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Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:41 am

Greetings,

A few weeks back Ajahn Anan called me to ask if I'm interested to go to Australia. That was about the last thing I expected him to ask. Anyway, I said why not, and I'm leaving Thailand the day after tomorrow. I've been in Thailand for three years straight and I've never been outside Thailand wearing the yellow robe. I've never been to Australia either. When I think of Australia, I think of koalas and Ajahn Brahm. That's about all I know about that country.

I understand that there are Australians here. Any tips?
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby James the Giant » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:04 am

Great news Banthe! I wonder if it will be a challenge for you to be in a western country again.
Which monastery are you going to?
I met Ajahn Anan at Bodhivana, and he seriously inspired me.

I can't think of any tips, as you will have had much worse insects and heat in Thailand.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Mitta Yogi » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:07 am

Hello Thanavuddho,

Good luck with your journey!

I am half Australian but have lived there for many years on and off in my life so far..... What part of Australia are you going to?

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:30 am

James the Giant wrote:Great news Banthe! I wonder if it will be a challenge for you to be in a western country again.
Which monastery are you going to?


It is a brand new place near Sydney called Bodhisaddha.

"Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery is conveniently located less than an hour's drive to the southwest of Sydney. It is also only 20 minutes from Wollongong City and 30 minutes from Sydney Airport."

The third brand new monastery in a row for me.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:33 am

Mitta Yogi wrote:Hello Thanavuddho,

Good luck with your journey!


Greetings Mitta,

I'm sure I will need it.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby James the Giant » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:46 am

Thanavuddho wrote:It is a brand new place near Sydney called Bodhisaddha.

Are you a working monk? Sounds like it! Can you build, or are you just useful around a new place?
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:54 am

Hello, Thanavuddho, and welcome (in advance) to Australia :hello:
Sydney is a big city, even by world standards, with a very diverse population (probably 100 nationalities). Climate is cooler than Thailand but not cold - no snow, ever. :smile: I think you will settle in quite quickly.
There are quite a lot of Aussies on DW for some reason but I can't think of any in Sydney. If there are any, they will probably introduce themselves when they see the thread title.

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:09 pm

James the Giant wrote:
Thanavuddho wrote:It is a brand new place near Sydney called Bodhisaddha.

Are you a working monk? Sounds like it! Can you build, or are you just useful around a new place?


That's the funny thing. I really don't work in building that much. I'm not sure why the Ajahn sends me to these places.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:13 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:Hello, Thanavuddho, and welcome (in advance) to Australia :hello:
Sydney is a big city, even by world standards, with a very diverse population (probably 100 nationalities). Climate is cooler than Thailand but not cold - no snow, ever


Sounds like my kind of a place, Kim. I wouldn't mind snow.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Mitta Yogi » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Oooo yes it's beautiful around there! I used to do a lot of walking in Royal National Park which is just nearby.

Climate will get pretty warm in the summer but it will feel dry. Unfortunately bushfires are common in the summer in the area (well all over that part of New South Wales) but people are used it it. Winters are mild, can get cold as you are inland but probably no frosts! A few mosquitos and spiders and that sort of thing. The bush will feel a lot less lush and wet than in Thailand but the smell of the eucalypts is so refreshing. You will see koalas! Look up! They will be munching the eucalyptus leaves in the trees.... The landscape is a mixture of bush (mainly eucalyptus tress with red earth and rocks at your feet) and farm land. The grass can get very dry and dusty in the summer.

Campbelltown is your nearest large suburb.... It has about 150,000 people living in it. There is a lot of "colonial" style weatherboard houses. It used to be quite run down but in recent years it has seen more people moving there from the city of Sydney for a quieter life close to the bush as they call it, which is just a term for the countryside. I haven't been to Campbelltown for years but Australia, outside of some of the major cities, can be closed-minded to different cultures and people. But there are lots of different communities of people down there, lots of artists and writers and families looking for a more rural way to bring up their families away from the big city life of Sydney.

Wollongong is just down the road, a big port town with lots of boats and ships coming in and out. Lots of surfing beaches around there too. Wollongong is quite big, about 300,000 people and has the Nan Tien Temple temple which is the biggest Buddhist Temple of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a part of the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order.

Let me know if there is anything specific you want to know, I might be able to help. What an adventure!

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby cooran » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:56 pm

Hello Bhante,

It looks wonderful!

http://bodhisaddha.wix.com/home#!photos/c4fi

Hope you have a productive and happy life there.

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:05 pm

Hi Bhante,
Sounds great! That area between Sydney and 'the Gong' is beautiful.
I only wish you were coming down to Tassie instead!
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:49 am

Congratulations on going to Australia Bhante! I have never been there but just want to send my best wishes for you. From pictures it looks like a great place and based on my unscientific survey of Australians that I know here on Dhamma Wheel, they are all nice people!
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby James the Giant » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:40 am

Thanavuddho wrote:I understand that there are Australians here. Any tips?

Oh, I just had a thought...
Australia is very liberal, and is the centre of the Bhikkhuni Ordination controversy. So you're bound to get quizzed or challenged on it, and on the position of women within Theravada Buddhism. Especially since Santi is so close, and Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Sujato are often in the area and have many followers in Sydney.\
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:35 am

Mitta Yogi wrote:
Let me know if there is anything specific you want to know, I might be able to help. What an adventure!


I appreciate the detailed information you provided. I feel like I know the place better now. And it seems like a good place to go! My main concern right now is, will I be able to board a plane with a bowl bag, or do I need somekind of a more modern bag. I was told I need to declare my bowl stand when entering Australia, because it's made out of wood. Interesting country this Australia.
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Re: Going to Australia.

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:59 am

Ben wrote:Hi Bhante,
Sounds great! That area between Sydney and 'the Gong' is beautiful.
I only wish you were coming down to Tassie instead!
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Ben


Meaby I will get an opportunity to see that island. Meaby I will walk there.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Ben » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:48 am

Thanavuddho wrote:
Ben wrote:Hi Bhante,
Sounds great! That area between Sydney and 'the Gong' is beautiful.
I only wish you were coming down to Tassie instead!
with metta,

Ben


Meaby I will get an opportunity to see that island. Meaby I will walk there.


Its a long way from Sydney, Bhante.
And there is Bass Strait separating the mainland from Tasmania.
But if you do wish to come to Tasmania - please let me know.
Its very beautiful down here.

BTW - don't be too concerned about declaring your bowl stand. A customs official will look it over to ensure it doesn't have any borer holes.
Australian Customs are vigilant about not letting in bugs and diseases.
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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Mitta Yogi » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:10 pm

Oh my goodness yes! Customs ( as in boarder control) at the airport is very important. Because Australia is a relatively remote island they are very strict at what is allowed to enter the country. Anything made with wood or resins needs to be declared and food too. When in doubt just declare it anyway. Also if you have been walking in woods or forests and your footwear is not clean they will need you to clean it. It is so that any soil or bugs don't come into the country that may carry different diseases that might affect the wildlife.

It is strict but not scary and they are usually very helpful at the airports.

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Re: Going to Australia.

Postby Thanavuddho » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:25 pm

For my visa, I was send to the doctor to take an x-ray of my chest. The doctor did other tests as well. I guess it was to make sure I didn't have any disease that could spread.
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