A practical approach to meditation

21 May 2024
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1.5hr
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Ven. Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:In Person Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Join us at the Buddhist Library with Venerable Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero as he shares with us a practical approach to meditation. This approach emphasizes the cultivation of awareness and the exploration of the inner landscape through meditation practices such as mindfulness of breath, loving-kindness, and body scan. The teachings highlight the importance of being present in the moment, observing thoughts and sensations without judgment, and developing a deep understanding of the impermanent nature of existence. Participants are encouraged to integrate these practices into their daily lives to cultivate inner peace, compassion, and wisdom. Through this practical approach, individuals can gradually unravel the complexities of the mind and experience profound transformation on their spiritual journey.

    This talk will be held in person at the Library only. Please register if you wish to attend. 

     

     

    Teacher profile

    Ven. Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero

    Venerable Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero is a highly venerated senior Sri Lankan Buddhist monk of the Theravada tradition. Venerable Gñanaloka is respected for his strict adherence to the Vinaya, deep commitment to meditation and for ascetic practices, similar to those of the ancient disciples of the Buddha. He has a special interest for solitude and simple living, and spends long periods every year in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Nepal & India as well as in the deep uninhabited forests of Sri Lanka. He ardently engages in continuous meditation practice as performed in the ancient times. His teachings are direct and practical and reflect the teachings of the Buddha in a simple manner. Venerable Thero’s Dhamma talks include interesting anecdotes from his experiences as a monk as well as from his early life. Rather than an intellectual abstraction of the teachings, Venerable Gñanaloka tends to focus on practical applications of the Dhamma, for developing wisdom and compassion in daily life.

    Born in 1971 into a devout Buddhist family in Sri Lanka, Venerable Gñanaloka’s spent the adolescent years with his family in Lesotho, South Africa, and attended a university in Nicosia, Cyprus. Upon returning to Sri Lanka Venerable Gñanaloka embarked on a transformative exploration of various religious doctrines, including the Bible, the Holy Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita. It was through this spiritual odyssey that he uncovered the universal essence of compassion and loving-kindness, integral to the teachings of Buddhism and other faiths alike.

    Greatly influenced by the ardency and ascetic practices of a German monk, Venerable Ñanavimala, Venerable Gnanaloka spent many years practicing meditation and the Dhamma teachings with his mentor in Sri Lanka. In 1999 he became a novice monk thus entering monkhood at the age of 28 and ordained as a Bhikkhu in 2001 in Sri Lanka. After joining the Theravada monastic order, Venerable Gñanaloka’s spiritual pilgrimage has taken him to the sacred precincts of the Himalayas, from the holy towns of Rishikesh and Badrinath to the ancient caves of Ladakh and Mount Kailash in Tibet, where he engaged in serious ascetic meditation practice. During those journeys he recounts two near-death experiences. He has also been a wanderer, journeying on foot, in the deep forests across Sri Lanka. His constant companion has always been the ancient practices taught by the Buddha.

     

    All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give is shared equally with the teacher and the Buddhist Library. This helps to maintain the Library and supports the teacher so that they may offer more teachings on the Dhamma in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma