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September 2017

Encountering the Buddha

Friday September 22, 2017, 7:00 pm - Sunday September 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

Siladasa invites you for a weekend retreat dedicated to exploring how we meet the Buddha. We shall look to the ancient texts for biography and history that inspires, the Mahayana sutras for parable and myths of the Enlightened One, and to symbols, ritual and puja for the evocation of qualities of the Awakened mind. Our retreat will be focused on enriching our receptivity to the Buddha, supported by guided meditations, silent reflections, and discussions, all in the natural surroundings of…

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Young Dharma Nights

Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

There is no Young Dharma Night this Saturday 23 September and we encourage you to go on the weekend retreat. A Fortnightly gathering of young people interested in Buddhism Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha's teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation,…

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October 2017

Young Dharma Nights

Saturday October 7, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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A FORTNIGHTLY GATHERING OF YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BUDDHISM Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha’s teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation, a Dharma talk, and time for reflection and discussion. No bookings or experience in meditation is necessary. Looking forward to seeing…

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Thursday Evening Drop-in Meditation & Activity

Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Each Thursday evening we offer two meditation sessions; one for those new to meditation with little or no experience where you will be shown the meditation practice and guided through a meditation. The other meditation session is unguided for those experienced with our practices. Newcomers are welcome! On alternate weeks we lead through either the Mindfulness of Breathing or the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness) meditation practice. We meditate from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, then have a tea break. After the break we…

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November 2017

Sangha Day

Saturday November 4, 2017, 12:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Sangha Day is one the three festival days celebrating each of the 3 Jewels. A day of rejoicing in the Sangha, Spiritual Community, and our connection with one another. Starting with a shared lunch and ending in the Sangha Day Puja. Program 12.15pm to 1.30pm Shared Lunch. Bring vegan or vegetarian food to share 1.30pm to 3.30pm Program of presentations and activities focused on the Spiritual Community 3.30pm to 4.30pm Sangha Day Puja with Mitra Ceremony Dana Event - By…

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Sangha Weekend Retreat

Friday November 17, 2017, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 19, 2017, 3:00 pm

Sangha Weekend Retreat - A Family Friendly Retreat Experience the feeling of being on retreat with like minded people, enjoying the space for meditation, reflection, inspiration and friendship in the natural surroundings of the Yarra Valley. Sangha is a term to describe a Buddhist spiritual community and during this retreat we aspire to create the conditions for this to arise. We will be exploring the Five Buddha Mandala. A family friendly retreat with a children's activity program which may include…

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Young Dharma Nights

Saturday November 18, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  Young Dharma Night will not be held on this night due to many of our young people attending the Sangha weekend retreat (17-19 November) which you are invited to attend. See Link below. Link to Sangha Retreat

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December 2017

Young Dharma Nights

Saturday December 30, 2017, 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Northcote Victoria

A FORTNIGHTLY GATHERING OF YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BUDDHISM We are meeting at Johnson Park in Northcote at 4.30pm and going on from there.

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New Years Eve – Open Up To Your Potential

Sunday December 31, 2017, 7:00 pm - Monday January 1, 2018, 12:00 am

See in the New Year with friends at the MBC, as we share meditation, reflection and puja. Our evening together will commence at 7pm with meditation followed by a delicious supper. Welcome in the New Year with a puja concluding at midnight. Screening the movie Samsara, a documentary by Ron Friske, exploring our planet from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of spirituality and the human experience, taking the form of a non-verbal guided meditation. Booking…

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January 2018

Introducing the Buddhist Path – Day Retreat

Sunday January 21, 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

Mindfulness of the Heart Day Retreat

Sunday February 4, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Danapriya visiting from the UK, will led this day retreat focusing on engaging the heart and mind in the first stage of the Metta Bhavana practice, love and kindness to oneself. Using exercises, yoga, meditation and puja, Danapriya will open the way to a mindful heart.     Sunday 4 February 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Suitable for those familiar with the meditation practices taught at the MBC. Please bring some vegan or vegetarian food to share…

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Buddhism Introduction Course – Essentials for a Better Life

Wednesday February 7, 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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From Isolation to Integration – Day Retreat

Sunday February 18, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Discover what separates us from others and what connects us. Spend a meditative day with periods of silence, exploring this important theme of practice with Udara. Suitable for those familiar with our meditation practices. $60 Full Waged, $40 Low Waged and $30 Concession Bring vegetarian/vegan food to share on the day. Booking Essential: Click Here to Book or call the MBC

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Young Melbourne Buddhists – Milarepa Day Retreat

