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March 2018

Order/Mitra Weekend Retreat with Lokeshvara

Friday March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm - Sunday March 18, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Sunday May 20, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Monday June 11, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Sunday August 26, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Sunday October 28, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 11, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 18, 2018, 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, 2018, 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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December 2018

Sesshin Day Retreat – December 2018

Sunday December 16, 2018, 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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Ways to Insight – 5 Day Retreat with Maitreyabandhu – Now Fully Booked

Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 pm - Tuesday January 1, 2019, 3:00 pm
Brisbane Ranges, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340
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Now Fully Booked "The meaning and purpose of Buddhist meditation is to gain insight into the true nature of reality and thereby become a force for good in the world". On this retreat we’ll explore the cultivation of Wisdom through meditation and daily-life practice and show how this leads to love for all. We’ll be exploring this on the basis of a 'fit mind’ - a mind that’s healthy and positive enough to turn towards reality. The retreat will consist…

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January 2019

With Devotion Strive On – A Day Retreat for Under 35s

Saturday January 26, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

January is often the time we ponder upon new plans and resolutions: •What does a Buddhist resolution look like? •How can we tread the middle way, transcending striving and procrastination? During this day retreat, we will explore faith and devotion as a means to commit to our goals of a new year ahead. All Under 35s are Welcome, no prior experience necessary. Saturday 26 January, 1pm to 7pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. $40 Full Waged and $20 Concession. Bring…

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Silent Meditation Day Retreat – January

Sunday January 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

  GET INTO THE FLOW OF POSITIVE CONSCIOUSNESS A day of silent meditation to discover a deeper level of consciousness and practice. Involving 6 meditation sessions of 30 to 45 minutes with walking meditation in between to allow a momentum of practice to build throughout the day while allowing the body to stretch. Transform your idea of meditation and where it can take you in a supportive and friendly environment. Sunday 27 January 2019, 10am to 4pm at the Melbourne…

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February 2019

Woman’s Weekend Retreat – Booked Out

Friday February 1, 7:00 pm - Sunday February 3, 3:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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A weekend retreat exploring the wisdom and mystery of the Heart Sutra with like-minded woman. The Heart Sutra is one of the most profound Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. Join Sudaya as she brings alive the meaning of the Sutra and the consequences for our Dharma practice. 7pm Friday 1 February to 3pm Sunday 3 February Suitable for woman who know our meditation practices. $230 Full Waged, $190 Low Waged and $130 Concession This retreat is booked out.

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Silent Meditation Day Retreat – February

Sunday February 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street VIC 3056 Australia + Google Map

GET INTO THE FLOW OF POSITIVE CONSCIOUSNESS A day of silent meditation to discover a deeper level of consciousness and practice. Involving 6 meditation sessions of 30 to 45 minutes with walking meditation in between to allow a momentum of practice to build throughout the day while allowing the body to stretch. Transform your idea of meditation and where it can take you in a supportive and friendly environment. Sunday 17 February 2019, 10am to 4pm at the Melbourne Buddhist…

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