Morning Meditation in the Botanical Gardens
Start the Lunar New Year and your long weekend with a morning meditation surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Sydney Botanical gardens. Meet at the Woolloomooloo Gate entrance at 9:00am, we’ll wander to a shady spot near the Palm House to sit together for 45 minutes. Maybe brunch nearby afterwards!
Saturday 25th January
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.
Buddhists for Equality Protest: Stop the Religious Freedom Bill
On Saturday 8th February, Rainbodhi is marching as a Buddhist collective in the No Right to Discriminate protest in Sydney, organised by the Community Action for Rainbow Rights and LGBTI Rights Australia.
Join us to let the government know that Australians, including Buddhists, oppose the Religious Freedom Bill that will allow discrimination against women, LGBTQIA+ folk and other minorities.
Saturday 8th February
Meet at the Yininmadyemi Sculpture (the big bullets in Hyde Park South, near Elizabeth St) at 12:45pm and we will head to the protest together.
Bring: Protest placards, signs, rainbow flags, banners and a loud voice!
This rally will take place on Gadigal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Misfit Exhibition and Gallery Meditation
Inspired by themes of fragmentation and transformation in the exhibition Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice, join Buddhist monk, Bhante Akāliko, for a discussion about queer, trans and intersex identities. Discover how specific Buddhist meditation techniques use methods similar to collage, by dividing the body into parts and processes to investigate the nature of self. These meditations help shift our familiar perspective and create new understandings about our identity.
The talk will be followed by a guided Four Elements meditation with Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community.
Saturday 22nd February
Rayner Hoff Project Space, Building 11
National Art School
Corner of Forbes and Burton Streets
Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice examines the idea of collage as a medium especially susceptible to embodying queer experience. Presenting works by Australian and international artists who engage with performance, video, text, photography, textile, painting, paper and sound, Misfit looks at how the radically reassembled can veer us closer to unseen truths, productive ambiguities and powerful positions of resistance. Curated by Scott Elliot, the exhibtion features artworks by Tony Albert, Archie Barry, Gary Carsley, Brian Fuata, Deborah Kelly, Del Lumanata, Sarah Rodigari, Tejal Shah, Tyza Stewart, Paul Yore, Guanyu Xu.
Image: Paul Yore Mother Tongue (detail) 2017, mixed media textile, beads, buttons, sequins, acrylic, enamel, watercolour and found objects, 348 x 212 cm. Photo: Devon Ackermann. Image courtesy and © the artist.
Death Contemplation at Rookwood Cemetery
Join Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community and Bhante Akāliko at Sydney’s oldest functioning necropolis, Rookwood Cemetery, for a Dhamma discussion and guided meditation on the theme of death.
The Buddha taught maranassati (Mindfulness of Death), to remind us of the essential truth of our nature; life is impermanent and death is an inescapable fate. Going to a cemetery to contemplate death was recommended by the Buddha to inspire a sense of urgency and help develop wisdom. In this way, meditating on death allows us to understand the very meaning of life.
Places are limited! You must register with a free ticket on Eventbrite.
Sunday 8th March
Meet at East St Entry, at the intersection of East St and Victoria St.
What to bring: a cushion, picnic blanket, hat, sunscreen and water.
In case of wet weather, you will be informed through eventbrite if event is cancelled
Rainbodhi Coastal Walk & Meditation
Join Rainbodhi for some stunning scenery as we take a quiet stroll on the a Boora Point walking track in Malabar Headland National Park, just 30 minutes from Sydney CBD. Take your time to connect with nature as we walk through lush coastal vegetation, pausing to watch the waves from scenic lookouts, and meditate together on rugged cliff tops.
Please register on Eventbrite to receive more detailed information about the walk.
Sunday 29th March
Malabar Headland National Park (South Maroubra)
Meet outside South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club at the end of Bernie Kelly Dr, South Maroubra.
Check out more info about the Boora Point area here: