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					NEWSLETTER                        The Buddhist Society of the NT       August 2008     1


                                      NEWSLETTER
                                The Buddhist Society of the NT
Volume 16 (3)                        Buddhist Era 2552                   August 2008




                    AGM              2008 September 4pm
                                    www.ntbuddhist.org.au

International Buddhist Centre                                      Postal Address:
37 Parkside Crescent                                               PO Box 40755
LEANYER NT 0812                                                    CASUARINA NT 0811
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     (08) 8945 3028
                               Welcome to Venerable U Pyinnyawara

      Venerable U Pyinnyawara arrived in                      further crackdowns, the arrest of many
     Darwin in early May this year and moved to              monks and very difficult conditions for
     the temple shortly afterwards. He has come              monasteries. At that time, U Pyinnyawara
     to Australia under the Refugee program and              fled to the India/Burma border areas and
     is happy to be a part of the Darwin                     lived in a jungle camp for nearly a year. He
     community. Ven U Pyinnyawara was born                   was later accorded ‘refugee’ status and
     in central Burma and became a monk at age               placed in New Delhi where he has been
     13 and received ordination at age 20. He                living for the past 17 years. He was later
     studied in monasteries in both Rangoon and              accepted under Australia’s refugee program
     Mandalay. He was in Mandalay as a young                 and arrived first in Sydney and shortly after
     monk. In 1990, on the second anniversary of             travelled o Darwin. Asked why he would
     the demonstrations for democracy during a               prefer Darwin to Sydney he smiled and said
     ceremony in which students were offering                he prefers living in a small place rather than
     dana to the monks, the military violently               a very, very big city. We warmly welcome
     broke up the groups, killing at least 2 monks           U Pyinnyawara to the Centre and look
     and some students as well. This resulted in             forward to his increasing activity within the
                                                             community.




                                                                       Welcome
                                                                   Ven U Pyinnyawara!




       Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourselves to U Pyinnawara who is now convening the Monday
       evening meditation sessions (7.30 pm English – Theravada tradition)
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                               AGM for 2008 - 4pm, 28th September

     Please come along for the annual AGM on                 nominations from this first process. This is
     Sunday 28th September at 4pm at 37                      our constitutional process (19(2) )
     Parkside Crescent Leanyer. Returning
     Officer this year is Ms Dawn Lawrie.                     Nomination forms and proxy forms are
                                                              included in this issue and are available on
      Please note that nomination forms for                   the website. They are also available at the
     Committee must be delivered to the                       rear of the Sala.
     Public Officer (Robin Clark) at least 3                  Please ensure too that your membership is
     days before the AGM. These can be put in                 current at the time of the AGM. There are
     the donation box and the box will be cleared             forms on the table at the rear of the Sala as
     finally at 6pm, Wednesday 24th Sept.                     well as on the website; put your completed
     Nominations during the actual AGM will                   forms and subscription into the donations
     only be called if there are insufficient                 box. Please note if you are renewing your
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    membership from the previous year & no                            As always we encourage newer members to
    details have changed (address, emails,                            come along to these events and ask the ‘old
    phones etc) it is not necessary to fill out the                   hands’ to also encourage others to
    entire form again.                                                participate. Last year was a wonderful
                                                                      turnout. See you there...........
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                                      Celebrating 25 years...........

    The week of events to celebrate Wesak and                         A highlight for everyone was the Children’s
    the BSNT’s 25 years of age went off                               Dharma Class presentation of songs. They
    smoothly from the Dana on Sunday 11th                             had been practising hard and we all enjoyed
    May (also Mother’s Day), through to the                           the results. Photo flashes were as bright as
    packed program on Sunday 18th. Ven Ban                            sunlight as proud families and friends
    Rou led us through the Bathing the Buddha                         captured their glory. The grand finale
    ceremony in the morning while the evening                         involved the cake with 25 candles and one
    program included a Light Offering                                 flaming (literally) lotus (see the picture on
    ceremony, led by Ven Medhankara Thero                             front page). The hall and grounds were lit
    followed by a supper and presentations                            up beautifully with the great lanterns made
    from the community. The new mayor of                              by community members as well as coloured
    Darwin, Mr Graeme Sawyer attended and                             lights strung through the trees. A
    was given a tour of the grounds before the                        wonderful end to the week of Wesak – (and
    evening got underway. The BSNT                                    see the photos below). Reflecting on the
    President, Audrey Ko, particularly thanked                        25 years we can only be thankful for the
    our Patron of the last 25 years, the Hon                          perseverance and unselfish work of those
    Austin Asche and presented him with a                             who have gone before as well as those who
    poster sized version of our celebratory card                      continue to make the Centre what it is.
    which was then signed by everyone present.


                                           Bathing the Buddha

     Ven Ban Rou from Sydney led the Bathing the
     Buddha ceremony – a highlight of the week of
     celebrations. The altar overflowed with flowers
     and there was a lot of community participation.
     It was followed by offering Dana to the Sangha
     and community lunch.




