Buddhist Life Stories of Australia

There’s an exciting new project to document the lives of Buddhists in Australia. They’re looking for community support, and have produced a short video.

And here’s some background info.

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are very excited to inform you about the successful launch of the Pozible-Deakin Research My World crowdfunding campaign, Buddhist Life Stories of Australia.

You can view the wonderful campaign video here, which features many of Australia’s prominent Buddhist leaders: http://www.pozible.com/buddhistlifestoriesaustralia.

You can also make contributions to support the project directly on this website. All contributions are tax-deductible and we highly appreciate all pledges large or small. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 45 days and we are off to a great start already!

We are extremely grateful to all who have offered advice and feedback in the development of this project. We are especially grateful to Venerable Ajahn Brahm, Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan, Venerable Chi Kwang, Venerable Robina Courtin, Venerable Bhante Sujato, Kim Hollow, and Laura Chan, who have all kindly contributed to the video. As you can see in the video, the research team only worked with a basic, minimal script — it is the generous support of Buddhist leaders that have made it such a touching and moving video. And this is what excites us the most about this project: that it is a collaborative process between the research team and the broader Buddhist community.

We envision this present project as the modest first step of a larger, long-term program that will allow us to document more life stories, not only of ordained members of the Sangha but also the lay community. Buddhism in Australia is diverse, vibrant, and multicultural – all sorts of flowers of different shapes and colours. We are so blessed and grateful to be part of this with you.

Please help us spread the word about this campaign among the Buddhist councils and your other networks. And please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or if you wish to explore ways to actively publicise the campaign at your location. We would be most grateful for your assistance.

You can also stay updated about the campaign via Facebook and Twitter




Or use the hashtags #BuddhismOz

Many thanks again for your interest in and support of the Buddhist Life Stories of Australia project.

Very best,
Edwin, Anna and Praveena

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and the
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

7 thoughts on “Buddhist Life Stories of Australia

  1. Bhikkhu Sujato,

    I was looking for the Anipanisattesutta you not the one about Visarka – it seems to have dissapeared off the internet – I am sure it was there once – do you know what happened to it and why it would have been taken off the Internet?



    • Bhikkhu Sujato,

      It is a talk by Ajahn Brahm on the Anipannisatti Sutta – it was in the internet at that Perth Monestyr in 2004, I believe, do you know where it is?


    • Sorry, no I don’t know anything about that. I would suggest contacting the webmaster at BSWA. Perhaps the material has been reorganized.

  2. Bhikkhu Sujato,

    Do you know the story of Visarku?

    Apparently she was the Buddha’s foremost lay disciple, lost some jewellry, and then when Ananda returned it to her she bought it back and built the Buddha a Monestry, the ruins of that Monestry have never been found? She must have had immense respect for the Buddha, really thought the Buddha was great, she had alot of respect for the Buddha, not even just his disciples but the Buddha.

    Ananda was it seems more polite and aware than modern day Buddhists; when I left some jewellry someone gave me at a Buddhist retreat centre they didn’t even notice and nearly threw it out?

    I believe Mahayana Buddhists possible no of this story to – being as psychic and able to predict things as they try to be at least. Although you have to wonder with karma being what you make of things not a fixed state, you wonder how predictions can be true all the time.

    Anyway apparently this talk it was on the internet somewhere but yes it must have been reorganised.


    Visarka or on behalf of Visarka

    • Visakha was one of the foremost lay disciples of the Buddha, and the story you refer to is found in the Vinaya texts. You can read more about her here, although this brief entry does not include the episode you mention.

      One of the Vinaya rules for monastics says that if a valuable is left behind in the monastery, the monastics should look after it and endeavour to return it to the owner. It actually happens quite often: people leave phones, or bags and so on.

  3. Sujato,

    Actually I think this was purposefully taken off the internet – on purpose.
    Do you know why someone would do that Sujato?


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