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 and to the institutions that look after them such as monasteries, nunneries and temples. Services are also available for all other Buddhist groups. The services currently being offered by the QSA include:

Research, education and training

Publications

Buddhist Chaplaincy Services

Development planning services

General advisory services

See further details for all of these under the Services section on this website.

QSA Newsletter
The QSA publishes a monthly email newsletter. Current and recent editions of this newsletter can be accessed under Activities>Current Activities on this website. To receive the QSA newsletter please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

Buddhist Chaplains 
Any individual or organization can request the services of a Buddhist Chaplain. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
The Code of Conduct for Buddhist Chaplains & the QSA’s Child and Youth Risk Management Strategies for Buddhist Chaplaincy Services can be found under Buddhist Chaplaincy Services on this website

 

Sangha Welfare Services to be Revived
 
Are you a Buddhist Monk or Nun? The Queensland Sangha Association is here to help if you are in need of anything. There may be people in the community who are interested in helping you. QSA would do its best to make your needs known to prospective helpers and to bring the parties together.
 
Please send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Requests will be treated confidentially.
 
Are these some of the items that you need? Or, you might need completely different things. QSA would like to know:
 

  •   Relics
  •   Statues
  •   Bodhi Trees
  •   Small machines and implements
  •   Robes
  •   Books (Mahayana, Tibetan and Theravada)
  •   Textiles (for making robes, bedding etc)
  •   Stationery
  •   Small goods
  •   Tinned or dry food items

 

VESAK BUDDHIST FORUM HELD ON 17 MAY 2020
BRIEF REPORT

The Vesak Buddhist forum was held on ZOOM as planned. It ran for four hours. There were four sessions in the forum as follows:

SESSION (A)
    Great qualities of the Buddha
    Descriptive aspects of the Dhamma
    
SESSION (B)
    Meditation for Mindfulness, Open Awareness and Insight
    Loving-kindness (Metta) meditation

 SESSION (C)
    Object-based Meditation, Samatha, and Insight
    Walking Meditation

SESSION (D)
    Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
    

The forum opened with a reading by a year 6 student (Amaya Morawaka) describing the great qualities of the Buddha.

Venerable Wattegama Dhammawasa, Abbot of the Sri Lanka Temple in Ellen Grove, Brisbane, and chief monk in the Central Province in Sri Lanka, chief monk for Australia, gave a lecture on the Buddha as an embodiment of the Dhamma.

Venerable Kekanadure Dhammasiri from the Buddhist Vihara ( Temple) of Queensland in Goodna, and a Buddhist Chaplain in U.S.A., gave a lecture on the scriptures in the Pali Language.

Venerable Hui Chyuan, the Abbot of the Chan Meditation Centre in Springvale, Logan City conducted a meditation session and spoke on Calming meditation, Mindfulness meditation and Insight (Vipassana).

Venerable Lozang Tseten explained Loving-Kindness (Metta) meditation and Walking meditation.

Mr. Arno Hess, a Zen Teacher and founder of Pathway Zen, and a Buddhist Chaplain, spoke on Object based meditation, Samatha and Samadhi.

In Session (D) Dr. Jacqueline Wicks, Rahubadde (Rahu)  Sarath-Chandra and Mr. Patrick Kearney discussed Insight (Vipassana). Rahu ventured to explain the possibility of practising Vipassana in day to day life for worldly purposes. 

Informative and helpful discussions took place during all stages of the forum

 

QSA BUDDHIST FORUMS (ON ZOOM)
INVITATION TO ALL TO CONTRIBUTE


At the committee meeting number 42 the question of Buddhist Forums on Zoom was discussed. It was decided to arrange a contract with ZOOM for QSA to run regular Dhamma Forums on Zoom.

Dhamma teachers of all traditions are invited to conduct lectures, discussions or short courses using this facility. 

The idea of the forum is to promote Buddhist education in a non-sectarian way by providing an organised platform and guidance. Formal qualifications of forum leaders are not necessary but welcome. Informal training and study, research and publications, success in practice, success in teaching would be necessary. Dissemination of academic information is expected but the emphasis is on promotion of spiritual practice. 

Mostly, topics will be selected on interest shown. However, a teacher may wish to run a short course on the QSA Forum by arrangement with QSA.

To float the forum series a few topics are suggested below. Please suggest other topics as you see fit. The first forum was held to commemorate Buddha’s birthday on 17 May 2020. The second has been planned for Sunday 7th of June. 

Current suggestions for topics:

1    How the mind works (basic) and how you can take control of the mind    
    (Youth and Mature adults)
2    Can the Buddhist idea of Generosity work in a modern industrial and commercial world?
        (young people between 20 to 30 years of age)
    3    Selected stories from the Dhammapada
        (children and adults)
    4    Buddha’s past births stories
        (children and adults)
    5    Illustrations of Kamma (in the past) and Results (in later births)
        (preferably adults)
6    A set of similarities between Mahayana and Theravada, and some differences
        (adults and secondary level students)
    7    How to sleep peacefully
        (preferably separate groups for children, adults and aged people)
8    The many aspects of Metta and Karuna useful to the practitioner
        (children and adults)

 

A UNIFIED BASIC COURSE ON BUDDHISM FOR AUSTRALIANS

QSA is planning to conduct a basic course in Buddhism encompassing all traditions of Buddhism established in Australia. The idea is to allow an enquirer to get a basic idea of Buddhism and come to know where each is practiced in Australia.