Contact a monastic
Here are the ways you can get in touch with a monastic.
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If you are in Perth…
Daily Dana at the monasteries – Every day of the year!
All our monasteries are open daily from 10am to receive Dana (lunch offering). This is a great opportunity to connect with the monastic community and ask a monastic a question in person, after the meal has finished. For more information about visiting our monasteries, please see the links below.
Weekend Dana at Dhammaloka (excluding Rains Retreat July-October)
At 10am on Saturdays and Sundays we hold Dana at Dhammaloka, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara for the monastics who come down from the monasteries to our City Centre to teach for the weekend. This is a great opportunity to connect with the monastic community and ask a monastic a question in person, after the meal has finished.
Please find more information here: Dana @ Dhammaloka – Saturday & Sunday Upcoming Dates
Friday Night Talks (excluding Rains Retreat July-October)
On Friday nights at 7.30pm, one of our monastics will guide a short meditation and then give a Dhamma talk at Dhammaloka, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara. There is the opportunity to ask questions after the Dhamma talk. Details of upcoming Friday Night Speakers can be found here: Upcoming Friday Night Speakers
Saturday Meditation (excluding Rains Retreat July-October)
On Saturdays at 3.00pm, one of our monastics will guide a 45min meditation at Dhammaloka, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara. There is the opportunity to ask questions after the meditation. Details of upcoming Saturday Meditations can be found here: Upcoming Saturday Meditations
Sunday Sutta Classes (2nd & 4th Sundays of the month excluding during Rains Retreat July-October)
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 3.00pm, one of our monastics will teach a Sutta at Dhammaloka, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara. There is the opportunity to ask questions after the class. Details of upcoming Sunday Sutta Classes can be found here: Upcoming Sunday Sutta Classes
If you are overseas or interstate…
YouTube (Live Chat)
You may comment or ask general questions in the YouTube Live Chat during the livestreaming on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Some of these questions may be answered at the end of the Dhamma talk/meditation. You may view who the upcoming speakers are here:
If you wish to ask a monastic Dhamma questions, you can use the discussion platform of SuttaCentral, which is found here: SuttaCentral Discussion Platform. Private messaging is also possible on this platform.
If you would like to get in touch with a monastic in person in your local area, you can use BuddhaNet to search for a monastery/retreat centre in your area. All you need to do is fill in the details and search. The tradition of Buddhism BSWA follows is Theravada (and more specifically the Theravadan Thai Forest tradition). However, you can choose which tradition you prefer / follow when doing the search. Being in the company of monks and nuns and visiting a monastery or Buddhist centre will support your practice if you can find a place that you are comfortable with.
To support your practice of Buddhism, you can also access our online teachings library here: https://bswa.org/teachings/ to search for previous talks by topic and teacher.