Festival time at the Peaceful Land of Joy
Each year we hold the Buddhist Spring Festival in November to celebrate the rich Buddhist culture, share meditation classes with the community and open the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre temple and gardens for people to enjoy.
This year the Festival is on the weekend of 5 and 6 November from 9.30am to 5pm each day.
View the Festival program which outlines times of speakers, tours and meditation sessions
This vibrant festival offers something for everyone – for those exploring meditation, enjoying beautiful gardens or learning about the traditional Tibetan temple and the ancient culture of Tibet.
Our founder and spiritual guide, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden has said, all happiness and benefit in life, both for oneself and others, is found in positive states of mind. Speakers at the festival will explain Buddhist philosophy and meditation methods to help us become happier and more relaxed and discover qualities that enhance all aspects of our lives.
Recent additions to the festival are the taste of meditation sessions and an extra children’s meditation session each day.
Ceremony for World Peace
Everyone is also welcome to join the Ceremony for World Peace on Saturday 5 November at 12 noon.
Led by Buddhist monks and nuns, the popular ceremony 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. The ceremony is held in the Society’s magnificent traditional Tibetan temple.
Festival highlights include:
Teachers from various streams of Buddhist thought such as Tibetan, Sri Lankan and Zen traditions give talks and guided meditation around the theme of personal change, focusing on topics such as how to meditate, love and compassion, the nature of mind, karma and other aspects of Buddhism.
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 Venerable Geshe Loden’s special Dharma books, a wide range of handcrafted clothing, scarves, blankets, soaps, the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s special blend of chai tea and a selection of gift cards
Garden tours with our garden expert Tim McKibben and other guides, providing explanations of the many rose varieties, the history of the centre and the art of companion planting and organic cultivation.
Temple tours by Venerable Cathy Evans explaining the significance of the religious and artistic treasures such as the 18-foot statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, constructed in Nepal.
Delicious vegetarian food, home-made cakes and fresh chai in a delightful outdoor café.
Children’s story/meditations 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 – parents and school age children or younger. Facility charge for talks is $10 for one class, $15 for two and $20 for three or four talks a day. Temple tours are $5. Photo exhibition and garden tours are free. All proceeds support the temple.
The Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre is 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, 1425 Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, Melways 385 J8 (Access from Cookes Rd). For more information please call 9333 1770 or visit www.tibetanbuddhistsociety.org