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Vijayaloka Newsletter July 2018

A glorious winter weekend was the backdrop for the recent Working With Nature Weekend out at Vijayaloka. Between 25 and 30 of us spent the time together.  As we have found previously, these weekends attract lots of new people so we had a mix of introductory meditation and dharma activities focusing on the Four Reminders, as well as enjoying getting to know each other while engaging in activities each of us chose - for the benefit of others. Everyone had such fun!

A few photos capture a little bit of the inside and outside projects we tackled.

Where there is smoke...!...

Most Successful ITBCI Fundraising Ever!

In our recent fundraising appeal we raised $10,220.00 for the ITBCI (Indi-Tibet Buddhist Cultural Institute) School in Kalimpong. This money will be used to sponsor needy students to attend the school, providing full board and tuition. How excellent to be able to give children the gift of education, not only in the full Indian school curriculum but also in Tibetan language and culture. It is now seven years since Nandavandi started this fundraising, following a visit he and Dharmagatu made to the school, and it is gratifying to see support growing year by year.

Meet the new Young Buddhist Coordinator - Dhammakumara!

Dhammakumara has been appointed to the position of Young Buddhist Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand. He comes to us from the UK and was ordained in 2017 at the age of 25 years and he is currently the youngest Order Member in the Triratna Buddhist Order. Dhammakumara is a Pali name which translates as Prince of the Dhamma. We look forward to Dhammakumara starting this position in the second half of the year after he has had some time to organise his affairs in the UK and we wish him every success in this exciting job.

Many thanks to the Future Dharma Fund for funding this 12...

Triratna Young Buddhist Coordinator position - applications are now open!

Further to our news  - see earlier article here - about receiving Future Dharma funding for a Triratna Young Buddhist coordinator for New Zealand/Aotearoa and Australia, we have now completed a job description and application for the role: support someone two days a week for two years.

We want to make the Dharma available to more young people in the area and see greater depth of practice and commitment to the Triratna community among sub35 participants. Having a funded position and a more coordinated approach to the project will help us get there.

The funding also covers the...

A Young Buddhist Coordinator for our Area

Our funding request for an Australia and New Zealand Young Buddhist Coordinator was a success. FutureDharma have agreed to support someone two days a week for two years.

We want to make the Dharma available to more young people in the area and see greater depth of practice and commitment to the Triratna community among sub35 participants. Having a funded position and a more coordinated approach to the project will help us get there.

The funding also covers the the flight costs for Prajnaketu (or a member of UK/Europe Young Buddhist Steering Group) to visit Australia and New...

Talk: Sudrishti: "The Good Friend" Sangha Day 2017

Sudrishti gave this beautiful talk on Sangha Day on the 11th November. She speaks about why the Buddha said that friendship "is the whole of the spiritual life". The talk addresses the topic of friendship very personally, looking at close friends, mentors, and the potential to be a good friend even to someone we have just met, and asks questions such as "Whats in it for us?" and "Do retreats and meditation make me a better friend?". I felt very moved by this talk: thank you Sudrishti!

Sudrishti and Ratnajyoti

Remembering Yoris: His Improvised performances at the Sydney Buddhist Centre.

Yoris Everaerts was a sculptor and performance artist, and a member of our Sangha, and he died in October. There was a wonderful and well-attended memorial and funeral for him at Glebe Town Hall on Friday the 3rd of November, where many friends and family gave heartfelt and very moving rejoicings in him. What a colourful and compassionate life he led!

I knew Yoris as a fellow artist, and we had many chats and shared ideas where we could. I helped him organise an exhibition at the centre, and he did three amazing improvised performances which we filmed, which are a wonderful document...

Yoris Everaerts doing an improvised performance in the main shrine room with his artworks

A statement on the violence in Myanmar

The Sydney Buddhist Centre is endorsing this public statement by the Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of Triratna, concerning the appalling violence in Myanmar.

You can also find a link to the statement, as well as the short excerpt from a radio program given by Vishvapani, online here.

Yours in the dharma,
Aryadharma, Padmadakini, Ratnajyoti and Dharmalata

The management kula | Sydney Buddhist Centre

 

Statement on Buddhist-led violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar 2017 

As a Buddhist, I am utterly opposed to the encouragement of...

Pensive Bodhisattva Maitreya

Vijayaloka News

We wanted to let you know about all the work that's been going on at Vijayaloka of late, and also let you know about opportunities to get involved and to enjoy being amongst friends in this beautiful weather at the bushland retreat centre.

Recently we had a Working With Nature Retreat out at Vijayaloka. It was a wonderful weekend – between 20-25 of us including 5 kids (raring to go) spent the weekend together.  As we have found previously this type of retreat attracts new people so we had a mix of introductory dharma activities and enjoyed getting to know each other while doing the...

Working with nature people June!

A Card to the Manchester Buddhist Centre..

After the Manchester bombing, we sent a card, prompted by Viraja, from us all at the Centre expressing sadness and our care and empathy to Manchester Buddhist Centre. Arthavadin wrote back, and I’ve printed an excerpt from his letter below:

“I want to extend a big thank you from me and everyone else here in Manchester for 

the cards and kind words/thoughts you sent us following the terrorist bombing here. We were very touched that you were thinking of us on the other side of the world. 

The arena where the terrorist attack took place and the Victoria railway station...