• May all sentient beings have happy minds!

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
-The Buddha

Decoding Early Buddhist Art and Symbols Course

  • Location : Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre
  • Start Date and Time : 08/04/2016 07:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 29/04/2016 09:00 pm
  • Event Speaker : Phra Mana
  • Enquiries or Contact : Buddhist Library 9519 6054 or email info@buddhistlibrary.org.au
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre


Please take note that there is a change in dates for this course.

In this 3 weeks course, we will have an opportunity to explore arts, paintings and sculptures from Ajanta Caves and Sanchi Stupa (the earliest known Buddhist arts), both are now World Heritage sights. Phra Mana will discuss in depth our spiritual expression in Buddhist context.

The classes will include 10 -15 mins guided meditation, Phra Mana’s research trips to Ajanta Caves and Sanchi Stupa, discussions with archaeologists, art historians and other specialists, slide presentation and video clips. Participants will  have the opportunity to view and discuss some authentic artefacts from the Sunnataram Forest Monastery collection.


Speaker Profile : Phra Mana

Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was born in the busy city of Bangkok, Thailand. He studied as a medical student for 3 years before undertaking his religious vows. He has undergone meditation practice and training with several great teachers in Thailand and abroad. Throughout his first 14 years’ experience as a monk, he has traveled to more than 30 countries teaching Buddhism and meditation, attending symposiums, conferences, religious events and many more. In the year 2000, for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Buddhism was represented by monks as volunteers for the Religious Centre in the Games Village. Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was chosen as the Buddhist Chaplain together with other Buddhist monks from different traditions to teach meditation to the athletes and contingents of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today, he focuses his training in teaching meditation and cultivating a healthy diet with exercise and wholesome living through Sunnataram Forest Monastery as Abbot. He continues to steer, guide and touch the lives of the Australian community through the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) and meditation to achieve happiness, calm and peace. He is a picture of health, an animator, a strong believer in the power of positive thought, a yoga & Tai Chi enthusiast and an inspiration both to the Sangha (monastic order of monks and nuns) and the lay community.


All Sessions by Dana (Donation).

Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs).


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