have time to cook, it's alright, you can just bring yourself along and a smile =). And don't forget, we'll be introducing Bodhi Nite so don't miss out on this great opportunity!

    Please RSVP by Friday 2nd August 2013

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 3rd August 2013
    ICon-Time 12.00pm - 3.30pm
    A dish to share and/or your empty stomach
    Emily Yap - 0433 149 913 | emily.wj.yap@gmail.com
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | shuang.hns@gmail.com

    UNIBUDS Session 2 Orientation Stall

    UNIBUDS Bi-annually Activity

    Missing UNIBUDS activities yet?

    Worry not, UNIBUDS will be having an orientation stall during Week 1 of Semester 2. So, if you want to join/renew membership, or simply just to catch up with us, feel free to drop by our stall! If you have a bit of extra time on your hands, please consider joining us in manning the stall. It will be a great opportunity to meet lots of different people! We would also greatly appreciate extra help!

    Please contact the numbers below to express your interest in helping =] Thanks everyone! Look forward to the upcoming semester!

    In front of UNSW Main Library
    Wednesday - Friday, 31st July - 2nd August 2013
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Yi Hui - 0430 222 663 | sarahmichellewee@gmail.com
    Boon Jiun - 0416 314 908 | boonjiun1@gmail.com
    Weiwei - 0404 775 422 | fam.wwei@gmail.com

    WINTER RETREAT
    HUMAN WIFI
    ...how strong is your connection?

    UNIBUDS Annual Event

    UNIBUDS' Winter Retreat is back again for those who are eager to learn and practice the Dhamma, or just to spend some time with fellow Unibuddies! It will be held on the 19th (Friday) to the 21st (Sunday) of July. Renowned for its tranquil bushland and fresh air, Sunnataram Forest Monastery, Bundanoon is the perfect place for wisdom to grow. So take this time during the break to unwind, relax, experience monastic life and have fun!

    What will we be doing?

    With the guidance of Phra Mana Viriyarampo, the abbot of Sunnataram and the Buddhist Chaplain for the Sydney 2000 Olypmic and Paralympic games, we will be learning meditation, Tai Chi, listening to the Dhamma, and getting involved in a sketch program. If the weather permits, we will also be bushwalking and having a bonfire!

    What if I'm not a student, UNIBUDS member or 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, UNIBUDS members are prioritised and a first-come-first-serve basis applies. Please register soon so you don't miss out!

    How do I register for this event?

    Please download the registration form by clicking here. Once completed, email it back to us at wr.unibuds@gmail.com to secure a place in UNIBUDS' Winter Retreat.

    Hope to see all of you strengthening your wifi connection at this year's Winter Retreat!

    Destination: Sunnataram Forest Monastery, Bundanoon
    Meeting Place: Central Station Meeting Point
    Friday, 19th - Sunday, 21st July 2013
    ICon-Time Meeting Time: 6:00am
    One way train ticket is approximately $8.00 (Full Fare) or $4.00 (Concession Fare)
    **Food and accommodation is generously provided by the Monastery, donations to the Monastery are most welcomed
    Kitiphume - 0405 595 409 | kitiphume@gmail.com
    Boon Jiun - 0450 556 529 | boonjiun1@gmail.com
    Moe - 0415 600 989 | zarzawe@gmail.com

    **As a sign of respect to the Monastery, participants must attend the full retreat for 3 days and 2 nights. Priority will be given to members who are able to attend the full retreat, followed by non-members who are able to attend the full retreat. All applications are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    Healing the World with Loving Kindness

    UNIBUDS Quaterly Meditation Workshop
    Venerable Neng Rong

    What is Metta? Metta is loving kindness, which is also unconditional love, that is. To spread loving kindness to all sentient beings without seeking anything in return. Through Metta Meditation, we slowly learn to open up our heart to reduce our own greed, hatred and delusion. By raditatin loving kindness, we feel more positive in life and begin to appreciate and be grateful to the things around us. Once we are gain these positive energy, we can begin to heal the world with loving kindness.

    So how do we radiate Metta through meditation? Lets find out in this meditation workshop together!

    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.

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

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse, UNSW
    Saturday, 8th June 2013
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
    FREE
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | shuang.hns@gmail.com

    Vivid Sydney

    UNIBUDS Social Activity

    There wasn't any activity since Songkran and here comes our next activity "Vivid Sydney". No idea on what it is? It is the annual festival where city is "coloured" with creativity and inspiration. It is the final week of this semester and there isn't anything better than chilling out with us before everyone starts their final exams so why wait? Let's join us for the festival of light, music and idea.

    Please register with me before 12pm (6 June) for our convenience. Thank you.

