HANNAH – The film

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We are super excited to announce that we are hosting a special one-time screening in Perth of the film Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey, on Wednesday 1 March, 2017 at the Luna Windsor Cinema in Perth (98 Stirling Highway, Nedlands)

To reserve your tickets, please visit our Demand Film Event Page here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/1362 (you can also find the movie  trailer and synopsis there).

Hannah

Buddhism Scripture Teachers Struggling to Keep Up with Demand from NSW State School – ABC Newss

abc-online-storyBy Samantha Turnbull  – ABC News:

New South Wales public schools are struggling to keep up with demand for Buddhism scripture teachers.

Buddhist Council of New South Wales chairman Brian White said there were more than 3,000 public school students across the state studying Buddhism, and the number was growing rapidly.

“It’s driven by a few things — general raising of awareness in meditation right across society and how beneficial that can be, and the realisation that even six and seven-year-olds can meditate for a few minutes and benefit from that,” Mr White said.

Audio: High demand for Buddhism scripture classes (ABC News)

“But also Buddhism itself has a fairly good image across society of being a peaceful and practical way of life.”

Mr White said the council, which trains Buddhism scripture teachers, had 70 teachers volunteering in New South Wales public schools, but at least 60 more were needed. Read more »

2016 Summary

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-59-21-amDear BCWA Member Organisations and Friends.

It feels like we are quickly approaching the end of the year. How time passes us by as we occasionally look back to see what we have achieved.

In mid-May we celebrated the United Nations Day of Vesak. Around the same period member organisations as well as associated friends who are made up of various traditions were celebrating Vesak. Apart from these there were also other activities initiated by BCWA and other special days celebrated by members and friends of BCWA.

Around July, BCWA produced a video to promote the selection of Buddhist as religion in the Census 2016 survey so that Buddhists are counted more accurately. This has reached thousands of Australian viewers through Facebook, Youtube and other electronic media. I believe the message was successfully delivered to the Buddhist communities. Read more »

2016/2017 New Committee

boon-tanAt the AGM on Tuesday 1st Nov 2016 Mr Boon Tan was elected President BCWA. The full incoming committee was as follows:

Executive Committee for 2016/2017:
President: Boon Tan (Buddhist Society of WA)
Vice-President: U Thunla (Tisarana Buddhist Society)
Treasurer: Chan Bunthan (Cambodian Buddhist Society WA)
Hon. Secretary: Marlene Robins (Hayagriya Buddhist Society) Read more »

2015/2016 President’s Report

Kevin Dickson

Dear BCWA Members, Committee and Representatives

Buddhist Council of Western Australia President’s Report 2015/6

The 2015/6 year has been full of challenges and opportunities. We have conscientiously engaged on a wide range of local, state and national levels on behalf of our members.

The 2016 Inaugural United Nations Day of Vesak was successfully staged at the Migrant Pavilion in Ozone Reserve on May 7.  Many Buddhist traditions take rainfall as blessings, and the event was thus surely blessed, to the extent that it was decided to stage future Vesak events indoors. It was very pleasing that so many members of our member temples and groups came together to celebrate and participate on this auspicious day, and also pleasing to have the level of support from our politicians who attended, namely  Eleni Evangeli MLA , and Ms Margaret Quirk MLA, We also had the support of another non member Group, namely BLIA who kindly assisted our event with the loan of a pictorial display of Buddha’s life, and by attendance of their President, Mt David Yee and key organizer Natasha Tang. It is hoped to run this Vesak event again, perhaps annually or bi-annually in future. Read more »

Condolences at the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

king-of-thailand-220pixThe Buddhist Council of Western Australia expresses it’s sincere and heartfelt condolences to the people of Thailand and to the Thai community of Australia at the death last Thursday of His Majesty King Bhumibol.

His Majesty was a great leader of the Thai Nation for seventy years and used his compassion and wisdom and great leadership skills combined with Buddhist principles to guide the nation through many challenges. He will be deeply missed in Thailand and around the world.

We fellow Buddhists from all traditions in Australia, have deep faith that these guiding principles of Buddha’s teachings will endure and continue to light the way of the future for His Majesty’s successor.

As we all know, there are strong links between people of all faiths in both our countries, but especially in the Buddhist communities, and ethnic Thai communities living in Australia, within which are many long and deep ties which will continue always.

May the memory of the excellent qualities of His Majesty continue to warm our hearts into the future.