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
Aims & Objectives of BMS
The aims and objectives of the BMS are to:
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
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.
|Buddhist Meditation Society
Joondalup - Perth - Western Australia
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
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