(In Person) Mudita in May

2 May 2023 - 16 May 2023
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:3
  • Duration:1.5 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Rod Lee, Bhante Sujato and Ven. Mettaji
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:In Person Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Course Details:

    2 May 2023

    9 May 2023

    16 May 2023

    Mudita or empathetic joy is one of the four Buddhist heart practices called the brahmaviharas or four divine abodes: loving-kindness, empathetic joy, compassion, and equanimity. It is a wonderful practice for connecting with another’s joy or success and learning how fully open we are to their good fortune. This practice also  illuminates resistances or different qualities to Mudita, such as envy, comparison, or insincerity.

    Join us in May to learn about the benefits of practising Mudita in today’s modern world. One teacher will talk about Mudita each week:

    2/5 Rod Lee

    9/5 Bhante Sujato

    16/5 Ven Mettaji

     

    Rod Lee is a director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Sydney and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for over 30 years. His teacher since 1978 was Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden who passed way in 2011. Rod has been involved in health care management and education for the past 40 years. He was an executive administrator for a medical rehabilitation centre and has designed and delivered, meditation, stress management, and mindfulness programs for corporate and private clients. Rod has been a meditation instructor for Nature Care College of Natural Therapies, and he wrote and narrated the Qantas Airways’ and Malaysian Airlines’ in-flight meditation audio programs.

     

    Bhante Sujato is an Australian Theravada Buddhist monk ordained in Thailand in 1994. He played in a rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand, which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings. Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.

    Bhante Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Hongkong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major international Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.

     

    Venerable Mettaji – Bhikkhu Mettaji’s lifelong search for absolute truth started a long time ago in Europe in his teens. He is in his mid-60s now and believes he only found the real teachings when he touched Theravada Buddhism 10 years ago. He was fortunate to run into an ex-monk from the Thai Forest tradition in 2009, in Sydney, who had been one of Ajahn Chah’s carers. Soon afterwards he discovered that all the teachings of the Buddha are very honest and thorough, and passed all experiential investigation. There are no loopholes in the Suttas and the Eightfold Path does gradually reduce suffering. He finds it a blessing to have Ajahn Brahmavamso as his preceptor and access to other marvellous teachers like Ajahn Brahmali, Bhante Sujato and Bhikkhu Bodhi. His name, Mettaji comes from a monk in the time of the Buddha and translates as ”Victory through loving kindness.” That is the aspiration he wants to fulfill in his practice and in meeting anyone, anywhere.

     

    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 helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit 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.