Buddhism

The basic message of Buddhism is simple:

  • we can’t depend on anything to be permanent
  • our actions have consequences
  • we can change for the better
  • Buddhism speaks to all kinds of people regardless of their gender, gender identity,  race,  sexuality or nationality.

We present a range of courses, classes, seminars and retreats for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, offering the opportunity to expand your understanding of Buddhism, its principles and practices.

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June 2019

Young Melbourne Buddhists

Saturday June 8, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday August 31, 2019

Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Come and join the Young Melbourne Buddhists, a group of 18 to 35 year-olds that explore meditation and Buddhism in an open, shared context, that encourages authenticity. The content is relevant and practical to young people’s lives, and a whole lot of fun. See our Facebook page for upcoming events. Saturdays 5:00pm – 7:30pm YoungMelbourneBuddhists Email - youngmelbournebuddhists@gmail.com

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Tea Ceremony and Poetry

Sunday June 16, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Join Siladasa to share tea and poetry on a winter’s afternoon! Let us continue the long tradition of tea and verse. Bring along some favourite poems and haiku to share with friends between bowls of rare Chinese tea. It is Dharma Day  the teapot pours forth Manjusri’s deep rich amber Ah, a bowl of wisdom! Sunday 16 June, 2 - 4pm, All Welcome Donation appreciated with proceeds to the MBC - Give what you can Limit of 9 guests Booking…

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Teen Practice Day – Kindness and Compassion for Ourselves and Others

Sunday June 30, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Are you aged 13 to 17?  Would you like your thoughts to be kinder to yourself? How could we be more considerate and gentle towards others? Bring a parent or guardian (anyone you trust who is over 18, to support one another). Guided meditation, separate teen/guardian discussions, shared lunch and activities. For those familiar with our meditation practices. Sunday 30 June, 10am to 3pm Adults $15, Teenagers $10 Bring vegan/vegetarian food to share for lunch. Booking Essential: Click Here to Book…

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July 2019

Kindness Behaviour Training – 8 Week Course – Fully Booked

Wednesday July 10, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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This Kindness Behaviour Training (KBT) course is designed by Dr Paramabandhu Groves and Dr Jed Shamel and explores a variety of themes ......a forest of kindness, the forgiving heart, listening to the heart, kindness in the universe, mindful acceptance- turning towards difficulties through reflection, exercises and various meditation techniques. Excerpts from the course book Mindful Emotion: “Kindness is like a road: it can take us on a long journey that in time may have far-reaching consequences and embrace other qualities…

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“Open to Life” On the Page: Writing and Receptivity

Sunday July 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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The ‘mandala approach’ to the Triratna system of practice places spiritual receptivity at the centre of the mandala. In Vessantara’s words, ‘this means that at the heart of the spiritual life is this open, receptive awareness that is not seeing everything in terms of its use value for the self, but values, appreciates and enjoys things, people and qualities for their own sake’. Emphasising openness to the mind’s natural creativity, this day retreat explores creative writing as means of cultivating spiritual…

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Dharma Day Festival

Saturday July 20, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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The Dharma Day festival celebrates the Buddha's decision to share his teachings with others. This Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma has been passed onto us today. At the MBC, a day of meditation, devotion practice and dharma talks in celebration of the Buddha's teachings that guide and inspire our practice of the Buddhist Path. Bring your favourite Dharma text to read on the day. Program 11am - 12pm            Saturday Morning Meditation Class 12.15pm…

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August 2019

Buddhism Now – A 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday August 28, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Buddhism Now is a 6 weeks course exploring the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life. Join Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order to explore and make sense of the many inspiring teachings that have come down to us from the Buddhist Tradition. Learn the core teachings and practices, and discover their relevance and application to everyday life. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion to clarify the teachings. ‘What the Buddha attained, we…

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September 2019

Intro 4 Week Course in Buddhism for 18-35yo

Wednesday September 4, 2019, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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This Life and All its Suffering What is the Buddhist view of a meaningful life, what are the causes of stress and dissatisfaction and how can we live a more satisfying life? Join Itir and Talia, two experienced Buddhists training to join the Triratna Buddhist Order, in an hands-on exploration of the Buddha’s very first teaching, The 4 Noble Truths which answers these questions and more. This course is offered to people under 35, from all levels of experience. Suitable…

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October 2019

Journey and the Guide – A Practical Course in Buddhism

Wednesday October 2, 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Immerse yourself in Buddhist principles and practices during this eight-week journey aimed at strengthening the mind and freeing the heart. During this course, we will take on practical week-by-week exercises, focusing on cultivating mindful awareness, integrating and simplifying our lives, and truly being ourselves. The course is based on the book  ‘The Journey and the Guide’ written by prize winning poet, best-selling author, and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Maitreyabandhu. This book offers a challenging but profoundly useful approach…

