Dharma talk by Christopher Titmuss: Finding a transformation of view

We often express the same or similar views time  after time. Are we stuck? Are we living in re-action, namely repeating the past. Fixed views about self  and other reinforce our identification with views.
We have the potential to transform our view of any situation. At times, we know the old view obscures clarity. Yet, a transformed view seems beyond our reach. There is a challenge to live with not knowing while exploring a vital need for transformation.
We can find fresh views around relationships, work, sick-ness, family, emotions, spirituality and much more.
The evening will consist of a talk, questions and answers, plus small groups for sharing of experiences. 
Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk, travels to three continents a year offering teachings. He is the author of 20 books addressing a wide variety of spiritual issues. Poet and social critic, he lives in Totnes, Devon, England. www.christophertitmuss.org
Design & artwork donated by The Layout Place – www.thelayoutplace.com

Bart Stenhouse & Bob Peele in concert
The BDA was very excited to bring to you our concert on the Satruday October 27th at the Norman Park Bowls Club.   
100% of the entry fee will go directly to the projects for disadvantaged Indian communities of Bodhgaya that the BDA is supporting.
Well, it proved to be a fabulous night!   Fantastic musical performances from the two Bs, Bart and Bob.  A joyous gathering of BDA friends and supporters.  And, the good will and generousity expressed in the auctions, donations and give aways.  A night to remember!
A BIG thankyou to all !


The BDA proudly presents the second concert in the garden
On Friday, 27th of July we are holding another BDA fundraiser backyard concert. Our musician friends John and Georgia will entertain us with live music. Food (and some drinks) for sale or BYO. Entry $10 (50% of entry fees goes to the Bodhgaya Development Association (www.bdainc.org.au)
Ticktes at the door. Entrance in Bonar St; BYO chairs or blankets. Please see also - https://www.facebook.com/events/2167539436826322/

First backyard concert - April 2018
BDA Chairperson receives community recognition.

At a small workplace ceremony on Friday 23 June 2017, State MP Di Farmer presented Kerstin Liebchen-Meades with a Bulimba Electorate inaugural Queensland Day Award Nomination Certificate.  As well as Queensland Education language curriculum staff, the event was attended by executive members of the Bodhgaya Development Association.   

The text of Kerstin’s nomination for the 2017 community award read as follows:


“Kerstin is a founding member and current chairperson of the Bodhgaya Development Association, a Brisbane-based NGO that has since 1991 supported a free school—the Prajna Vihar School—for 600 children from low income families in Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India.  Kerstin has generously shared her exceptional set of skills to serve the school in many different ways.  She has been a regular visitor, using her 20-years experience as a senior high school teacher to provide in-service training for the PVS teachers.  She has conducted two working holidays in Bodhgaya for groups of PVS supporters, with a third tour planned in 2017.  She has been a tireless fund-raiser for BDA, which supplies about a third of the capital and running costs for the school.  (All money donated to BDA goes directly to the school.)  Beginning in 2007, Kerstin invited students from Cannon Hill and Seven Hills state schools to exchange letters with students at PVS.  Although intermittent, these letters have been a great source of delight for students at both ends.  Kerstin’s enthusiasm has inspired hundreds of PVS supporters over the years, and her drive and energy were key factors in a major upgrade of the BDA website in 2017: http://www.bdainc.org.au/about-bda

In a short speech Di Farmer told the gathering her Queensland Day awards had uncovered a voluntary community of extraordinary diversity, dedication and energy which she had only previously been vaguely aware of.  It had made her very proud to be the member for Bulimba.  Her office had received over a hundred nominations which had been evaluated by an independent committee.  Every nominee had been awarded a certificate signed by her and the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, where possible in a public ceremony, as a way of honouring their particular contribution.

Raffle is Drawn

Claire receives mala.

A big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all supporters who bought (and sold) raffle tickets! We managed to sell a record number of raffle tickets over the past few months since 'launching' the sale at our recent fundraiser event at the
Twelfth Night Theater for the Doris Day Show.
The winning tickets were drawn yesterday afternoon at 2pm on the premises of the Department of Education and Training C2C building in Coorparoo with 7 witnesses present.

The two winning tickets were Black B 35 and Black E 10. Congratulations to Claire B. and Beate P. who have chosen the beautiful precious stone mala and a single malt Scotch whisky respectively.

All monies raised fund the various projects the Bodhgaya Development Association  supports.

Past Fund Raiser Events and Donor Get Togethers:

The Doris Day Story – 1 April 2017
Thanks again to Twelfth Night Theatre’s Gail Wiltshire for another successful fundraising opportunity.  This time we extended the raffle drawing date to 8June17 and were rewarded with a big bonus.  Particular thanks to Sakshi for another stunning handcrafted mala.

Karen, John, Loris, Kerstin and Crissi at the TNT fundraising event.

Backyard Concert with Mari Randle and Deborah Rose 11 Jan 2017
The spiritual messages on the fence inspired visiting UK musicians, Deborah Rose and Mari Randle, to perform a concert in the back yard.  Their beautiful music serenaded the neighbourhood as well as raising funds for both BDA and the musicians.

Menopause The Musical
Menopause the Musical – Fundraiser 22 May 2016
The world-acclaimed “Menopause The Musical - Women On Fire” provided the setting for a wonderful fundraising opportunity to sell tickets at the Twelfth Night Theatre. Special thanks to Gail Wiltshire and students from Churchie, Lourdes Hill and Cannon Hill Anglican College, who worked tirelessly to sell raffle tickets.  Not only did this event raise several thousand dollars for the BDA, it brought awareness of our organisation to over 200 people.