Rainbodhi Online Workshops

Connect with LGBTQIA+ teachers and Rainbodhi friends from all around the world with interactive our online events

Listen. Love. Trust, with Sister Hai-An

Take a breath and let yourself unwind with a guided meditation and Dharma discussion lead by Melina Bondy, as she helps us learn to listen within, love the deep, and trust what comes when we listen and love.

Sunday 21st March
09:00–10:30 AEDT (UTC+11)
Online Event. Register for Zoom link

Melina Bondy (formerly Sister Hai-An ) is a queer Buddhist teacher. She practiced as a monastic for many years, having received novice ordination from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh 2012, and full ordination in 2016. She then trained at Plum Village Monastery in France and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York State.
Melina s now training to be a Buddhist chaplian. She is a member of Dharma Pathways, where she offers a weekly drop-in meditation, Dharma courses, and more. She continues to hold the teachings of Plum Village while blending them with the Insight tradition, mysticism, and social justice. She loves supporting people in practical and creative ways to develop mindfulness, compassion, and joy in daily life.

Becoming a Queer Bodhisattva with Lama Rod Owens

Exploring a New Politic of Virtue for the Contemporary Queer Saint
Lama Rod Owens discusses the role of virtue in our personal and social sphere and how our potential for liberation is linked to those around us.

Sunday 28th March
09:00–10:30 AEDT (UTC+11)
Online event, register for zoom link

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers.

He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love. He wrote Liberation and Love & Rage: The Path to Liberation Through Anger in 2020 to critical acclaim. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community.

A Buddhist monk sits on a rocky cliff top looking out to the ocean, with horizon and blue sky.

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

We hope to reschedule these events in 2021

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

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
Bunadanoon

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 judgment 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.

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

POSTPONED — Coming in 2021


Morning Metta Meditation in the Botanical Gardens

Start the weekend by opening your heart with this morning meditation on loving-kindness. Join Rainbodhi to surround yourself with friendliness and radiate good vibes for all living beings in the spectacular setting of the Sydney Botanical Gardens.  Meet at the Woolloomooloo Gate entrance at 9:00am, we’ll wander to a shady spot near to sit together for 45 minutes.  Maybe brunch nearby afterwards!

Saturday 16th May
9:00—10:00am

Sydney Botanical Gardens

Meet at the Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Rd. This entrance is accessible.
Bring a picnic rug and cushion.

In case of wet weather the event will be cancelled; check our Rainbodhi event page if in doubt.

About the Teacher
Letty (she/her) is a queer Zen/Theravadin Buddhist with strong interest in engaging with social issues as part of her spiritual practice. She sees meditation as a tool that transforms the unwise view of ‘I and mine’ to ‘we and ours’; creating opportunities for both individual and collective liberation from suffering.

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.