     Keeping with the theme of purification by
     bathing, Geshe Kunkhen also lead a (Tibetan)
     Tusol practice during the Wesak week




        A ceremony to remember and respect our Ancestors and the deceased.....

                   9:00 am, Sunday 31 August 2008, 37 Parkside Crescent, Leanyer
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    The International Buddhist Centre will be                        from 23rd August until 2 September.
    hosting a special ceremony on 31/08/08 to
    pay respect to our own and others ancestors.                     Called the Chung Fung or ‘Thrice
    There will be various sessions continuing                        Yearning Ceremony’ this practice was
    throughout the day and all are warmly                            compiled by Venerable Master Chung-
    welcomed to attend whatever of the day’s                         Fung, an imperial teacher in the Yuan
    events you can. We welcome and                                   Dynasty. The ceremony is based on the
    encourage members of all traditions to                           Amitabha Sutra and on Buddha-name
    participate. The day’s practices will be lead                    chanting. The Thrice Yearning Ceremony
    by Ven Ban Rou who has travelled from                            covers the three assets of the Pure Land
    Sydney and will be staying at the temple                         School – Faith, Vow and Practice

                                  Please bring a plate of food to share

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                                                        Saeng Yokhemerkul

                                       The BSNT is saddened to hear that Saeng passed
                                       away in Brisbane on 8/8/2008. Saeng was a past
                                       President of the BSNT and always ‘hands on’. He
                                       was highly respected by all and worked tirelessly for
                                       the benefit of the community. His generosity was
                                       recalled by many at a recent Dana offered at the
                                       Centre. We express our sympathy to his family.




      As usual, Hon Chief Minister Henderson brings Good news to July Food Fair...........

      This year’s busy calendar meant the                              recent Ethnic Facilities Grant round to
      BSNT held its ‘April’ food fair in July.                         build another set of 2 accommodation
      It takes - as always - a lot of community                        units. Not only has the number of
      input to make the evening another                                resident Sangha of different traditions
      success. Thanks to those who come                                grown but now also includes nuns. We
      forward to work at these events each                             need a broader range of accomodation to
      year, its so important to the BSNT. We                           provide appropriate places for both
      also heard very good news from our                               resident as well as visiting Sangha.
      local member, Paul Henderson, when he                            BSNT would like to acknowledge the
      announced that BSNT would receive a                              on-going interest and support of Hon
      grant ($66,000 over 2 years) under the                           Paul Henderson, our local member.


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    From the Committee...........
                                                                          marching in. There is now a functional small
    Spiritual Advisor                                                     store/pantry in the Green House.
    In mid July, Ven Medhankara Thero returned to                         Other works completed under the grant include
    Sri Lanka. We thank him for his time here.                            the replacement & repair of Green House doors,
    BSNT is currently without a Spiritual Advisor.                        as well as the repair and repainting of all the
    However there are now four resident and one                           doors in the new pavilion which were already
    visting Sangha members. We encourage                                  showing weather damage.
    members to introduce yourselves to our resident
    Sangha. All are available for consultations by                        Gutters started
    appointment and will be happy to speak with                           As part of the tanks project, gutters have been
    community members. We also thank all                                  added to the Sala and the new pavilion in
    resident Sangha members for their continuing                          preparation for the tanks. This project includes
    support for our community.                                            upgrading the garden reticulation which no
                                                                          longer functions. New piping will be laid to
    Certification completed                                               take water from the tanks to the garden and an
    The long slow process of certification is now                         upgraded reticulation system will be installed.
    complete with the final certificates issued to
    cover the oldest kutis. In all this has cost around                   Some alerts & reminders
    $15,000 of the grant we received in 2007.                             Please be mindful of the Centre security.
                                                                          Sangha members have generously agreed to
    Electrical work completed                                             lock up the main gates however regular
    Electricians completed the outstanding work                           community groups should ensure that they
    just before the Wesak ceremonies. Carpark                             leave the premises by 9:30pm unless otherwise
    lights, Bodhi tree and Sala verandah lights are                       agreed. Sangha members are however, not
    now working properly on automatic timers. A                           expected to be the ‘crowd controllers - either
    sensor light is operating on the pathway to the                       asking people to leave or waiting around until
    public toilets in the Green house. Fans & lights                      they do. Please try to think of others as well.
    in the Sala were also repaired and a number of
    safety switches were installed. Please advise if                      Cushions disappearing
    the lights or other electrical items are not                          As the Zen group prepared for their recent
    working in any locations when you are at the                          retreat, they discovered that at least 6 of their
    Centre.                                                               specially made, black, round meditation
                                                                          cushions seem to have ‘gone walkabout’. The
    Public toilets & Green House revamped                                 Zen group generously leave these cushions for
    In addition there has been a complete revamp of                       us all to use. If for any reason you – or anyone
    the public toilets in the Green House. They have                      in your network – has borrowed one of these
    been repainted, damaged areas repaired and                            cushions could you please return it to the Centre
    both now have new self-closing doors –                                ASAP.
    hopefully to reduce the frog’s chances of

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    Thai visitors give gifts…..

