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August 2016

Meditation Olympics

Saturday August 20, 2016, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Join us for an epic fund-raising event. Meditate for 12 hours and raise money for the Melbourne Buddhist Centre

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Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Wednesday August 31, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Six Week Course 31 August to 5 October - 7.30pm to 9.30pm Learn traditional Buddhist meditation practices that will transform your life from an experienced meditation teacher Learn the essential meditation practices of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana) Discover that meditation is more than calming the mind; it's a life changing practice Develop an effective meditation practice with the weekly support of experienced meditation teachers You will be led through a guided meditation practice each…

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September 2016

Introduction to Buddhism

Saturday September 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - Sunday September 4, 2016, 5:00 pm

Siladasa, ordained for 24 years in the Triratna Buddhist Order, will introduce the tenets of the Buddhist tradition over a weekend intensive course. The core philosophies and practices and their relevance and application to everyday life will be explained. There will be ample opportunity for enquiry and discussion. Course notes and further reading/listening references will  be supplied.  Led by Siladasa   Suitable for those new to or interested in Buddhism. Held at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. Includes a light lunch…

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October 2016

Buddha and his Teaching – Beyond the Wheel of Life

Wednesday October 5, 2016, 7:30 pm - Wednesday October 26, 2016, 9:30 pm

"The Buddha and his Teaching: Beyond the Wheel of Life" The MBC invites you to join Siladasa in a 4 week course that introduces the tenets of the Buddhist tradition based on an ancient symbol called the Wheel of Life. This remarkable illustration represents the key teachings of the historical Buddha about the mind as source of human experience, and how insight into the nature of mind allows liberation from the suffering of mundane existence. This course is suitable for those new to Buddhism and…

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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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News Years Eve Event at the MBC

Saturday December 31, 2016, 7:00 pm - Sunday January 1, 2017, 12:00 am

This New Years Eve Celebrate Kindness This Event is now Fully Booked - But you can join us from 10.50pm for the New Years Puja by Donation. The positive alternative to bringing in the New Year. Spend an evening with friends at the MBC focusing on kindness so we can step into 2017 with an open heart. A night of Metta, meditation, reflection and puja. An opportunity to reflect on the kindness we have received during the year and looking…

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January 2017

Day Meditation Workshop – Learn to Meditate in 2017

Sunday January 15, 2017, 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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February 2017

Learn to Meditate and Find Freedom – 8 Week Introductory Course – Booked Out

Wednesday February 1, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An Eight Week Meditation Course 8 Wednesdays from 1 February to 22 March – 7.30pm to 9.30pm Over the 8 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal…

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Day Retreat – The Buddha as Supreme Physician

Sunday February 5, 2017, 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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Young Dharma Nights

Saturday February 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha's teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation, a Dharma talk, and time for reflection and discussion. No bookings or experience in meditation is necessary. Looking forward to seeing you at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre! Join us on…

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Sesshin Day Retreat February

Sunday February 19, 2017, 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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Fit Mind, Free Heart: A Practical Course in Buddhism

Wednesday February 22, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

8 Week Course, Starting 22 February Immerse yourself in Buddhist principles and practices during this eight-week journey aimed at strengthening the mind and freeing the heart. During this course, we will take on practical week-by-week exercises, focusing on cultivating mindful awareness, integrating and simplifying our lives, and truly being ourselves. The course is based on the book  ‘The Journey and the Guide’ written by prize winning poet, best-selling author, and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Maitreyabandhu. This book offers…

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March 2017

Breathworks – Mindfulness for Stress 8 Week Course

Wednesday March 1, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Do You Suffer From Stress? This course is suitable for anyone experiencing stress associated with chronic illness, work, relationships, loss and other factors outside your control. Also for those who want to learn strategies to deal with the general complexity and pace of modern life. Breathworks was developed by Vidyamala Burch, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community who has used mindfulness to manage stress and severe chronic spinal pain for over 25 years. We can't always choose what happens…

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Day Retreat with Bodhipaksa – Letting Go into Joy

