THE VINYANA GROUP IS A BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THERAVADA BUDDHIST LAY PRACTICE. IT IS BASED AT THE FOUR WINDS RETREAT CENTRES BEING DEVELOPED IN AUSTRALIA AND LAOS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to our On Practice tab for information on:
- The Attitude for Practice - a compilation of anecdotes by Loom Por Chah.
- 12 ways to deal with anger and resentment from Buddhaghosa's Vissudhimagga.
- The 13 dhutanga practices.
Go to our Recollections of Loom Por tab for information on:
- An update on his biography
- A new article on the State Funeral of Luang Por in 1992
- a new article on "The politics of being Luang Por"
Go to our Topics tab for essays on selected topics:
- A Buddhist Way to Die
Go to our new tab under development, Historical Timeline, for:
- A chronology of significant dates in Buddhist history.
Go to our About Us tab to find out what we are about.
Go to our The Dhamma tab for information on:
- The key tenets of the Buddha's Teaching in clear language.
Go to our Current Affairs tab for articles on :
- A life of suffering - Keisha Weippeart's story.
- Wat Pah Pong - celebration of the life of Luang Por Chah
- Wat Pah Nanachat - Early history of Nanachaht, the Thai monastery for Farang.
- Wat Sisaket - History of famous temple in Vientiane
- Wat Ogart Sayaram - Temple destroyed by US bombs
- Wat Xieng Torng - Temple of the Golden City
- Mes Anyak - Buddhist site to be mined for copper.
- Biography of the Buddha
- The first sketch of Siddhartha Gotama contrasted by traditional depictions:
- The 32 marks
- The 80 notable qualities
- The First and Second Councils,
- Schisms in the Sangha.
- Devadatta's First Schism.
- The Great Schism and the key players.
- The division of the Sangha into schools.
- Why is Buddhism prone to schism?
RECENT EVENTS: 2012 / 2013 -
- MEDITATION SESSIONS - Introduction to Theravada Buddhism information sessions held at 55 Ban Xieng Torng, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Travellers from Australia, England, United States, Argentina, Italy and Russia experienced their first contact with the Dhamma.
- CLOTHES FOR KIDS DANA PROJECT - Distribution of 40 kilograms of clothing to children in Muang Ngoi Gow and Sop Jaam villages located on the Nam Ou River in Northern Lao in June 2012, Our second distribution of 40 kg of childrens clothes was completed in February 2013. We clothes were distributed to the school aged children at Sop Gorng village on the Nam Ou River. Thanks to all those who have contributed.
- MEDICAL KITS FOR CLINICS DANA PROJECT - Donation of a blood pressure kit and assorted medical supplies to the village clinic at Muang Ngoi Gow in Northern Lao. The clinic at Muang Ngoi has opened a four room hospital built by The Bamboo Schools group based in Germany. This facility will provide place for patients to be treated instead of being sent to the Norng Keo hospital.
- DISTRIBUTION OF BOOKLET "The Tathagata - Buddhist Guide to a Decent Way of Living" - We have been distributing the booklet at market stalls in Sydney and Cairns area.
- VISIT TO WAT BUDDHA DHAMMA - We travelled to Wiseman's Ferry, near Sydney, to pay our respects at WBD, the first Forest Monastery established in Australia (in 1978) by Pra Khanti Palo, Sister Aya Khemma and the community of lay supporters. Six bhikkhus and one samenari (female novice) spent the Rains Retreat at the Wat which is located in Dharug National Park.
- 2013 JOURNEY TO LAOS - Reports on our recent journey to Buddhist locations in Thailand and Laos (listed below) can be read on the new current affairs page on this site. We will provide regular updates of places and events of interest to Buddhists and those planning a such a trip.
- ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE TEACHINGS OF LUANG POR CHAH - Jan. 16, 2013 Wat Pah Pong
- VISIT TO PAH PONG - Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand.
- VISIT TO WAT PAH NANACHAHT - International Forest Monastery, Ubon, Thailand. Jan 17, 2013
- VISIT TO WAT SISAKET - Vientiane, Lao PDR, 26 Jan, 2013
- WAT OGART SAYARAHM - Muang Ngoi, Lao PDR. Feb, Apr. 2013
- WAT XIENG TORNG Luang Pra Bang, Lao PDR. March 2013
- VISIT TO WAT PAH CITTA BHAVANA - Saka of Wat Pah Pong located near Dorn Muang Airport, Bangkok. 17th Apr.,
- BODY, MIND AND SOUL EXPO - At Tanks Cultural Centre, Cairns on 30th June 2013. As the body is getting past worry and since there is no soul, you will find us in the "mind" section.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US:
We are based in two locations, one near Luang Prabang, Lao PDR and the other near Cairns in North Queensland, Australia.
AUSTRALIA - Office and Retreat Centre - 1076 Bramston Beach Road, Bramston Beach. Queensland Australia. Phone: 07 4067 4184
LAOS - Retreat Centre (Under development) - Four Winds Garden Retreat, Xayaburi Road, Ban Paksi, Luang Prabang. Lao PDR.
CALENDAR OF COMING EVENTS:
From February 6, 2014 Meditation Sessions: Introduction to Theravada Practice - Guided meditation sessions - Questions and discussion.
Venue: Good Counsel College, Innisfail, Qld.
October 2, 2014 - Wun Ork Pansah - (Day for coming out of retreat) - Last day of the Rains retreat for 2013.
LATEST WEBSITE UPDATE - 20/9/2014 - Updates: Topics-Historical timeline - On Practice - Developing Samadhi