The new buildings at Dhammasara Buddhist Nun’s Monastery in the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia were officially opened on 17th Jan 2016. The Master of Ceremony was Dennis Sheppard and there were messages given by Minister Mike Nahan (WA Treasurer and Minister of Multicultural Interests), Janine Freeman (MP for Mirrabooka), Ajahn Brahmavamso (Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of WA), Ven Hassapana (Abbot of Dhammasara), Cecilia Mitra (President of BSWA), Troy King (Builder) and Adrian Price (Architect). Read more »
The New Year is traditionally a time when many people consider making changes to their lives. Often these resolutions fail very quickly because they were not prepared enough or held on to unrealistic expectations. This year the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order and Sangha are providing an opportunity to discover a 21st century, practical solution to the everyday worries of living in such a fast paced and highly stressful society. This new course that is being presented, has been carefully designed to be an overview of the basic aspects of the Buddha’s original communication from a secular Western perspective. It is a down to earth, practical introduction to the simple methods outlined by the Buddha as a means to move away from worrying towards the development of peace of mind. Read more »
For the benefit of all beings the Australian Buddhist community urges world leaders meeting in Paris this year to reduce the mining and use of coal and other fossil fuels. Instead of increased coal production we encourage the Australian government to actively pursue the development of renewable energy technologies and help developing countries toward the same end. In the face of overwhelming scientific consensus, urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic damage to the earth that climate change will bring if not halted.
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. Besides contributing to carbon dioxide production it causes enormous damage to human health and local ecosystems. The leadership of every nation of the world is needed now more than ever to help transition the world from coal power to renewable clean energy.
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils encourages practical changes at the personal, national and global levels to tackle climate change. Personal awareness and action is encouraged to reduce one’s personal contribution to climate change, while government and industry should take responsibility to lead our society to a sustainable future. In addition to reducing the human carbon footprint, we should address human over-population and animal farming to further manage the degradation of the environment.
As Buddhists we place a special importance on the health of the world’s natural environment. It was in the forest that the Buddha was born, had his awakening experience and passed away. The Buddha respected all forms of life and the sanctity of nature, and hence we should protect against the deforestation that is threatening to remove an important natural producer of oxygen and consumer of carbon dioxide.
You are invited to join in “The People’s Climate March” in Perth City on 29 November from 1.30 – 2.30pm that is part of an international people’s mobilisation to coincide with the start of the Paris Climate Summit. From 30 November to 11 December this year, world leaders will converge on Paris with the aim of negotiating a climate deal that will keep global warming to an agreed limit of 2C.
Faith communities around the world are making it clear to the world’s leaders that we expect climate action. People of faith involved in Climate Action believe that human induced climate change is an ethical, moral and spiritual issue that strikes hardest at the poorest, most vulnerable people of the world. Peaceful, powerful People’s Climate Marches are planned across the globe, and faith communities with their extensive constituencies are throwing their weight behind them. Please help add the core Buddhist values of kindness and compassion for all beings to this cause by joining us for the Perth march.
In general, people of faith are encouraged to wear purple on the day. If you want to join other Buddhist people before the event and walk together ring Annie Keating on 0419048945 or email email@example.com.
You can also register through the central website, and be included when information goes out: http://www.