Monastery Twitter Updates for 2009-12-04

  • Chief Oren Lyons speaks at a #pwr2009 panel on religious responses to growing climate change. #
  • Palaniswami’s talk at the #pwr2009 panel on religious responses to climate change was the only actual religious message aside from Lyons’. #
  • After a wonderful interview with Swamini Mayatitananda, we are getting ready to depart for the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs. #
  • RT @HinduismToday: Just had a wonderful interview with Swamini Mayatitananda at pwr#2009. #
  • Hindu Community Night at the SV Temple in Carrum Downs was marked by fabulous, humorous, intimate talks from visiting Hindu swamis. #pwr2009 #
  • Our swamis had a rich interview with Swamini Mayatitananda in Melbourne, one of the powerful Hindu voices. #
  • Palaniswami took a fuzzy photo from the podium. Bodhinatha also gave a wonderful talk on the parliament. #
  • RT @HinduismToday: Senthilnathaswami on the front page of Saturday edition of The Age, Melbourne’s daily paper. #
  • HT interviewed 2 Hindu leaders in Melbourne, Swami Amarananda and Karunamayima on key issues of the day. #
  • As Bodhinatha prepares for major address, two swamis move about the halls. Today interviews, a film crew etc. #

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Parliament of the Worlds Religions

The Parliament is in full swing in Australia and our team is very busy. Keep an eye on the Tweets tat are posted as this is the main channel for news from Melbourne.

Meanwhile this notice was published in a Melbourne paper on the 2nd and give you some idea of the scope of events.

After years of preparation, the largest and most diverse multifaith gathering of religious and spiritual communities in the world begins today in Melbourne.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, an event featuring more than 1300 world-class speakers and breathtaking performers from Australia and around the world.

Melbourne’s Parliament has drawn together more than 650 programs under the theme Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.

Each morning, we will send a daily media update (attached) with highlights for each of the six days. Today’s highlight is below:

Opening Plenary
Plenary Hall

The world’s diverse religious and spiritual traditions will be honoured in the performances, addresses and blessings. The huge array of performers and speakers will urge people and communities of faith, spirit and goodwill to “Make a World of Difference” in the midst of the pressing challenges facing the global community.

Nine blessings will signify the beginning of event– Zoroastrian, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahai.

Performers and speakers include:

  • Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
  • Melbourne University Choral Society and Melbourne Percussion Ensemble
  • A range of Aboriginal performers including Western Creation
  • Professor Joy Murphy Wandin, AO
  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
  • Dr Haruhisa Handa
  • Rabbi David Saperstein
  • His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sadhu Paksha – Retreat Images

At home the monks are on Sadhu Paksha. We just passed through a 3-day retreat. Periodically each of the kulam groups goes to stay by the ocean for a day or so to take a break. Watching the sun rise on the eastern ocean horizon is always an uplifting experience.

On another retreat outing we visited a noni farm near on the north eastern coast. At the edge of the farm, just a few feet from the drop-off to the ocean, huge albatrosses are nesting.

These birds have a wing span of nearly 6 feet. They have no fear of humans as their only known predator are sharks and if you are not a shark then they don’t fear you. This led to the near decimation of the species when dogs were brought to Hawaii and the dogs ate many of the birds who did not see them as predators. Later the birds were protected and their population is increasing again.

If you thought your parenting logistics were challenging, consider this: the main staple of these birds are a form of squid that they can only eat off the coasts of Alaska. But to breed they must have warm weather. So Mom and Dad fly to Hawaii, where their eggs are warm and protected. While Mom sits on the eggs, Dad takes a 3-day flight to Alaska, eats his fill and returns to Kauai. Then he sits on the eggs and Mom takes the 3 day journey to Alaska, has lunch, and flies back to Kauai!

Sunset sky display….

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