JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE – 19 and 20 April

Eight friends will each walk a 100 kilometre journey together from the mountains of Warburton into the city, finishing in Brunswick at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. Setting out on Friday 19 April, they have 48 hours to complete the 100 kilometre trail. Along the way there will periods of silence and chanting, meeting up with their Support Team for meal and rest breaks and supporting each other as they each face the inner and outer challenges of this epic journey.

THEY NEED TO RAISE $8000. THEY CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU – THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO COMPLETE THIS JOURNEY AND REACH THEIR GOAL.

Please support these 8 determined friends by donating generously to the Melbourne Buddhist Centre

All donations over $2 are tax deductable

Bronwyn and Rachel talk about their challenge of walking 100km
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Journey to the Centre Walking Team: Robyn Overall, Bronwyn Coulton, Rachel Morton, Rob Thomas, Matt Manning, Viryasiddhi, Sanghapurna and Apada

Give Your Moral Support to the Team: Email your message of encouragement to office@melbournebuddhistcentre.org.au and it will be added to this page.

Meet the Team

From Robyn: “I didn’t hesitate in saying yes when asked to join one of the teams for this walk. Part of the reason for this is that I tend to embrace most opportunities for testing my endurance with outdoorsy activities. There’s no way this is going to be a walk in the park (ha!) and it’s only just sinking in as to the commitment I’ve made. But I feel reasonably comfortable right now because of the kindness and compassion of the team and the generosity of our Sangha. Bring it on!
I will be so pleased if the efforts I make help support the Dharma in Melbourne. I couldn’t think of a worthier cause.”

Robyn Overall

Training Updates

The Team has started an extensive program of training walks in the lead up the Journey to the Centre. Check out below how we are going.

  • Can't stop Bronwyn and Sanghapurna doing some extra training during a 40km training walk

Messages of Support

A deep bow of thanks to all the team members undertaking our fundraising walk for the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. What an inspiration to all of us and a true expression of dana – may we all support you

Linda Williams

Our teacher, Sangharakshita, once described the spiritual path as “a journey of progressive steps”. A journey in which every step occurs within a context and establishes the conditions in which other steps may arise. In this sense, the journey itself becomes synonymous with the destination. They are not separate… they are one. 

So, we might wonder how many progressive steps there are to be walked in 100kms. Might it be 100,000? Might it be 200,000?

Our friends are engaging in this journey to travel together as spiritual friends. To traverse a massive distance that brings them towards and into the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. To discover something about themselves and each other on the way. And to raise our collective awareness of the journey that each of us make together, as a Sangha, in our collaborative discovery and practice of the Dharma.

So please open your hearts to these spiritual travelers, and sponsor their efforts for the benefit of many

Maitrkasin

I wish you birdsong, cooling winds and much stamina during this epic adventure. I’m sure it’ll be filled with many joys including deepening of friendship, and commitment to the sangha. Thank you for doing it for all of us.

Amaara

Wow – Walking 100 kilometres to raise funds for the Melbourne Buddhist Centre -what a mammoth effort.  I salute your determination, generosity and clarity. May this ‘largesse’ adventure inspire everyone to donate so that our centre can continue to shine the lamp of the Dharma.  

Dantacitta