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Reflections on Music and Buddhism

Recently, e-Newsletter editor and music enthusiast Matt Dawson met via zoom with Graintraderr (A.K.A. Jarrah Wishart) to discuss his music, the creative process and the relationship between spirituality and music. We hope the reader enjoys this deep dive into the role music plays in our lives and the potential benefits it can offer by way of complimenting…

Working Group Model: Draft

E-Vam Institute 2020: Working Group Model E-Vam Institute is seeking to increase community participation, where the bulk of the tasks and activities of the institute will be the responsibility of collaborative working groups made up of community members.  This document aims to provide a brief overview of how this will work.  This document, compiled by…

Principles for discussion at community meetings

In order to facilitate healthy, open and balanced discussion at community meetings, we ask that community members reflect on and practice the following principles: Dismantle conversational power structures Recognise the hidden conversational architecture of the group: Who leads the conversation? Whose opinions incite head nods and agreement and whose seem to go unnoticed?  Who speaks…

E-Vam Institute’s first virtual retreat

ONE STUDENTS REFLECTIONS ON THE 2020 EASTER RETREAT by Sheryl Foo My Easter tradition is packing up the car and heading off from the Mornington Peninsula to Healesville, attending the annual Evam Buddhist Retreat at Maitripa Centre. And as tradition has it, my excitement builds as I exit freeways and highways to then hit the…

Gomde UK

by Matt Dawson Gomde UK – https://gomde.uk/ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is building a temple on an island in Yorkshire, England (https://gomde.uk/projects). I was fortunate enough to meet up with Paulette Benjamin, trustee and long term student of Chokyi Nyima, who is overseeing and facilitating the construction of the temple on Lindholme Hall Estate on his…