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Arts & Music Festival

MBC Fundraising Event

Friday May 20 , 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us at the MBC Arts & Music Festival, for an evening of celebration and collective sharing of the musical and artistic talents of our Melbourne sangha. Hosted by Dantacitta, and featuring live performances, readings, and a silent arts auction, with plenty of homemade vegan snacks and sweets for sale.

Help raise funds for the MBC!


Venue: Melbourne Buddhist Centre/ 23 David Street, Brunswick

All Welcome – $20 Admission/ Book early to secure seating/ Tickets available on the door

Please note: You must be fully vaccinated and able to show evidence when attending events at the MBC.


Auction Items

There will be a silent auction on the night, with items donated by the MBC community. If you are not able to attend in person, we will accept email bids up until noon on Friday 20th May.

Please email your bid with “Auction Bids” in the email subject/title to Michelle McNamara at mbrooker137@gmail.com and make sure to include the item number, title, your name and the $ value of your bid. Note email bids close at 12pm on Friday 20th May. 

If you are attending in person, Items will be available for viewing on the night. Written bids will be accepted up to 8pm, bidding slips will be available for the bids which are to be placed in the silent auction box prior to 8pm with the successful bidders announced towards the close of the event. The highest bidder at or above the reserve will be successful, with payment by the successful bidder to be made on the night by cash or card. If an email bidder is the successful bidder then arrangements will be made for payment and collection of the item. Please note that if the highest bid is below the reserve, then any sale is at the discretion of the donor.

Lot No.1
DonorPam Cornthwaite
TitlePot of Joy
Size19cm (approx.)
MediumClay
DescriptionPam’s pots are fired in her garden beer keg kiln (rather than using fossil fuels). Pam doesn’t use glazes or oxides on her pottery beacuse of their potential for toxicity, and so the pot is not water resistent, but it is perfect for displaying dried materials.
Reserve Price$70
Lot No.2
DonorSue Vouliotis
TitleCentred
SizeA4
MediumInk on paper
DescriptionNoise, change, distraction, and confusion happens, but we can remain focused if we put
our minds to it.
Reserve Price$30
Lot No.3
DonorSue Vouliotis
TitleLotus
SizeA4
MediumInk on paper
DescriptionIn my unique growing conditions, I bring beauty as I bloom but remain grounded.
Reserve Price$30
Lot No.4
DonorSue Vouliotis
TitleSimplicity
SizeA4
MediumInk on paper
DescriptionPut pen to paper and be present – the outcome can be awesome!
Reserve Price$30
Lot No.5
DonorNaomi Overton
TitleVajrapani’s Energy
Size25 x 25cm (approx.)
MediumAlcohol ink on art board
Note: Whilst protected by an anti- yellowing spray, please note that inks tend to fade after a few years (Sigh, impermanence).
DescriptionDrawn to Vajrapani’s energy, he holds the vajra in one hand representing unstoppable power towards enlightenment. In his peaceful form he holds the lotus also. His effort is serious and dedicated, yet playful and relaxed and ultimately beautiful
Reserve Price$100
Lot No.6
DonorBuddhadasa
TitleSunyata Box
Size25 x 8cm (approx.)
MediumWood
DescriptionLovely handcrafted wooden boxes, containing the voidness that constitutes ultimate reality
Reserve Price$50
Lot No.7
DonorBuddhadasa
TitleSunyata Box
Size25 x 8cm (approx.)
MediumWood
DescriptionLovely handcrafted wooden boxes, containing the voidness that constitutes ultimate reality
Reserve Price$50
Lot No.8
DonorBuddhadasa
Title“On the First Rung Reminiscences of the early years of the Triratna Buddhist Order 1969 – 1974”
MediumPaperback
DescriptionBuddhadasa writes of the circumstances leading up to his ordination and of his formative spiritual experiences whilst on solitary retreat in the wilds of Northern Scotland. Learn more about the history of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Buddhadasa’s role and responsibilities during the formative days of our spiritual community.
This book is in mint condition and signed by the author. Essential reading for any Mitra!
Reserve Price$25
Lot No.9
DonorBuddhadasa
Title“On the First Rung Reminiscences of the early years of the Triratna Buddhist Order 1969 – 1974”
MediumPaperback
DescriptionBuddhadasa writes of the circumstances leading up to his ordination and of his formative spiritual experiences whilst on solitary retreat in the wilds of Northern Scotland. Learn more about the history of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Buddhadasa’s role and responsibilities during the formative days of our spiritual community.
This book is in mint condition and signed by the author. Essential reading for any Mitra!
Reserve Price$25
Lot No.10
DonorTalia Eilon
TitleSix-Armed Avalokiteśvara
Size20cm (approx.)
MediumPainted wood
DescriptionA rare depiction of the Bodhisattva of Compassion in his six-armed form.
Reserve Price$30
Lot No.11
DonorMBC
TitleDharmachakra Green Tārā
Size12cm (approx.)
MediumMetal (gold finish)
DescriptionA rare depiction of Green Tārā making the “Wheel Turning,” or teaching, mudrā.
This rūpa has received a Tantric consecration.
Reserve Price$100
Lot No.12
DonorMBC
TitleYab-Yum of Amitābha & Pāṇḍaravāsinī
Size12cm (approx.)
MediumMetal (chocolate finish)
DescriptionA rare depiction of the Buddha of Love in union with his consort, “She Who Wears White Robes.”
This rūpa has received a Tantric consecration.
Reserve Price$100
Lot No.13
DonorMBC
TitleThai Śākyamuni
Size32cm (approx.)
MediumMetal (gold finish)
DescriptionA rūpa from Thailand, depicting the historical Buddha
Reserve Price$30
Lot No.14
DonorMBC
TitleThe Buddha Amitābha in ultra-modern style
Size64cm (approx.)
Medium3D-Printed (gold finish)
DescriptionA one-of-a-kind piece, created by local artist Daniele Presta
Reserve Price$40
Lot No.15
DonorBronwyn Coulton
TitlePainted blue vase
Size19cm (approx.)
MediumCeramic
DescriptionJapanese blue cobalt porcelain floral gold pheasant quail vase.
Reserve Price$60
Lot No.16
DonorBronwyn Coulton
TitlePeaceful Quan Yin
Size11cm (approx.)
MediumPorcelain
DescriptionFound in an antique shop in Yarra Junction, this delicate Quan Yin rūpa is a slightly off- white colour. She sits with her arms folded and tucked into her robes, in a lovely peaceful and compassionate pose.
Reserve Price$50
Lot No.17
DonorLaura McNeish
TitleMoments of stillness – Girl in garden
Size22.5 x 27.5cm
MediumFramed photo
Reserve Price$20
Lot No.18
DonorLaura McNeish
TitleMoments of stillness – Mountains
Size22.5 x 27.5cm
MediumFramed photo
Reserve Price$20