Courses

We run courses regularly throughout the year covering a wide range of themes based around meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism with a practical emphasis on how to cope with our busy lives.

Introduction to Meditation Courses

Our six week meditation courses for newcomers, introduce you to two central meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving-kindness).  You will learn about posture, setting up a practice at home, and how to best support your own learning to meditate. The courses include free entry to all our meditation drop-in classes for the duration of the course to further assist you in making meditation an ongoing practice.

Aspects of Buddhism Introductory Courses

These courses introduce the history, principles, and practices of Buddhism, with an emphasis on the relevance and application to our daily lives. These courses are suitable for beginners, as well as for more experienced practitioners who wish to deepen and enrich their practice. Each course is unique, with a different leader and different content.

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October 2017

Learn to Meditate – 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday October 11, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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December 2017

Meditation Day Workshop

Sunday December 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  The Melbourne Buddhist Centre and Maitripala invite all those who completed an Introduction to Meditation Course in 2016 and 2017 to a follow-up Day Meditation Workshop. Experienced meditation teacher, Maitripala will lead a day meditation refresher workshop, exploring ways to make your practice more effective and engaging and freeing blockages in your practice. Before the year draws to a close, refresh, reinvigorate and deepen your practice and head into 2018 with a clear mind and kind heart. Sunday 10 December, 10am to…

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January 2018

Meditation Intro Day Workshop

Sunday January 14, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

In this day workshop/retreat you will learn the basic principles of meditation and the connection to our daily lives. You will be introduced to two core meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation by an experienced Buddhist meditation practitioner. Get essential tips on meditation and how to set up an effective daily practice. In these meditation practices encounter groundedness and clarity leading to acceptance and an opening of the heart to ourselves and others. Bring the…

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Introducing the Buddhist Path – Day Retreat

Sunday January 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Day Retreat is now Fully Booked Next Introduction to Buddhism Course is a 6 week course starting Wednesday 7 February. Click here 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 practitioners Padmasiddhi and Apada as they present the teachings of the Buddha. If you have…

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February 2018

Introduction to Meditation – 6 Week Course

Wednesday February 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Buddhism Introduction Course – Essentials for a Better Life

Wednesday February 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Discover over 6 weeks the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life for the better. 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 too…

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March 2018

Nidana Chain Day Seminar – Fully Booked

Sunday March 11, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fully Booked Join Saddhavijaya and Manjusiddha at this day study seminar on the core Buddhist teaching of the Nidana Chain. Using the Dharma Section of Sangharakshita's book, The Three Jewels, they will explore the Nidana Vagga Sutta and the Buddhist teaching of conditionality that it presents. Suitable for those that have covered the Triratna Foundation Year of study as a minimum. A sound knowledge of Triratna's presentation of the Dharma is preferred. Not suitable for newcomers to Buddhism. Sunday 11…

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April 2018

Mindfulness for Health – Breathworks 8 Week Course

Friday April 6, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Do you suffer from persistent pain, illness, stress or any other condition that has affected your health or wellbeing? Breathworks will teach you mindfulness skills to improve your quality of life and your health, including: How to manage pain, illness and fatigue in everyday life How to breathe into the present moment, relax and find choice Breath and body awareness Mindfulness meditation practice Cultivate kindness towards yourself 8 Fridays from 6 April from 9.30am to 11.30am To find out if this…

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Meditation Course – Training the Mind to be Aware and Kind

Wednesday April 11, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Intermediate Buddhism Course – 6 Week Course

Wednesday April 11, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Freedom and Transformation Led by Rijumayi Explore Buddhist ethics and deepen your practice through discussion, meditation, study and activities. What does Ahimsa (non harm) mean and how do we take the teaching to heart in our lives? How do we learn not to shy away from grey areas in our conduct and be confident in our choices when criticised or feel we are swimming against the tide? The six week course will delve into the precepts, the Buddhas teachings on…

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May 2018

The Journey and the Guide – A Practical Course in Buddhism

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm

  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. Led by Manjusiddha and Tejopala. 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…

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Meditation Course – 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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July 2018

