Photo of two monks, Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akaliko, at the Lokanta Vihara.

Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akāliko live at Lokanta Vihara, the “Monastery at the End of the World”. The vihara is loacted on the lands of the traditional owners, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation, in Harris Park, Sydney. We pay our respects to Darug elders past, present, and emerging. At Lokanta Vihara, we explore what it means to follow the Buddha’s teachings in an era of climate change, globalised consumerism, and political turmoil.

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Regular Friday Night Teachings Now In Person and Online

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Monks in Cyberspace and Harris Park!

Now you can attend our Friday night sessions either in person or online.

Program:

To join in person, you must register as places are limited due to covid restrictions

Register here

To join online use the link below. Session Link

Chant along using our 717 Chanting Book.

Times are in Australian Eastern Standard time, AEST UTC+10. Use the time converter to to access your time zone.

Missed a Talk?

Our friend Nellie has been recording our Monks in Cyberspace sessions, so you can catch up on her Berrywood site.


Upcoming Events

Therigatha Festival

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The Therigatha Festival is a two week international series of events celebrating the poems of the Therigatha, the verses of the enlightened nuns from the time of the Buddha. This is the world’s oldest collection of literature composed by women, and their poems are a testament to women’s empowerment and a celebration of their spiritual awakening.

Translating the Theris: A conversation with Bhante Sujato

Friday 7th May 7pm AEST

Bhante Sujato is interviewed by Bhante Akaliko about the task of translating the Therigatha and what we can learn from the lives of the early bhikkhunis. This event takes place in our usual Friday night talk timeslot. See session options for online and in-person above.

Finding Sanctuary Panel Discussion

After 13 episodes of the Finding Sanctuary on Dammanet's youtube channel, join all the guest speakers for the finale, an interactive online panel discussion. This is your chance to hear more about the poems, get to know the guests and ask questions about the poems and themes covered in the series.

Speakers:

Online Event: Sunday 16th May 8pm AEST

Register Here

For more information about the Finding Sanctuary Series, visit the Therigatha Festival website


Lokanta Vihara Calendar of Events

See the calendar for detailed events listing. The monks teach regularly at various venues around Sydney.

Calendar of Events

Who are we?

Bhantes Sujato and Akāliko are Australian Buddhist monks, ordained in the Thai lineage of Theravada Buddhism.

At the Monastery at the End of the World we try to be simple, frugal, and content. The little we have is second-hand where possible; either donated or rescued from cast-offs. We rely on the kindness of others, going on alms-round (piṇḍapāta) in our local community for our only meal of the day.

The monks offer an ongoing series of talks and events that will challenge and inspire you to think in new ways about your Dhamma practice.

Contact Lokanta Vihara:
lokanta.vihara@gmail.com



Almsround and House Dana Invitations

Photo of Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akaliko on almsround in Harris Park.

Piṇḍapāta

On weekdays, the monks go walking for alms-food in the local area (piṇḍapāta). Come along and put some food in the monks’ bowls.

Monday to Fridays only. Meet on the corner of Wigram and Marion streets, Harris Park, outside the Post Office around 11:00am.

Almsround is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Buddha.Piṇḍapāta is not begging. The monks simply walk or stand silently and receive what is offered. It helps to develop contentedness and humility in the monks, and generosity and service for the people offering. Any extra food is shared with the local Community Center on Albion Street, where it is distributed to local people who cannot feed themselves and their family.

House Dana Invitations

On weekends, the sangha are happy to accept invitations from our lay community who wish to offer a meal at their homes. For more information, please contact meditateasy@gmail.com Please note that the roster is often booked far in adavance.

Supporting Lokanta Vihara

The monastery and the work of the monks is supported by an informal network of Dhamma friends. You can support Lokanta Vihara by offering to help with rent and utilities by contacting Deepika Weerakoon, meditateasy@gmail.com. The monks do not accept any money directly.