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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 2, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Happiness a national goal FIONA BRADY Venerable Chokyi Thubten with Julie Martin at the Vajrayana Institute. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP291876 LOOKING for the secret to happi- ness? You're not the only one, accord- ing to Venerable Chokyi Thubten from Ashfield's Vajrayana Insti- tute. ''The whole notion of happiness and what makes you happy is something people seem incredibly interested in in Sydney, I have to say,'' she said. Venerable Chokyi Thubten is a nun at the Vajrayana Institute -- a mediation centre dedicated to Buddhism in the Tibetan tra- dition. On July 13, the institute is holding a free talk and photo- graphic exhibition entitled Bhutan: The Happy Country. Bhutan is a tiny, remote king- dom in the Himalayas which fol- lows the philosophy of GNH (gross national happiness). Renate Ogilvie, a senior teacher at the institute, will give a talk about her journey to Bhutan in May this year. It's accompanied by a photographic exhibition about Bhutan and Cambodia by Blue Mountains photographer Julie Martin. Martin said she was struck by the ''peacefulness within the people'' despite their poverty. The photographer, who de- scribes herself as ''not a practising Buddhist but on a learning curve'', said her trip was unforgettable and challenging. ''It was the most fantastic ex- perience -- visually and emotion- ally,'' she said. Art of meditation THE Vajrayana Institute's free talk and photographic exhibition entitled Bhutan: The Happy Country opens on Monday, July 13. The show then opens on weekdays from 10am to 5pm until August 22. The institute also has courses and events for people of all ages. ''We run a whole range of courses from drop-in meditation sessions, introductory learning about Buddhism to advanced Buddhist studies and then we have special events like art workshops and animal blessings,'' Venerable Chokyi Thubten said. ''Part of it is having somewhere where people can come and take time out of their busy lives.'' The Vajrayana Institute is at 9 Victoria Square, Ashfield. Phone 8916 7412 or visit www.vajrayana.com.au BRIEFLY Meet author AUTHOR Peter Corris (pictured) is coming to Concord library at 1.30pm on July 16 to speak about his latest book in the Cliff Hardy detective stories, Deep Water. The $9 booking fee ($6 for concessions and pensioners) includes refreshments. Prepaid booking is essential. Book online at www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au or in person at Concord library. Inquiries: 9911 6210. Better care THE burns unit at Concord Hospital has been allocated $83,000 by the State Government for two patient monitors. ''This equipment will ensure patients are able to receive direct care from the specialised burns staff at all times during their surgery instead of having to be transferred to other areas of the hospital,'' said Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore. Concord's burns unit treats about 350 inpatients every year. Perkins on show ANTAR Inner West is showing a free documentary about Aboriginal activist Charlie Perkins at Greater Union Theatre, Burwood Westfield, at 6.30pm on Monday. Registrations: 9719 8773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org An Environmental Assessment is being prepared on a proposal for a new marina at Kendall Bay, on the Parramatta River in Sydney. The proponent has been granted permission by the Maritime Authority of NSW to lodge an application with the Department of Planning to construct and operate a marina with 172 berths and associated facilities. The opportunity to have your say on the issues to be considered in the Environmental Assessment is running out. Visit the website www.innerwestmarinasydney.com.au for information on the proposal and to submit topics which you believe should be addressed in the Environmental Assessment. This community forum will close on Friday 10 July... so log in today! www.innerwestmarinasydney.com.au IWMS-2MW-IWW PLEASE VISIT: Pre-Application Community Consultation CLOSING SOON "Study at NSI has fast tracked my career in hospitality management and studies at university" ANDREA YUM, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT GRADUATE Contact itsmydecision.com.au or 131 674 It's not too late to enrol in: • Event Management • Hospitality Management • Tourism Management NSI offers flexible programs for all levels of experience. A full range of Tourism, Hospitality and Events programs are offered at: • Northern Beaches College • Ryde College Manage your career Tourism • Hospitality • Events
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