• 13/04/2011 /  Children's Fund

    by Julie

    Where: Phoung Restaurant, 87 Willoughby Rd Crows Nest

     

    When: 7pm, Saturday 30 April 2011

     

    Dear Karuna friends,

    You are invited to a special fundraising dinner to help victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    110313-N-SB672-164 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

    PACIFIC OCEAN (March 13, 2011) A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

     

    Proceeds from the dinner will support relief work by Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK), a Buddhist organisation in Japan that follows similar ideas to those we share in Karuna.

    RKK has members living in the tsunami zone. Like the other survivors they have lost much yet have organised themselves to help the other destitute people in their areas. They work together to distribute hot meals and blankets brought in by other RKK people from outside the zone of destruction.

    U.S. Marine Capt. Vieet Rajan speaks with Japanese Tsumani survivors at a displacement camp, Watariha Elementary School

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan (March 23, 2011) U.S. Marine Capt. from Humanitarian Disaster Relief Force speaks with Japanese Tsumani survivors at a displacement camp, Watariha Elementary School (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Steve Acuff/Released)

     

    If you’d like to support these vital relief activities and get together with your Karuna friends for a fun and delicious Vietnamese meal, please rsvp by Monday 25 April by emailing Julie here.

    ATSUGI, Japan. Local volunteers collect food, water, relief supplies donations in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in disaster affected (U.S navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ben Farone Released)

    ATSUGI, Japan. Local volunteers collect food, water, relief supplies donations in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in disaster affected areas (U.S navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ben Farone Released)

     

    Please let us know numbers attending and any preferences for vegetarian dishes – a menu will be sent around closer to the date.

    Friends and family more than welcome !!

    Any questions, please email Julie or phone 0403 794 756.

    If you can’t make it on the night, but would still like to show your support, please send a cheque, payable to “The Buddhist Society”, to P.O. Box 89 North Sydney 2059.

    Or you can make a direct transfer (Account Details: The Buddhist Society of NSW. BSB number 082-401 Account number 50-947-4276) Please add the explanation “For the tsunami appeal”).

    Many thanks,

    Julie

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami that impacted this Japanese fishing port. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

  • 03/04/2011 /  Meditation Courses

    moving-blog

    We are Moving! (But not very far).

    Next week, the first week in April, on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th  we will have the last evenings of the ‘Crystal Clear’ course.

    They will also be the very last meditation evenings to be held at 144 Walker St.

    We are moving our meeting place a few metres up the road to 150 Walker St.

    We will be in recess while this is being sorted out. When we are ready to start up again we will let you know (please watch The Karuna Post and check your emails).

    Please come next week on either Tuesday or Thursday, for the final meditation get-together at 144 Walker St.

     

     

  • 03/04/2011 /  Children's Fund

     

    by Malcolm

     

    MINAMISANRIKU, JAPAN (March 20, 2011) (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Armando Gonzales/Released)

     

    In the past week, the media spotlight has been taken off the Japanese tsunami story and as a sensational news item it has largely faded from our TV screens. But in the real world of the people still living in the devastated zone, the emergency situation continues to be as serious as before.

    The total of confirmed dead and missing is now twenty eight thousand people. Among the thousands of survivors are a great number of elderly folk and young children, who no longer have families to care for them, nor homes to return to. For these vulnerable people the crisis is ongoing. They are existing mostly in crowded conditions in schools and in other public buildings that survived the disaster and they are depending for their basic needs on visits from emergency aid teams.

    A Mickey Mouse doll lies in tatters among rubble and debris

    A Mickey Mouse doll lies in tatters among rubble and debris (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

     

    Among these visiting teams carrying out relief work in the devastated zone are volunteers from Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK), a Buddhist organisation in Japan that follows similar ideas to those that we share in Karuna. As many of you know, in the past, RKK has been very generous to Karuna, having contributed hugely to the development of our facilities in the Blue Mountains, and at one time sponsoring our Chernobyl radiation affected children’s project.

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.

    OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) - A mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

     

    RKK has members living in the tsunami zone. Like the other survivors they too have lost much yet, although greatly in need themselves, they have organised themselves to help the other destitute people in their areas. They work together to distribute hot meals and blankets brought in by other RKK people from outside the zone of destruction. We have started a fund to support the RKK relief activities. If you would like to help out with a modest contribution to the fund it would be hugely appreciated by us and by our friends working in the devastated area. A contribution can be sent to us by mail at this address:

    P.O. Box 89 North Sydney 2059.

    Please make your cheque payable to “The Buddhist Society“.

    Alternatively you might like to make a direct transfer to the account (Details: The Buddhist Society of NSW. BSB number 082-401 Account number 50-947-4276) Please add the explanation “For the tsunami appeal”.

    As another alternative you might drop a contribution in the collection box which is now sitting in front of the statue of Buddha at Walker St. We will keep the appeal open for three weeks and then send the accumulated amount to the special RKK tsunami account operating in the Mizuho Bank in Tokyo.

    Many thanks,

    Malcolm

    Donated supplies fill a hangar prior to being airlifted to areas in Japan affected by the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    ATSUGI, Japan (March 15, 2011) Donated supplies fill a hangar prior to being airlifted to areas in Japan affected by the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jonathan Kulp/Released)