The Queensland Sangha Association Inc is an association of Buddhist monks and nuns (the Buddhist Sangha) incorporated in Queensland since 2007. Membership is open to all monks and nuns belonging to every tradition including Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana. There is no membership fee. House holders who support the Sangha may become members and carry out executive duties under the general direction of the Sangha. A committee of management is responsible for the operations of the association.
The association serves as a reference point for the public and the government in regard to Buddhism as a religion.
QSA provides a multitude of services to monks and nuns as well as services to the institutions that look after them such as monasteries, nunneries and temples. Services may be extended to other Buddhist groups when deemed necessary. The main services provided in the past were:
Research, education and training
Buddhist Chaplaincy Services
Development planning services
General advisory services
In this website one can access different types of information about QSA through the menu on the left hand side by a left click on any of the captions. For example if you click on the word ‘services’ you will see details of the services rendered by QSA.
Sometimes a particular activity may be highlighted by a brief note in this page.
Current and Recent Newsletters
The current newsletter of QSA and a few other recent ones are in the Current Activities section of this website which you may access through the left hand menu titled Activities.
Fourth Delivery (Run 4) of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Course
This course was first delivered in April 2011 and again from October 2013 to October 2014. The third delivery is finishing in March 2016. It consists of 48 lessons and 12 simple assignments aimed at ensuring that students understood the lessons.
It is arranged in two series. One called series A deals essentially with aspects of Buddhism that are connected to chaplaincy. The other called series B deals with the chaplaincy process in general as applicable to all types of chaplaincy. Regulatory aspects relevant to special institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons etc are not covered in this course. Each lesson in series A leads to the corresponding lesson in series B.
Part 1 of the course deals with basic processes of chaplaincy. Part 2 of the course deals with more advanced applications.
Students are assigned to tutors who correct their assignments and help them in whatever way they can. Students may meet the tutors by arrangement at a temple.
This is the fourth time this course is offered. No fees are charged. The course is delivered in English and is open to anyone in any country.
You can email QSA via the following address to register your interest.
The course registrar will deal with administrative aspects and the lecturers/tutors will deal with academic aspects. The course is being presented by the Siddhartha Institute of Buddhism (Brisbane) which is the educational arm of QSA.
As Run 3 is nearing completion in March 2016, making way for the fourth delivery please do not delay if you are interested.
You can get an understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhism, you can learn to deal with difficulties you might experience in life, and you might develop the ability to render compassionate services to others experiencing such difficulties.
After completing Part (1) of the course one may apply to be registered as a Buddhist Chaplain with the Buddhist Chaplaincy Board of the Queensland Sangha Association Inc.
WHAT IS NEW IN THE QSA WEBSITE?
(SINCE 1 JANUARY 2016)
The home page has been and is being renewed
The Educational Services page (under the Services menu) has been updated; new documents relating to the Siddhartha Institute of Buddhism have been uploaded and linked to the list of document titles.
Under the Resources menu an e-books section has been added. One e-book on Buddhist Chaplaincy has been uploaded. More will be added later.
WHAT IS NEW IN THE QSA WEBSITE has been added at the bottom of the home page and will be renewed.