New roles at the Buddhist Council: A Message from the Chair

After five years as Chair, I will be retiring this year. It has been a pleasure and an honour to lead the Buddhist Council and work with the Buddhist community, but it is now time for a new person with fresh energy. At the same time, Ann MacArthur, our operations manager and chaplaincy program manager… Continue reading New roles at the Buddhist Council: A Message from the Chair

THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY

Having faith in the teachings of the Buddha is essential in the path of Buddhism, and utilising Buddhist psychology is crucial to achieving spiritual growth. Without faith, our minds become closed, and we are unable to cultivate the essential factors that lead to spiritual growth and freedom.     In times of difficulty, having faith can… Continue reading THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY

Yes Vote

Buddhist Council of New South Wales supports a Yes vote Later this year all Australian citizens will have to vote in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution and set up a Voice to parliament, which will give them a say in programs that affect them. The Buddhist Council has launched the Uluru… Continue reading Yes Vote

Nothing here is what it once was

This year, Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum to give our first nations people a Voice to Parliament. This will create constitutional change to give aboriginal people an advisory role in matters which affect them. The BCNSW is playing a leading role in the Buddhist community to help inform our diverse member… Continue reading Nothing here is what it once was

Connecting Buddhists in Central Western NSW

Earlier this year, on an auspicious afternoon in January, three BCNSW member organisations met up in central western NSW: Central West Buddhists, Little Dust Buddhist Community, and Tharpa Choeling Australia. The location was Wellington, the home of Tharpa Choeling Australia, also known as the Wellington Buddhist Centre. The three nuns and one monk who live… Continue reading Connecting Buddhists in Central Western NSW

Rainbodhi Meditation and Picnic during Sydney World Pride

In March this year, Sydney World Pride put a rainbow spotlight on our city to celebrate our diverse community and welcome LGBTQIA people from around the world. BCNSW member, Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community, held a morning meditation and picnic at the Botanical Gardens to connect visiting and local queer Buddhists for spiritual friendship and community… Continue reading Rainbodhi Meditation and Picnic during Sydney World Pride

Introducing Little Dust Buddhist Community

The Buddhist Council’s newest member is Little Dust, a new Dhamma project led by monk and BCNSW Board member, Bhante Akaliko.   Bhante was inspired to start Little Dust through his work with BCNSW, meeting Buddhists in areas where there is little infrastructure to support individuals and communities to practice, such as temple, centres or… Continue reading Introducing Little Dust Buddhist Community

NSW Declaration on Domestic and Family Violence

More than 70 prominent religious leaders representing all major faiths signed a declaration last November with the NSW Government to help end domestic violence.  The declaration was developed in consultation with leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh communities. It included commitments drafted and agreed to by the interfaith group to address,… Continue reading NSW Declaration on Domestic and Family Violence

Buddhist friends launch Social Buddy

A group of Buddhist friends including Daniel Troyak from Buddhist Counselling and Ada Lee from Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association have joined together to address loneliness and social isolation in our community. This is by no means an easy feat, but this enthusiastic and committed group believe they can make changes through cooperation and empowerment.… Continue reading Buddhist friends launch Social Buddy

Life of a hospital chaplain: Dane Millanta and Trish Nguyen, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Dane Millanta and Trish Nguyen have together spent 22 years as Buddhist chaplains at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown. Since the Buddhist Council of NSW was awarded an additional subsidy in 2021 they each increased their hours, so we now have a presence in the hospital four days a week. We asked them both… Continue reading Life of a hospital chaplain: Dane Millanta and Trish Nguyen, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

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