Sunday March 12, 2017, 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, 2017, 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

Learn to Meditate – 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday April 5, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Triratna 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday April 6, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the Melbourne Buddhist Centre as we rejoice in our connection to the Triratna Buddhist Community worldwide. We will bring this to life with a Triratna Metta Bhavana at 7.30pm in the main shrineroom. This will be followed by Birthday Cake, a video presentation of Triratna around the world and concluding with a Rededication Ceremony. All Welcome - Thursday 6 April from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm As usual there will an introduction to meditation session from 7.30pm - 8.30pm in the downstairs…

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Dharma in the Leaf – Day Event

Sunday April 9, 2017, 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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In the Buddha’s Words – 4 Week Introductory Course in Buddhism

Wednesday April 12, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  Go back to the source and learn about Buddhism from the words of the Buddha himself. Siladasa, will present the essential teachings of the Buddhist tradition drawn directly from the oldest Pali Canon sources, the earliest teachings of the Buddha. This 4 week course will be suitable for those new to the tradition and for those more familiar. Learn about the axial principle of conditional-arising (encompassing karmic law), the need for ethics and meditation for the cultivation of wisdom and…

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NO- Young Dharma Nights This Week

Saturday April 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  Young Dharma Nights is taking a break this week.  We will be back on the 22nd of April. Join us on Facebook for more details.

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Sesshin Day Retreat April

Sunday April 16, 2017, 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, 2017, 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

No Young Dharma Nights This Week- Young Dharma Retreat Weekend-

Saturday May 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  We will be on retreat this weekend so there will be no YDN this week. For more information on the Young Dharma retreat : http://melbournebuddhistcentre.org.au/event/words-that-awaken-a-young-dharma-retreat/ Join us on Facebook for more details.

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Buddha Day

Saturday May 13, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This most significant Buddhist festival, celebrating the Buddha's realisation, his Enlightenment under a tree in India over 2500 years ago, is seen by Buddhists as the most momentous event in human history. The Buddha's attainment, his freedom from suffering  is our inspiration to practice. Join the Sangha from the 11am meditation class to rejoice in the Buddha, culminating in a 7 Fold Puja. Open to All - Bring your friends and family Buddha Day Program 11am to 12pm - Meditation…

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No Young Dharma Nights- Buddha Day Festival –

Saturday May 13, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We won't have our usual Young Dharma Nights this weekend due to Buddha Day celebrations. Please join us at the MBC during the day for a shared lunch, meditation and very special puja. There will be a Young Dharma Sangha Social dinner at 5pm which you are welcome to join. More details on Buddha Day: http://melbournebuddhistcentre.org.au/event/buddha-day/ Join us on Facebook for more details.

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Learn to Meditate – A 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday May 17, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Sesshin Day Retreat May

Sunday May 21, 2017, 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

More Leaves, More Dharma

Sunday June 4, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This Event is Now Fully Booked Join Siladasa as he continues his exploration of Dharma in the Leaf, cultivating tranquility and insight in the preparation and service of 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 his journey so far with the…

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Epic Puja Fundraiser

Saturday June 10, 2017, 12:30 pm - Sunday June 11, 2017, 12:30 am

Dantacitta is embarking on an Epic Puja The Melbourne Buddhist Centre presents a 12 hour epic Puja fundraiser. The Melbourne Buddhist Centre Chairperson, Dantacitta will be endeavouring to sit through all 12 hours of puja, a Buddhist devotional practice of mantra chanting, reciting Buddhist texts and the making of offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There will be 12 individual pujas that will be starting at half past the hour from 12.30pm 10 June to 12.30am 11 June. You can…

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Exploring the Wheel of Life – A Weekend Seminar

Saturday June 10, 2017, 2:00 pm - Sunday June 11, 2017, 1:00 pm

  The Wheel of Life is an incredible depiction of the Buddha’s teaching of the 12 nidana chain of dependent origination from the Tibetan tradition. It tells the story from ignorance to feeling to grasping to craving that drives us to repeat unhelpful tendencies. Learn about the 6 realms of existence and the 3 root poisons. Buddhadasa with over 40 years of Dharma practice will guide you through the symbols and mythology to get to the depth of the teaching…

