Retreats

Day Retreats – Now Online with Zoom

Online day retreats with the Melbourne Buddhist Centre offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhism without going away or having to put aside a whole weekend. Zoom retreats are a way to make connection with others and their practice in these days of isolation. See the list below of upcoming online day events.

Residential Retreats – Temporarily Suspended due to Coronavirus

Take a break and learn about meditation, Buddhism and yourself in a relaxed bushland setting. On retreat we follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, leaving behind the world of technology, busyness, and the demands of modern life, and entering into a different way of being with like-minded people.

Combining meditation and silence, discussion and friendship, inspiring collective rituals and time for solitude. Whether you’re new to Buddhism and meditation or have been practising for some time, going on retreat is a great opportunity to explore Buddhist practice and deepen friendships.

From a weekend to 10 days in duration, our retreats are fully catered with nutritious vegan food. Accommodation is simple with shared rooms. If you choose to book onto one of our retreats we will give you more information on what to bring and directions to the retreat. We can even supply meditation equipment on request and organise a lift to and from the retreat. Hope to see you on retreat soon!

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January 2020

Empathy Day Retreat

Sunday January 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Led by Shantigarbha A day on empathy, the theme of Shantigarbha's recent book, I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication published by Windhorse Publications. Shantigarbha shows how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathize with others, we need to learn how to empathize with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from…

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Meditation Day Retreat – January 2020

Sunday January 26, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation of 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course of the day. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to those who regularly meditate within our community, and who are therefore…

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February 2020

Urban Adventure Day Retreat for Under 35s

Saturday February 8, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Want to take your practice into the world, on an urban adventure? The MBC is offering a full practice day starting at the MBC and finishing at Abbotsford Convent! Participants can join the day either at the 9.30am Yoga practice or 11am Mediation class as we will share the morning with regular MBC Saturday events. The day will continue with BYO light lunch and a silent walk to Abbotsford convent, along the Merri Creek trail. There will be questions to reflect…

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Meditation Day Retreat – February 2020

Sunday February 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation of 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course of the day. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to those who regularly meditate within our community, and who are therefore…

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6 Day Retreat led by Tejananda

Thursday February 20, 7:00 pm - Wednesday February 26, 12:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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Compassion and Emptiness - Now Fully Booked For Order Members and Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Community Benevolence - metta - and compassion, as taught by the Buddha, are essentially boundless liberations of the mind. The familiar practices with 5 or 6 stages are entry points which enable us to engage with our afflictive emotions - liking, disliking, ignoring - and to uncover the true, unlimited nature of the divine abodes. Liberation of the mind from these afflictions, even if temporary,…

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March 2020

The Dynamic Mandala – Open Day Retreat Led by Tejananda

Sunday March 1, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

In Triratna, our system of practice is a dynamic mandala of five principles. We progressively integrate mind and body, samatha and vipassana, and discover the power of skillful and positive mental states. Then, directly penetrating and dispelling our delusions, we open ever-more to the wonder of what is. Thus, at last, we can wake up to and be who and what we truly are.  In this meditation workshop we’ll take a somatic approach to these five principles, that is, one…

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In the Presence of the Buddha – Day Retreat

Sunday March 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

A day retreat led by Udara, meditating and reflecting on the teachings of the Buddha from the Dhammapada, some of the earliest and most profound expressions of Buddhist wisdom. Feel the presence of the Buddha build throughout the day and connect to the spirit of the Enlightened Mind. "All conditioned things are impermanent. When one sees this with insight, one becomes weary of suffering. This is the Way to Purity." - Dhammapada Suitable for those familiar with our meditation practices.…

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Meditation Day Retreat – March 2020 – Cancelled

Sunday March 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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This event has been cancelled due to the temporary closure of the Melbourne Buddhist Centre. Subscribe to the News Post for further updates. This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation of 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course…

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July 2020

Meditation Half Day Retreat – July 2020

Sunday July 26, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. Led by Padmasiddhi and Apada. The retreat has three periods of meditation of 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the 3 hours, concluding with a puja, a Buddhist devotional practice. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to…

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August 2020

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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