I am sending to you as an attachment the Winter newsletter of Buddhist Contemplative Care Tasmania (BCCT). I am doing this by way letting you know of one of the projects that form my life here in Tasmania.
BCCT had its beginnings in my little studio apartment in West Hobart late in 2011. After much nurturing, it is growing into something of a movement with a number of very committed members here and the hope of building an organisation potentially called Buddhist Contemplative Care Australia with chapters in Adelaide and Victoria.
It involves a lot of work on the part of a few people. In a sense it is like a small business in which all of us are on the look out, at least in an unconscious way, for opportunities to give expression to our purpose which is to support the growth of Buddhist Contemplative Care (sometimes called Pastoral Care) in Tasmania and throughout the rest of Australia.
I hope you can rejoice with me in this work done here,
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.