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June 2016

Climate Change Action Day

Sunday June 26, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What can we do practically to make a difference when it comes to the climate change crisis? What can Buddhist ethical precepts guide us in this regard? This forum examines these questions and looks to answers by looking at practical actions we can take collectively as a Sangha to help address the climate change problem. There will be a short talk from Tejopala to start with exploring the five precepts and how this can guide how we act in body,…

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July 2016

Active Imagination and the Archetypes

Sunday July 31, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For Order Members and Mitras. The archetypes, according to Carl Jung are unconscious archaic patterns, images and symbols that are part of our collective psyches.  Inherited by individuals they can affect our attitudes and behaviours.  The purpose of this day workshop will be to explore the 'Archetypes' in order to be more conscious of their effect on our lives. Knowledge of the archetypes may help us understand the deeper patterns that drive us. Practical tools will be introduced such as 'Active…

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August 2016

Meditation Olympics

Saturday August 20, 2016, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Join us for an epic fund-raising event. Meditate for 12 hours and raise money for the Melbourne Buddhist Centre

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October 2016

Order and Mitra Day Retreat with Lokeshvara

Sunday October 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spend the day with Lokeshvara at the MBC studying a theme of his choice. Please note that this day is only for Order Members and Mitras. Lunch provided This is a dana event, please consider what amount you would like to give for this great opportunity to spend the day studying with our president. All dana raised will go towards Lokeshvaras flight/travel expenses and any surplus will assist in funding his next trip. Book online here

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November 2016

Sangha Day Festival 2016

Saturday November 12, 2016, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sangha Day is one of our three main Buddhist festival days, rejoicing in the qualities of the Sangha, the Buddhist community. Join the Melbourne Sangha gathering after the 11am meditation class. 11am Meditation 12.30pm Vegetarian BBQ Lunch 1.30pm Short talks on the meaning of Sangha 3pm Tea Break 3.30pm Sangha Day Puja with Mitra reaffirmations Open to All. Donations Welcome

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December 2016

Introduction to Nagarjuna

Saturday December 3, 2016, 1:30 pm - Sunday December 4, 2016, 4:00 pm

Weekend Non-Residential Retreat For Mitras and Order Members Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December Saddhavijaya will be covering Nagarjuna’s Verses on the Middle Way, the Mulamadhyamakakarika or the MMK. Saddhavijaya has been studying this master work of Nagarjuna for many years and will be offering his reflections and understanding of this complex text on the nature of reality. The weekend will present a rare opportunity to gain an overview of Nagarjuna and the implications Sunyata or emptiness from the MMK.…

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News Years Eve Event at the MBC

Saturday December 31, 2016, 7:00 pm - Sunday January 1, 2017, 12:00 am

This New Years Eve Celebrate Kindness This Event is now Fully Booked - But you can join us from 10.50pm for the New Years Puja by Donation. The positive alternative to bringing in the New Year. Spend an evening with friends at the MBC focusing on kindness so we can step into 2017 with an open heart. A night of Metta, meditation, reflection and puja. An opportunity to reflect on the kindness we have received during the year and looking…

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March 2017

MBC Sangha at the Sydney Road Street Party

Sunday March 5, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This year the Melbourne Buddhist Centre takes to the streets with two stalls at the Sydney Rd Street Party. This is an opportunity to engage with the community and share the spirit of Sangha. We will be providing a vegan option with our Burger BBQ and setting up a meditation space on Sydney Road. Come along, visit our stall and join the festival atmosphere. Venue: Find us on Sydney Road between Union and Victoria Streets, Brunswick

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April 2017

Triratna 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday April 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the Melbourne Buddhist Centre as we rejoice in our connection to the Triratna Buddhist Community worldwide. We will bring this to life with a Triratna Metta Bhavana at 7.30pm in the main shrineroom. This will be followed by Birthday Cake, a video presentation of Triratna around the world and concluding with a Rededication Ceremony. All Welcome - Thursday 6 April from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm As usual there will an introduction to meditation session from 7.30pm - 8.30pm in the downstairs…

