What we're about

The aim of this group is to make Buddhist teachings more accessible, provide
support and encouragement to people who are new to Buddhism. The roup is also open to anyone who would like to contribute.

The purpose of this group can be described in three beautiful Sanskrit words. 1) “Simran”derived from the word Smaran meaning Remembrance. Also translates to ‘Meditation’ – The verb Simar, which is derived from Simran means meditating. 2) “Satsang”means "gathering together for the truth" or, more simply, "being with the truth." Truth is what is real, what exists. 3) “Seva” means a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. See link below to a youtube video (40mins mark) of dialogue between Deepak Chopra and Andrew Cohen, where they discuss the relevance of these words to our lives today.

Buddhism sees life as a process of constant change, and its practices aim to take advantage of this fact. It means that one can change for the better, which ultimately leads to happiness. The decisive factor in changing oneself is the mind. Buddhism has developed many methods for working on the mind. Most importantly, Buddhists practice meditation, which is a way of developing more positive states of mind that are characterised by calm, concentration, awareness, and emotions such as friendliness. Using the awareness developed in meditation, it is possible to have a fuller understanding of oneself, other people, and of life itself. Buddhists do not seek ‘evangelise’ or coerce other people to adopt their
religion, but they do seek to make its teachings available to whoever
is interested, and people are free to take.

A Five Minute Introduction to Buddhism: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm

Basic Buddhist Teaching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Q1lrxQlMU

The Positive Effects of Meditation/Mindfulness. Summarising the scientific evidence:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/what-is-meditation-mindfulness-good-for/

How does Buddhism mesh with modern science? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIRmpQbebQk

Interview with Australian Buddhist nun, Robina Courtin:
http (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kr7F8AV26Y)://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kr7F8AV26Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHGPypXyDUc)

Buddhism and Sects by Ajahn Brahm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owq_ougaikU

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ9UtuWfs3U

Norman Fischer, Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Wetzel at the Garrison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHGPypXyDUc

Joseph Goldstein - Buddhism The essential points:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgkBnMu_cdM

The Most Powerful Video on Spirituality and Happiness - Rare Eckhart Tolle Teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopmSpe33Eg

Loving Awareness: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield & Eckhart Tolle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GAgj_xjZvY

Herbie Hancock: Buddhism and Creativity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSFMkJQKigk

Noah Levine on Buddhism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhce63L0N4

Buddhist in America- Ryan Hayashi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej7vJasvLwg

Nueroscience Symposium - University of Zurich - with the Dalai Lama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay82wmkvFtg&list=PLD653677C00E2D1D7

Four Noble Truths: Buddha's Psychlogy of Freedom :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJvB9xKfX1U

Buddhist Teachings: The Noble Eightfold Path :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPk-pxhyYeg

Andrew Cohen & Deepak Chopra in New York City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-COAvUh6QJ4

Gather to discuss and explore Buddhist teachings, meditation, retreats and
make new friends. The intention is for this group to be a collective community and ideas or events are welcomed.

It is our intention to keep the cost of events to a minimum. i.e. this is not a group set up to generate funds. The cost of any organised events will be shared between attendees; however we will try to keep these costs to a minimum.

If any members have ideas or events they would like us to organise then please contact Nim.

The Bodhi Tree, Inspiring Wisdom, Bookshop and Cafe has kindly offered free VIP loyalty Card to all Dharma Friends. The VIP card offers discounted pricing on all purchases as well as any paid events at The Bodhi Tree. See Discussions page for further info on how to claim your card.

Our Purpose-To provide the opportunity for people to develop wisdom and compassion.

Our Vision -To create a welcoming community in order to inspire active wisdom and compassion.

Our Values - Generosity, Refraining from causing harm to oneself and others, Patience, Tolerance, Forbearance, Acceptance, Endurance, Diligence, Find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome, Enlightened quality of concentration and Enlightened quality of wisdom-awareness.

Upcoming events (4+)

Guided Meditation and Talk on Buddhism

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Chanting - 7pm to 7.30pm

Guided Meditation - 7.30pm to 8pm

Talk on Buddhism - 8pm to 9pm

I highly recommend Friday nights at Dhammaloka for anyone who is new to Buddhism. I used to attend regularly, but I rarely get an opportunity now, due to long commute. You can also catch this event on live broadcast on You Tube Channel.

See link here https://www.youtube.com/user/BuddhistSocietyWA

Please visit Dhammaloka website for more info. https://bswa.org/ (http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/)

This is a free event.

With Metta,

Nim

Group meditation classes in Maylands

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Group Meditation:
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> This class is run by Dan every Saturday of the year from 3pm to approx. 4.15
> pm. The cost is by donation.

Guided Meditation and Talk on Buddhism

Needs a location

Chanting - 7pm to 7.30pm

Guided Meditation - 7.30pm to 8pm

Talk on Buddhism - 8pm to 9pm

I highly recommend Friday nights at Dhammaloka for anyone who is new to Buddhism. I used to attend regularly, but I rarely get an opportunity now, due to long commute. You can also catch this event on live broadcast on You Tube Channel.

See link here https://www.youtube.com/user/BuddhistSocietyWA

Please visit Dhammaloka website for more info. https://bswa.org/ (http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/)

This is a free event.

With Metta,

Nim

Visit to Bodhinyana Forest Monastery

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Dāna or Daana is generosity or giving, a form of alms. In hinduism, buddhism (and jainism it is the practice of cultivating generosity. Ultimately, the practice culminates in one of the perfections : the perfection of giving. This can be characterized by unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.

Bodhinyana monastery is nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Darling Range, near the small town of Serpentine, Western Australia. The monastery is home to around twenty monks, residing in huts scattered over 242 acres. See link for further info https://bswa.org/location/bodhinyana-monastery/

Every day the community of monks come out of their huts to take the single meal for that day. The monks can only consume what is offered to them. Lay supporters come together at 10:30am to offer the meal to the monks. This tradition originated as a result of Buddha’s instructions to the monks and has survived for over 2500 years. Everyone is welcome to come to the monastery. Feel free to bring a plate to offer to the monks and share with others.

This event is specially recommended for families with children and the tranquil setting is a great place to socialise with other Dharma Friends.

We will be at the monastery from 10.30am and we will be happy to provide guidance. After the meal around 11.45am, the senior monks will be available for group discussion and to answer questions. Please RSVP if you would like to attend this visit.

With Metta,

Nim

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