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Shattering The Mass of Darkness

Rainbodhi Reads the Poems of the Enlightened Nuns for the 2021 Therigatha Festival

Join Rainbodhi for poetry and wisdom as we celebrate the earliest collection of women’s literature, the Therigatha. Composed by enlightened nuns over 2500 years ago during the time of the Buddha, these verses still resonate today with the potency of these women’s powerful spirituality. Discover inspiring stories, harsh realities and the raw beauty of these important Buddhist texts.

Check your timezone for the correct date and time! This session is listed in AEST UTC+10.

May 7th 7pm (New York/Toronto)
May 8th 9am (Sydney/Melbourne)
May 8th 7am (Singapore)

The session begins with a guided contemplation inspired by a Therigatha poem, followed by readings by Rainbodhi community members, discussion and much more!

The Therigatha Festival is a two week international celebration of the poems of the Theris, the enlightened nuns. Discover more about the Therigatha Festival on the website.

Rainbodhi Community Events

For our Rainbodhi friends in Sydney Australia

Mindful Collage Workshop

Get ready for a playful day of meditation and creativity with Rainbodhi! Art can be a powerful tool to reflect deeply and go beyond intellectual understandings of the Dharma. In this interactive workshop, we’ll tap into our creative intuition, exploring personal narratives through form, colour and imagery, to create a mindful collage masterpiece.

Join Rainbdodhi artist Claire Carpenter to explore your creative flow, as we snip and stick our way towards insight.

Places limited. Bookings essential.

About the Teacher
Claire (They/Them) is travelling the Buddha’s Path and training for ordination in the Triratna sangha in Sydney.  They are particularly inspired by Metta and Sangha – the power of coming together in ways which support us to become more aware of our deep interconnection.  Claire is full of gratitude for the individuals and communities which supported them to find themselves through practice as a Non-Gendered Being. They are excited to be part of Rainbodhi’s creation of shared spaces to explore Queer being in welcoming communities, inclusive spaces for us all to be, belong and go beyond.

When: 2pm-4pm 16 May 2021
Where: 107 Projects
107 Redfern St Redfern

 What to bring: Your favourite pair of sharp scissors, images from magazines or other paper mediums you find inspiring. We will supply some materials too. Also bring a cushion or stool for meditation and your willingness to try something different. 

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Share & Care Facebook Group

Rainbodhi Share & Care is the place to connect and support our international community online. This is an interactive spiritual friendship group, a good place for discussion and sharing articles and upcoming events that matter to you and our community. Keep in touch and please reach out if you need anything. Share and Care!



Postponed Events

Postponed due to covid-19. We hope to reschedule these events in 2021

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POSTPONED — Coming in 2021

Day of Practice at Santi Forest Monastery

Join Rainbodhi during the April long weekend for a special day of friendship and meditation at Santi Forest Monastery, a Buddhist nun’s hermitage near Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands.

Rainbodhi is thrilled to have Santi’s Spiritual Director, Ayya Jitindriya, to guide us through an afternoon of sitting and walking meditation. With over 30 years of meditation experience, Ayya’s Jitindiya’s teaching helps us deepen our understanding of the spiritual path and rejuvenate our meditation practice.

This is a great opportunity to escape Sydney for a day, reconnect with nature and experience the peaceful atmosphere of a forest monastery.

Please see the eventbrite page to register, and for important information about transport, accessibility and the day’s schedule.

Sunday 26th April
7:30am: Leave Sydney by shared cars.

5:30pm: Depart Santi by shared cars.
Santi Forest Monastery
100 Coalmines Rd

About the Teacher
Ayya Jitindriya first ordained as a monastic in the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK when she was 25 years old, with Ajahn Sumedho as preceptor. She trained as a nun in this tradition for 17 years, from 1988-2004. After leaving the monastic life, Ayya Jitindriya gained a Master’s degree in Buddhist Psychotherapy Practice and began practicing as a psychotherapist, whilst continuing to teach meditation. In 2018, Jitindriya re-entered the monastic life at Santi Forest Monastery in the Southern Highlands of NSW, where she currently resides as the Spiritual Director.

Protesteors at a rally standing behind a banner that reads "No discrimination, equality without excpetion"

POSTPONED — Coming in 2021

Sadness, Shame and Self

Our past experiences echo through our lives and haunt our hearts. In our darkest moments, we feel scared and alone, separated from others and disconnected from our self.  How can we find love within ourselves to heal?  In Zen meditation, we rest on the breath, exploring resonance and resistance, allowing internal boundaries to dissolve. This supports a softening of inner judgement and enables new insights to come forth. Meditation calls us to enquire deeply into the nature of self and face our fears and longings. It shows us how to live fully, so that we can awaken to a profound tenderness for our self and others.

Wednesday 27th May, 7:00—8:30pm
Rainbow Room, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford St, Newtown
Opposite Newtown station. Fully accessible venue

About the Teacher
Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim is from the Korean Zen tradition and is resident at Therimettarama, a non-sectarian monastic residence for women in Sydney. After founding the Healthcare Chaplaincy program for the Buddhist Council of Victoria, Sunim currently serves as a chaplain for the University of Western Sydney and is the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Australian Defence Forces. Sunim is also the current chair of the Australian Sangha Association.

Sunim is active in interfaith, and welcomes engagement with all who are spiritually and ecologically motivated to live in right relationship to the planet and all beings.

Collaged Artwork Image by Paul Yore Mother Tongue (detail) 2017, mixed media textile, beads, buttons, sequins, acrylic, enamel, watercolour and found objects, 348 x 212 cm.

POSTPONED — Coming in 2021

Sex, Scandal and Spirituality

Buddhist monk and scholar, Bhante Sujato, takes us on an adventurous romp through the landscape of sexuality and gender-diversity in early Buddhism. Drawing on historical records, Bhante Sujato reveals the astonishingly colourful world of sex, love and relationships at the time of the Buddha. Following the talk, a Q&A panel discusses Buddhist approaches to contemporary issues, including gender fluidity, poly-amorous relationships, dating apps, sex-work and much more!

Join Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community for a fascinating evening exploring our spiritual, social and sexual selves.

Thursday 18th June, 7:00—9pm
Enid Cook Room, Sydney Neighbourhood Centre
Level 1,  405 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Fully accessible venue

Register for your free ticket.

About the Teacher
Bhante Sujato is a proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and a senior monk who regularly teaches across Australia as well as overseas. He took higher ordination in Thailand and lived there in forest monasteries and remote hermitages. He then spent several years at Bodhinyana Monastery in WA before founding Santi Forest Monastery in NSW in 2003. Bhante Sujato has written several books, including: A Swift Pair of Messengers and A History of Mindfulness, and recently completed the translation of the Theravada scriptures into English. He is also the founder and director of SuttaCentral, a website for early Buddhist texts and translations.

He currently resides at Lokanta Vihara (the Monastery at the End of the World) in Sydney.