Learn to Meditate and Discover Freedom

Wednesday July 4, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions,…

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Buddhist Principles 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday July 25, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  Discover over 6 weeks the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life for the better. Join Siladasa, Member 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 your understanding of the teachings. ‘What…

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August 2018

Life with Full Attention – A Practical Course in Mindfulness and Meditation

Wednesday August 29, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

  Explore the different levels and dimensions of mindfulness and address the issues you might face when you try to put mindfulness into practice. Gain clarity about what is mindfulness and meditation and bring mindful attention into the things we already do. Based on the book Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu. 8 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 29 August to 17 October 2018, 7PM – 9.15PM Suitable for people wanting to take up a practice of mindfulness and meditation. Booking Essential:…

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October 2018

Learn to Meditate and Find Freedom

Wednesday October 17, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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MBAR Train the Trainer – 3 Day Course

Monday October 29, 2018, 9:00 am - Wednesday October 31, 2018, 6:00 pm

Mindfulness for Health Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) Train the Trainer course for Health Care Professionals, Addiction Wokers, Mindfulness and Meditation practitioners and people with an interest in addiction. About the training MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction. Originally called mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), the course was developed by coauthor of Eight Step Recovery - Dr Paramabandhu Groves, in collaboration with his co author, Valerie Mason-John. Dr Groves has been leading the course at…

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January 2019

Introduction to Meditation Day Workshop

Sunday January 13, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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In this day workshop/retreat you will learn the basic principles of meditation and the connection to our daily lives. You will be introduced to two core meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation by two experienced Buddhist meditation practitioners. Get essential tips on meditation and how to set up an effective daily practice. In these meditation practices encounter groundedness and clarity leading to acceptance and an opening of the heart to ourselves and others. Bring the…

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Introduction to Buddhism Day Retreat

Sunday January 20, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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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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February 2019

Learn to Meditate and Find Freedom

Wednesday February 20, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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  Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations on the practical and liberating aspects of meditation and opportunity to discuss your meditation practice with an experienced meditation and Buddhist practitioner. 6 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 20 February to 27 March 2019, 7.30PM – 9.30PM Suitable for people with little or no meditation experience. Booking Essential: Book Online…

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Radical Dharma – 6 Week Buddhism Course

Wednesday February 20, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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  Radical Dharma, Teaching that Changes Lives A 6 week Buddhism course that focusing on the radical message of the Buddha's teaching, the Dharma. This course introduces teachings that will change the way we see the world and ourselves and open the pathway to change and meaning. Discover the processes and tools from the Buddhist Tradition to bring positive transformation.   Suitable for those interested in Buddhism and open to change Free attendance to drop-in meditation classes at the MBC…

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April 2019

Meditate and Find Freedom – A 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday April 3, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations on the practical and liberating aspects of meditation and opportunity to discuss your meditation practice with experienced meditation and Buddhist practitioners, Padmasiddhi and Sanghapurna. 6 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 3 April to 8 May 2019, 7.30PM – 9.30PM Suitable for people with little or no meditation experience. Booking Essential: Book…

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May 2019

Radical Dharma – 6 Week Course in Buddhism and Meditation

Wednesday May 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Teaching that changes lives   This six-week course explores how we might bring about radical, positive change in our lives through the application of central Buddhist principles and meditation. The course presents and discusses several significant transformative Buddhist ideas and teachings, alongside useful tools to work in meditation practice. It also offers opportunity to develop connection with other like-minded people and collectively explore these themes. Through discussion, reflection and exercises to try in between sessions, we will test how these…

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Life with Full Attention – 8 Week Practical Course in Mindfulness

Saturday May 25, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Explore the different levels and dimensions of mindfulness and address the issues you might face when you try to put mindfulness into practice. Gain clarity about what is mindfulness and meditation and bring mindful attention into the things we already do. Based on the book Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu. 8 Saturday afternoons from 25 May to 13 July 1.00pm - 3.30pm Suitable for people wanting to take up a practice of mindfulness and meditation. $360 Full Waged, $300…

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July 2019

Kindness Behaviour Training – 8 Week Course – Fully Booked

Wednesday July 10, 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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