Almost five years ago on June 1st 2010, I arrived with my two dogs in Tasmania to start a Ph D in Buddhist philosophy at the University of Tasmania and to continue my training in Clinical Pastoral Education, a form of professional preparation for chaplains and Pastoral/Contemplative Care Workers. On our way south to Hobart my attention was drawn to my right, looking towards the north west of this island state. I felt that I had an appointment with somewhere in that direction and that it would be important for my life.
A year later in 2011I went up to Ulverstone to give a talk on Buddhist views on death and dying to a group of hospice volunteers. I knew there was a Buddhist centre on the way and so I organised to break the journey and stay in the Centre. It is in a very ancient valley with lots of trees, many wallabies and paddy melons and birds of many different types. It felt to me as though people who were about to be reborn were just hiding in the gaps of the rocks in the hill sides, waiting.
I stayed in a beautiful wooden cottage. It rained very softly all night and was deeply quiet. I built a fire in the stove and enjoyed the peace, the sound of rain on the roof and the crackling wood fire. The next morning I was very moved by the physical beauty of the place.
In the following October I went back for a week to enjoy the peace and quiet again. I met a few people in the valley who gathered weekly at the centre for meditation. Two of these people lived on another property five kilometres away. Over the period of the next year I got to know them both a little better and told them of my hope to find a quiet place where I could stay to write my Ph D. They offered me the opportunity to build a small hut on their property.
Since then, in 2012, we have developed our initial idea and so this week-end, Easter 2015, we beganthe process of clearing the ground to build the hermitage. It will be a small wooden building of one room for sleeping, cooking, eating, studying and meditating in and there will be a bathroom/laundry and store room attached. My plan is to spend at least three months of the year there for nhập thất (solitary retreat) during the Buddhist retreat season, Nhập Hạ. The rest of the year the hermitage will be available for other people who want to have long term retreats while I am teaching, visiting my family and hopefully spending time at Trúc Lâm Đà Lạt and with other monks in the Trúc Lâm school.
Last week two friends, a married couple, visited me. I told them that I was about to start building the hermitage over Easter and that I had saved $6,000 dollars from Dana offerings that Vietnamese people in Adelaide and Melbourne had given me towards building it. Included in this is $2,000 given to me by one of my cousins in Adelaide. The husband said “We’ll give you the money to build the floor” which of course is the first thing that gets built. I am really touched by the confidence and value that all of these people have placed in this project. I hope to have it finished and liveable by the end of 2016 so that in 2017, when I go onto the aged pension, I can spend perhaps a year there practising meditation.
The hermitage will be called Thất Tâm Hỷ or Hermitage of Joyful Living. Tâm Hỷ was the Dharma name I gave to a very lovely lady who lived here in Hobart. She had breast cancer and she asked me if I would visit her and care for her spiritually. I did so over three years. She and her husband took the Three Refuges and Five Precepts with me at the end of 2012 and last June I conducted her funeral. This lady was a very joyful person even during the most difficult times of her illness and she was greatly loved by many people here in Hobart. Her husband is a joiner and I will be helping him as we build our Thất. Here are some photos I have taken of our progress so far. We have this weekend laid out the hermitage and tested the soil to determine the kind of foundation we will need.
In September 2010, I decided to go on a pilgrimage in India with a group of devotees from the Van-Hanh Pagoda in Nantes. It took me two months to get everything I needed: airplane tickets, passport and visas. International law requires that your passport must be valid at least 3 months after leaving the country you are visiting. I was very happy waiting for the day of departure.