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Dharma in the Leaf – Day Event

Sunday April 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Booked Out   How this teapot easily pours Manjusri’s deep rich amber Filling the bowl of my life Between these hands Join Siladasa for tea and participate in the ancient lineage of Buddhists drinking tea! Tea has a special place in Far East Buddhism with the integration of tea making as direct Dharma practice. There are elements of both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassana) in the preparation and serving of tea, and Siladasa will share some of his experience in…

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May 2017

Buddha Day

Saturday May 13, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This most significant Buddhist festival, celebrating the Buddha's realisation, his Enlightenment under a tree in India over 2500 years ago, is seen by Buddhists as the most momentous event in human history. The Buddha's attainment, his freedom from suffering  is our inspiration to practice. Join the Sangha from the 11am meditation class to rejoice in the Buddha, culminating in a 7 Fold Puja. Open to All - Bring your friends and family Buddha Day Program 11am to 12pm - Meditation…

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June 2017

More Leaves, More Dharma

Sunday June 4, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This Event is Now Fully Booked Join Siladasa as he continues his exploration of Dharma in the Leaf, cultivating tranquility and insight in the preparation and service of tea. Tea has a special place in Far East Buddhism with the integration of tea making as direct Dharma practice. There are elements of both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassana) in the preparation and serving of tea, and Siladasa will share some of his experience in his journey so far with the…

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Epic Puja Fundraiser

Saturday June 10, 12:30 pm - Sunday June 11, 12:30 am

Dantacitta is embarking on an Epic Puja The Melbourne Buddhist Centre presents a 12 hour epic Puja fundraiser. The Melbourne Buddhist Centre Chairperson, Dantacitta will be endeavouring to sit through all 12 hours of puja, a Buddhist devotional practice of mantra chanting, reciting Buddhist texts and the making of offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There will be 12 individual pujas that will be starting at half past the hour from 12.30pm 10 June to 12.30am 11 June. You can…

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Exploring the Wheel of Life – A Weekend Seminar

Saturday June 10, 2:00 pm - Sunday June 11, 1:00 pm

  The Wheel of Life is an incredible depiction of the Buddha’s teaching of the 12 nidana chain of dependent origination from the Tibetan tradition. It tells the story from ignorance to feeling to grasping to craving that drives us to repeat unhelpful tendencies. Learn about the 6 realms of existence and the 3 root poisons. Buddhadasa with over 40 years of Dharma practice will guide you through the symbols and mythology to get to the depth of the teaching…

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July 2017

Embracing Simplicity Day Retreat

Sunday July 2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Simplifying our lives creates space so we can live our lives intentionally. We make room for spontaneity and creativity to arise whilst connecting more deeply with ourselves and others. On this day retreat we will have periods of discussion, meditation and reflection, connecting us to simplicity and why we need to move in that direction. Perhaps you might already identify one of the following as an area ripe for simplification in your life….. Schedules/Diaries Possessions Technology Parenting Finance Led…

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Dharma Day Festival

Saturday July 8, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come and hear the Buddha's words on Dharma Day. The teachings of the Buddha, the Dharma, have come down to us today over the span of 2500 years. The Buddha first decided to teach when he saw that there were those with little dust in their eyes that would be able to see the truth of his teachings. Today we have been fortunate to find the Dharma and have the opportunity to follow the Path of the teachings for ourselves.…

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October 2017

Dr Ambedkar Festival Day

Saturday October 14, 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

At this festival day we commemorate the return of Buddhism to India when Dr Ambedkar and his Dalit followers chose Buddhism as the path of freedom from the caste system over 60 years ago. His legacy continues to inspire generations of oppressed people to take effective action to find their way to freedom from discrimination and disadvantage. Come and find out more about Dr Ambedkar and the connection between his followers with the Triratna Buddhist Community. Starting at 12pm with a shared vegetarian…

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November 2017

Sangha Day

Saturday November 4, 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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