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 (5+)

South Perth Group Frequency Flow - Music and Sound Meditation Sessions

South Perth Learning Centre

A$20.00

Are you ready to take your relaxation to a whole new level of enjoyment? Come along to our Group Frequency Flow - Music and Sound Meditation Sessions in Inglewood and South Perth. It’s musical meditation without the effort! Music and Sound have been used for thousands of years for their entertainment and healing properties. It is now well known that Sound can help people to balance their energy and calm their mind. Precious People Group Sessions use Tibeten Singing Bowls and Frequency Minded Music played at volume through a surround sound subwoofer speaker system. The music tracks are specifically chosen to enrich your sensory experience with the vibration and connect to the music. These sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities and may be received either sitting or lying down. There are many health and wellness benefits to experiencing the vibration and frequency of sound: ● Pain or tension relief ● Deeper relaxation and meditation ● Improved sleep ● Eases anxiety and stress ● Promotes joy and fun Each Group Sound Session lasts for about an hour. The playlist and intention for each session is intuitively selected, with the added bonus of having the Tibetan Singing bowls played over you as you awaken from your relaxed meditative state. Investment, $20 or $15 concession

Guided Meditation and Talk on Buddhism

Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre

Friday evenings are always very popular with regular audiences between 200 and 300 regularly cramming into the Dhamma Hall to listen to the talk given by the sangha. You are advised to arrive by 7pm in order to find a good place to park and a place to sit inside the hall. 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

Fo Guang Shan Temple

Group Meditation: > > This class is run by Dan every Saturday of the year from 2pm to approx. 3.15 > pm. The cost is by donation.

Introduction to Meditation

Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre

Beginners A four-week Introduction to Meditation course commences on the first Saturday of each month. These are offered by members of the lay community and outline the techniques, benefits and difficulties of meditation practice. No previous experience is necessary and there is no charge or fee for the classes - so they're priceless! You are advised to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Experienced 3pm to 4.15pm: Instruction and guided meditation by a senior monk or nun. Guided meditations and talks covering: - What meditation is, why we meditate - The problems that may arise during meditation - Walking meditation - How we use the practice of mindfulness and loving kindness (Metta) meditation It is advisable to do this course before attending a weekend retreat. Held in the room to the left of the main hall.

Past events (1,656)

Guided Group Meditation with Venerable Jamyang

Hayagriva Buddhist Centre

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