Buddhism

The basic message of Buddhism is simple:

  • we can’t depend on anything to be permanent
  • our actions have consequences
  • we can change for the better
  • Buddhism speaks to all kinds of people regardless of their gender, gender identity,  race,  sexuality or nationality.

We present a range of courses, classes, seminars and retreats for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, offering the opportunity to expand your understanding of Buddhism, its principles and practices.

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April 2020

A Practical Course in Enlightenment – 8 Week Online Course

Sunday April 19, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

How can you make the most of your life right now? This 8 week online course led by Varadhi sets out to answer this most basic question. Based on Maitreyabhandu’s popular book Journey and the Guide, this course will provide practical tools and reflections to help you kick start and sustain a life long journey in understanding yourself and the nature of Reality.  There has never been a better time to reflect on life's purpose than now… 8 Weeks from…

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May 2020

Buddha Puja – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday May 7, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the lead up to the Buddha Day Festival, join Apada for a special puja inspired by the Buddha Shakyamuni, who rediscovered the path to Enlightenment over 2500 years ago. Join us on Zoom for the Buddha Puja by clicking the Zoom Link below. Please Donate what you can by clicking the Donate Now Button below. If you are having difficulties joining the talk, call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support

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Buddha Day Festival

Saturday May 9, 11:00 am - 6:30 pm

Celebrate Enlightenment Join the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Sangha in this special celebration of the emergence of the Buddha, the Awakened One, over 2500 years ago with a program of local and international events. "The Buddha was born as we are born. What the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome." - Sangharakshita Due to the MBC closure and ongoing restriction on gatherings, Mitra ceremonies have been postponed until we can all gather at the MBC again. Buddha Day Talk - 12.30pm…

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Meeting the Buddha – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday May 14, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following on from the Buddha Day Festival, Varadhi will share some of the stories of the life of the Buddha and reflect their on the relevance to living a meaningful life. Meet the Buddha and discover his radical approach to wisdom and compassion. If you are having difficulties joining the talk call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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Thursday Night Zoom Event – The Buddha and Silence

Thursday May 21, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Buddha was very fond of silence and solitude. Ironic as it is, Jonathan will be giving a talk on this subject, using teachings from the Pali canon and experiences from his own life.  To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button. If you are having difficulties joining the talk call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support

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Young Melbourne Buddhists – Special Guest Saturdays

Saturday May 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Melbourne Buddhists Saturday gatherings are back with a difference, we will be online with Zoom. For a limited time only, join this weekly series where special guests from our community will talk about what Buddhist practice means to them. This gathering will be limited to an hour and will include a short meditation, a talk and a time for Q and A. First up, we hear from Anthony, who has been coming along to YMB for some months. Open…

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Buddhism Course – The Wheel of Life

Wednesday May 27, 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Explore the mysterious Buddhist teachings depicted in the Wheel of Life, an iconic symbolic representation of how habits form our lives and how we change for the better. These essential principles are vital in showing us a way to freedom from the things that hold us back and cause us to suffer. Join Dhiramani online for this 5 week course as she explains the meaning and the practical things we can do to bring these teachings into our lives. Suitable…

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Loneliness and Solitude: Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday May 28, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Loneliness may not seem such a catchy topic to talk about, yet most of us will have experienced it, especially in these times. How can solitude lead to happiness? Dhiramani will explore themes around loneliness from a Buddhist perspective and the importance of periods of solitude in our lives. To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button. If you are having difficulties joining the talk call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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Young Melbourne Buddhists – Special Guest Saturdays

Saturday May 30, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Melbourne Buddhists Saturday gatherings are back with a difference, we will be online with Zoom. For a limited time only, join this weekly series where special guests from our community will talk about what Buddhist practice means to them. This gathering will be limited to an hour and will include a short meditation, a talk and a time for Q and A. Today's special guest is Dhammakumara, a young Order Member from Sydney. Open to for anyone under 35. …

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June 2020

Full Moon Puja – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday June 4, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this Month of Loving Kindness join Sanghapurna online this full moon for the collective practice of puja. Connect with readings, suttas, chanting, and offerings to the aspiration to help all beings. To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button. If you are having difficulties joining the full moon puja, call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support

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Young Melbourne Buddhists – Special Guest Saturdays

Saturday June 6, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Melbourne Buddhists Saturday gatherings are back with a difference, we will be online with Zoom. For a limited time only, join this weekly series where special guests from our community will talk about what Buddhist practice means to them. This gathering will be limited to an hour and will include a short meditation, a talk and a time for Q and A. Today's special guest is Sanghadara, an Order Member from the UK. Open to for anyone under 35. …

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Buddhism Now – 6 Week Intro Course

Wednesday June 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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$150 – $250

Find Freedom in these Challenging Times This 6 week course will teach you the fundamental principles of Buddhist teaching: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible: as well as exploring how the teachings can help you uncover more value and meaning in your life today and find freedom in these challenging times. Join experienced Buddhist practitioner, Siladasa as he lays out the Buddhist path. Suitable for those new to Buddhism or wanting to develop their knowledge and practice…

