Community Service

At the Buddha-Heart Fellowship of Tasmania, our aim is not to retreat from this world, but to be practitioners of Buddha-Dharma in it.  Our way is that of loving-kindness for all beings.  BHFT provides training to anyone interested in the teachings of the Buddha, and encourage our supporters to put the teachings into practice by serving the community where and when they can.

“Generosity, loving-kindness, and compassion are an essential part of the path to Buddhahood.  To selflessly help the sick, the old, the dying, the lonely, frightened, homeless, and hungry, is to walk the path of a Buddha-to-be.”                            ~Venerable Shih Jingang

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There are many different ways we can serve the community in which we live.  No matter where we are, or what our abilities might be, there is always a need for volunteers:

  • Hospice Care
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Soup Kitchens
  • Charity Shops
  • Lifeline Counselling
  • Firefighting
  • State Emergency Services
  • Ambulance
  • Surf Lifesaving
  • Chaplaincy
  • Nursing Home Auxiliary
  • Hospital Volunteers & Auxiliary
  • Prison Visiting
  • Environmental Protection
  • Parents & Teachers Associations

 

The Buddha says in the Dhammapada:

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.”

What sort of community do you want?  What sort of life do you want to live?

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“Heart of compassion like rolling thunder, heart of love like gentle clouds, water of Dharma nectar raining on us, extinguishing the fire of afflictions.”                                             

~From the: Saddharmapundarika Sutra

 

 

Copyright © 2013-2017 – Venerable Shih Jingang

                   

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