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April 2022

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Urban retreat: The Selfless Now

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

Urban retreat: The Selfless Now Teacher: Ajahn Sādaro Saturday 9 April | 9am – 5pm In person at the Metta Centre (Bankstown) & online via Metta Centre’s Facebook live Registration for in person attendance is essential through Eventbrite Cost: By donation   While the teaching of non-self (Anatta) is considered one of the more refined layers of the Buddhist path of meditation, it is possible for anyone to catch moments of insight into this profound state of being. These valuable…

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Mahāyāna Buddhism: What’s Great about the Great Vehicle?

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Participants will learn more about the history of Buddhism and the differences in traditions present in modern Buddhist practice Mahāyāna Buddhism: What’s Great about the Great Vehicle? Presenter: Jonathan Shearman Wed 13 April | 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free This talk on “What’s Great about the Great Vehicle?” will present the story of how Mahāyāna Buddhism first appeared and how it developed; look at what it has in common with Theravada and also where it is different; what…

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The Five Remembrances of the Buddha

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the historical and ultimate reality of the Buddha through recollection of the 5 remembrances of the Buddha. The Five Remembrances of the Buddha Presenter: Ven Thich Thong Phap Wed 20 Apr| 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free We all know the Buddha as a great teacher who discovered a profound way of life leading to the cessation of birth and death, and the path to liberation. This way of life later became known as Buddhism. But who was…

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Mindfulness or a Mind Full of Things?

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explanation of the Buddha’s definition of mindfulness, and the exploration of the development of mindfulness on body, feelings and mind. Mindfulness or a Mind Full of Things? Presenter: Ven Olande Ananda Thera Wed 27 Apr| 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free Mindfulness has become popularised and the word is used so much in all sorts of contexts that your head may be full of ideas about what mindfulness is. In this talk, Venerable Olande Ananda Thera will explain the…

May 2022

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Accessibility & Inclusiveness of the Buddhist Path

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The speaker will share an experience on the Buddhist path, from the viewpoint of a practitioner who share a body with disability Accessibility & Inclusiveness of the Buddhist Path Presenter: Venerable Yonten Phuntsok Wed 4 May| 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free In this, Venerable Yonten Phuntsok will share one person’s experience of accessibility and inclusiveness of the Buddhist path, from the viewpoint of a practitioner who shares a body with disability. This includes the support that’s been received…

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Wellbeing in Buddhism

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Improve your wellbeing with this presentation and learn the tools needed to gain mental, emotional and spiritual health Wellbeing in Buddhism Presenter: Daniel Troyak Wed 11 May | 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free Studies prove that Buddhists are onto something when it comes to boosting wellbeing. Perhaps more than any other religion, Buddhism is associated with happiness. According to the Dharma, positivity and negativity are our own responsibility—and completely within our control. The Buddha’s teachings on how to…

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Enlightened Women

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stories of enlightened bhikkhunis and eminent lay disciples from the time of the Buddha Enlightened Women Presenter: Ven Ayya Soma Wed 18 May | 7-8.30pm Online: Links below Cost: By donation During this talk, Buddhist monk Ayya Soma will share some verses and stories of enlightened bhikkhunis and eminent lay disciples from the time of the Buddha. These powerful stories provide inspiration and guidance for our own practice of attaining awakening. About the Presenter: Ayyā Somā is an Italian Buddhist…

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Buddhism In Unexpected Places

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover some unexpected Buddhists and learn why the Buddha said that the best kind of wisdom is understanding something for ourselves Buddhism In Unexpected Places Presenter: Venerable Akaliko   Wed 25 May | 7-8.30pm   Online: links provided below   Cost: Free What do Barbie, the Matrix movies, and Tina Turner have in common? They have all been inspired by Buddhism! The wisdom of Dhamma turns up in odd places: such as people meditating to death metal music, or children…

June 2022

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When to stay silent and when to speak up?

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore how our inner world and the outer world rely on each other in a transformational journey. When to stay silent and when to speak up? Presenter: Ven Tashi Choedup Wed 1 June | 7-8.30pm Online: links provided below Cost: Free Is our practice of kindness and compassion just to become better individuals? Or can it play an active role in building a world that is inclusive, just, and caring? As this practice transforms our minds, can it also destabilise…

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Finding Joy on the Buddha’s Path

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the Buddha’s teaching relating to the cultivation of joyful and happy states with Clinical Psychologist, Dr Chien Hoong Gooi Finding Joy on the Buddha’s Path Presenter: Dr Chien Hoong Gooi Wed 8 June | 7-8.30pm Online: Links below Cost: By donation Join us on a session with Clinical Psychologist, Dr Chien Hoong Gooi, in exploring the Buddha’s teaching relating to the cultivation of joyful and happy states. About the Presenter: Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a teacher of Buddhism…

