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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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May 2017

Words That Awaken – A Young Dharma Retreat

Friday May 5, 7:00 pm - Sunday May 7, 3:00 pm

Join the Young Melbourne Buddhists on a weekend retreat in May. Under the guidance of Rijumayi and Dantacitta, we will be exploring the theme of Wisdom by studying, reflecting and meditating on sutta's (Buddha's words). This is an opportunity to take your practice deeper, away from the usual distractions and stresses, to gain a richer experience of yourself and others. There will also be plenty of time to unwind and reconnect. Suitable for those 18 to 35 years and are familiar…

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Sesshin Day Retreat May

Sunday May 21, 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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June 2017

Sesshin Day Retreat June 2017

Sunday June 25, 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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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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Sesshin Day Retreat July

Sunday July 23, 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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August 2017

Kindfully Alive – 10 Day Retreat

Friday August 11, 7:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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This Retreat is now Fully Booked Please email the MBC if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this retreat. On this 10 day retreat we will be setting up ideal conditions for you to pay gentle attention to everything....and tenderly touch mindfulness with heart. In a relaxed and spacious atmosphere the aim is to increase levels of awareness both on and off the meditation mat, using the Satipatthana Sutta as our guide. Our aim is to bring the…

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