NSW: International Yoga Day

International Day of Yoga

International Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide on 21 June of each year. Yoga is an ancient tradition which has many applications. Individuals practice yoga all over the world, and gain benefit the asana poses and excercises bestow. Other forms of yoga still the mind within, and grant inner peace and stillness. The United Nations proclaimed International Day of Yoga in 2014. The day is growing in popularity each year. This year, due Coronavirus and lockdown in various nations, there may be some restrictions on mass public yoga events.

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NSW: Buddhist Studies May 2020 Seminar

The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place online using Zoom on 21 May at 6:30pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time). The topic will be Intention in Karmaphala from the Vaibhāṣika View According to the Eighth and the Ninth Karmapa’s Abhidharmakośa Commentaries.

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NSW: Yom Hashoah 2020

NSW: Yom Hashoah 2020 Yom Hashoah – the Commemoration of the Holocaust – occurs annually on April 19 and 20. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies will conduct commemoration at Rookwood Cemetery, UNSW and Masada College. The theme of this year’s commemoration is Women and the Holocaust. In the light of recent developments it has been deemed prudent and responsible to live stream this celebration.



live-stream Yom Hashoah

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Do we need new laws to protect religious freedom in Australia?

Australia Coat of Arms

Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO – formerly a member of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review – delivered the sixth annual Barry O’Keefe Memorial Lecture at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on Wednesday, 19 February 2020. This is an edited version of that lecture.

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NSW: Josie Lacey receives the inaugural President’s Award

Josie LaceyThe inaugural The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President’s Award has been awarded to community stalwart Josie Lacey.

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NSW: The Empathy Initiative

The Empathy InitiativeThe Empathy Initiative is a group of like-minded academics and practitioners with a strong belief in the power and potential of empathy to change lives and improve the quality of care provided to patients/clients/residents. University of Technology Sydney will conduct an Empathy Symposium preceded by Empathy Workshops on 5 – 6 December 2019.

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Summer Course on Vinaya

Australian Association of Buddhist StudiesA summer short course on Vinaya will be taught by Professor Shayne Clarke (of McMaster University) at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is being run as an intensive class (3 hours per day) between Feb 10 and 19, 2020.  

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NSW: New LGBTIQ Buddhist group Rainbodhi launches in November

A Rainbow BuddhaRainbodhi is a new community group for LGBTIQ Buddhists living in Sydney launching in late November at the Erskineville Town Hall. Rainbodhi aims to bring Sydney’s queer and trans Buddhist communities together to develop spiritual friendships and share their experiences of being LGBTIQ and Buddhist.

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NSW: Divine Steps Festival

Divine Steps Festival LogoOn Sunday 10 November 2019 (9am to 4pm) at Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont, the multifaith community of Sydney shall join together for NSW’s first ever Divine Music Festival to celebrate unity, faith and humanity, in honour of the legacy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of the Sikh faith.

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NSW: Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference

Social Cohesion for Australia

The Australian Baha’i Community would like to warmly invite you to attend the Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference on 8 November 2019 at the Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney. We hope you can also bring your colleagues and networks to engage in this purposeful space reflecting on the strength of social cohesion and inclusion in our country.

Q&As with speakers and panellists have been allocated generous time to allow conference participants to explore their presentations deeply. Participants are also invited to contribute ideas on how social cohesion can be strengthened and maintained in Australia in a roundtable session. These ideas will be distilled into a document to be made widely available.

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