      During the month of the recent Airforce                              the BSNT with the proceeds of a ‘money tree’
      exercises, BSNT facilities at the open                               and a generous donation for the use of the
      Pavilion were used by a contingent of Thai                           facilities. They also arranged for some
      personnel to prepare and provide meals to the                        particular temple items to be immediately sent
      Thai participants in the exercises. On their                         from Thailand for the Sala including a large
      departure they gathered at the Temple where                          multi-tiered ‘crown’, new cloths for the large
      Ven Medhankara conducted a short blessing                            Buddha and a range of vessels. We thank
      ceremony and the Thai group in turn thanked                          them for their generosity.
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                                                                      BUDDHIST SOCIETY OF NT



                                NOMINATION FORM - BSNT COMMITTEE
     TO BE COMPLETED BY 1 NOMINATOR, 1 SECONDER AND THE NOMINATED CANDIDATE

     Due 3 days prior to the date of AGM


     I am a current financial member of the Buddhist Society of NT.

     I nominate (Name of Candidate) …………………………………………..………………………
     as a candidate for the position of: (please tick ( ) the appropriate box)
     President                                           Secretary
     Vice-President                                      Public Officer
     Treasurer                                           Committee member
                                                            (4 positions)


     ..............................................................        ..............................................................   Date .........
                (Name of nominator)                                                  (Signature of nominator)


     I am a current financial member of the Buddhist Society of NT.
     I second the nomination of (Name of Candidate) ………….………….....………………


     .................................................................        ...........................................................   Date ..........
                   (Name of seconder )                                                      (Signature of Seconder)




     I (Name of Candidate)......................................................am a current financial member of the BSNT
     I accept the above nomination


     ..............................................................................................             Date ……………………………
            (Signature of Nominated Candidate)




    Office use only:                 Received by .................................................              Date ...........................
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                                                                 BUDDHIST SOCIETY OF NT




                                                                 PROXY FORM



         I, (Name)................................................................ am a financial member of the BSNT.

         I appoint ..................................................................... , who is also a financial member of the

         BSNT, as my proxy to vote and act on my behalf at the BSNT meeting of (Date)..................



         ...........................................................................................        .........................
                               (Signature of nominator)                                                            (Date)



          ...........................................................................................       .....................
                               (Signature of proxy)                                                               (Date)




    Office use only:               Received by .................................................        Date ...........................
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                      ABOUT THE BUDDHIST SOCIETY OF THE NT
The Buddhist Society of the Northern Territory was              promotes the Buddhist traditions of living in
founded in 1983 by members of the Darwin Buddhist               peace and harmony with all beings;
community. Our aim is to provide for the spiritual              welcomes new members, educates members and
needs of Northern Territory Buddhists, providing a              the general community, and assists them in their
place where people may come to learn about                      religious and spiritual needs;
Buddhism, meditate or simply enjoy the peace and                pursues these objectives without discriminating
tranquility of a unique and special place.                      on the grounds of ethnicity, culture, nationality or
                                                                Buddhist tradition or sect;
To fulfill this aim, the Society :                              provides facilities for the achievement of the
    facilitates and promotes the cultural and religious         above purposes; and
    activities of Buddhist communities of the                   establishes and supports residential facilities for
    Northern Territory;                                         the Sangha, and takes responsibility for their
                                                                welfare.



CONTACTS                                                       WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
______________________________________                         _________________________________________
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR                                              Monday
vacant                                                         6:00 pm Osan Martial Arts (8945 3416)
                                                               7:30-9 pm Meditation - Therevada (8945 3028)
ASSOCIATE ADVISOR
Geshe Thupten Kunkhen
                                                               Tuesday
RESIDENT SANGHA                                                7:30 pm Meditation – (English) Beginners
Ven. Tri Dinh                                                  7:30 pm Library Open
Geshe Thubten Tenzin
Ven U Pyinnyawara                                              Wednesday
                                                               6:00 pm Osan Martial Arts (8945 3416)
                                                               7:30 pm Zen please phone 8985 3781beforehand
                                                               8:00 pm Tai Chi class (8945 4825)
2007/08 Committee
President: Audrey Ko
                                                               Thursday
Vice President: Leonard Wanaguru
Treasurer: Bac Lam                                             7:30 pm Tibetan practice ( 8945 3028)
Secretary: Jeannie Devitt
Public Officer: Robin Clark                                    Friday
Committee members:                                             6.30 pm   Osan Martial Arts
       Chi Ming Cheung
       Surya Silva                                             Saturday
       Brenda Kulatunga                                        10:00 am Chanting (Vietnamese)
       Aruna Wijayaratne
                                                               Sunday
                                                               8:00 am Tai Chi Class (8945 4825)
                                                               9:00 am Dharma Class for children
                                                               4:00 pm Chanting (Mandarin)
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NEWSLETTER             August 2008
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PO Box 40755
CASUARINA NT 0811


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