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Sesshin Day Retreat June 2017

Sunday June 25, 2017, 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, 2017, 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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Learn to Meditate – 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday July 5, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Dharma Day Festival

Saturday July 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come and hear the Buddha's words on Dharma Day. The teachings of the Buddha, the Dharma, have come down to us today over the span of 2500 years. The Buddha first decided to teach when he saw that there were those with little dust in their eyes that would be able to see the truth of his teachings. Today we have been fortunate to find the Dharma and have the opportunity to follow the Path of the teachings for ourselves.…

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Buddhist Principles: Essentials for a Better Life – 6 Week Buddhism Course

Wednesday July 12, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Discover the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life for the better. Join Padmasiddhi and Apada, Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order to explore and make sense of the many teachings that have come down to us from the Buddhist Tradition. Learn the core teachings and practices, and discover their relevance and application to everyday life. There will be ample opportunity for inquiry and discussion. Course notes and further reading/listening references will be supplied. ‘What the…

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Sesshin Day Retreat July

Sunday July 23, 2017, 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

Exploring the Three Fold Path

Tuesday August 1, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Over four sessions we will be exploring Buddhist practices though discussion, study and activities. In the final week, participants will have the opportunity to share projects, either individually or in small groups. Projects are a chance to reflect more deeply and share with the group any aspects of the ethics, meditation or wisdom that has struck a chord during the course. This is suitable for those with prior knowledge of Buddhism, interested in taking their understanding deeper. If you're not…

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Sesshin Day Retreat August 2017

Sunday August 27, 2017, 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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Learn to Meditate – 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday August 30, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Buddhist Principles – Essentials for a Better Life

Wednesday August 30, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Siladasa to discover the essential principles of Buddhism framed within the traditional Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom. We will examine the nature of ethics and its implication for compassionate living, along with the relationship between ethics and meditation and the cultivation of wisdom within the Buddhist tradition. The emphasis will be as much on practice as on the understanding of the teachings with the opportunity to explore how to engage with this path in contemporary urban life.…

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September 2017

Young Dharma Nights

Saturday September 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  A Fortnightly gathering of young people interested in Buddhism Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha's teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation, a Dharma talk, and time for reflection and discussion. No bookings or experience in meditation is necessary. Looking forward to…

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Sesshin Day Retreat September 2017

Sunday September 17, 2017, 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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Young Dharma Nights

Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

There is no Young Dharma Night this Saturday 23 September and we encourage you to go on the weekend retreat. A Fortnightly gathering of young people interested in Buddhism Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha's teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation,…

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October 2017

Young Dharma Nights

Saturday October 7, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday December 30, 2017

A FORTNIGHTLY GATHERING OF YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BUDDHISM Are you under 35 (or young at heart) and interested in Buddhism? Come along to Young Dharma Nights! This is a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the Buddha’s teachings in a casual and supportive environment. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The evening generally includes some meditation, a Dharma talk, and time for reflection and discussion. No bookings or experience in meditation is necessary. Looking forward to seeing…

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Learn to Meditate – 6 Week Introductory Course

Wednesday October 11, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Dr Ambedkar Festival Day

Saturday October 14, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

At this festival day we commemorate the return of Buddhism to India when Dr Ambedkar and his Dalit followers chose Buddhism as the path of freedom from the caste system over 60 years ago. His legacy continues to inspire generations of oppressed people to take effective action to find their way to freedom from discrimination and disadvantage. Come and find out more about Dr Ambedkar and the connection between his followers with the Triratna Buddhist Community. Starting at 12pm with a shared vegetarian…

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Sesshin Day Retreat October 2017

Sunday October 22, 2017, 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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November 2017

