• 08/11/2011 /  Retreats

    Hand of Reiki

    At the Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba

    2-3-4 December 2011

    Give yourself a precious energy lift at this weekend of receiving and passing on deeply nurturing Reiki visualisations.

    Don’t Miss Out On This Unique Opportunity.

    Please book early by emailing Robert straight away to confirm a place at this very special event, or call 02 9929 8643. Numbers are limited.

    Retreat fee is $200 including accommodation and food, payable to The Karuna Foundation one week prior to the meditation retreat.

  • 23/10/2011 /  Meditation Courses

    Invitation to Karuna Friends

    To a New Meditation Course at 150 Walker St.

     

    Begins 7 pm Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 November

     

     ‘Calm the Winds of your Thoughts,
    and there will be no Waves
    on the Ocean of your Mind.’

    ______________

    Please note that the course

    ‘Meditations for Spring Time’

    has now finished.

    (There are no meetings on Tuesday 25 or Thursday  27 October)

  • 23/09/2011 /  Meditation Courses

    by Malcolm

     

    An opportunity not to be missed!

     

    On Thursday evening 29 September 7:00 pm.

     

    we are having a special one-off Reiki evening at 150 Walker St.

    The evening will feature visualisations on how best to receive Reiki

     

    We are looking forward to seeing you.

    Please note the date in your diary

    This session will be a preview of the Reiki weekend coming up later this year.

  • 29/05/2011 /  Meditation Courses

    by Malcolm

    Thanks
    for your patience.

    We are now ready to start

    a NEW meditation course

     

    The Enjoyment
    of Meditation

     

    in our NEW meditation venue at

     

    150 Walker St.

    North Sydney.

    For your first evening, you can choose either

     

    7 pm Tuesday 7th June.

    or

    7 pm Thursday 9th June.

     

    Let us know if you are coming. Phone 9929 8643

  • 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)

     

     

     

  • 24/01/2011 /  Meditation Courses

    ‘Crystal Clear’

    When you practise the Lotus Sutra meditations,

    why do changes happen?

    Meditation evenings begin

    Tuesday 8th or Thursday 10th February

    at 7 pm.

    For extra info ring 9929 8643

  • 25/10/2010 /  Retreats

    by Susi

    Awakenings

    Saturday begins our awakening to the truth about the nature of the Universe

    We humans believe that we are separate and solid entities. We labour under this delusion because our deficient senses don’t allow us to see the connections. The truth is that all of life is interconnected into one great Universal force.

    We revisit Albert’s famous equation, e=mc2, which those of us sufficiently ancient remember from dim dark days in science classes at school.

    Albert Einstein

    Energy is mass hugely multiplied by the speed of light, squared. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, it just transforms. Energy and Mass are inseparable. Take mass the size of a football, add the energy of an isotope, and you can raze a city to the ground.

    With astonishment we realise this is the proof of the interconnectedness of the Universe.

    We also learn that in 1939 Albert said, “If there is a cosmic religion of the future, it will be Buddhism’

    In fact, curiously, Albert has written a quote from the Heart Sutra on his blackboard:

    ‘Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is form’.

    Malcolm reminds us of the young reincarnation of the lama reassuring his parents,

    ‘Form is Emptiness,

    Emptiness is Form.

    You see, there’s nothing to be afraid of!’

    For your scribe, this is probably the most significant revelation of a weekend full of awakening. Fear is a debilitating force lurking at the bottom of every form of internal distress we inflict upon ourselves. Fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of illness, fear of embarrassment, fear of pain, fear of death, the list goes on. If we believe in interconnectedness and compassion, we can deal again and again with fear of different levels of harm, from the forces of nature to inflicted violence.

    Even the weather reinforces our awakening. The snowflakes whipped into a frenzy by gusts of freezing wind outside, which could so harm us if we were lost in the bush, are simply relocated energy. The wind comes from the spinning of the Earth and the differential heating of the continents of Australia and Antarctica. The beauty of the sun shining through the snowstorm is breath taking.

    Hunger is ‘awakening’ and we race, shuddering with cold, back to the dining room for Nara’s warm soup and pie!

    Reiki

    When we give Reiki we visualise a connection with the life force all around us, passing through our bodies to our partner, the recipient, whom we see as radiant space. We are, in fact, imagining something which is true.

    Why else do we all weep to watch Obachan Masako pass through the Reiki Tunnel? How else do we transform the joys and griefs of her 97 long years into a warmth and love so palpable she gives thanks for it hours later in her bed? How else can she recall it with no short term memory ?

