Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akāliko have come to Sydney’s Harris Park to set up Lokanta Vihara, the “Monastery at the End of the World”. We explore what it means to follow the Buddha’s teachings in an era of climate change, globalised consumerism, and political turmoil.
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.
Bhantes Sujato and Akāliko are Australian Buddhist monks, ordained in the Thai lineage of Theravada Buddhism.
The monastery and the work of the monks is supported by an informal network of Dhamma friends.
Every Friday night there is a teaching and meditation session by the monks or occasional special guests. This is an ongoing community event, so please come any time and share some Dhamma and friendship with us.
During vassa 2019, Bhante Sujato will teach, for the first time, selected chapters from the beloved Dhammapada. This will be a day of meditation and reflection, roughly coinciding with the fortnightly uposatha or Buddhist Sabbath.
Each day we will focus on a new chapter of the Dhammapada. Bhante Sujato will be translating these specially for this event.
Rather than the participants bringing dana, we are supplying food. Thus registration is required.
See the calendar for detailed events listing. The monks teach at various venues around Sydney.
On weekdays, the monks usually go walking for alms-food in the local area (piṇḍapāta) . Come along and put some food in the monks’ bowls. 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. The word piṇḍapāta is a combination of two words piṇḍa and pāta. Piṇḍa means “a lump of food” and pāta means “bowl”. So piṇḍapāta means literally “placing of food in a bowl”.
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.
You can also support Lokanta Vihara by offering to help with rent and utilities by contacting Deepika Weerakoon, firstname.lastname@example.org. The monks do not accept any money directly.