Ngày 7 tháng 11 năm 2022 vừa qua, Bệnh viện Himalayan Sherpa tọa lạc tại thị trấn miền núi Everest, Lukla, phía đông bắc của Nepal. Đây là 1 bệnh viện nhỏ với 15 giường bệnh nhằm cung cấp dịch vụ chăm sóc sức khỏe cho người dân địa phương và khách du lịch. Công trình xây dựng bệnh viện này được tài trợ của các tổ chức bên ngoài Nepal, đặc biệt trong đó có phái đoàn hành hương Tu Viện Quảng Đức (đi Bhutan tháng 11 năm 2019), đã hùn phước đóng góp $16,000 Úc Kim để góp phần xây dựng bệnh viện này, xin mời quý vị xem hình ảnh đính kèm
Program Tuesday 10 March
ASA AGM and Conference
TBC Nan Tien Community Group Practice
8.00am Introduction and Welcomes
8.15am Mental Health Session
9.00am Morning tea
9.30am ASA AGM
1.00pm Conflict Resolution Session
2.00pm Afternoon tea
2.30pm Discussion groups 1
Stream A: Advanced Care Plan update
Stream B: Conflict Resolution
3.10pm Discussion groups 2
Stream A: Advanced Care Plan update
Stream B: Mental Health
3.50pm Closing Ceremony
There will also be a short video presentation by Chaplains of the Australian Defence Forces.
An optional meeting to discuss the future strategy and activities of the ASA will take place on Monday 09 March from 6.30 to 8.00 pm.
A yellow-colored Buddhist temple adorned with flags and golden dragons on its pointed roofs in a quiet town outside Tokyo presents a stark contrast to the typically somber-looking Buddhist places of worship usually found in rural Japan.
But the steady stream of out-of-town weekend visitors and their nationality also set it apart, for the temple was built by and serves members of the large Vietnamese community in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Buddhism was introduced to the U.S.A. by the Asian immigrants in the 19th century.
There is no reliable data on the number of Buddhists in the United States but today it
is estimated to be a few millions. 1.25% of the total U.S. population is identified as
Buddhist followers. Prof.Dana Eck of the Harvard University talks about the presence
of three types of Buddhists such as , Buddhists, Nightstand Buddhists and Strongly
influenced Buddhists and they amount to be around thirty millions. Thus Buddhism of
all traditions becomes the third largest religion in the U.S., just behind Christianity
and Judaism. In 2006, there was a census showing 6-8 million Buddhists in the USA.
Since then, there hasn't been another serious census taken. It is, therefore, very
difficult to count the immigrant-group figures but, without any doubt, the immigrant-
Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak 2643 (2019)
Commemorating the Lord Buddha's Birth,Enlightenment and Passing
Saturday: May 4, 2019
in the City of Melbourne
* Sangha Dana Lunch Offering:
10am, St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church Hall, 15 Gisborne Street,
* Vesak Procession & Friendship Walk
In the Heart of Melbourne with Traditional Drummers, Buddha Floats, Flags,
Lanterns, the colours of Victoria’s Buddhist Community.
Starts at 1pm - Parliament Gardens Reserve (assemble from 12.15pm)
Corner of Nicholson Street Extension (diagonally opposite The Princess
Theatre) & Albert Streets, East Melbourne.
Procession proceeds along Spring Street and Collins Street
to the Melbourne Town Hall. Corner of Swanston & Collins.
Public and metro car parking nearby.
Sri Lanka is an Island and mainly Buddhist country, consisting of twenty-eight administrative districts. Badulla district, where I was born, is one of the poorest district according to the economic growth index.
Buddhism is the greatest religion. Buddhism initiates human rights, freedom and equality for all living beings. Buddhism is a religion that attains world peace, protecting and developing the environment for our planet.
Nguyện đem công đức này, trang nghiêm Phật Tịnh Độ, trên đền bốn ơn nặng, dưới cứu khổ ba đường, nếu có người thấy nghe, đều phát lòng Bồ Đề, hết một báo thân này, sinh qua cõi Cực Lạc.
May the Merit and virtue,accrued from this work, adorn the Buddhas pureland, Repay the four great kindnesses above, andrelieve the suffering of those on the three paths below, may those who see or hear of these efforts generates Bodhi Mind, spend their lives devoted to the Buddha Dharma, the Land of Ultimate Bliss.