COVID-Safe

Last updated 14th November 2021

Reopening Plan

Most of our classes will be staying online only until 15th December when restrictions ease further, with some staying online a little longer than this. This has changed from our original estimation of 1st December.

Weekly Classes
Monday Men's Mitra Study Each group will make their own decision about when to return to the centre. Check with your study group leader.
Tuesday Men's Introductory Study Will remain online for the foreseeable future.
Wednesday Meditation & Dharma Book Club Will remain online until 15th December.
Wednesday Young Sydney Buddhists Currently running in-person and online.
Thursday Evening Meditation Will remain online until January.
Thursday Women's Study Each group will make their own decision about when to return to the centre. Check with your study group leader. Drop-in group will remain online until 15th December.
Friday 11th Step Meditation & Recovery Workshop Will resume on 15th December.
Saturday Dharma Morning Currently running in-person and online.
Daily Morning Meditation Will remain online for the foreseeable future.
Retreats between now and 15th December
Mystery of the Five Wisdoms (Friday 15 October – Wednesday 20 October) Going ahead as an online retreat.
Young Peoples Weekend (Friday 22 October – Sunday 24 October) Going ahead in person.
Spring Working With Nature Retreat (Friday 29 October – Sunday 31 October) Going ahead in person.
Order Retreat: Meeting the Heart of the Yiddam (Monday 1 November – Sunday 7 November) Going ahead as an online retreat.
Spring Introductory Retreat (Friday 12 November – Sunday 14 November) Going ahead in person.
Retreats after 15th December

We anticipate our retreats scheduled for December onwards will go ahead as planned.

Other

Also during this time, irregular events, like Silent Sunday Meditation Mornings, are cancelled, and the centre is not open for general enquiries.

Safety Measures for In-Person Events

In accordance with government guidance, we have implemented a number of measures which apply to all in-person events happening both at the centre, and on retreat at Vijayaloka:

  • You must be fully vaccinated, and be willing and able to show evidence of this. We will not be invoking the exception available to places of worship for people to attend who are not fully vaccinated.
  • You must check in with the NSW Health QR-code.
  • You must wear a face mask while in the centre, and in all indoor non-dormitory spaces at Vijayaloka. We have face masks available near the entrance.
  • There are capacity limits in each room in order to ensure an average of no more than one person per four square metres. Signs are posted in each room showing the limit. Dormitory rooms at Vijayaloka will be limited to one person except where attendees are from the same household.
  • There will be no communal chanting, including saluting the shrine and chanting mantras.
  • We ask everyone to please not come to the centre or to any retreat if you are unwell, have recently been to one of the places listed on NSW Government's website or have been in contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19. Take advantage of our ongoing online offerings instead.
  • We ask everyone to exercise appropriate hygiene and social distancing.

Cancellation of Retreats

While the lockdown has been in place, a number of our retreats have been cancelled. This includes:

  • Men’s Intensive (Friday 25 June – Friday 9 July)
  • Mid-Winter Working With Nature Retreat (Friday 9 July – Sunday 11 July)
  • Winter Introductory Retreat (Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 August)
  • In Bahiya’s Footsteps (Friday 6 August – Friday 13 August)
  • The Parable of the Raincloud (Friday 13 August – Sunday 15 August)
    (This retreat will be offered online as an alternative, we will email you details)
  • The Rolling Wheel: Coogee Saṅgha Retreat (Thursday 19 August – Sunday 22 August)
  • Late Winter Working With Nature Retreat (Friday 27 August – Sunday 29 August)
  • Qi Gong, Walking, Meditation – Sesshin (Friday 10 September – Sunday 12 September)
  • Spring Family Retreat (Friday 17 September – Monday 20 September)

If you have booked on any of these retreats you may transfer onto any other retreat later in the year, or receive a full refund. Please contact us by email on info@sydneybuddhistcentre.org.au to let us know which retreat you would like to move onto, or if you would prefer a refund.

Some retreats have been rescheduled. If you are booked on these retreats, and are able to make the new dates you do not need to do anything, your booking will be copied across. If you are unable to make the new dates, the same options to cancel and receive a refund or transfer are available:

  • Spring Eleventh Step & Recovery Retreat (previously Friday 3 September – Sunday 5 September): rescheduled for Friday 26 November – Sunday 28 November.
  • Tārā and the Ḍākinī (previously Thursday 23 September – Sunday 26 September): new dates to be announced soon.

If you are booked onto any retreat but are not able to attend due to any COVID-related reason, the same options are available. Please do not come onto a retreat if you are unwell, have recently been to one of the places listed on NSW Government's website or have been in contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Online Resources

In addition to the online classes we are running, many of our friends around the world have created online resources. You may find these resources useful:

  • The Buddhist Centre Online has an online toolkit where they are running daily meditations every day at 4:30pm Sydney time, home retreats, podcasts, and have links to other great resources.
  • The London Buddhist Centre has an online programme with videos, online classes, and more.
  • Free Buddhist Audio have a huge collection of audio talks from Triratna Order Members, and the complete archive of our teacher Sangharakshita.
  • Windhorse Publications (UK) have a great selection of books and eBooks from Triratna authors and are currently giving away a free topical eBook each week.
  • Windhorse Books (Australia) have a selection of books and meditation equipment with home delivery available.

Conclusion

The outbreak of COVID-19 is a graphic reminder of the interconnectedness of all life. It is also a reminder to apply the Buddha’s teachings to respond with kindness, clarity and fearlessness. We would like to extend mettā and well-wishing to all beings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.