• 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

Is the world perfect or imperfect? (5th & 12th July 7pm Tues)

  • Location : Buddhist Library Ltd
  • Start Date and Time : 05/07/2016 07:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 12/07/2016 09:00 pm
  • Event Speaker : Giles Barton
  • Enquiries or Contact : info@buddhistlibrary.org.au 02 9519 6054
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library


Does the world have to be perfect before you can be happy?

Can you be happy in an imperfect world?

Is it worth making the effort to be a better person if the world keeps changing but never seems to improve?


These questions point to the heart of spiritual practice, does it matter if we practice the Buddha’s path or not? does it make a difference? why bother?

These two talks will refer to the teachings of the Buddha to answer these questions and where motivation that creates intention can be found.


5th & 12th July, 7pm-9pm, two Tuesday evenings.


Speaker’s profile:

Giles Barton is a regular teacher at the Buddhist Library, a former Director of Wat Buddha Dhamma at Wiseman’s Ferry and a current Director of Santi Forest Nuns Monastery (Bundanoon). He has taught meditation to both young people with and without mental health problems and adults including staff of mental health services, staff of sexual assault services, for private and state schools and non governmenmt organisations. In addition to facilitating a number of retreats for young people, he has presented at the 2000 Australian Suicide prevention conference on a Buddhist approach to suicide prevention and contributed a chapter to the book ‘Spirited Practices’, based on people’s use of spirituality in the helping professions. Professionally Giles was one of the early tertiary trained nurse graduates who went on to specialise in Adolescent Psychiatry. He continues to work in the field of Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health as a Clinical Manager for local health services. Giles has a Postgraduate Diploma in child and adolescent development and a Masters in Behavioural Science (Distinction) for research into adolescent spirituality.


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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