Sangha Day

Saturday November 4, 2017, 12:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Sangha Day is one the three festival days celebrating each of the 3 Jewels. A day of rejoicing in the Sangha, Spiritual Community, and our connection with one another. Starting with a shared lunch and ending in the Sangha Day Puja. Program 12.15pm to 1.30pm Shared Lunch. Bring vegan or vegetarian food to share 1.30pm to 3.30pm Program of presentations and activities focused on the Spiritual Community 3.30pm to 4.30pm Sangha Day Puja with Mitra Ceremony Dana Event - By…

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Young Dharma Nights

Saturday November 18, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  Young Dharma Night will not be held on this night due to many of our young people attending the Sangha weekend retreat (17-19 November) which you are invited to attend. See Link below. Link to Sangha Retreat

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December 2017

Meditation Day Workshop

Sunday December 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  The Melbourne Buddhist Centre and Maitripala invite all those who completed an Introduction to Meditation Course in 2016 and 2017 to a follow-up Day Meditation Workshop. Experienced meditation teacher, Maitripala will lead a day meditation refresher workshop, exploring ways to make your practice more effective and engaging and freeing blockages in your practice. Before the year draws to a close, refresh, reinvigorate and deepen your practice and head into 2018 with a clear mind and kind heart. Sunday 10 December, 10am to…

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New Years Eve – Open Up To Your Potential

Sunday December 31, 2017, 7:00 pm - Monday January 1, 2018, 12:00 am

See in the New Year with friends at the MBC, as we share meditation, reflection and puja. Our evening together will commence at 7pm with meditation followed by a delicious supper. Welcome in the New Year with a puja concluding at midnight. Screening the movie Samsara, a documentary by Ron Friske, exploring our planet from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of spirituality and the human experience, taking the form of a non-verbal guided meditation. Booking…

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January 2018

Meditation Intro Day Workshop

Sunday January 14, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

In this day workshop/retreat you will learn the basic principles of meditation and the connection to our daily lives. You will be introduced to two core meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation by an experienced Buddhist meditation practitioner. Get essential tips on meditation and how to set up an effective daily practice. In these meditation practices encounter groundedness and clarity leading to acceptance and an opening of the heart to ourselves and others. Bring the…

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Introducing the Buddhist Path – Day Retreat

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

This Day Retreat is now Fully Booked Next Introduction to Buddhism Course is a 6 week course starting Wednesday 7 February. Click here Spend a day discovering the basic principles of Buddhism that will help transform your life. Understand the human condition from a Buddhist perspective and the path of wisdom, ethics and meditation that leads to a life of greater clarity and compassion. Join Buddhist practitioners Padmasiddhi and Apada as they present the teachings of the Buddha. If you have…

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Sesshin Day Retreat – January 2018 – Now Fully Booked

Sunday January 28, 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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February 2018

Mindfulness of the Heart Day Retreat

Sunday February 4, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Danapriya visiting from the UK, will led this day retreat focusing on engaging the heart and mind in the first stage of the Metta Bhavana practice, love and kindness to oneself. Using exercises, yoga, meditation and puja, Danapriya will open the way to a mindful heart.     Sunday 4 February 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Suitable for those familiar with the meditation practices taught at the MBC. Please bring some vegan or vegetarian food to share…

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Introduction to Meditation – 6 Week Course

Wednesday February 7, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Buddhism Introduction Course – Essentials for a Better Life

Wednesday February 7, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Discover over 6 weeks the essential Buddhist principles that have the potential to change your life for the better. Join Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order to explore and make sense of the many inspiring teachings that have come down to us from the Buddhist Tradition. Learn the core teachings and practices, and discover their relevance and application to everyday life. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion to clarify the teachings. ‘What the Buddha attained, we too…

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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

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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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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Mindfulness for Health – Breathworks 8 Week Course

Friday April 6, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Do you suffer from persistent pain, illness, stress or any other condition that has affected your health or wellbeing? Breathworks will teach you mindfulness skills to improve your quality of life and your health, including: How to manage pain, illness and fatigue in everyday life How to breathe into the present moment, relax and find choice Breath and body awareness Mindfulness meditation practice Cultivate kindness towards yourself 8 Fridays from 6 April from 9.30am to 11.30am To find out if this…

