With the guidance of our patrons, and numerous supports and contributions from public, UNIBUDS became a society for the students, by the students, which flourished in a university environment.

Venerable Tsang Hui

Hwa Tsang Monastery

Venerable Tsang Hui is one of UNIBUDS' Patrons since 1981. He was born in the town of Fenglin, county of HuaLian, Taiwan. At the age of 17, he became a monk under Venerable Zheng Ting at Yuan Jie temple in Neihu district. Subsequently he went to San Zhang Buddhist Academy in Shi Pu Temple to seek guidance under Venerable Bai Sheng. Upon graduating from the Buddhist Acadamy in 1963, he went to LingJi Temple in Yuan San district to receive the Precepts of Ordination to Full Order. After his Full Ordination, Venerable Tsang Hui approached Venerable Yin Shun in Fu Yan Buddhist Academy at Hsin Chu to seek further guidance in his Buddhism practice. Venerable Tsang Hui's teachigs and practices on Buddhism were profoundly influenced by Venerable Yin Shun's teachings. He later enrolled in Shi Fan University and majored in Education.

Venerable Tsang Hui started Hwa Tsang Monastery in Australia in 1981. He placed much importance on Buddhist education of the younger generation. Presently under the delegation of Hwa Tsang Monastery, we have teachers teaching Buddhism class in some of the public schools in New South Wales. Moreover, Hwa Tsang Monastery presently promotes and spear-heads the translation project of Venerable Yin Shun's Miao Yun complete collection from Chinese to English.

Venerable Chao Khun Samai

Wat Pa Buddharangsee

Venerable Chao Khun Samai is one of UNIBUDS' Patrons since 1981. He was promoted to a higher rank by the King of Thailand on his birthday in 2005 and presently known as Chaokhun Rajsilaporn. He became a novice monk in 1956 and received his full ordination in June 1963. He excelled in his Dhamma studies and the languague of Pali during his time as young novice monk. Venerable Chao Khun Samai was later admitted to study in Mahamakut University where he took additional three years in secular studies. He graduated from Mahamakut University in 1972 and came to Sydney in 1974 to help look after a newly established Thai monastery in Anandale. Later in 1984, he established and become the Abbot of Wat Pa Buddharangsee in Leumeah, where he presently resides. Furthemore, Mahamakut University has conferred upon him PhD Honorary Degree in May 2003, acknowledging his long service in spreading the Buddha's Teachings.

UNSW Buddhist Chaplain

Venerable Neng Rong

Hwa Tsang Monastery

e: n.rong@unsw.edu.au

Venerable Neng Rong has earned her Masters in Educational Administration at UNSW in 1993 and her Masters of Arts (Buddhist Studies) from the Taiwan Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies in 1999. Venerable has done extensive work in teaching of scripture classes for both primary and high school students. She is also involved in teaching Buddhism to university student groups from UNSW, Sydney University, Macquarie University and University of Technology. Venerable helps with providing support, advice, and counseling for the university Buddhist community and any other members of the university community in general. She hopes to promote religious understanding, peace and spirituality on campus. Venerable Neng Rong is the current buddhist chaplain at UNSW.

UNIBUDS at a Glance

The University of New South Wales Buddhist Society (UNIBUDS) was first founded in 1981, by Dr. Ching Liang Lim and his small group of committee members which became the first Buddhist organisation on campus in Australia. Venerable Tsang Hui from Hwa Tsang Monastery and Venerable Chao Khun Samai from Wat Pa Buddharangsee are currently the patrons of UNIBUDS, and have been since it first established.

UNIBUDS is a non-sectarian Buddhist society and thus it supports all Buddhism schools and traditions e.g.: Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan and so on. Over the years, UNIBUDS has grown and flourished to be the largest student Buddhist society on campus in Australia. The activities and events held during a year period include regular English and Chinese dhamma talks, weekly sports sessions, monthly meditation workshops, meditation retreats, social functions and lots more. UNIBUDS always maintains a harmonious relationship among members within the society and outside the society with other Buddhist societies in NSW.

UNIBUDS objectives are as follow:

  • To encourage, foster, promote, develop and extend Buddhism within the University
  • To bridge and develop a better understanding of the Dhamma Teachings from various Schools of Buddhism
  • To promote Buddhist meditation practices
  • To cater to the welfare of members
  • To foster goodwill, mutual understanding and friendship among Buddhists, other religious groups and the Australian public