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Apr 8 14

ASA AGM 2014 Melbourne

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And another successful AGM was held. Thanks go to everyone who made this years AGM possible, special thanks go to Venerable Ayya Upekkha, Bhante Jaganattha and all the volunteers at the Buddhist Society of Melbourne (BSV) who generously hosted  this years event event. A new management committee was elected and a couple of new members joined.

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Managment Committee 2014/15

This years management-committee consists of 14 members:

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Chair: Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan

Abbot of Quang Minh Temple in Braybrook, Melbourne

 

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Vice-Chair: Venerable Gontug Rinpoche

Kadhampa Buddhist Society of Australia, VIC

 

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Secretary: Venerable Patacara

Santi Forest Monastery, NSW

 


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Treasurer: Venerable Ajahn Brahm

Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, WA

 

Ordinary Members:

 

 Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, VIC

 

Venerable Loden Dechen, VIC

 

Venerable Tenpa Bejanke, ACT

 

Venerable Dhammadasa, QLD

 

Venerable Hojun Futen, VIC

 

Venerable U Sumedha, SA

 

Venerable Jaganattha, VIC

 

 Venerable Thich Quang Ba, ACT

 

Venerable Atipolo, VIC

 

Venerable Ajahn Sujato, WA

 

The management-committee will meet in a telephone-conference on the first Monday of each month. For inquiries please contact us by email: asasecretary@gmail.com

 

Mar 19 14

Report on ‘Strengthening the Australian Sangha’

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The full report on ‘Strengthening the Australian Sangha’ presenting the results of the survey conducted by Venerable Tenzin Wangmo over the last year is now ready to be shared. PDF Downloads are available using the links below.

 

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Full Report ‘Strenghening the Australian Sangha’ PDF

Summary Report ‘Strenghening the Australian Sangha’ PDF

 

 

The ASA committee would like to thank all the contributors to the survey – to the ordained who answered the individual questionnaire and to the Buddhist Councils who responded to our peak body  questionnaire. The results of the questionnaires will be discussed on March 25th 2014 – at our Annual General Meeting.

Feb 13 14

ASA Conference 2014

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This year the ASA annual conference and AGM will be held on the 25th March 2014 at the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV) in Melbourne, 71 Darling Road, East Malvern, Victoria 3145.

About the conference

The ASA annual conference brings together Buddhist monastics of all traditions living in, or visiting Australia, for fellowship, dialogue and to address the issues facing Buddhism in Australia. Previously, the ASA has solved problems with visas for monastics through representations to the Department of Immigration, supported monastics in financial difficulty, liaised with the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC), arranged monastic education forums such as the 2010 Vinaya Conference and represented the Australian Sangha at International Conferences as well as to various Government agencies.

Speakers

This year we are fortunate to provide two well known speakers.

Ani Tenzin Wangmo was ordained in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism in 2005. She lives in Ballarat at Kunzang Palyul Chöling. Her fields of expertise include qualitative research, community consultation and health care chaplaincy. She facilitated the inaugural survey of ordained in Australia with support of the ASA committee.

Dr Diana Cousens has a PhD in Himalayan Studies from Monash Uni, was ten years Director of the Melbourne Sakya Centre and representative for H.H.Sakya Trizin. She was also Vice-Chair of the BCV and is currently active in interfaith dialogue.

Date

The one-day conference and AGM will occur on: Tuesday March 25th 2014.
Sangha members are encouraged to arrive on the 24th or earlier and register at 7.30am on the 25th. The rooms offered have 2-4 beds. All meals will be provided and are vegetarian. Participants are asked to book online, one week prior to the conference, so all transport needs, meals and accommodation can be met.

Program

6.30 am Group meditation
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am Registration
8.00 am Welcome Ceremony
8.20 am An lntroduction and welcome
8.40 am ‘Outcomes of the ASA Evaluation’ by Venerable Tenzin Wangmo
9.40 am MorningTea
10.00 am AGM
11.15 am Lunch
12.15 pm Key Note speech Di Cousins: ‘Helping temples manage sexual harassment – a new policy’ with Q&A
1.15 pm ‘Building on the ASA Evaluation’ led by Venerable Tenzin Wangmo
3.15 pm Afternoon tea
3.45-4.00 pm Closing Ceremony

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is available for interstate participants who need assistance with travel expenses.

Donations

Our funding come entirely from your generosity and donations towards the
costs of the conference are welcome. Please make cheques payable to ‘Australian Sangha Association’ and post to ASA Treasurer: Venerable Gontug Rinpoche, 614  Highbury Road, GlenWaverley, VIC 3150

Membership

All Buddhist monks and nuns living in Australia are eligible to apply for ASA membership. If you are a member, you
can participate fully in the conference by voting for the new committee and other key decisions.
Make your membership application now to ensure your membership is approved in time for the conference.

