Ajahn Brahm Visit To Our School – 24 April 2017
On 24 April 2017, our School was fortunate to have such a highly wise figure visit our School. He was met with the 100 external visitors whom have traveled from all around Sydney – Bondi, Blue Mountains, Olympic Park etc to see him as well as our Students whom attended School despite it was a pupil free day.
His excellence in presentations allowed him to speak to certain crowds globally (a range of ages being children to being elders) so the message was permeated amongst us all. We are also grateful for the presences of the Venerables who had also attended the talk: Venerable Loun Phally, Venerable Chan, Venerable Adhiseela, Venerable Kong Pheim. Thank you to everyone who came to our School to participate in such a noble day together.
Mr. Freddy Lu:
“I heard a lot about Ajahn Brahm from many different people, but this was the first time I listened to him live and I must say it was a wonderful experience. All up we had almost 250 people attend our school, which included our students, parents and external Dhamma friends.
Before the big day, we were running off our feet trying to set up the school. It was definitely a challenge firstly working out the technology and secondly organising seating arrangements for every attendee. We went to the drawing board working out which configuration will be the most effective for both sound projection and seating arrangements. After many discussions, we decided on the layout.
Initially while bringing out the chairs onto the foyer I was embarrassed: how can we let our guests sit like this? But after I contemplated it came to me that when Buddha was teaching he did not really care where his audience was sitting; he could be out in the open, or under a tree, open to the elements. It is the sharing of Dhamma that is the most important rather than the circumstances in which it is shared.
That day we are also appreciate of all the help and support given to our school, with students and some Sri Lankan volunteers remaining after the end to help pack up. It was all worth it in the end. I really enjoyed his talk; he was funny and engaging while making Buddhism more applicable to our lives. He allowed a lot of time for the audience to ask questions and because he was sitting in our humble temple room he couldn’t see all the other people that were seated around the school so we had to pass paper and pen around for question time. We really appreciate how Ajahn Brahm stayed until he answered all the questions before he left, and even as he tried to leave, they were many people who still wanted to speak with him.”
His talk is available through our Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwHUQg42F48