Are you curious about meditation or Buddhist philosophy? Or maybe life is just a little crazy and you need an opportunity to catch your breath?
Members of Griffith's Sri Lankan community are offering a guided meditation afternoon Saturday, run by the Venerable Kovida, a buddhist monk from the Katoomba Buddhist Temple.
Ven. Kovida will guide participants through two hours of meditation at St Alban's Cathedral hall from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, and all members of the community are encouraged to come and take part.
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"He will start with Buddhist rituals then guide people through a meditation program so people will be taught how to meditate using Buddhist techniques," Inshira Koralagama, Griffith local said.
"Afterwards people will have the opportunity to ask Ven. Kovida any questions they may have about Buddhism or meditation.
"Then lastly, he will give blessings called 'Pirith' for those present to disperse bad omens."
What originally started as an opportunity to bring the Venerable Kovida to Griffith, grew into the idea of wanting to share the philosophies of Buddhism with the broader community.
"We believe in the afterlife. We believe that whatever good we do in this life will either result in this life or will be taken into your next life," Mr Koralagama said.
"Until you reach Nirvana you will continue to be reborn to do more good.
Reduced stress, better sleep, improved focus and even helping to improve connections and relationships, meditation offers many science-backed health benefits.
"Anybody is welcome to come. Buddhism is not a religion, it is a philosophy so people from any religion or belief can come and learn," Mr Koralagama said.
"This is a good opportunity to come and relax yourself and your mind and learn some news skills that you can do by yourself at home in the future."
He explained that Buddhism focuses on achieving balance in life, not through prohibition or restriction but through moderation and being in control of decisions.
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