How Metta Connections Can Help You Find and Support Buddhist Professionals

Are you looking for a way to connect with other Buddhists who share your values and vision? Do you want to support Buddhist organisations that are making a positive impact in the world? If so, you might want to check out Metta Connections, an online platform that connects lay people with Buddhist professionals and organisations.… Continue reading How Metta Connections Can Help You Find and Support Buddhist Professionals

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

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

Introducing Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community

Rainbodhi is a spiritual friendship group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and an advocate for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community. Our name combines two words: rainbow, representing our diverse community, and bodhi, the Buddhist concept of enlightenment.    Sometimes I get asked why we need a group like Rainbodhi. Compared to other religions,… Continue reading Introducing Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community

Buddhist reflection in new interfaith publication

Each year the Australian Catholic University hosts a Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast which brings together parliamentarians, faith leaders and community leaders from across Australia. In 2021 with continued COVID disruptions they again made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s breakfast. Instead they have published Reflections on Hope and Resilience to highlight the spirit, resilience and hope… Continue reading Buddhist reflection in new interfaith publication

Obituary of Venerable Long Sakhone, Abbot of Wat Khemarangsaram, Bonnyrigg

Born 5 August 1942 in Cambodia died 31 October 2021 in Cambodia The Venerable Long Sakhone, abbot of Wat Khemarangsaram in Bonnyrigg, passed away on 31 October in Cambodia, aged 79. He had faithfully served the community in Sydney for 36 years and was the longest serving Cambodian Buddhist monk in Australia. Long Sakhone was… Continue reading Obituary of Venerable Long Sakhone, Abbot of Wat Khemarangsaram, Bonnyrigg

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