I hope everybody had a great Winter Break and welcome to Semester 2. Start of Uni means Unibodhi is also back and we have got plenty of things coming up 🙂 🙂 🙂
First up on Monday 25th July, come visit us at our O-Day store (9am-4pm) to pick up our pamphlets for the upcoming semester, get one of these gift bags which are complimentary with membership and sign-up if you haven’t done so already. https://www.facebook.com/events/322609161404165/
Also on that Monday, our weekly lunchtime mediation session, led by Venerable Neng Rong, will be up and running again from 1-2pm at Room 240A, Level 2 (Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre), Merewether Building. The topic will be “What is Buddhism?” https://www.facebook.com/events/1180347812027785/
And finally on Thursday 28th July, we will be having our Meet & Greet from 4:30-6pm at Common Room, Holme Building. Come along to meet both new and old friends. https://www.facebook.com/events/1704933966417857/
There is a fully packed first week and we will be informing you about more events and talks later on in Semester 2. 🙂 🙂 🙂
This week is our very last meditation session for Semester 1!
Unibodhi is very delighted to welcome Venerable Neng Rong to guide us through metta (loving kindness) meditation, and inspire us through the Buddha’s teachings. Venerable Neng Rong is the abbess of the Hwa Tsang Monastery and also the Buddhist Chaplain of the University of Sydney.When: 1pm – 2pm, Monday, May 23rd Where: Room 240A, Merewether Building (H04)
Cost: Free for everyone.
How to Overcome Pressure and Stress
It might be a similar topic to last Thursday but if you didn’t come then you would be silly to miss this one. Jim Teoh was unable to make it this week so Dr Chien will be speaking to us in his place.
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Buddhist teacher and Clinical Psychologist who seeks to integrate western psychology with the practices of Buddhist meditation. He was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. He is currently a committee member for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) and a Trustee of the Buddhist Library. He presents regular mindfulness meditation courses at universities, Buddhist groups and to the general public as part of his involvement in community outreach.
When: 4:30pm – 6pm, Thursday, May 26th Where: Holme Meeting Room 1, Holme Building (A09) Cost: Free for everyone.
As we come to the end of another semester we would like to thank all of you for your support of Unibodhi. Without you, our members, we wouldn’t be a society that we are today. Keep the support going and we look forward to seeing you next semester. Bhante Pandit had some useful advice last Thursday: smile before the exam and chew gum or eat something (to make your body think it is calm because you tend not to eat when you have adrenaline release). Remember, some stress is good but too much stress is bad. Best wishes in your studies and exams 🙂
Darren L. (Secretary)
on behalf of the Unibodhi Executive
It is amazing to think how we are at week 9 already. Exams are in just over 6 weeks and no doubt those stress levels are beginning to rise with assignments piling up. More reason for you to come and spend some quiet time at our Monday meditation to hit the reset button to allow you to focus on the task at hand. It is at the usual time and place. See our events calendar for details. Meditation is open to everyone.
Another way to help unwind is to join us for our Movie Night screening. We will be screening ‘Inside Out’ so that you can increase your levels of Joy and reduce your Sadness 😉 Food and drinks will also be provided (guaranteed to boost your levels of happiness :))
So come along for a fun-filled night with entertainment, food, and (old and new) friends! Open to everyone.
When: Thursday, 5th May (Week 9) 5pm-7pm Where: International Student Lounge, Wentworth Building. Movie: Inside Out (2015) Cost: ACCESS $2, non-ACCESS $12
Please RSVP on our facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming. Hope to see you there!
Unibodhi is very delighted to have Venerable Neng Rong to guide us through metta (loving kindness) meditation, and inspire us with the Buddha’s teachings. Venerable Neng Rong is the abbess of the Hwa Tsang Monastery and also the Buddhist Chaplain of the University of Sydney.
When: 1pm – 2pm, Monday, April 11th Where: Room 240A, Merewether Building (H04) Cost: Free for everyone.
USYD Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre Open Day
The Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre is holding an open day after relocating to the Mereweather Building from the beginning of this year. Please come along to check out the facilities and there will be some light lunch (Vegetarian, Kosher and Hallal). Guest speakers include Jordi Austin (Head of Student Support Services) and Rowan Kemp.
When: 12:30pm – 2pm, Thursday, April 14th Where: Level 2, Merewether Building (H04). The same area where our meditation sessions are held. Cost: Free for everyone.
Fortnightly Talk – Mindfulness & Compassion as a Crucible for Healing & Liberation from Suffering
Subhana Barzaghi is authorised to teach in two different Buddhist traditions – Zen Buddhism and the Vipassana Insight tradition. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years and received dharma transmission in 1996 in the Diamond Sangha Zen tradition. Subhana is the Spiritual Director and resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, and leads regular intensive Zen Sesshins in Sydney & Melbourne. She presently supervises four other Apprentice teachers in the Zen tradition. Website: subhana.com.au
When: 4:30pm – 6pm, Thursday, April 14th Where: Holme Meeting Room 1, Holme Building (A09) Cost: Free for everyone.
Save the date: Movie Night!
When: Thursday, 5th May (Week 9) 5pm-7pm Where: International Student Lounge, Wentworth Building.
If you have any suggestions for a movie to watch, please let us know at email@example.com.
More details to be announced soon.
How about a day of mindfulness in a peaceful monastic environment to complement your Easter break???
Take a rest from your busy lifestyles, put aside your work & studies, stress & troubles for one day, and come to our ONE-DAY RETREAT at Hwa Tsang Monastery!!
There’ll be Dhamma talks, a guided meditation session and group activities based on the theme: “Gratefulness – Treasuring what we have”. Lunch will be provided. Cost only includes transportation expenses, but donations to the Monastery are welcome.
To register your attendance please fill out the attached form, preferably printed and signed and then hand it to one of the executives at our upcoming events or take a picture and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “2016 1-day retreat registration” as the email subject line. Download the registration form here
When: Wednesday, 30th March 2016 – 9am-4pm (approx)
Where: Hwa Tsang Monastery, 29 Mackenzie St, Homebush (10 min walk from Flemington Station).
Cost: Free (donation to the monastery is optional.
2016 is truly upon us as Unibodhi grows another year older. Hope everyone had a great festive season and all the best for the year ahead. As with any new year, there is always change and currently the society is in transition. Due to unfortunate administrative errors, our beloved society has been de-registered by C & S. With this present state, we need as much support from you guys, our Unibodhi members, to help maintain our society. It would be extremely helpful if you could renew your membership by filling in the attached google doc form attached below.
Also in the near future, we will need to hold another AGM (Annual General Meeting) when Semester 1 commences. The current set date and time will be THURSDAY 3rd of March at 4:30 to 6pm. The finalised venue will hopefully be confirmed in the next week or so. We need as many people as possible there, to re-register the society and elect the executive team again. So hope to see you there.