Enquires

Buddhist Society of Victoria
Email: office@bsv.net.au
Tel: 61-3-9571 6409
Or: ASA SecretaryVenerableThong Phap “Thong Phap” thongphap@y7mail.com

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Dec 11 13

Warm Greetings from Santi Forest Monastery

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Nov 20 13

Survey Translation in Vietnamese

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We now have our ASA Survey available in   Vietnamese . Please fill in our survey in the language that is best for you – on-line in   English   or by post or e-mail in   Burmese ,   Khmer ,   Mandarin ,   Singhalese ,   Thai and   Vietnamese .  To give you more time our deadline for the survey has been extended to the 17th of December 2013. By filling in our survey we will be able to support you better by knowing what’s important to you.

 

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Oct 11 13

Australian Monastic Survey Translations

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The Australian Sangha Associations surveys are now available for download (PDF) in Burmese, Chinese-Mandarin, Khmer, Singhalese and Thai’. The ASA thanks all participants for their help to optimize the ASAs support for Buddhist monastics living in Australia.

Downloads are available here:

Burmese

Chinese-Mandarin

Khmer

Singhalese

Thai

The original online survey is available here:

Online Survey (English) 

 

The Australian Sangha Association (ASA) is calling for all Sangha living in Australia to participate in a survey that will help the ASA optimize its support for monastics living in Australia.

The closing date for this survey is December 2nd 2013. Individual surveys results will remain confidential. Only general information and findings will be made available.

The ASA thanks all participants who help with this project.

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The Australian Sangha Association (ASA) is the national body for Buddhist Monastics in Australia. It was established in 2005 and meets annually to elect a committee of Monastics (which includes Monks and Nuns from all traditions) to represent Monastics in Australia at various levels of government and, where it is able, respond to individual representations. Our annual ASA conference provides opportunities for education, discussion and engagement for participants around a key theme that is relevant to Monastics. For example, ASA held a Vinaya Conference in January 2010 at Santi Forest Monastery and a Chaplaincy Conference in 2012 at Quang Minh Buddhist Temple.

 

Oct 4 13

Inspirational Verses

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Mistake
Another mistake
Every time I make one,
My eyes open
And my world gets bigger.

Eiichi Enomoto

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One mistake after another
Is how I got here.
When next I spill my tea
I’ll laugh out loud!

Don Katz – True Precious Ocean

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Sep 13 13

Australian Monastic Survey

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The Australian Sangha Association (ASA) is calling for all Sangha living in Australia to participate in a survey that will help the ASA optimize its support for monastics living in Australia.

>>To participate in the survey, click here <<

 

If you would like a copy of this survey in a language other than English please contact our Secretary, Venerable Thong Phap, at asasecretary@gmail.com  and provide us with your best contact address.

The closing date for this survey is December 2nd 2013. Individual surveys results will remain confidential. Only general information and findings will be made available.

The ASA thanks all participants who help with this project.

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The Australian Sangha Association (ASA) is the national body for Buddhist Monastics in Australia. It was established in 2005 and meets annually to elect a committee of Monastics (which includes Monks and Nuns from all traditions) to represent Monastics in Australia at various levels of government and, where it is able, respond to individual representations. Our annual ASA conference provides opportunities for education, discussion and engagement for participants around a key theme that is relevant to Monastics. For example, ASA held a Vinaya Conference in January 2010 at Santi Forest Monastery and a Chaplaincy Conference in 2012 at Quang Minh Buddhist Temple.

 

Jul 6 13

Tasmanian Ch’an Monk in Robes

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“When those with cruel intent
push us into a pit of fire,
invoking the strength of Avalokita,
the fire becomes a refreshing lake”

 

 ”Heart of compassion like rolling thunder,
heart of love like gentle clouds,
water of Dharma nectar raining on us,
extinguishing the fire of afflictions.”

 

 - verses from the Saddharmapundarika Sutra, Chapter 25,
Taisho Revised Tripitaka 262.

 

Jun 28 13

Building Confidence

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Saddha or shraddha is often translated as faith but I prefer to think of it as confidence: confidence in the Buddha’s teaching, confidence in his witness to walking the path and confidence in my own capacity to walk the path. The cultivation of this confidence in the Path is, in my view, beautifully expressed in the Mahamangala Sutta and especially the idea of the great blessing of walking a good path

Recently I was interviewed by a journalist for the local ABC radio station here in Hobart concerning the Zen Garden I participated in building at the Whittle Ward, the local government hospice. His interview with me can be accessed through the website here. As I listen to it, I find myself encouraged by the brief reflections on my work that he and I engaged in.

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I listen to the interview and I know deep down that my life as a Buddhist monk is  meaningful, purposeful and leads me into experiences of great beauty. I am reminded of what a blessing this monastic life is and that is very important for me and many of the rest of us who undertake the challenge of leading the monastic life whilst living alone.

Please share the beautiful aspects of your monastic life with all of the monks and nuns who look at this website. The best hope that the great project of building the monastic sangha in Australia has, is founded in our confidence in our calling and how we live that out.

All good wishes
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