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New Year Meditation Festival 2020

Weekend of 29 February and 1 March

You are welcome to join us for the New Year Meditation Festival at the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre from 10.30 am – 4 pm on the weekend of 29 February and 1 March.

‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.’ His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The festival focus on meditation will explore guides to inner peace. This weekend event is a rare opportunity to learn how compassion, love and heartfelt caring for others can also support our own peace of mind, and gain insights on fascinating Buddhist concepts such as karma, the meaning of nirvana, emptiness and more.

This festival combines a wonderful celebration of the Tibetan New Year, centred around the beautiful, traditional Tibetan temple and 10 acres of gardens, with a strong focus on meditation as a special journey to inner peace and clarity of mind.

The festival offers talks by some of Melbourne’s finest Buddhist meditation teachers, guided meditations for adults and children, tours of the magnificent traditional Tibetan temple and the beautiful Peaceful Land of Joy gardens. Admission covers all tours and classes and the New Year Blessing Ceremony and Saturday and Q&A session Sunday.

This festival combines a wonderful celebration of the Tibetan New Year centred around the beautiful traditional Tibetan temple and the serenity of the surrounding gardens Thee is a strong focus on meditation and also free guided meditations each day.

The Society’s founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden said, “Many people, especially young people, are looking for a kinder, more compassionate world that values our common humanity and transcends issues of race, politics and war.
“From a Buddhist perspective, this change starts with us and our world. We can use meditation to develop the qualities of compassion, kindness, strength and wisdom and we can build a world that cares for everyone, regardless of race, gender or religion.”

Both days will feature:
• Temple and garden tours
• Tibetan crafts and gifts and stalls featuring books on meditation and
Buddhist philosophy.
• A second-hand book stall to support our local community food
program.
• A children’s meditation and activity session under the trees each day
• Delicious vegetarian food served at the rear temple Terrace Café
• Coffee cart, home-made chai and cakes
• The Enjoyment Shop with beautifully selected products and gifts

Speakers at the New Year Blessing Ceremony in the temple at noon on Saturday will explain how meditation can make a difference and combined with Buddhist thought is a powerful combination to transform our lives.

Listen to highly experienced meditation and Buddhist philosophy teachers throughout the weekend.

Join our Q and A session at 1.00pm Sunday exploring the journey to peace with ourselves.

The gardens are especially peaceful and lovely with thousands of flowers and trees – beautiful varieties of roses, salvias, golden robinias, Californian redwoods, olive trees, birds and wildlife.

The magnificent traditional Tibetan temple is filled with Tibetan paintings, an 18 foot statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, and is a beautiful place for rest and contemplation.

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 New Year Blessing Ceremony, garden and temple tours and Sunday’s Q and A. All proceeds support the maintenance of the temple and gardens.

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