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

Gender Equality paper by WA’s Ajahn Brahm banned at UN Day of Vesak in Vietnam

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 »

Buddhist Life Stories of Australia project

We are very excited to inform you about the Buddhist Life Stories of Australia project, which hopes to document and preserve the oral history of Buddhism in Australia. Read more »

Dharma Presentation

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.

Vesak Day Observation at Nollamara

 

This Buddhist Society of Western Australia’s event was open to the public on Sunday 18 May 2014 at their  centre at Nollamara. The programme for the day at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre at 18-20 Nanson Way , Nollamara 6061  Western Australia was as follows:

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