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February 2018

Women’s Weekend Retreat – Compassionate Communication

Friday February 9, 7:00 pm - Sunday February 11, 3:00 pm

Explore a compassionate connection to your inner dialogue. Discover the beauty within your responses and deepen your understanding of reactivity in communication. Experience ways to connect with empathy to yourself and others. Experience mindfulness and Metta Bhavana meditation. Enjoy the company of like minded women in the natural surroundings of the Yarra Valley. 7pm Friday 9 February to 3pm Sunday 11 February Suitable for women who are familiar with the meditations practiced at the MBC. Booking Essential: Book Online Here or…

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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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Sesshin Day Retreat – February 2018

Sunday February 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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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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Sesshin Day Retreat – March 2018

Sunday March 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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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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Sesshin Day Retreat – April 2018

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

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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May 2018

Sesshin Weekend Retreat

Friday May 18, 7:00 pm - Sunday May 20, 3:00 pm
Brisbane Ranges, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340
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A weekend of silence and meditation in a sesshin format.  Let go into the flow of consciousness with blocks of meditation practice and periods of silent reflection. Within each meditation block there will be sitting meditation alternating with walking meditation. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a deeper exploration of your meditation practice over a weekend of seclusion from the outside world in the natural surroundings of the Brisbane Ranges, west of Melbourne. Suitable for persons who are experienced with our…

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June 2018

Young Melbourne Buddhist Retreat – Breaking Free

Friday June 8, 7:00 pm - Monday June 11, 3:00 pm
Brisbane Ranges, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340
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The concern of Buddhist practice is to break the endless cycle of action and reaction and instead cultivate a creative mind, aligned with reality. This shift requires a move towards a progressive, positive chain of conditionality called ‘the spiral path’. On this 3 day retreat Chittaprabha and Khemadhamma will explore the spiral path and conditionality, engaging in meditation, discussion and ritual, in the beautiful surroundings of the Brisbane Ranges, west of Melbourne. Being on retreat allows the opportunity to take…

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Day Retreat for Men – Deepening Insight in a Dharma Community

Monday June 11, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Men familiar with our meditations are invited to join Siladasa in exploring the Triratna System of Practices, its traditional sources and why there is an emphasis on friendship in the spiritual community.  The benefits of a path of regular steps to Wisdom in the context of a commitment to a particular lineage of training will be presented. The day will include a suite of meditation practices, discussion of some core material from Sangharakshita, and conclude with collective devotional ritual (puja).…

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Sesshin Day Retreat – June 2018

Sunday June 24, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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July 2018

Sesshin Day Retreat – July 2018

Sunday July 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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August 2018

Sesshin Day Retreat – August 2018

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

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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MIND Fully Alive – 10 Day Meditation Retreat – Fully Booked

Friday August 17, 7:00 pm - Sunday August 26, 12:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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Fully Booked - Call the MBC to be put on a waiting list for this retreat. During this 10 day meditation retreat the Satipatthana Sutta will be the foundation teaching for developing an experiential connection with a focus on the 3rd Satipatthana ‘MIND’. Join Maitripala as she again shares her experience, reflections and practical skills to clarify and bring this teaching into our meditation practice and daily lives. This will be a continuing exploration for those participants that have attended…

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September 2018

Ratnasambhava’s Delight Day Retreat

Sunday September 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ratnasambhava’s Delight is a day retreat led by Amalavajra. On this day Amalavajra will invoke Rantnasambhava, the jewel-born Buddha of beauty, abundance and perfect generousity. Holding the jewel of Awakening, his other hand is outstretched in giving. Taste the delights of abundance, gratitude and generousity through the profound teachings of the yellow Buddha, Ratnasambhava. Amalavajra is a former investment banker, now living at Adhisthana and fundraising for Triratna through the FutureDharma Fund. Sunday 9 September, 10am to 5pm at the Melbourne…

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Sesshin Day Retreat – September 2018

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

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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October 2018

Sesshin Day Retreat – October 2018

Sunday October 21, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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Detox Your Heart Weekend Retreat

Friday October 26, 7:00 pm - Sunday October 28, 3:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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A weekend retreat based on Vimalasara's book - Detox Your Heart - Meditations on Emotional Trauma. This retreat focuses on the first stage of the Metta Bhavana and for people who are working with the sharp edges of suffering that come from childhood experiences. Compassionate Dharma will create the context for us to explore our self-harming behaviours and begin to let go. Vimalasara will take retreatants on a compassionate journey to help us work with our addictive and compulsive behaviours.…

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November 2018

Heroic Hearts Family Weekend Retreat

Friday November 9, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 11, 3:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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A weekend retreat for parents and children focused on the development of compassionate action and resilience in our daily lives as parents and children. The retreat will involve discussion, meditation, and playful activities including sports, arts and drama.  "At first one should meditate intently on the equality of oneself and others as follows: ‘All equally experience suffering and happiness. I should look after them as I do myself.’ Just as the body, with its many parts form divisions into hand and…

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Invoking the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Sunday November 11, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Day retreat for regular friends of the centre, dedicated to invoking some of the pantheon of Great Buddha's & Bodhisattva's we may encounter through Triratna Buddhist practice -  Shakyamuni Buddha, Green Tara, Amitabha, Amogasiddhi, Ratnasambhava, Aksobhya and Padmasambhava - we will invoke each of these great beings through Meditation, Reflection and the Chanting of their Mantra's, to help encourage us to develop the spiritual qualities they embody. Led by Padmasiddhi. Please feel free to bring with you your favourite…

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Young Melbourne Buddhists Weekend Retreat

Friday November 16, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 18, 3:00 pm
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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A Young Melbourne Buddhists retreat led by Dhammakumāra, an ordained Buddhist within the Triratna Buddhist Order and Itir who is training for ordination. During this weekend retreat we will explore the potential of the mind through connecting with one of the most important figures of the later Buddhist tradition, Vajrasattva, the Prince of Purity. Vajrasattva's archetype represents the 'myth of the return journey' through which we move from alienation to homecoming to our true nature. During this weekend we will explore…

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Sesshin Day Retreat – November 2018

Sunday November 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get into the Flow of Positive Consciousness In the Zen tradition a sesshin is an intensive period of meditation to transform the heart-mind. Literally sesshin means touching the heart-mind and is also referred to as gathering the mind. This is achieved through a program of continuous mindful practice, whether sitting, standing. walking or eating. Join Apada and Padmasiddhi for a 6 hour sesshin at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, involving 6 meditation sessions of between 40 and 30 minutes with walking…

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