Death Contemplation

24 February 2024
  • Day:Saturday
  • Time:5.00PM - 7.00PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:2 hrs
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Bhante Akaliko
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:In Person Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Please note; This event is now FULL. 


    Death Contemplation at St Stephen’s Cemetery, Camperdown. 

    The Buddha encouraged his students to visit cemeteries to practise mindfulness of death. This contemplation creates a sense of urgency in our spiritual practice and develops wisdom into the impermanent nature of our existence. Reflecting on the reality of death prepares us for the inevitable but more importantly helps us understand the very meaning of life.

    Join Bhante Akaliko for this special afternoon of contemplation at St Stephens Church Cemetery, Camperdown (full address below). Bring a rug, mat or small cushion to sit on.

    This event will be cancelled if it’s raining.

    This event is not held at the Library. Meet at 4:50pm, St Stephen’s Church front gate, 189 Church St, Newtown. Limited places. Bookings essential. 

    Accessibility info: Uneven ground, low trip hazards, standing for long periods. Disability parking nearby.


    Teacher profile

    Akaliko Bhikkhu is an Australian monk in the Theravada forest tradition. He is the spiritual director of Little Dust and founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community. Bhante Akaliko is also the spiritual advisor of Central West Buddhists and a chaplain at Western Sydney University. He sits on the boards of the Buddhist Council of NSW and the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils.
    Bhante Akaliko went forth as a monastic in 2016 and received full ordination with Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana monastery in 2017. He lived for several years with Bhante Sujato at the Monastery at the End of the World in Sydney and now lives as a wandering monk, looking for a place to settle and shake off the dust.


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