    We understand why the Reiki masters say that the giver of Reiki gains the greater benefit.

    We learn that Reiki is one form of the practice of ‘The Place of Jewels’ , which represents the complete ‘Great Vehicle’ teaching of the Buddha. With an updated retelling of the parable of the Magic City, Malcolm awakens in us an understanding of the passive ‘Small Vehicle’ teaching . Although an appropriate means to gain release from personal distress, it is limited and inward-looking, popular with us all when we began Meditation.

    However the Magic City vanishes when we are strong enough to accept the complete Great Vehicle teaching. This leads to the ‘discovery of richly meaningful and supportive connections with the life of the entire Universe and reveals the Radiant Mind latent in all beings. It is of unlimited benefit to all that lives’.

    After this weekend, I don’t think any of us would contradict this claim.

    We travel in meditation on Manjushri’s lion (or zebra, or tiger, or dolphin, or Harley Davidson) to this wonderful ‘Place of Jewels’ where we are given a gift, which we discover on the next day to be the quote we have chosen for the time capsule from the spiritual signposts along our way . . .

    Mindfulness Dharma Walk

    Sunday sparkles, clear, cold and relatively calm.

    Lotus Sutra quotation

    Mindfulness walk: a spiritual sign along the forest trail

    (Photo: Robert)

    Walking through the bush, we have simply to retain words from one quotation as far as the next, remaining mindful to sights and sounds along the way.

    And what words they are . . .

    ‘deliver all beings from pain and suffering . . . ‘

    a purple iris, a crunch of leaves, a tiny trill from above . . .

    ‘keeping in mind the Buddha’s great enlightened body and his freedom from all fear  . .‘

    ‘all is dispersed by the sunlight of wisdom’ . . .

    stop a moment and feel the warmth of the sun . . .

    ‘joy and gladness’ . . . short sharp spikes, egg-and-bacon flowers, . . .

    ‘wisdom . . light shines without measure . . . from long-cultivated practice obtained’ . . .

    ‘You will all become fully awakened ones ‘ . . . leaves stir overhead . . .

    ‘The home of the buddhas . . . wherever bodhisattvas practise . . ‘

    rustling as a lizard scurries . . .

    ‘compassionate . . . patient . . . gentle . . . empty . . . ‘

    ‘lotus flower in the water emerges unsoiled from the earth’ . . .

    a palette of wildflowers, shy white, soft yellow, vivid purple . . .

    ‘remove the fever of the passions of life, and fanning the wind of liberation’ . . .

    breeze on my face . . someone moves near me . . .

    ‘true good friends . . . great field of blessings . . . peaceful place of pleasure, relief, protection and support ‘

    the roof of the meditation hall appears above the grey green olive leaves . . .

    ‘Dharma of Perfect Enlightenment . . .now I entrust it to you . . . words fall silent before it ‘ . . .

    a line of companions making their way slowly back . . .

    ‘accept and embrace even one verse . . . read it, recite it, and understand its meaning, the benefits will be very many . . . I predict Perfect Enlightenment’.

    Karina meditating in the sun on the veranda, a sprig of eucalypt in her hand . . .

    Past and Present

    ‘You are now living the past life of a future Buddha’

    ‘I know’.

    Thank you Malcolm, for your hard work and brilliant guidance as we ventured along the path to Awakening. Nara, for your warmth, not only of heart but also of food, and all that entailed.

    Obachan Masako, just for being yourself.

    Karina, for your youth, exuberance and support.

    And all my fellow participants, for your willingness and generosity as we all embarked on the journey.

     

    “Those who are able to copy, keep, read, recite, reverence and teach this Sutra to others will be protected and remembered by Buddhas abiding in other regions. They shall have great powers of conviction, the power of a resolute vow, and the power of a virtuous character. Know those people shall dwell with the Tathagata, and the Tathagata shall place his hands upon their heads.”

     

    Awakenings Participants by Remko

    Our "Awakenings" participants

    (Photo: Remko)

     

  • 25/10/2010 /  Meditation Courses

    New Course at Walker St North Sydney

    The mind is like an untamed monkey, leaping about from one thought to another and sometimes creating harmful mischief for itself.

    In this course we will find gentle ways to tame this mischievous monkey.

    Starts 7.00 pm Tuesday 26 October or Thursday 28 October

    and then at two week intervals.

    Fee  $10 per evening or $50 for the whole program.

    For information call (02) 9929 8643.