Saturday February 24, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Young Melbourne Buddhists are back with a fantastic day retreat to kick off this years activities. On this day retreat we will study a text from the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa. Milarepa is an 11th century Tibetan master who often sang very evocative songs about the joys of renunciation and turning towards the higher pleasures of practice. Milarepa will also be the focus of our up coming weekend retreat on 9-12 March, so this day retreat is a great opportunity to familiarize…

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March 2018

Young Buddhist Retreat – Shepherd’s Search for the Mind

Friday March 9, 7:00 pm - Monday March 12, 3:00 pm
Brisbane Ranges, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340
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What is the nature of mind? It’s more than you think. We’ll explore the radical approach of a Tibetan yogi which is just as relevant today as it was 1000 years ago. Milarepa was an extraordinary Buddhist practitioner in 2nd Century AD, who spent long periods living in a cave in the mountains of Tibet in order to discover the nature of mind. He underwent many trials and hardships and pursued the Dharma with great vigour. Once he had come…

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Nidana Chain Day Seminar – Fully Booked

Sunday March 11, 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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Order/Mitra Weekend Retreat with Lokeshvara

Friday March 16, 7:30 pm - Sunday March 18, 3:00 pm
Brisbane Ranges, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340
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Into the Ruined House: Trainings in Fearlessness "I have been reflecting on fear and becoming fearless since 2015 when I happened across this short poem written by a 10th century Japanese aristocrat-Buddhist-woman called Izumi Shikibu: The wind blows terribly here But moonlight also leaks between the roof planks Of this ruined house. For several years previously, I had used the image and metaphor of the forest as a place of fear, as a refuge and as a place to train…

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April 2018

Open Day Retreat with Lokeshvara – How Is My Life Going?

Sunday April 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Lokeshvara for a day retreat at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, looking at the themes of intuition, rapture and persistence and their importance in the spiritual life. This workshop / day retreat will be using the framework of intuition, rapture and persistence, to ask: am I happy with how it is going? Is my life expressing my most important values?  Am I clear what the next steps are? In our community we often speak of becoming a ‘true individual’, able…

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Intermediate Buddhism Course – 6 Week Course

Wednesday April 11, 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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Breaking the Cake – An Afternoon in the Way of Tea

Sunday April 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There is only room for 9 guests to enjoy Tea and Dharma as Siladasa breaks open a cake of Purple Red Tea from Yunnan, that has been aged and rested for 2 years since production. There will be many bowls to be shared as this tea has great ‘patience’, enabling multiple steeping in the pot to delight the senses and stir the imagination. And in between, silence and peace. Sunday 15 April, 2pm to 4pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre…

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Thursday Evening Drop-in Meditation & Activity

Thursday April 26, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Each Thursday evening we offer two meditation sessions; one for those with little or no experience, and other for those experienced with our practises. Newcomers welcome! On alternate weeks we lead through either the Mindfulness of Breathing or the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness) meditation practice. We meditate from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, then have a tea break. After the break we offer one of a range of activities, perhaps a talk, a discussion, or a workshop related to Dharma practice. No booking…

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May 2018

Thursday Evening Drop-in Meditation & Activity

Thursday May 3, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Each Thursday evening we offer two meditation sessions; one for those with little or no experience, and other for those experienced with our practises. Newcomers welcome! On alternate weeks we lead through either the Mindfulness of Breathing or the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness) meditation practice. We meditate from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, then have a tea break. After the break we offer one of a range of activities, perhaps a talk, a discussion, or a workshop related to Dharma practice. No booking…

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Thursday Evening Drop-in Meditation & Activity

Thursday May 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Each Thursday evening we offer two meditation sessions; one for those with little or no experience, and other for those experienced with our practises. Newcomers welcome! On alternate weeks we lead through either the Mindfulness of Breathing or the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness) meditation practice. We meditate from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, then have a tea break. After the break we offer one of a range of activities, perhaps a talk, a discussion, or a workshop related to Dharma practice. No booking…

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Thursday Evening Drop-in Meditation & Activity

Thursday May 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Each Thursday evening we offer two meditation sessions; one for those with little or no experience, and other for those experienced with our practises. Newcomers welcome! On alternate weeks we lead through either the Mindfulness of Breathing or the Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness) meditation practice. We meditate from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, then have a tea break. After the break we offer one of a range of activities, perhaps a talk, a discussion, or a workshop related to Dharma practice. No booking…

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Young Melbourne Buddhist Gathering

Saturday May 19, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A weekly gathering of young people, 18 to 35, interested in Buddhism. An evening of meditation, Buddhism and community. This week at YMB we are exploring the 'five great stages of the path'. This formulation of the path was re-emphasized by Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist community. These stages, which are also called 'the system of practice', include integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity. In more practical terms Sangharakshita summarizes these stages as five simple precepts: Keep up…

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