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.
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.
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
Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women is No. 3 on the list of eight declared United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and is strongly supported by the FABC.
One of Australia’s senior monks, Ajahn Brahm, was invited to deliver a speech on Gender Equality at the UN Day of Vesak Convention in Vietnam in May 2014. Unfortunately, Ajahn Brahm was prevented from delivering his speech by a ban imposed by conference organising committee the day before it was due to be given at the Convention. Ajahn Brahm’s paper had been pre-approved by the conference organising committee several months before the event. Read more »
The Theosophical Society in Perth have invited Bhante Tiratnadana, director of the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order and Sangha to give a presentation to members of the society on the subject of ‘The arising of the Fourth Yana perspective’. The presentation will take place at 7.3pm on Tuesday 20th May at 21 Glendower Street Perth.