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Coogee Buddhist residential community- Jayakula

In Coogee there is a Buddhist group that meet and practice regularly, and a residential community called Jayakula where people from all walks of life can live in supportive conditions.

The Coogee Buddhist Community

The Coogee Buddhist Community started in early 2012 and is committed to offering meditation and the teachings of the Buddha to all. Whether you are an experienced Buddhist and or meditator or just starting to explore you will find warm, welcoming and accessible support with us.

We are a warm, friendly community who enjoy these practices along with film...

Solar panel win for the centre!

Yay you did it! We fund-raised over $12,000 for the solar panels in December. On 20th December 2018, Samacitta and Dhammakumara signed the lease documents with Nigel from Pingala, pictured here with April. The solar panels will be installed later this month, helping to get us off the dirty grid.

Not only will the solar energy be cleaner, it will also bring down our power bills right from day one, and eventually, after 5 years, the energy will be extremely low-cost or even free. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign with your generosity and efforts! Anyone who asked for a...

3 Cheers for 3 Chairs Meeting, November 2018

European Chairs have long been very well networked via the European Chairs Assembly, but there has never been a Movement Strand gathering in this part of the world. Dantacitta from Melbourne, Saradarshini from Wellington and Samacitta from Sydney met on Friday 30th November 2018 in Sydney. We spent a very full day together, sharing ideas and experience, and giving one another peer support. Topics covered included news from their three Centres and other places in the region, sub-35 activities, safeguarding, roles and responsibilities at Centres, Presidents, the relationship of Chairs to the...

Three Chairs of three centres- Dantacitta, Saradarshini, and Samacitta

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