Dharma Boat Sangha

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Dharma Boat Sangha

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Tradition/Linage Vietnamese Zen
Main School Mahayana
Sub School Zen, Vietnamese
Contact Infotmation
Address 1 Dreadnought Rd
Oxford Falls
New South Wales 2100
Australia
Country Australia
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Phone 04 14 526 503
Website http://www.dharmaboat.org/
Email smile@dharmaboat.org
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Dharma Boat Sangha

We are a group practising meditation, mindfulness, concentration and insight in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh. Our group ranges from beginners to more experienced practitioners. We welcome newcomers.

If you are interested, please join us on Tuesday nights for our weekly gathering at Peace Park in Oxford Falls at 7:00 pm. No prior knowledge of meditation or any Buddhist teachings are required. Attendance is by donation (suggested $10) to help cover our costs.

"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

Events Schedule

We meet every Tuesday from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Our program is not fixed and we try to mix it up to add some variety. There's usually a sitting meditation and a walking meditation. Sometimes we'll watch or listen to a teaching or we'll read about different mindfulness practices. We also like to have some songs. There are explanations and guidance for those who are new. We also have a sharing where we can listen to other's experiences about their practice. There's no obligation to share. It's fine just to listen. On occasions we will share a tea and a meal mindfully as part of our practice.

Why We Meet

Meditation & Mindfulness

Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness we have the opportunity to be fully alive in the present moment. We spend so much of our lives making plans for the future or dwelling in the past that we miss much of our life as it is happening. The energy that is used in mediation is mindfulness, to look deeply is to use mindfulness to look into the heart of things in order to see their true nature. With mindfulness we can be in touch with the world around us, with our feelings and our emotions as they arise.

Insight

By looking deeply, we gain insight, or wisdom. This insight helps to learn better ways of dealing with life's difficulties. It can liberate us from our suffering. Through the meditation process, internal blocks of suffering such as fear, anger, despair and hatred can be transformed. We become aware of what is inside us and around us; we are fresher, more alive and more joyful in our daily existence. As we become freer and happier, we cease to act in ways that make ourselves or others suffer.

Sangha

A Sangha is a meditation community, a joyful, welcoming place of support and non judgement. In the Sangha we are there to support each other. The group energy of a Sangha is very helpful. You can also learn a great deal from individual members of the Sangha, especially those who have realised some degree of peace and transformation. There are many things you may find difficult to do when alone, but in the presence of the Sangha you can do them easily.

Where We Meet

Peace Park, Cnr Dreadnought Rd and Wakehurst Parkway, Oxford Falls

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh (pronounced [tʰǐk ɲə̌t hâːˀɲ] (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France.

Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan.

In the early 1960s, he founded the School of Youth for Social Services (SYSS) in Saigon. This grassroots relief organization rebuilt bombed villages, set up schools, established medical centers, and resettled families left homeless during the Vietnam War. He traveled to the U.S. to study at Princeton University, and later to lecture at Cornell University and Columbia University. His focus at the time was to urge the U.S. government to withdraw from Vietnam. He urged Martin Luther King, Jr. to publicly oppose the Vietnam War; King nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in January 1967. He created the (non-Zen) Order of Interbeing in 1966, establishing monastic and practice centers around the world. In 1973, the Vietnamese government denied Nhat Hanh permission to return to Vietnam and he went into exile in France. From 1976 to 1977 he led efforts to rescue Vietnamese boat people in the Gulf of Siam.

Nhất Hạnh has become an important influence in the development of Western Buddhism. His teachings and practices aim to appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds, intending to offer mindfulness practices for more Western sensibilities. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005 and has returned regularly since. He was awarded the Courage of Conscience award in 1991.

Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. A journal for the Order of Interbeing, The Mindfulness Bell, is published quarterly which includes a Dharma talk by him. Nhat Hanh continues to be active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict. He has also been featured in many films, including The Power of Forgiveness showcased at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival.

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