Truth from the Heart: an evening with Bhante Sujato
March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Join us for an evening sharing the Buddha’s teachings with Bhante Sujato, a knowledgeable and articulate Australian Buddhist monastic who trained in the Thai Forest Tradition. Formerly the Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, NSW, he has just returned to Sydney after two years, during which time he completed the monumental task of translating the Buddhist Suttas (recorded teachings of the Buddha) in to English, to provide a contemporary, freely available version. See the website SuttaCentral.
Bhante is a sincere practitioner and a scholar who has written numerous engaging publications and provides insightful social commentary on a number of important contemporary issues (see his blog, ‘Buddhism for a Small World’). He has taught several meditation retreats and has specialised in Metta (loving-kindness) meditation.
In the tradition of his training, monastics gauge the audience at the time and provide spontaneous tailored teachings, they may be open to topic suggestions from the audience, and they speak from their heart and with knowledge of the teachings, applying it to the practical concerns and needs of the audience at the time. This event may also include some guided meditation suitable for beginners.
Come and enjoy an evening of inspiring insights shared by a rare soul and deeply thoughtful ‘Socrates’ of the modern era. Not to be missed!
Venerable Sujato is an Australian Theravanda Buddhist monk ordained in a monastery in Chieng Mai in Thailand during the 1990s. He played in a successful rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings.
Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.
Venerable Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Hongkong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major international Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.
Venerable Sujato has become well known for his articulate support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism and particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Venerable Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association of Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.
Bhante Sujato is also the founder of SuttaCentral.net.