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 located 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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Friday Night Teachings: Monks in Cyberspace in Harris Park and online

Join the monks of Lokanta Vihara for our regular Friday night session of meditation and teaching. This is a hybrid event, meet us in person at the Harris Park Comunity Centre or join online.

Location: Harris Park Community Centre, 11 Albion St, Harris Park

Time: 7:00pm AEST UTC+10

Program:

Join online using the link below. Session Link

Chant along using our 717 Chanting Book.

Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight time, AEDT UTC+11. 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


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Early Buddhist Meditation Course with Bhante Sujato in Sri Lanka

Join Bhante Sujato at the Nāgānanda International Institute for Buddhist Studies for a 12 day structured residential course in a classroom environment. This course is for advanced students who want to build on their knowledge of Buddhism and meditation practice by studying the early Buddhist texts. Accomodation and all meals are provided and a covid-sfae bubble willbe in place. The full program and reading list will be sent to the registered participants.


Destination: Nāgānanda International Institute for Buddhist Studies (NIIBS) Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dates: 16th to 27th June 2022

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Bhante Akaliko Retreats 2022


Contemplation as Meditation: the Anussatis

Easter Long Weekend Sutta Retreat

The Buddha taught that reflection, recollection and contemplation have an important role to play in the development of our meditation practice. The anussatis are themes that use particular ideas to help us incline the mind towards wholesome states. These subjects help us to make progress on the spiritual path and develop peace and wisdom. The six main annusatis are: recollecting the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, Ethical Conduct, Generosity, and Heavenly Beings. Further contemplations include the body, death, and peace.

In this 4-day sutta retreat organised by the Association of Engaged Budhdists, we explore the Buddha’s themes for contemplation, inspiring and uplifting the mind in ways that naturally lead to joyful states and deepen into stillness.

Dates: Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April
Location: Vejjasala Retreat Centre, 219 Forest Road, Wingello, NSW 2579
Contact: office@engagedbuddhists.org.au Contact


The Pleasant Moment

April Long Weekend Retreat in Molong

The Buddha described a joyful path that leads away from mundane types of happiness towards the profoundly blissful mental states experienced in meditation. In this retreat we explore the Buddha's methods for cultivating a pleasurable meditation practice to bring real happiness into your daily life.

Join Bhante Akāliko for a rustic weekend meditation retreat in the rugged rural landscape of Molong, central western NSW and discover how you can transform the present moment into the pleasant moment.

Dates: Saturday 23rd April – Monday 25th April
Location: Karma Yiwong Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Molong
1064 Sandy Creek Road, Molong New South Wales 2866 (approx 4hrs drive from Sydney)
Contact: cwbuddhists@gmail.com

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A Heart Full of Love

A weekend metta retreat in Stroud

Our heart’s capacity for boundless love is sometimes hidden by thoughts of hate, resentment and hurt. In this weekend retreat we explore ways to let go of the things that block our capacity for love and discover how the practice of metta can transform our mind, filling our hearts with kindness and bringing more happiness into our lives.

Dates: Friday 6th May – Sunday 8th May
Location: The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud, NSW
Contact: glendalough23@gmail.com

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Taming the Monkey Mind

A Weekend Retreat in Cairns

When our mind is untrained and uncontrolled, our thoughts jump from one thing to the next, never stopping for a moment of peace. Meditation helps train the mind by identifying unhelpful thoughts and habits that end up causing us suffering. By following the Buddha's teachings, we can learn to let go of negative mind-states and cultivate positive qualities that will lead to happiness and wisdom.

Join Bhante Akāliko for this non-residential meditation retreat and explore how to work with the monkey mind.

Dates: Saturday 14th May – Sunday 15th May
Times: 9:00am–4:30pm both days
Location: Chrysalis Relaxation Centre, 129 Mulgrave Rd, Parramatta Park, Cairns
Contact: cairnsinsightmeditation@gmail.com

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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.