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Celebrate peace and meditation, and manifest world peace
You're invited! Just 30 minutes from Melbourne, the Buddhist Spring Festival will celebrate the rich culture and community, peace and meditation, and manifest world peace.
The Ceremony for World Peace is on Saturday the 5th of November at 12 noon in the ornate traditional Tibetan temple. The ceremony brings together all religions, the community and leaders. The keynote speaker is James Tutton - Smiling Mind's co-founder and author of Mindfulness Made Easy.
Even if you have never tried meditation before there will be 'taster' sessions. Take the ancient approach to a more positive, content and compassionate lifestyle and learn about spirituality and the Buddhist views of the mind, enlightenment and karma. There will even be sessions specifically for children including mediations and story time.
Speakers and teachers from various streams of Buddhist thought such as Tibetan, Sri Lankan and Zen traditions will focus on personal change, an opportunity to discover and enhance all aspects of our lives and help us to feel more relaxed and happier.
If you are interested in the gardens, there will be tours where visitors can learn about companion planting, the different types of roses and organic cultivation.
There is also a tour of the temple, where you can visit the amazing 18-foot statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, constructed in Nepal. Learn about the history and significance of the religious and artistic treasures on this site.
If photography is your thing, there are some beautiful subjects for you here. Also the Photographic exhibition showing the Tibetan culture in pre-1959 Tibet and exiled Tibetan communities in India might be of interest.
There will be food, all vegetarian, as well as markets stalls and the Enjoyment Shop. A wide range of handcrafted clothing, scarves, meditation cushions, bags, ornaments, candles, blankets, soaps, and incense, as well as the Tibetan Buddhist Society's special blend of chai tea and gift cards.
There really is something for everyone. In this busy, connected world take some time out for yourself and enjoy the tranquillity, community and peace.