MBC Skills Auction

The MBC Committee and Fundraising Team warmly invite you to join us on Sangha Day for the long-anticipated return of everyone’s favorite fundraising event, the Melbourne Buddhist Centre Sangha Day Skills Auction.

Ananda’s Auction of Auspiciously Advantageous Activity

Thus have I heard; One time Kathy Vo was sitting beside Viryasiddhi in the MBC office. After a period of (unusually quiet) reflection, she said to Viryasiddhi “Lord, it seems to me that fundraising is fully half of the spiritual life”

“Say not so, Kathy Vo, say not so!” replied Viryasiddhi.

Viryasiddhi hoped that Kathy would realise that there is no separation between beneficial, skillful, sangha-building, money-raising activity for the MBC and the spiritual life – that they are indeed one and the same thing

When: Sangha Day, Saturday 25th November 2023, Auction bidding starts at 12:30pm sharp

Where: Melbourne Buddhist Centre 

Ways to contribute: You’ve got skills! Ananda’s Auction of Auspiciously Advantageous Activity is an opportunity for you to show your hand and share your special gifts with the MBC Sangha.

  • Reel in the big bidders with a skill or endeavor you are willing to offer up for auction
  • Wrack-up merit by offering to host a ticketed group activity
  • Keep it sweet and simple by baking, making, or creating something to sell at our Sangha Day Stall

What to consider when making an offer:

  • Clear about what you’re offering? (We wish to ensure that we advertise exactly what is on offer!)
  • How long will your offer be valid? (We ask for a period of 6 months before your offer expires, where possible)
  • Do you have thoughts about an ‘opening bid’, ‘ticket price, or ‘price tag’? (What do you think it’s worth?)
  • How will we link you with your winning bidder/ticket purchasers? (Would you prefer a call, or an email?)
  • Are there any logistics that need to be worked out? (Where will the activity be held? Will you provide lunch?)

Not sure what you’ve got to offer? Have a chat with one of your MBC friends or your favorite Dharmachari or Dharmacharini – we are confident that your gem-like qualities have been reflected, in ways you may not even realise!

Absentee Bidding: Not able to attend on Sangha Day? Aw, sad face… but don’t cry, we can help. The fundraising team will be happy to take absentee bids in advance of the auction, so that you can secure your place in the bidding (our only advice, bid high or be disappointed).  

Stay tuned for further notice about the skills on offer, to best budget your Sangha Day spending money!

We can’t wait to start planning our own auction bids, so please start thinking about your offers!

Please email details of your skill/activity/sale item to blcoulton@gmail.com and dhiracharita@gmail.com