225 Teudts Road, Bundanoon NSW 2578
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Karuna Cloister for Meditation
The Karuna cloister started in 2007 with the concrete slab and timber poles in place. Due to the increase of Dhamma teaching activities, the monastery decided to pause the construction of both Karuna and Metta cloisters until the need arises.
NOW THE NEED HAS COME
Plan to build a new meditation hall ‘Karuna Cloister: the Shrine of Compassion’
The Library has been in the property since the monastery started in 1989. It was converted from an old tractor shed to be the multipurpose hall: library, workshop, storage, gift shop, dining room, sleeping area, meeting place, lecturing & slide presentation area, tai chi exercise, chanting and meditation hall for large meditation groups and school excursions. Patiently, the monks have used the library for all kinds of the Dhamma teaching activities even though the roof has been leaking for some time.
Recently, there has been an increasing number of people participating in our monthly meditation retreats and many more school and university students visiting and studying Buddhism in our monastery.
Usually, we prefer to practise sitting meditation and listen to Dhamma talk outdoor. Only on windy and rainy days, we have to use the library. Now, the leaking roof has become ‘Niagara Falls’, especially when it rains heavily. All the carpets have started to rot, and the books have been damaged. It is no longer possible to facilitate any teaching activities.
The monks have decided that now is the right time to build the ‘Karuna Cloister: the Shrine of Compassion’ to replace the old library.
We are looking for generous donors who would like to help the monks to build the Shrine of Compassion, so we are able to continue Dhamma teachings to people. Select any item that you would like to sponsor. You are able to donate directly into our bank account, and acknowledge us by email. Your name will be displayed on our website 'Lists of generous donors'.
We will keep on updating the progress of this project on this website.
Thanks & Sadhu: Rejoice with your kind help.
Library in 1989 when the monks first arrived.
We all helped to move old machines and farm equipment out. July 1989
We put sand to level the floor, then some plywood and second hand carpets on top. July 1989
We had to cut the wall to install a few windows and doors. July 1989
Now the corrugated iron roof has started to rust and part of the roof timber frame is damaged. In the past 25 years, we have been fixing the roof continuously without success. 2009
We try to maintain the building as best as we can. Due to our limited donation, we have tolerated all kinds of difficulties.
Hard and uneven floor, no problem. Thai volunteer meditation retreat. Oct 2012
Smelly carpets, a little problem. Thai volunteers practiced meditation in the library. Oct 2012
Cold wind comes from the holes and gaps between corrugated iron sheets and floor. No problem, put more blankets.
Very wet carpets for the Chevalier College Year 12 students. Everyone's socks, pants and skirts were so wet. June 2014
Sitting meditation in the library. We tolerated the smelly and wet carpets. Weekend meditation retreat. April 2012
Morning & Evening chanting in the library. Weekend meditation retreat.2013
Enough space for Dhamma performance from students of UNSW (Unibuds). Winter retreat July 2014
The library, with the fire places, can be used for the boy sleeping area when the weather is so cold. UNIBUDS Winter Retreat.July 2014
Phra Mana gave the instruction on Vipassana practice in eating meditation.Library. 2014
Dining area on the windy and rainy day. Weekend meditation retreat. April 2012
The library is the largest room in the monastery. It can accommodate almost 80 people for sitting meditation.
When it rains heavily, we can enjoy the 'Niagara Falls' inside the library !
If you don't mind to read chanting book, drinking tea and sitting meditation like this photo, we may not need to build the Karuna Cloister.Ha Ha Ha.
Karuna cloister will be used for all the above activities to help people to gain inner peace and happiness. One of the best kinds of Kamma.