Buddhist Life Stories, Australia

Buddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now. A new website, Buddhist Life Stories, records the personal narratives of contemporary Australian Buddhists.


 

Buddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now.

Buddhist leaders and community members in Australia felt there was an urgent need to record these stories and to preserve them for future generations.

Dr Anna Halafoff, Dr Edwin Ng, Praveena Rajkobal and Jayne Garrod, researchers from Deakin University, responded to this call in partnership with the national and state Buddhist Councils of Australia and filmmaker Freeman Trebilcock.

With the assistance of the Research my World program, the crowd funding joint venture between Deakin University and Pozible.com, they raised $10,000 to begin to record these stories and increase understanding and awareness of Buddhism in Australia.

 

You can view the videos of Buddhist Life Stories here.