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Overcoming Spiritual Hindrances

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In this session, we will discuss each of the hindrance and what we should do when they visit to allow us clear these obstacles and blockages Overcoming Spiritual Hindrances Presenter: Tina Ng Wed 15 June | 7-8.30pm Online: Links below Cost: By donation There are Five Hindrances that can arise in our meditation and in our daily lives as obstacles to our practice. These Five Hindrances are sensual desire, ill will, sloth, restlessness, and uncertainty/ doubt. Identifying and understanding them…

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The importance of daily formal meditation to increase mindfulness

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us as Ajahn Achalo talks about the importance of daily formal meditation to increase mindfulness and ways to create this daily habit The importance of daily formal meditation to increase mindfulness   Presenter: Ajahn Achalo   Wed 22 June | 7-8.30pm   Online: Links below   Cost: By donation Do you find it difficult to meditate daily? Join us as Ajahn Achalo talks about the importance of daily formal meditation to increase mindfulness and ways to create this daily…

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Freedom from Fear

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meeting fear with right mindfulness and wisdom can make a difference between getting caught up in fear and being free from it. Freedom from Fear Presenter: Ven. Bhante Buddharakkita Wed 29 June| 7-8.30pm Online: Links below Cost: By donation Fear is unwholesome emotion which can hinder our heart and mind from fully embracing our life. However , meeting fear with right mindfulness and wisdom can make a difference between getting caught up in fear and being free from it. About…

July 2022

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Practical tips for daily formal meditation

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

The session is very interactive, with attendees offered the valuable opportunity to receive practical advice about their meditation practice Practical tips for daily formal meditation Speaker: Ajahn Achalo Facilitator: Tina Ng Wed 6 July | 7-8.30pm Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below) Cost: By donation This is the follow up session to Ajahn Achalo’s earlier session about the importance of daily formal meditation to increase mindfulness and ways to create this daily habit. The…

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The Mindful Dinosaurs: workshop for preschool children and their caregivers

July 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

“The Mindful Dinosaurs” – truly inspiring and courageous baby dinosaurs, who triumph over adversity through mindfulness. The Mindful Dinosaurs: a workshop for preschool children and their caregivers Presenter: Karen Gilles-Reid Sat 9 July | 1.30-2.30pm At Metta Centre, Bankstown Cost: By donation This dynamic one-hour workshop will immerse parents, carers, and their preschool children, into the imaginative world of “The Mindful Dinosaurs”; truly inspiring and courageous baby dinosaurs, who triumph over adversity through mindfulness. By being an integral part of…

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Finding a Meditation Practice that suits you

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

Join us in an interactive session to explore how to find a meditation practice that suits you Finding a Meditation Practice that suits you Speaker: Tina Ng Wed 13 July | 7-8.30pm Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below) Cost: By donation With the many different types of Buddhist meditation styles and traditions, how do we know which suits us and which to practice? What is the difference between Samatha or Shamatha (concentration/ tranquillity) meditation…

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The Joy Challenge

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Joy Challenge Presenter: Dr. Pema Düddul Facilitator: Tina Ng Wed 20 July | 7-8.30pm Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below) Cost: By donation   Two and a half millennia ago the Buddha taught that without joy (gawa in Tibetan) there is no awakening or enlightenment. The Path of Joy is an ancient Buddhist practice that starts with arousing simple, heart-felt joy and culminates in the state of Dzogpachenpo, which is the Tibetan word…

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Special Event: An evening of Dhamma with Ven Chao Khun Keng

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

Join us in the session. Ven Chao Khun Keng has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us with his 35 years of monastic experience Speaker: Chao Khun Keng   Sat 23 July | 6-8pm   Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below)   Cost: By donation The most Venerable Chao Khun Keng is in Sydney for the weekend only and will be visiting us at the Metta Centre. With 35 years of…

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Why bad days are the best?

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Metta Centre, 7-9 Cross Street, #2
Bankstown, NSW 2200 Australia

In this session we will talk about how to be mindful in challenging circumstances which can be ultimately very rewarding Why bad days are the best? Speaker: Andrew “Bodhi” Kennings Facilitator: Tina Ng Wed 27 July | 7-8.30pm Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below) Cost: By donation Modern lay life provides many challenges, as the first noble truth says, life can be hard sometimes. For an experienced Vipassana meditator, being mindful in challenging circumstances…

August 2022

Free

Opening The Heart

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Opening The Heart Presenter: Venerable Aileen Barry Facilitator: Tina Ng Wed 3 August | 7-8.30pm Location: In person at Metta Centre (Bankstown) or Online (Zoom link below) Cost: By donation   Venerable Aileen Barry will be offering this teaching at the Metta Centre in person. If you would like to meet Venerable in person, you are welcome to join us in person at the Metta Centre, otherwise we will see you online.   Our basic goodness is available to us, regardless…

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