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September 2016

Meeting Milarepa Open Weekend Retreat

Friday September 16, 2016, 7:00 pm - Sunday September 18, 2016, 3:00 pm

Join Gambhiraja from New South Wales for a weekend exploring Milarepa the famous Tibetan hermit and meditation master. Be inspired by this 11th Century Tibetan yogi who is a major figure in the Kagyu School of Buddhism. Open to all who know our practices. Full Waged $230, Low Waged $165, Concession $120 Book online now

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Meeting Milarepa Women’s Retreat

Sunday September 18, 2016

Spend a week meditating with Milarepa Milarepa is generally considered one of Tibet's most famous yogis and poets. We will explore Milarepa’s advice to those seeking liberation and explore the possibilities that nature gives us to deepen our experience of Reality. This will help us go deeper into the cave of our own minds. Led by Sudaya, Gambhiraja and friends Milarepa The retreat is open to those women with experience of our meditation practices and some…

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Sesshin Day Retreat September 2016

Sunday September 25, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the Zen Buddhist tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind, also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continual practice. Join Apada for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions interleaved with walking meditation and chanting. Besides chanting, the sesshin is conducted in silence, allowing an accumulative effect of each meditation to develop an intensity…

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October 2016

Five Factors of Absorption

Friday October 21, 2016

Friday 21 October to Sunday 23October Spend the weekend with Lokeshvara exploring the Five ‘Dhyana' Factors which give us access to really positive, sustained states of mind, which in turn is the most positive condition for reflection on the nature of reality. Lokeshvara will be relating the Five Dhyana Factors to daily life and to meditation with simple instruction and exercises but also looking at them as a neat set of life reminders which we can call: setting off, giving…

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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

Open Day Retreat with Lokeshvara – Training in Fearlessness – Fully Booked Out

Sunday November 6, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Entering the Forest - Training in Fearlessness In most cultures and traditions of the world entering the forest has always had an ambiguous double meaning.  The forest was a place of refuge in times of war and upheaval and place where you flee from the excesses of humanity.  Often this journey was made quickly with little preparation, though it was also the place where truth seekers went to still the mind away from the bustle and business of the marketplace.…

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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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Sesshin Day Retreat December

Sunday December 11, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the Zen Buddhist tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind, also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continual practice. Join Apada for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions interleaved with walking meditation and chanting. Besides chanting, the sesshin is conducted in silence, allowing an accumulative effect of each meditation to develop an intensity…

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Mandalas of Practice

Saturday December 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mandalas are a traditional way to present the path of unfolding wisdom and practice. In this half day workshop we will look at our system of meditation, which is also a schema for the whole of our spiritual practice, through the 'eyes' of the mandala.   Led by Dharmananda For Mitras and Order Members at the MBC only. This day is not open to the general public.     Saturday 17 December 1pm – 5pm $40 Full Waged, $30 Low…

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Study Day – Mangala Sutta with Dharmananda

Sunday December 18, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrowed freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated, this is the greatest blessing - Buddha (Mangala Sutra) Mangala Sutta is customarily chanted for blessings on auspicious occasions. Mangala means blessing, auspicious or good omen. The Sutta contains thirty-eight blessings which are ethical and spiritual in nature, providing a step-by-step training on the journey of life. It contains Buddha’s advice and guidance for the ‘novice’ of life, and ultimately leads one to…

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January 2017

Day Meditation Workshop – Learn to Meditate in 2017

Sunday January 15, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Start 2017 with Clarity and an Open Heart In this day workshop/retreat you will learn the basic principles and practice of meditation. You will be introduced to two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation by an experienced Buddhist meditation practitioner. Get great tips on meditation and how to set up a daily practice. Bring the positive benefits of meditation into your life. Sunday 15 January 10am to 5pm at the MBC. Lunch provided. Suitable for…

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The World is Burning – What can I do?

Sunday January 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Day Retreat with Maitripala A day of activity, meditation and reflection to identify your next step to ease suffering in the world. Open to all who know our meditation practices $90 Full Waged, $70 Low Waged, $50 Concession Booking Essential: Book Online Here or at the MBC

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February 2017

Day Retreat – The Buddha as Supreme Physician

Sunday February 5, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The human condition is characterised by distress and suffering and the Buddha was described as the Supreme Physician who diagnosed the causes and advised on the remedy. In this day retreat with Padmasiddhi & Siladasa, the ancient medical formula of disease, cause and cure will be explored with the Buddha's teachings, to identify practical ways of expanding our awareness and acting more creatively and skilfully. The day retreat will utilise presentations, workshop discussion, reflections and periods of meditation. All those…

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Sesshin Day Retreat February

Sunday February 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the Zen Buddhist tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind, also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continual practice. Join Apada for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions interleaved with walking meditation and chanting. Besides chanting, the sesshin is conducted in silence, allowing an accumulative effect of each meditation to develop an intensity…

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Weekend Retreat – Elemental Archetypes

Friday February 24, 7:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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Dharmamati will explore the Elemental Archetypes, Earth, Water Fire and Air. Discover the qualities of each archetype and their relevance to Dharma practice.   Experience the elements on retreat in the natural surroundings of the Yarra Ranges.         7pm Friday 24 February to 3pm Sunday 26 February Suitable for those who know our meditation practices Booking essential: Book online here or at the MBC Full Waged $230, Low Waged $165, Concession $120  

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March 2017

Day Retreat with Bodhipaksa – Letting Go into Joy

Sunday March 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Booked Out In this workshop we’ll explore and practice tools that help us to bring more calmness, energy, and joy into our meditation practice, so that we can move toward a meditative state of “flow.” It’s hard to open a page in the Buddhist scriptures without coming across a reference to  meditative states called “jhanas” (Sanskrit, dhyanas). Many contemporary meditators assume that these experiences are unattainable by all but perhaps the most gifted of practitioners. Many develop an aversion to jhana, and even question…

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Sesshin Day Retreat March

Sunday March 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the Zen Buddhist tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind, also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continual practice. Join Apada for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions interleaved with walking meditation and chanting. Besides chanting, the sesshin is conducted in silence, allowing an accumulative effect of each meditation to develop an intensity…

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April 2017

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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Sesshin Day Retreat April

Sunday April 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the Zen Buddhist tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind, also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continual practice. Join Apada for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation session with walking meditation in between each session. The Sesshin is conducted in silence, allowing an accumulative effect of each meditation to develop a momentum and…

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The Fruits of the Homeless Life – A Day of Study

Sunday April 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An investigation of the ancient Buddhist system of meditation. The Path of Tranquility and the Path of Directly Seeing. Through a study of this complex Sutta we will review how we approach our meditation practice. Join Saddhavijaya and Manjusiddha as they explore their latest study reflections. This day retreat is for anyone who has completed an "Introduction to Buddhist Meditation " course or in one of our study groups and has a daily meditation practice. You will have read the Sutta…

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