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Young Melbourne Buddhists – Special Guest Saturdays

Saturday June 13, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Melbourne Buddhists Saturday gatherings are back with a difference, we will be online with Zoom. For a limited time only, join this weekly series where special guests from our community will talk about what Buddhist practice means to them. This gathering will be limited to an hour and will include a short meditation, a talk and a time for Q and A. Today's special guest is Eva, who has been coming along to YMB for two years. Open to…

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Opening to the Metta Sutta – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday June 18, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Metta Sutta is the inspiration for the Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation practice. Join Apada online as he takes you through this teaching, exploring this boundless love for all beings, beautifully  expressed through the words of the Buddha. To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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Altruism Talk – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday June 25, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Month of Loving Kindness continues with Sanghapurna talking about the practice of altruism on the Buddhist Path. How can we connect to the spirit of altruistic activity? If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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July 2020

Puja Practice – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday July 2, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Commencing Dharma Month, join Dantacitta online for an evening puja, a collective devotional practice, connecting us to our highest aspirations for liberation and peace for all living beings. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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Dharma Day – Online Festival

Saturday July 4, 11:00 am - 1:45 pm

Transforming Heart and Mind Dharma Day celebrates the precious teachings and commemorates the turning of the wheel of the Dharma when the Buddha began sharing his experience of Enlightenment with others. This year our Dharma Day Festival will be zoomed live from the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. Join the festival at the start of each event at 11am (meditation), 12pm (Dharma Talk) and 1pm (Puja) by following the links below. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on…

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Five Spiritual Faculties Talk 1 – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday July 9, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Over two talks, Siladasa will present and discuss the Buddha’s exhortation to develop the five “indriyas” or faculties of Faith, Wisdom, Mindfulness, Energy and Concentration (meditation). The first Dharma talk will focus on what these faculties are, how to cultivate them and how they relate to each other, leading to balance or harmonization. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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FIVE SPIRITUAL FACULTIES TALK 2 – THURSDAY NIGHT ZOOM EVENT

Thursday July 16, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Over two talks, Siladasa will present and discuss the Buddha’s exhortation to develop the five “indriyas” or faculties of Faith, Wisdom, Mindfulness, Energy and Concentration (meditation). The second talk will address the wider effects of these qualities as they mature in the practitioner, particularly the effects on relationships with other people and the world. This altruistic dimension of the Five Faculties reflects the direct link between transforming oneself and transforming the world. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for…

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Buddhism and Meditation Intro Course

Wednesday July 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Due to new Covid-19 restrictions this course will now be held online via Zoom. In Buddhism, meditation is seen as part of an overall path and approach to life. Meditation develops positive states of mind, but there is not much point in doing this for just a short period each day if we are cultivating negative states the rest of the time. For this reason, the 6 week course will also cover the Buddhist principles behind meditation that help you…

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Light and Unity – Thursday Night Zoom Event

Thursday July 23, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Zoom Event Join us on zoom for the Thursday Night Talk where Julie will be offering her thoughts on working with light and unity in the context of the Dharma practice. Be online with like-minded people practicing the Buddhist Path. To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button. If you are having difficulties joining the meditation call Matt on 0449 538 376 for Technical Support.

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Buddhist Practice as MBC Chair – Thursday Night Zoom

Thursday July 30, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Zoom Meeting To conclude Dharma Month, Dantacitta, Chair of the Melbourne Buddhist Centre will explore some of the key Dharma teachings and practices that support her work as Chairperson.   To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making a donation through the Give Now button.

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August 2020

Tales of Freedom – 6 Week Course for Sub30

Saturday August 8, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Online Zoom Course Is iso life getting you down? Have you finished with Netflix and YouTube and ran out of home improvement projects? Perhaps you miss meeting new people or hanging out with your friends. Good news, Viryasiddhi and Varadhi are offering a brand new six-week course exploring mythical and magical Buddhist stories! In a world where seeing people’s faces is becoming a rarity, join us on Zoom, the next best thing to ‘face-to-face’ meetings, for a six week journey…

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Order/Mitra Day – Dharma Practice in Challenging Times

Sunday August 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online Zoom Meeting A morning for the Order and Mitra Sangha of the MBC, to come together online and share our experience of practice in these challenging times. We hope that you can join us for puja, meditation, a Dharma talk and small group discussions. Led by the Committee Members of the MBC For Order Members and Mitras from our community. Booking Essential: $20 Cost

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Order Lives Past and Present – Viryasiddhi

Thursday August 13, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Zoom Meeting Getting to Know Our Friends in the Order What does it mean to have a life in the Order? Why might someone choose to be ordained? How does being in the Order shape a person's life? Tonight Viryasiddhi, ordained in 2012 in Australia, will share his thoughts on this topic and talk personally on what it means to him to have a life in the Order.  To help support the MBC in these challenging times, please consider making…

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