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.
The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place online using Zoom on 4 June at 6:30pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time). The topic will be Buddhist Tantric Poetry: Frameworks and Practices.
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.
Catholic masses in Sydney will be limited to only 100 people, in advice from Archbishop Anthony Fisher. Parishes have been allowed to offer additional celebrations in order that the faithful may attend worship.
The NSW Board of Deputies will host a Panel Discussion and Q&A on the topic of The LGBTQ+ experience in the Jewish community at the Sydney Jewish Museum on evening of Tuesday 17 March 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.
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.
The Muslim community in the Sydney suburb of Marsden Park has invited people who have lost their homes or property in bushfires to stay in the Mosque.
The inaugural The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President’s Award has been awarded to community stalwart Josie Lacey.
A heavily pregnant Muslim woman who was repeatedly punched and stomped on during a suspected racially motivated attack in a western Sydney cafe says she “fears for the world our children will grow up in”.
The 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.
A 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.
The Vedanta Society of NSW offers a one day meditation retreat in the Vedanta Hall, Liverpool Rd, Croydon on Sunday 17 November from 9:30 am under the guidance of senior nuns.
Rainbodhi 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.
On 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.
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.