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In our fast-paced world, peaceful and beautiful places for people to relax are more important than ever.

The first 'Rose Garden Open Days' of 2019 at the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre is on 6 and 7 April - free of charge - from 12 noon to 4 pm. Many who visit the centre and gardens comment on the peace and tranquillity.

From recent openings visitors said:

'Beautiful grounds. Very relaxing.' December 2018

'Such a beautiful tranquil place.' July 2018.

Twice a year, the Tibetan Buddhist Society holds these garden weekends for the public. This is an opportunity for families and people of every age to unwind and enjoy the majesty and serenity of a 'lovingly tended, beautiful and spectacular flower garden' as seen on ABC TV's Gardening Australia.

The garden has a multitude of beautiful, colourful rose bushes and varieties of salvias and other flowers. Set in the grounds is a magnificent traditional Tibetan temple, one of few in the Western world. Among areas to relax are the shade California redwoods, near the circle of golden robinias on the temple lawn with views of the temple, beside lakes home to many different birds and a lovely olive grove behind the temple.

The Society's founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, who was born in Tibet, developed these gardens to repay the kindness of Australian people for his opportunity to live in Australia, and the support and shelter he received here for more than 30 years until his passing in 2011.

An enthusiastic group of volunteer gardeners contributes many hours each week to fulfil the founder's vision of the gardens as a place for everyone to enjoy. They have regular working bees to maintain and enhance the landscaped area and have progressively sourced many new drought-resistant plants.

During the Rose Garden Open Days at the Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Yuroke, visitors can join free garden tours to learn tips on organic, water-wise and sustainable gardening.

There are also free guided meditations in the temple, for a calm and peaceful mind, and fascinating temple's tours to hear about its cultural significance at $5 each.

Visitors will also find a lovely outdoor café, with Devonshire tea, home-made chai, coffee, and home-made cakes and a second-hand book stall raising funds for their local community food program.

If you wish to book a visit for groups, please call the Tibetan Buddhist Society on 9333 1770 or email

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

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When: 6 & 7 April, 12noon to 4pm
Where: Tibetan Buddhist Society - Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre
Cost: Free entry
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