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.

Dr Richard Yin: Activism with Head and Heart

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

And by others we can respect all life on this planet, our planet – human, animal and plant, while also coming to understand the nature of the world.

This talk will be a practical session on approaching activism with both our intellect but also with our hearts, understanding that this work is challenging and demands that we give due attention to the need to care for ourselves and others if we are to avoid burnout.

The evening will offer an opportunity to understand how mindfulness and other meditations might support the capacity to remain centred amidst difficult emotions, remain kindly connected to the world, foster understanding and the capacity for joy.

Dr Richard Yin is a GP and national secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). This group of doctors and medical students advocate for a rich and biodiverse planet understanding that the fundamentals of human health are contingent on a healthy planet.

He is also a mindfulness teacher and conducts regular classes to the general public and doctors.

You can book for this free event 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).


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  • 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
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