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Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter


v. 17 no. 2



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NEWSLETTER Buddhist Society of NT July 2009 Page 3 Zen has a rich, ancient history in all areas of the arts: music, words, visual art, performancethere is a deep understanding within this tradition of the interconnection between spirituality, art and an embodied life. In March (21/22) the Zen group held a very successfull Arts Meditation Retreat to explore these inter connections. The retreat was led by Ms Anne Ooms, an artist and teacher who taught art at Charles Darwin University, 2000 2005. During her time in Darwin she was an active member of the DZG. RETREAT DAY Ven Tri Dinh led a silent retreat Day , Sunday 14th June. There is a great need for this kind of contemplative practice opportunity in Darwin. We hope these events may become a more regular part of the BSNT program. BATHING THE BUDDHA Ven Ban Rou Shi once again visited Darwin on May 17th to lead a well-attended Bathing the Buddha ceremony. The altar is arranged as a flower garden, representing the Garden of Lumbini . Following tradition, practitioners use a special ladle to pour fragrant water three times over the statue of the infant Buddha saying as they do so: May I eliminate all evil thoughts; May I cultivate good deeds; May I help save all living beings A symbol of inner purification, this is said to assist with purging ones sins. It holds a universal message: it is simple to wash away physical dirt but it is much more difficult to cleanse one's inner dirt i.e ones greed, anger and ignorance. When performed with reverence and a purified mind, the ritual is said to improve harmony and inner balance, leading to a flourishing, fulfilling, wholesome, blissful BUDDHISM: PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE Mr Thel Thong, a Cambodian lay scholar from Melbourne on holidays in Darwin recently gave three presentations at the Centre. Due to very short notice we were unable to advertise this event more widely. ART & MEDITATION