Every year, the monastic community (Monks and nuns) go on a three month retreat called the “Rains Retreat” from mid July to mid October. During this period, they do not visit our centres for teachings as it’s a time for deepening their own practice.

While the monks and nuns are away, we will have some interesting guest speakers coming in to give the Friday Night talk.

Cecilia Mitra: Opens Like a Flower Cut it with a Knife – A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through loss and grief

At some point in our lives, all of us will experience a tragic loss which will be life-changing. This will force us to question our very existence. That is when the Dhamma can be medicine to help us heal.
Our most difficult moments are our best teachers; for it is only when we encounter life-shattering moments, that we can see things as they truly are. But only if we become awakened by the tragedy and pick ourselves up – realising that we ourselves must make the effort to walk the path.
Cecilia has written the book and will share her journey with you.

You can book for this free event here.

About Cecilia

Cecilia has been actively representing Buddhism in Australia and internationally and has been advocating for the Buddhist voice.  She is currently on the committee of several Buddhist organisations in Australia as well as internationally. She is on the committee of the International Buddhist Confederation. Cecilia has been appointed by the WA Museum to collaborate on Buddhist content for its new museum. She is also serving on the Human Research Ethics Committee of the South Metropolitan Hospitals – Western Australia. Cecilia also teaches meditation to beginners.

Cecilia has authored a book – Opens Like a Flower Cut it with a Knife – A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through Grief.

Please view the foreward by Ajahn Brahm here.


Here is a poster of the upcoming Rains Retreat Guest Speakers: Rains Retreat Guest Speakers for September & October 2020

Or visit: Rains Retreat Speakers

(The Sangha return on Friday the 9th of October 2020).


Visitors need to observe the following procedures:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness or have been in recent contact with a suspected case of COVID-19
  • Make use of the hand sanitiser stations and wash hands
  • Maintain 1.5 square metre distancing with 2 square metres per person at all times
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth; cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging or physical touching
share this with a friend