Serpentine Monastery’s Robe-Offering Day

kathinaDid you know the Southern hemisphere’s largest order of Buddhist monks is located in Perth? The monks of Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Perth’s hill suburb of Serpentine have been on their annual three month retreat for the past three months. The Kathina ceremony marks the end of the three-month Vassa retreat (Rains Retreat). Anyone is welcome to offer gifts to the monks (sangha) on this occasion. You can bring a plate of food to the Monastery on Sunday, October 12th at 9am – 2pm.

Sri Lankan Foodfair at Kenwick Buddhist Centre

At 78 Austin Avenue, Kenwick, WA. 10:30 to 3:30pm on Sunday 26th Oct 2014.
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New Buddhist Centre in Subiaco

Diamond Way Perth Buddhist Centre has relocated to Suite 6, 108 Rokeby Road, Subiaco.We meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm for teachings, meditation & social gatherings. Sunday afternoons and evening are for personal practice and dinner together. We moved out of our last centre in October 2013 and have been since looking for the perfect spot to continue with the joyful dharma activity and fulfilling our teacher’s wishes. May the Dharma grow and may all benefit from it!

Condolences to families of flight MH 17

On behalf of the Buddhist Community of Western Australia, the Committee of the BCWA expresses it’s sincere condolences to all those affected by the lost of the MH17 flight and passengers aboard. This tragedy has touched us all and we feel deep sorrow at this terrible loss of life in such distressing circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly directed to those families and friends affected by the loss of their loved ones.

Statement on Marriage Equality

The BCWA affirms the right of same sex couples, in committed relationships, to be treated with the same dignity and equality as heterosexual couples. We support legislation to ensure the same rights and privileges  for all couples as enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

Sri Lankan Journey Ahead

Two members of the Mandurah Buddhist community, know as the Dharmadatu Sangha, travel to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, June 3rd. This will be to finalize their five years of intensive training programme for ordination into the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order.

Derek Goforth (pictured right) and Arthur McColl will be joined on the ordination retreat by Sri Lankan Achalamayi who will also be ordained in the  same ceremony on June 13th in Colombo. During the ceremony, which will be  conducted by Bhante Tiratnadana, all three men will have their white novitiate Kesa replaced with a blue ordination one. They will also be presented with their ceremonial robes.

For Mr. McColl this is a return journey, having first made his formal and ceremonial commitment to the Buddhist path in the presence of the Venerable Kundawella Vangeesa Tero, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, 25 years ago