Theravada Tradition

    The BMS follows the Theravada tradition, which is the oldest recorded Pali
    Buddhism to what the Buddha taught more than 2600 years ago.  As Buddhism
    spread out far and wide from Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, then blossomed in
    India and to other countries, it gradually gathered with it the local customs,
    beliefs and rituals.  From India to Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,
    China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam it has in some ways, adapted, integrated and
    fused together with the existing local beliefs and traditions.  This is not
    necessarily good or bad, but today when the schools of Buddhism converge in
    western countries like Australia, USA, Britain and Europe they are hardly
    recognizable as siblings from the same family, except that we can say that the
    fundamental teachings of the Buddha seems to be the same, such as Eight
    Fold Paths and Four Noble Truths.  In an effort to separate the Buddha's
    original teachings from various local customs and beliefs the BMS closely and
    dilligently follows the Theravada Pali tradition.

    Theravada means "Doctrine of the Elders".  Thera means elders and vada
    means recited words or doctrine. Three months after the death of the Buddha,
    500 Arahants (the most senior Enlightened) elder monks, led by Venerable
    Mahakassapa, including Venerable Ananda recited the Buddha's teachings in
    order to preserve them intact as Buddha has taught, and to pass the Teachings
    on to the future generations. It took them seven months to recite the whole of
    the Buddha's Teachings. As can be seen, it was an enormous task of gigantic
    proportion carried out by the Theras in order to preserve the Buddha's
    teachings for the future generations to come. We owe a great gratitude to the
    Theras and with devotion, we chant the Buddha's teachings in Pali with deep
    respect to the Buddha, his teachings the Dhamma, and the Theras.

    This historic first council was known as the Pancasatika since five-hundred fully
    enlightened Theras (Arahants) had taken part in it.

    Therefore, Theravada Buddhism relies on the original teachings of the Buddha
    in Pali Language. Scholars throughout the world generally agree to the fact that
    the Theravada Pali tradition contains the earliest surviving record of the
    Buddha's teachings.

Aims & Objectives of BMS

    The aims and objectives of the BMS are to:
  • spread the Lord Buddha's teachings and make them available to those
    who want to hear them
  • encourage small local communities from around the world to form their
    own groups with a view to practising the teachings of the Lord Buddha

    As Buddhism is relatively new to the West it is understandable that not
    everyone who wants to learn more about Buddhism and meditation will be
    fortunate enough to have access to Buddhist monasteries and meditation
    teaching facilities.

    In situations like these, people from small and isolated communities around the
    world can come together and find out about Buddhism and practice together. It
    is not necessary to know everything about Buddhism to practice. What more
    important is to practice what one already knew in everyday life with calmness
    and mindfulness. The BMS aims to assist and give advice to these individuals
    and communities on what the Buddha has taught and how to practice His
    teachings (the Dhamma).  Accordingly, Buddha's teachings and meditation
    instructions are available for download in the Meditation and Talks sections of
    this website for the benefit of many small and isolated communities and
    individuals around the world.
Spiritual Guide
U Zor Hane
Dr Nat Wright
Vice President
Elaine Collins
Honorary Secretary
Kerry McDonald
Honorary Treasurer
Yvette Maher
Buddhist Meditation Society
Joondalup - Perth - Western Australia
    Buddhist Meditation Society

    The Buddhist Meditation Society (BMS)
    was formed in December 2006 in
    Joondalup, located North of the Perth
    Metropolitan area in Western Australia.

    People have been making inquires about
    the availability of meditation services in the
    Northern suburbs for quite some time.  
    Some coming from as fas as Yanchep and
    Two Rocks.  

    In 2006, a small group of dedicated people
    founded the Buddhist Meditation Society to
    meet this demand and have invited U Zor
    Hane to conduct as the spiritual advisor.

    U Zor Hane is also the Buddhist Chaplain
    of the Edith Cowan University.
Photo By Unknown - Forwarded By Daw Sandra Tin Tin Hla - Perth - Western Australia
Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon - Burma