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Meditation Course – Objects of Development

June 24 @ 12:00 am - July 8 @ 12:00 am

Meditation Course – Objects of Development

Teacher: Bhante Joe Atulo (In person, visiting from Sri Lanka)

Mondays 24 June; 1 & 8 July | 6.30-8.00pm AEST

Location: In person at Western Sydney University (74 Rickard Rd, Bankstown City Campus), Room 1.4.34 on level 4 or Online (Zoom link below)

Cost: Free

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Starting on June 24th, we’ll be holding a three-week meditation course called ‘Objects of Development’. The course will focus on teaching the theory and practice of meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The course will be led by Bhante Joe.

Participants will learn …

*To develop a daily meditation practice

*To explore and choose an appropriate meditation topic

*To understand the basic theory behind the development of the mind

The course is primarily intended for beginners, but is basically open to anyone who would like to meditate. We’ll be conducting the course sessions in person and on ZOOM. There’s also the option to continue the discussion in between sessions on the Dhamma-Vinaya Patipada Discord server.

Sessions will take place over three consecutive Mondays starting June 24th.


About the teacher: Venerable Bhante Joe was born in 1983, in London, Ontario, and was initially interested in business and computers. A spiritual vocation seemed extremely unlikely. However, in high school, he was given a book as a joke, which contained teachings from an assortment of religions. Browsing through it, he came to a description of the Four Noble Truths, and was converted. In high school and university, Bhante attended the Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple. He eventually moved in and started training part-time to become a priest. In 2006, he took up full-time training at the temple. However, an attraction to Theravada Buddhism pulled him towards the Thai Forest Tradition. He attended a day-long retreat with Ajahn Viradhammo in 2007. At the retreat, he learned about the newly-established Tisaraṇa Buddhist Monastery. He found his way to Tisaraṇa and was ordained as an anagārika in 2008. In 2010, Bhante Joe was ordained as a bhikkhu with Ajahn Viradhammo as his preceptor. Bhante trained at Tisaraṇa until 2015, with one year in Thailand. In 2015, his teacher released him from dependence. He spent six months at a monastery in California and before returning to Toronto, Canada between 2016 and 2019. In Toronto, he associated with the Toronto Mahavihara and the West End Buddhist Temple. In November 2019, he moved to Sri Lanka, where he currently resides. More info can be found here.

Hybrid event: Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session in person at the Metta Centre or online by clicking on this link to access the session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83506489824?pwd=cmpNQ1ljSmFVYURLWVN1dWllYUN1dz09 Alternatively, you can dial in from your telephone (call charges apply): +61 2 8015 6011 | Meeting ID: 835 0648 9824| Passcode: 718905


Western Sydney University – Bankstown City Campus
74 Rickard Road
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia
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