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Meditation Course – Training the Mind to be Aware and Kind

Wednesday April 11, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Intermediate Buddhism Course – 6 Week Course

Wednesday April 11, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Freedom and Transformation Led by Rijumayi Explore Buddhist ethics and deepen your practice through discussion, meditation, study and activities. What does Ahimsa (non harm) mean and how do we take the teaching to heart in our lives? How do we learn not to shy away from grey areas in our conduct and be confident in our choices when criticised or feel we are swimming against the tide? The six week course will delve into the precepts, the Buddhas teachings on…

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Breaking the Cake – An Afternoon in the Way of Tea

Sunday April 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There is only room for 9 guests to enjoy Tea and Dharma as Siladasa breaks open a cake of Purple Red Tea from Yunnan, that has been aged and rested for 2 years since production. There will be many bowls to be shared as this tea has great ‘patience’, enabling multiple steeping in the pot to delight the senses and stir the imagination. And in between, silence and peace. Sunday 15 April, 2pm to 4pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre…

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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

Young Melbourne Buddhist Gathering

Saturday May 19, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A weekly gathering of young people, 18 to 35, interested in Buddhism. An evening of meditation, Buddhism and community. This week at YMB we are exploring the 'five great stages of the path'. This formulation of the path was re-emphasized by Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist community. These stages, which are also called 'the system of practice', include integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity. In more practical terms Sangharakshita summarizes these stages as five simple precepts: Keep up…

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The Journey and the Guide – A Practical Course in Buddhism

Wednesday May 23, 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm

  Immerse yourself in Buddhist principles and practices during this eight-week journey aimed at strengthening the mind and freeing the heart. During this course, we will take on practical week-by-week exercises, focusing on cultivating mindful awareness, integrating and simplifying our lives, and truly being ourselves. Led by Manjusiddha and Tejopala. The course is based on the book  ‘The Journey and the Guide’ written by prize winning poet, best-selling author, and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Maitreyabandhu. This book offers…

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Meditation Course – 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday May 23, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Over the 6 weeks of this meditation course, you will explore the transforming power of meditation – the development of clarity of mind and openness of heart. In this way freeing up the mind from habitual patterns to be able to choose a path of creativity and positive emotion. Take this opportunity to discover for yourself more kindness, ease and contentment to deal with the ups and downs of life. Each week this course will involve guided meditation sessions, presentations…

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Buddha Day Festival

Saturday May 26, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Sangha in this special celebration of the emergence of the Buddha, the Awakened One, over 2500 years ago. There will meditation, devotional practice (puja), Dharma talks, Buddha quiz and a shared lunch. We will be starting the day with the 11am Saturday meditation class. All Welcome 11am      Drop-in Meditation class 12pm      Shared vegetarian/vegan lunch 1pm        Dharma Talks and reflections 2.30pm   Buddha Trivia quiz in teams and tea break…

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June 2018

Young Melbourne Buddhist Gathering

Saturday June 2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A weekly gathering of young people, 18 to 35, interested in Buddhism. An evening of meditation, Buddhism and community.

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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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Young Melbourne Buddhist Gathering

Saturday June 16, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  A weekly gathering of young people, 18 to 35, interested in Buddhism. An evening of meditation, Buddhism and community.

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Triratna Triathlon – A MBC Fundraiser Event

Saturday June 23, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

The Triratna Triathlon is a team based fundraiser for the MBC, comprising three activities - meditation, treasure hunt and puja. Sponsor a team and support the MBC! Simply deposit into the MBC account with the team number as the reference. Let the team member know that you are sponsoring them. BSB 063123, Account 10210022 or approach any of the team members in person to give your generous support. Team 1 : The Dharma Crew - Viryasiddhi, Max, Padmamanas and Toby Team…

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Young Melbourne Buddhist Gathering

Saturday June 23, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A weekly gathering of young people, 18 to 35, interested in Buddhism. An evening of meditation, Buddhism and community. This Saturday we invite you to take part in the Triratna Triathlon which is happening from 10am to 5pm. Show your support and join in the meditation and 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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