Connecting with Kindness
Weekend of 9 and 10 November
Join us for the beautiful Buddhist Spring Festival on the weekend of 9 and 10 November from 10.30 am – 4 pm.
Admission includes attending talks, experiencing guided meditations for adults and children, tours of the traditional Tibetan temple and Peaceful Land of Joy gardens in all their spring glory.
Connecting with Kindness is the theme of the festival. This weekend event is a rare opportunity to appreciate how kindness and meaningful connection are essential to our health, happiness, and community.
We depend on each other for everything, from the food we eat to all our buildings and roads and health services. Most of us are also closely connected through technology and media, but social isolation, loneliness, and anxiety are increasing.
Ceremony for World Peace
Speakers at the Ceremony for World Peace in the temple at noon on Saturday will talk about how we can connect better with each other to sustain quality relationships, peace and purpose in our lives. Panellists at the Sunday forum will talk and answer questions on how open minds, respect and kindness are vital for individual and group survival and wellbeing.
Hear our special speaker on connectedness Gilbert Rochecouste
Our keynote speaker, Gilbert Rochecouste is recognised locally and internationally as a leading voice in the art and skill of placemaking. His role in the creation of vibrant, resilient and loved places springs from a life-long belief in the value of connectedness to create community and individual happiness and wellbeing.
Gilbert, the founder and managing director of Village Well, has worked with over 1000 cities, towns, main streets and communities over the past 25 years.
Hear our special speaker on connectedness Marisa Debattista
Marisa Debattista had had a special connection to animals since she was a young child which had led her to open up Hume’s first non-profit animal shelter and community animal hospital as an adult. Her organisation, Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR), has been running for over a decade and has saved the lives of over 10,000 cats and dogs that would have otherwise suffered a sad fate.
Marisa’s organisation brings hope to many animals in crisis and to the people that care for them and focuses on kindness and empathy to help make important, life-saving changes in the community.
Talks and guided meditations
Listen to highly experienced meditation and Buddhist philosophy teachers throughout the weekend.
On Saturday at 1.30 and 3 pm respectively hear:
• Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, a Korean Buddhist nun of 40 plus years will explore right action and the relationship between the self and the ecological environment.
• Rod Lee, Sydney meditation and mindfulness expert, will explore loving kindness.
On Sunday at 11.30 am and 3 pm respectively hear:
• Ekai Korematsu Roshi, the Abbot and resident teacher of the Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community will speak about the three loving kindnesses in Buddhism.
• Michael Joseph, a regular teacher and Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Melbourne, will explore what it means to meditate and the benefits of meditation.
Join our workshop at 1.00pm Sunday with our facilitator Hilary Lynch, who works in the community sector and has taught meditation in many settings, to hear different perspectives and ideas on the festival theme, Connecting with kindness. Panel members include skilled meditation and Buddhist philosophy teachers, Virginia Golding of Kagyu Evam Institute, and Rosie McKew and Wendy Milsom of the Tibetan Buddhist Society.
You can attend a number of meditation sessions over the weekend which are run by long term teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist Society. See program for details.
Community health and well-being
This festival focuses on community health and well-being and we’re inviting local groups involved with young people, social justice, the environment and gardening to add their connections and diversity to the weekend.
Other festival attractions include an array of delicious savoury foods and home-made cakes, spiced chai tea, coffee cart, market and book stalls, the Enjoyment Shop and photo exhibition.
There will be free entry to all four talks and three guided meditation sessions over the weekend.
We hope to welcome you to connect with kindness at our festival which runs each day from 10.30am to 4pm.
We acknowledge the kind support of the Victorian Multicultural Commission for this event.
Entry is $5 a head or $10 for two adults with school age children and younger. Entry entitles you to talks, guided meditations for adults and children, Saturday’s Ceremony for World Peace, garden and temple tours and Sunday’s panel forum. All proceeds support the maintenance of the temple and gardens.