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By Judy Richards-Norris
ROCK music and Buddhism isn’t a
usual combination but for Lyndy
Abram the two practices go hand
“I play light rock on my electric guitar
and practice daily meditation,” the
Bridgewater resident said.
“It’s a great way to balance my life.”
Ms Abram has been practicing
Buddhism for more than four decades
and with her former husband Will, was
fundamental in establishing Buddhist
House, a centre for Advanced Buddhist
study in SA.
Actively involved with Buddhist
House for the past 35 years, she has
undertaken many roles including
director and program co-ordinator and
still supports the centre as a mentor,
co-ordinator and leader of various
During her early involvement with
Buddhist House, the busy mother
returned to tertiary study and, with
degree in hand, began a successful
career in the health industry.
She managed the successful Quitline
program, developing a new model of
assistance for those wanting to quit
She was also instrumental in a number
of health programs working with and
assisting people of all socio-economic
groups throughout SA.
Until her retirement in 2010, Ms Abram
was involved in the development of
the Smoke-Free health policy of the
Department of Health.
She was introduced to Buddhism in
the ’70s at Kopan Monastery in Nepal,
and adopted its teachings which, she
believes, has helped her through the
highs and lows of her life.
“My partner Will and I met the local
Tibetan monks at a month-long retreat,”
“I didn’t know much about Buddhism
but its teachings of gentleness,
compassion, reincarnation and karma
had always resonated with me.
“The Buddhists I observed had inner
peace and, despite having few material
possessions, were the happiest people I
had ever met.
“Tibetans don’t experience low self-
esteem – the Dalai Lama was puzzled
that people in western society suffer
“There is so much depression in
Australia where we have so much but
also have very high expectations to live
“I realised Buddhists had found the
secret to a happy life by living simply
and focusing on mindfulness and
meditation, not materialism.
“It all made perfect sense to me and
from then on, my life changed – I was
a different person from the one who
arrived at the monastery just a few
“I am positive if everyone learnt this
simple lesson, we would all enjoy life a
Ms Abram was born in
1955 in Clapham to
parents Joan and Bill
Gilbert and with siblings
Kerry and Mark.
Her love of the arts
was inherited from
grandparents Bert and
Myrt Stanley who were
At 19, she moved to Sydney
where she embraced the
live music scene, working in music
promotion and, with Kerry, was a
member of a short-lived singing group.
Soon after, her love of music and travel
lured her to England and to the Soho
studio where she was present at the
recording of the rock anthem Bohemian
Rhapsody by supergroup Queen.
“We had met the band members at the
Sunbury festival the previous year and
they invited us to visit when we came to
England,” she said.
“It was an exciting time as I witnessed
first hand the start of their dramatic
rise to fame.
“Recently Brian May, Queen’s guitarist,
gave me tickets for their concert in
Melbourne and we met face to face once
During the ’70s, she and British born
husband Will travelled extensively and
lived in a Buddhist Centre in the Lakes
District of England.
They returned to settle in Adelaide in
1980 for the birth of their first child
and soon after, helped establish Buddha
House in Fullarton.
“Later it was relocated to Burnside and
we are currently in the midst of plans to
relocate to Magill,” she said.
“A generous loan has enabled us to
purchase a property in Magill, which
includes an 1880 bluestone church,
community hall and offices.
“We are planning an extensive
education program for adults and
children that will commence in the new
year when renovations are completed.”
After raising three children with Will in
Blackwood, she now lives in her serene
cottage in Bridgewater.
“Once again the universe provided me
with the perfect place to live,” she said.
“Even though I live alone I am close-by
a wonderful community, birds and
native animals, as well as the people
I love – my children Sarah, Tai and
Lawrie – and my three gorgeous
grandchildren, Lewis, Olivia and
“In the Hills, it is easy to enjoy the
wonder of life – the beauty of the
seasons, gardens, sunsets, a child’s
smile, a wise old face and nature at its
“We all need to remember that nothing
is permanent as everything changes
each moment, so it’s wise to live every
day as if it were your last.
“Mindfulness, acceptance and giving to
others is the key to a happy life.
“This knowledge is a real gift and one
that I will treasure always.”
By Rhody Gleeson
After three years of
and research Bridgewater
Primary School students
were finally able to
witness the first steps in
realising their vision for
the new Bridgewater War
residents joined Peramangk
Elder Ivan Copley for a
ceremony on May 4 to
herald a new beginning for
the memorial site which will
commemorate the sacrifice
of the Anzacs in WW1.
The memorial will be
constructed into the hill
at the eastern end of the
Bridgewater oval beneath
Anzac Ridge Road.
Klingbiel said students
wanted the memorial to
be educational as well as a
place of reflection.
“Students envisaged a war
memorial of significance,
which takes the visitor
on a similar journey that
they took in gaining an
Anzacs,” he said.
“Just as important, it also
needed to be a place that
community members can
visit to spend time and
With Federal and council
grants secured and the
memorial site approved,
students are now turning
their attention to raising
groups and businesses are
able to support the project
named pavers which will be
included in the memorial.
Primary School for more
Veteran Health Advisory Council member Paula Dabovich,
left, Peramangk Elder Ivan Copley and musician Eric Bogle
attended the welcome to country and smoking ceremony to kick
off construction of the new Bridgewater War Memorial.
New Anzac memorial for Bridgewater Oval
By Rhody Gleeson
Government hopes a
new road safety video
campaign aimed at
will reduce the number
drivers on SA roads.
Four videos have been
produced in a number
of languages explaining
the road rules, laws
regarding driving with
an overseas license and
tips for driving safely in
remote areas of the State.
Overseas drivers have
been involved in 27
fatal and serious injury
crashes throughout SA
The Hills attracts thou-
sands of international
visitors each year and
Road Safety Minister
Peter Malinauskas said
it was important to keep
overseas drivers informed
about Australia’s road
rules and unique driving
internationally so it’s
educate tourists, students
and new residents about
our road rules, for the
safety of all on the road,”
Visitor video to drive home message
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