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November 2019

Young Persons Meditation Retreat

Friday November 1, 2019, 7:00 pm - Tuesday November 5, 2019, 3:00 pm
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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Steering for the Deep Using ancient Buddhist meditation practices, we will turn and steer towards the depths. Moving from distraction to concentration and into absorption, aiming towards higher states of consciousness. Using the Buddha's teaching of the five hindrances as guide, over this long weekend we will quiet our monkey minds, journeying to the quiet depths. A meditation retreat for 18 - 35 year olds in the beautiful bush surroundings of the Brisbane Ranges outside Melbourne. 7pm Friday 1 November…

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“Sangha” A Crucible for Change – Open Weekend Retreat

Friday November 8, 2019, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 10, 2019, 3:00 pm
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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"No one else can practice the Dharma for us; we have to practice it ourselves. However, we don't have to practice it by ourselves."   Join Dhiramani & Padmasiddhi as we explore the Buddha's advice on how we can grow a Happy, Healthy and Harmonious community, through what are  traditionally known as "The Samgrahavastus": Generosity, Kindly Speech, Beneficial Activity & Exemplification. We will explore practical ways to employ these transformative practices that will not only help build Sangha but are just as relevant and applicable, anywhere we come…

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Young Melbourne Buddhist Evening

Saturday November 30, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Are you interested in meditation or Buddhism and aged 18 to 35 years old? Come along and be with like minded young people at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre.

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Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday November 14, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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Young Melbourne Buddhists

Saturday November 23, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Interested in meditation or Buddhism and aged 18 - 35 years old? Drop-in at Young Melbourne Buddhists on Saturday evening and meet like minded young people

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Young Melbourne Buddhist Evening

Saturday November 30, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
$8 – $10

An evening of meditation and discussion for young people aged 18-35yo.

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January 2020

Buddhism Intro Day Course

Sunday January 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Spend a day discovering the basic principles of Buddhism that will help transform your life. Understand the human condition from a Buddhist perspective and the path of wisdom, ethics and meditation that leads to a life of greater clarity and compassion. Join Buddhist practitioner, Apada as he presents the teachings of the Buddha. If you have ever wondered what Buddhism is about or are confused with all the forms it takes, this day retreat will focus on the essential and…

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Empathy Day Retreat

Sunday January 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Led by Shantigarbha A day on empathy, the theme of Shantigarbha's recent book, I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication published by Windhorse Publications. Shantigarbha shows how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathize with others, we need to learn how to empathize with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from…

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Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday January 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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February 2020

Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday February 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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Urban Adventure Day Retreat for Under 35s

Saturday February 8, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Want to take your practice into the world, on an urban adventure? The MBC is offering a full practice day starting at the MBC and finishing at Abbotsford Convent! Participants can join the day either at the 9.30am Yoga practice or 11am Mediation class as we will share the morning with regular MBC Saturday events. The day will continue with BYO light lunch and a silent walk to Abbotsford convent, along the Merri Creek trail. There will be questions to reflect…

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Experience Buddhism – 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday February 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Experience Buddhism is a 6 weeks course exploring the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life. Explore and make sense of the many inspiring teachings that have come down to us from the Buddhist Tradition. Learn the core teachings and practices, and discover their relevance and application to everyday life. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion to clarify the teachings. ‘What the Buddha attained, we too can attain, what the Buddha overcame, we…

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Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday February 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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6 Day Retreat led by Tejananda

Thursday February 20, 7:00 pm - Wednesday February 26, 12:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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Compassion and Emptiness - Now Fully Booked For Order Members and Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Community Benevolence - metta - and compassion, as taught by the Buddha, are essentially boundless liberations of the mind. The familiar practices with 5 or 6 stages are entry points which enable us to engage with our afflictive emotions - liking, disliking, ignoring - and to uncover the true, unlimited nature of the divine abodes. Liberation of the mind from these afflictions, even if temporary,…

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Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday February 20, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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Drop-in Meditation & Dharma Activity – Thursday Evening

Thursday February 27, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$8 – $15

Each Thursday evening we offer two 1-hour meditation sessions starting at 7.30pm; one for those with little or no experience, and another for those experienced with our practices. After a short tea break, we explore an aspect of Buddhism in the form of a Dharma talk or discussion or devotional practice. Thursday night Dharma Talk For newcomers, instruction is provided on two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing clarity and awareness and the Metta Bhavana (‘cultivation of loving kindness’) a practice…

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