    Venue: Circular Quay
    Meeting Place: UNSW main walkway
    Thursday, 6th June 2013
    ICon-Time Meeting Time: 6:00pm
    Bus Ticket
    Please bring along umbrella in case of raining
    Li Seah - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com

    UNIBUDS Vesak Day Celebration

    UNIBUDS Annual EVENT

    Hope all of you are coping well with studies and activities (and having fun, of course!). It has come to this time of year again, where we celebrate the holiest and most significant day in the Buddhist Calendar – Vesak day. It commemorates the three most important events in the Buddha's life, namely birth, enlightenment (Nibbana) and passing (Parinibbana).

    This year's ceremony will be carried out in Mahayana Tradition. There will be some sutra chanting, Dhamma talks as well as a Buddha bathing session.

    Vesak day is a day of great importance and it offers us an opportunity to reflect on the life and teachings of the Buddha. So let's take a short break from our daily work and join us in this auspicious event!

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 1st June 2013
    ICon-Time 2.00pm - 5.00pm
    Pop - 0432 473 898 | tchirakijja@gmail.com
    Win Sum - 0416 585 816 | siewws@hotmail.com

    Vesak Day Celebration at Wat Pa Buddharangsee

    Non-UNIBUDS Activity

    This Sunday, Wat Pa Buddharangsee, our patron's monastery, is holding a Vesak Day Celebration. This will be a chance for us to offer dana to the monks and do some chanting. And for those who have not visited the monastery, we will also be going around the monastery.

    Event Venue: Wat Pa Buddharangsee
    Meeting Venue: UNSW Main Gate
    Saturday, 26th May 2013
    ICon-Time Event Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
    Meeting Time: 8.00am
    Bus ticket to Central station and $13.20 for the return train ticket from Central Station to Leumeah Station
    Pop - 0432 473 898 | tchirakijja@gmail.com

    UNIBUDS Potluck

    UNIBUDS SOCIAL Activity

    What better way to enjoy a night filled with food, friends and laughter?

    As the title says, POTLUCK…..

    It's here again!

    As per usual there will be a range of delicious dishes to share with, friends to meet, games to enjoy and guess what, we will also be introducing you to our biggest event of the year – Bodhi Nite! Come and share with us your culinary skills, bring your special delicacies or if you are too busy to cook, JUST come with your empty stomach and enjoy the food shared by your fellow Unibuddies!

    Register now!

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 27th April 2013
    ICon-Time 6.00pm - 9.30pm
    A dish to share and/or your empty stomach
    Triyana - 0434 398 316 | triyanalie@gmail.com
    Yan Ni - 0450 505 193 | yanno_yamster@hotmail.com

    Songkran Festival

    Non-UNIBUDS Event

    Did you enjoy the amazing walk in La Perouse? Now, we have another activity coming out which is Songkran!!!!!

    Songkran, also known as Thailand Water Festival, is the most important festival for Thai people which is celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year. Thai people sprinkle water to show respect to the elders including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks. Here, we will be having a series of activities such as chanting, blessing, short sermon, fund raising Food Fete, South East Asian traditional dances and more!

    We will also be volunteering with the packing up. So, let's join us with the water splashing festival.

    Note:
    What to wear: Comfortable clothes
    What to bring: Water bottle, spare clothes, towel, MyBus2(to central station)
    Please register before 11pm on 13th April by emailing or contacting Li Seah below.

    Wat Pa Buddharangsee, Leumeah
    Meeting point: UNSW Main Walkway (subject to change, please contact Li Seah to confirm)
    Sunday, 14th April 2013
    ICon-Time 7.00am - 3.00pm
    Meeting time: 6.45am
    Bus and train fare
    Li Seah - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com

    Meditation Theme: Finding the Peace Within

    UNIBUDS Meditation Workshop
    Venerable Thubten Chokyi

    Holidays have finally begun! It is the time to begin preparation on our assignments, projects and examinations. And maybe, even to catch up on our studies!

    However, in the need to accomplish our tasks, our mind tends to wander off to different places which makes us feel very restless. So let us all take out a few moments of our lives to calm our mind, and find peace and confidence within in this upcoming meditation workshop!

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

    Teacher's Profile:
    Venerable Thubten Chokyi is a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the gelugpa tradition and Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute where she teaches introductory Buddhism courses and leads meditation classes. She is Director of Liberation Prison Project and a member of the Womens Interfaith Network.

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 13th April 2013
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
    Free
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | shuang.hns@gmail.com

    One Day Meditation Retreat
    Topic: Mystery, Curiosity and Wonder

    UNIBUDS Meditation Retreat
    Venerable Phra Mana

    Many claim to know their own mind well. But really, how well do you know your own mind? Can you keep up with the mind and the millions of thoughts that pass through it each moment? So, let us spend a day to try and unlock the mystery of the mind, and join us on this retreat of discovery.

