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New Year Meditation Festival 2020

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For a kinder, more compassionate world

The Tibetan Buddhist Society welcomes everyone to the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Melbourne to relax and unwind in beautiful 10-acre landscaped gardens on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March.

This 2020 New Year Meditation Festival combines a wonderful celebration of Tibetan New Year, centred around the magnificent, traditional Tibetan temple and 10 acres of beautiful and colourful gardens, with a strong focus on meditation.

Gate entry provides access to talks, tours, guided meditations for adults and children, New Year Blessing Ceremony, Sunday's Q&A and children's crafts. Plenty more including Tibetan momos (dumplings) available for your lunch and other activities listed below.

Hear Dr James Godfrey, Spiritual Care Coordinator of the Thomas Embling Hospital, and other guest speakers at the New Year Blessing Ceremony, at 12 noon Saturday, explore how meditation, combined with love and compassion, are powerful tools that transform our lives. Dr Godfrey says, "We shouldn't be frightened of the value and benefit of love and compassion in our lives, or the value of service to the community. Faiths like Buddhism have so much more to offer beyond meditation and mindfulness. They offer treasures that people need in this modern world - a banquet of ways to live better." The Ceremony also includes prayers and meditation for peace and harmony in the world.

At 11am Saturday, 10.30 am Sunday and 3.30 pm Sunday, you are welcome to join free half hour guided meditations in the temple with both experienced and a new generation of teachers.

Talks include:

Meditation for Difficult Times - 11.30am Saturday 29 February

It can be very hard to keep our meditation going or start a meditation practice when life becomes difficult. However, this is the time when meditation can be so beneficial to anchor and steady us. Tough times also offer up the opportunity to tune in to the suffering of others. By recognising our own difficulties, we more easily empathise with others. Our own suffering becomes the fuel to develop the compassionate good heart. Some simple meditations which can be very beneficial during difficult times will be explained and practiced.

The teacher, Rosie McKew studied for many years with the Tibetan Buddhist Society's founder and spiritual guide Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and is a director of the Society. Rosie works as a pharmacist.

Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation - 3pm Saturday 29 February

We would all like to live in a more peaceful and compassionate world. Bringing more peace and kindness to the world can only begin with us. Through meditation we can find our own inner source of peacefulness and kindness, and progressively bring this into all of our actions and relationships, and into our world.

Martin Horan will teach this class. Martin studied for more than 30 years with Geshe Loden, the Society's founder and spiritual guide. He is a regular teacher at the Melbourne centre and a director of the Society. Martin works as a senior lawyer in the finance sector.

The Dharma gate of joyful ease 11.30 am Sunday 1 March

As meditation gained popularity due to the recognition of its innumerable benefits for the welfare of all, many forms of meditation are practised today; some even beyond the bounds of Buddhism. According to Zen Master Dogen (1200 - 1253), the zazen he speaks of is "simply the Dharma gate of joyful ease, the practice realisation of totally culminated enlightenment". The public is interested in how to cultivate inner happiness through meditation. Zazen (seated meditation) is discussed in this context. Participants will be guided in a short meditation.

The teacher, Ekai Korematsu Roshi, is the Abbot and resident teacher of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community. Born in Japan in 1948, Roshi studied humanities and Buddhism in Denmark and USA, and was ordained a monk by Kobun Chino Roshi in 1976 in the USA. Roshi received dharma transmission from Ikko Narasaki Roshi in 1986. His formal Buddhist training encompassed twelve years at three Japanese monasteries - Eiheiji, Zuijo and Shogoji. In 1999 Roshi established the Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community in Melbourne.

The Invisible Sun - 2pm Sunday 1 March

The marvellous sun illuminates our external world, giving life through an unceasing supply of colour and warmth. As we frantically rush through our hectic lives, how good would it be to find its counterpart in the internal world? The Buddha explained that through meditation we can discover just such an extraordinary source of peace and well-being within.

The talk is by Tim McKibben who is an author and long-term student and director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

Art of Meditation - your questions answered. - 1 pm Sunday 1 March

Bring your questions to this session and explore the art of meditation - with long time Tibetan Buddhist Society meditation and Buddhist philosophy teachers, Michael Joseph and Venerable Cathy Evans.

Other festival highlights include:

  • Guided tours of the magnificent traditional Tibetan temple and the beautiful 10-acre gardens

  • Tibetan crafts and gift stalls featuring books on meditation and Buddhist philosophy

  • Second-hand bookstall to support our local community food program

  • Plenty of beautiful spaces to bring a picnic and relax on the lawn or near the lakes watching wildlife

  • Daily children's meditation and activity session under the trees

  • Delicious Tibetan momos (dumplings) and other vegetarian food served at the rear temple food stall

  • Home-made chai tea and cakes

  • The temple 'Enjoyment Shop' with a huge selection of beautifully selected products and gifts

    Entry is $5 a head or $10 for two adults per day with school-age children and younger. The daily entry includes free admission to all lectures, meditations for adults and children, Saturday's New Year Blessing Ceremony, garden and temple tours and Sundays Q&A session. All proceeds support the maintenance of the temple and gardens.

    Tibetan Buddhist Society, 20 Cookes Road, Yuroke, 45 minutes from the CBD, ten minutes from the Tullamarine Freeway.

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    When: Weekend of 29 February & 1 March 10.30am - 4pm
    Where: Tibetan Buddhist Society - Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre, 20 Cookes Rd, Yuroke VIC 3063
    Cost: Entry is $5 a head or $10 for two adults per day with school-age children and younger.
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