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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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 12:30 pm - Sunday June 11, 2017, 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, 2017, 2:00 pm - Sunday June 11, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 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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December 2017

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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March 2018

MBC at the Sydney Road Street Party

Sunday March 4, 2018, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sydney Road Brunswick, Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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  Meditation Tent at Sydney Road Street Party This year the Melbourne Buddhist Centre goes back 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 at the street party with our delicious Vegan Burger BBQ, raising funds for the MBC. The second stall will be a Free Meditation Space on Sydney Road with guided meditation…

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April 2018

Breaking the Cake – An Afternoon in the Way of Tea

Sunday April 15, 2018, 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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May 2018

Buddha Day Festival

Saturday May 26, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Sangha in this special celebration of the emergence of the Buddha, the Awakened One, over 2500 years ago. There will meditation, devotional practice (puja), Dharma talks, Buddha quiz and a shared lunch. We will be starting the day with the 11am Saturday meditation class. All Welcome 11am      Drop-in Meditation class 12pm      Shared vegetarian/vegan lunch 1pm        Dharma Talks and reflections 2.30pm   Buddha Trivia quiz in teams and tea break…

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June 2018

Triratna Triathlon – A MBC Fundraiser Event

Saturday June 23, 2018, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

The Triratna Triathlon is a team based fundraiser for the MBC, comprising three activities - meditation, treasure hunt and puja. Sponsor a team and support the MBC! Simply deposit into the MBC account with the team number as the reference. Let the team member know that you are sponsoring them. BSB 063123, Account 10210022 or approach any of the team members in person to give your generous support. Team 1 : The Dharma Crew - Viryasiddhi, Max, Padmamanas and Toby Team…

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July 2018

Dharma Day Festival

Saturday July 28, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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 and dharma talks to inspire practice of the Buddhist Path.  Saturday 28 July at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 11am to 4.30pm Dana Event - Give what you can - All Welcome Program 11am - 12pm Morning meditation class 12pm - 1.15pm Shared vegetarian/vegan lunch. 1.15pm -…

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August 2018

MBC Film Club #1

Friday August 31, 2018, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Melbourne Buddhist Centre presents Film Club, the pilot event for a potentially monthly Sangha movie night hosted by Max Milne. Inspired by Tricycle Magazines monthly online Film Club Max hopes to bring their monthly curated film pick to the MBC. Our first outing will be Akong: A Remarkable Life (90 mins), the story of Tibetan Buddhism’s emergence in the West through the life of the late Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche (1939–2013). A film for people wishing to know more about historical…

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November 2018

Celebrating Sangha Day

Saturday November 24, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

Join us on this festival day as we celebrate the Sangha Jewel. Program: 11- 12 Meditation 12.15 -1.30 Skills auction* 1.30- 2.15 Lunch 2.15- 3.15 Talks 3.30- 4.30 Puja Please bring a vegan/veg plate to share. All welcome! *If you have a skill you would like to offer to be auctioned on this day, please get in touch with Bronwyn blcoulton@gmail.com Help us raise $2500 for the Melbourne Buddhist Centre!

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December 2018

Tea Ceremony – Serving Tea, Serving the Dharma

Sunday December 9, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

Siladasa will serve tea in the Chinese tradition for up to 9 guests. It is said that Tea and Zen have but one flavour, and the mindful way of Tea indeed provides the opportunity of insight and calm. Join Siladasa and friends for the simple pleasure of sharing tea and the Dharma in the leaf. Sunday 9 December, 2-4pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Dana Event - By Donation - Give What You Can Booking Essential: Click Here to Book…

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Tuesday Lunchtime Drop-in Meditation and Gathering

Tuesday December 25, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

Join Sangha for meditation and a social gathering on Christmas Day. All Welcome. Bring some vegetarian/vegan food to share. Lunch from 1.15pm to 2.30pm. Suitable for new and experienced meditators. Guidance is given for newcomers. The Centre is open from 12.00pm and the meditation starts at 12.30pm and finishes around 1.15pm. We alternate weekly, leading through the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana  (Development of Loving-Kindness) practices. We ask for a donation of $10 or $8 for concession card holders…

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