Buddhist Care Line
Welcome to the Buddhist Care Line.
Run by volunteers and members of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, the Care Line is a trained telephone service dedicated to listening to you.
If you wish to be heard, we encourage you, our BSWA members and supporters, to contact the Care Line on +61 (08) 6270 4671.
The Buddhist Care Line will be operating during the following times (Perth, WA timezone):
• Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
• Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
• Thursday nights from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Please note that the Buddhist Care Line is not a suicide hotline, crisis hotline, or mental health care service. As a listening service, we are not able to handle urgent crisis and encourage you to call 000 if you are experiencing severe distress.
Our Listeners are skilled in Buddhist practice and trained to respond to callers with openness, wisdom and compassion. We are here to listen with an open heart and provide a judgement-free space for you to be heard.
As Buddhist lay practitioners, motivated by the compassion of the Buddha and the example set by our Spiritual Director Ajahn Brahm, we offer our care and support for you to talk about any issues that may be happening in your life.
If you are interested in training as a volunteer listener please email your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As listeners trained in Buddhist practice, our method of listening is rooted in the cultivation of the four Brahmaviharas:
Cultivating loving kindness towards others (Metta)
Developing compassion and empathy (Karuna)
Celebrating your successes with sympathetic joy (Mudita)
Listening with equanimity (Upekkha)
You can talk about anything that’s on your mind, but we as listeners are not permitted to give you any direct advice. We will share helpful mental health and advisory services with you, but as a Perth based organisation, we primarily rely on resources specific to Western Australia.
A Caring Space
We hold a safe space for you to speak your mind without fear of judgement.
Within a bond of friendship and kindness, we help to bring clarity to feelings, thoughts and emotions that may be troubling you. This is similar to the way a meditation practice can give insight into your world.
We invite you to call. We will be there to listen.