Finding Peace in a Changing World is the theme of this year’s Buddhist Spring Festival. It acknowledges the wish that so many people have to find peace and happiness in today’s world, at a global and national level and in our workplaces, schools, families, and communities. Learn more here about the background to our theme
Speakers at the festival – in talks, the popular Ceremony for World Peace and the Sunday forum – will share various perspectives and ideas on modern challenges to peace in the world today.
Visitors can hear talks on Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness, with guided meditation by teachers with deep experience and knowledge. A recent addition to the festival is the introduction of vegetarian Indian food to our outdoor cafe.
Everyone is welcome to join a key festival event, the Ceremony for World Peace on Saturday 11 November at noon, which is free.
Our keynote speaker is an expert in Tibetan Buddhism, Dr John Powers, formerly based in the Australian National University in Canberra and now Deakin University. Author of several books and commentaries on Tibetan culture, history, its spirituality, and meditation techniques, Professor Powers will explore the subject of ‘Buddhist ethics’.
The Ceremony for World Peace brings together different religious traditions, community groups and local, state and federal government representatives to join as a community and pray for international peace and harmony.
Another festival highlight is the Sunday forum in which a panel moderated by Sydney meditation and mindfulness teacher, Rod Lee, will explore different perspectives and ideas on the modern challenges to peace.
Other festival highlights include:
– Teachers from various streams of Buddhist thought such as Tibetan, Vietnamese and Japanese traditions will give talks and guided meditations around the theme of happiness – topics such as how to meditate, the meaning of love and compassion and understanding the mind.
– Cosmopolitan market with wares from around the world including Tibetan and local handicrafts, Indian shawls, Thai jewellery, Tibetan and Nepalese blankets, books, meditation cushions, bags, ornaments, candles, soaps, and incense.
– The Enjoyment Shop stocks a wide range of organic tea, garments, bags, accessories, jewellery, woollen shawls, the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s special blend of chai tea and a selection of cards.
– Garden tours with explanations of the many rose and flower varieties, and the art of companion planting and organic cultivation.
– Temple tours explaining the significance of the religious and artistic treasures such as the 18-foot statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, constructed in Nepal.
– New – Indian vegetarian food is being offered this year, other vegetarian food, home-made cakes and fresh chai in a delightful outdoor café.
– Children’s story/meditation session each day.
– Photographic exhibition and DVDs showing the Tibetan culture in pre-1959 Tibet and exiled Tibetan communities in India.
Entry $5. Family rate $10 for parents and school age children or younger. Talks are $10 or $15 for 2 or 3. Temple tours are $5. Photo exhibition and garden tours are free. All proceeds support the temple and gardens.
The Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre is around 35 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, 1425 Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, Melways 385 J8 (Access from Cookes Rd). For more information please call (03) 9333 1770