    The retreat will be held on the 3rd of April (Wednesday) at Sunnataram Forest Monastery. The topic is 'Mystery, Curiosity and Wonder'. Everyone is welcomed to the retreat. Places are limited 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 transportation to and from Sunnataram Forest Monastery. Donations to the Monastery are welcomed.

    To those who are interested, please send your name, contact number and preferred mode of transport to shuang.hns@gmail.com before 30th of March

    *For those who are driving to the destination, please contact the organisers to arrange carpool.

    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 NSW
    Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
    ICon-Time 6.00am - 9.30pm
    Train Fare
    Nee Shuang - 0430 788 980 | shuang.hns@gmail.com
    Pop - 0432 473 898

    Coastal Walk at La Perouse

    UNIBUDS Social Activity

    The holiday has come. Let's start our short holiday with some fresh coastal air. We're organizing a coastal walk at La Perouse where we can look at some awesome historical sights and the lush greens of the trees.

    Anyone who is interested please register with us first before 5 pm on Saturday 30th March 2013

    What to wear:
    Comfortable shoes and clothes for walking (as we may be doing a lot of walking, trainers are recommended) + water bottle + a packed lunch + sunscreen +/- hat and camera (if you'd like to take pictures) (+ anything you see fit)

    Destination: La Perouse
    Meeting Place: UNSW Main Gate Bus Stop
    Sunday, 31st March 2013
    ICon-Time 9.15am - Finish
    (Please note that the bus will leave at 9.40 am. If you miss this one, you'll need to wait for an hour. SO, please be prompt!)
    MyBus2 Ticket
    (We're taking bus to La Perouse (bus route 391))
    Li Seah - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com
    Pop - 0432 473 898 | tchirakijja@gmail.com

    UNIBUDS Potluck

    UNIBUDS SOCIAL Activity

    Did you miss out on our Orientation n Picnic ? Or do you just miss those awesome food all around UNSW?
    WELL...
    Hunt for food no more because Unibuds is having the first potluck of 2013!

    Wanna show off your cooking skills? Just bring along your best dish to share! If you're too busy to cook, bring some drinks! If you can't bring neither of them, it doesn't matter. Just come and enjoy food cooked by other Unibuddies!

    The night will also be filled games, trivia and probably a small prize (I only said probably ...)! And for those who have just recently joined our Unibuds family, we'll be showing a slideshow of events that we've done in previous year.
    So come and join the fun event!

    The Lodge, Level 3 of Squarehouse
    Saturday, 23rd March 2013
    ICon-Time 6.00pm - 9.30pm
    A dish to share and/or your empty stomach
    Boon Jiun - 0450 556 529 | boonjiun1@gmail.com
    Moe - 0415 600 989 | zarzawe@gmail.com

    O-PICNIC

    UNIBUDS Annual Activity

    What is summer without a beach? What is a beach without picnic? What is picnic without the trusty old UNIBUDS friends? Yes, it's UNIBUDS first event of the year – O-Picnic! Come and celebrate the last remnants of summer and welcome the new semester with us! We guarantee you free food, fun and friends.

    Coogee Beach (BBQ pit opposite McDonalds) **
    Saturday, 9th March 2013
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 2.30pm
    Just your busfare! Food & entertainment are provided!
    Li Seah - 0449 021 881 | cerris_5858@hotmail.com
    Weiwei - 0404 775 422 | fam.wwei@gmail.com

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

    Don't know the way? Fear not! Our friendly Venue Guiders will be there to lead you to Coogee Beach by bus. Please note down the details below:
    Squarehouse (E4), Ground floor
    ICon-Time 9.00am sharp!
    Boon Jiun - 0450 556 529 & Emily - 0433 149 913

    If you wish to go by yourself, we will see you at Coogee Beach!

    As food will be provided, all you need to bring is some sun screen, shades, $2.10 (for a single trip bus fare) or a blue travel ten if you are meeting us at the Squarehouse, and of course yourself!

    In order for us to better cater to everyone's needs, please register with the organizers with your name, contact number, email as well as your preferred transportation option. If you would like to help out with this event or to share a dish or 2, please inform us as well!

    Let us come together to have fun with food and games! Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are further enquires. Looking forward to see you there!

    Yet to renew Your Membership?
    Week 1 UNIBUDS Stall

    UNIBUDS Bi-annual Stall

    Don't worry if you missed out on visiting UNIBUDS O-Week stall last week. We are having UNIBUDS O-Week Stall outside the Main Library all throughout this week! Come by and say hi when you pass by the stall~

    Main Library Foyer
    Monday - Friday, 4th - 8th March 2013
    ICon-Time 10.00am - 4.00pm daily
    Yi Hui | 0430 222 663 - sarahmichellewee@gmail.com
    Kitiphume | 0433 061 752 - kitiphume@gmail.com
    Nee Shuang | 0430 788 980 - shuang.hns@gmail.com