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Polish your spiritual side at the Tibetan Buddhist Society
The Tibetan Buddhist Society is holding a Tibetan New Year Festival at its beautiful grounds located at 1425 Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, on the weekend of 5th-6th March 2016.
Amble around the beautiful 10-acre grounds
There are many activities to enjoy during the festival. These include:
New Year Blessing Ceremony featuring Father Bob Maguire
High profile social commentator and advocate for Melbourne's people in need, Father Bob Maguire, is the keynote speaker at the New Year Blessing Ceremony at 12 noon on Saturday 5th March. Guest speakers at the ceremony will explore the topic of Finding Happiness in a Material World followed by prayers for a world of peace, harmony and happiness for all living beings.
There will be a range of speakers over the weekend
The opportunity to learn about Buddhist philosophy and meditation
Learn how a daily meditation practice and a deeper understanding of love and compassion can help give a different perspective on life's challenges. There will be talks and guided meditations by teachers from various traditions. There will be free half-hour guided meditation sessions for both adults and children.
Throughout the festival weekend, visitors can enjoy tours of the traditional Tibetan temple and gardens. The festival market has crafts and wares from around the world, including Tibetan handicrafts, jewellery, clothing, wall hangings, mala beads, blankets, books and CDs on Buddhism and meditation.
There will also be a second hand book stall and a plant stall, proceeds from which will go to the Tibetan Buddhist Society's program for people facing homelessness and disadvantage in the Broadmeadows area.
The festival is being held on the Tibetan Buddhist Society's ten-acre property with a garden of beautiful roses, native plants, ornamental trees, bird life and sweeping lawn. Visitors can stroll around the lake, lie on a rug under the weeping willows or enjoy delicious food at the café.
Proceeds support the upkeep of the temple
Entry is a modest $5, or $10 for a family (parents with school aged or younger children). There is an additional charge to attend the talks on meditation and Buddhist philosophy - $10 for one talk, $15 for two and $20 for three or four. Temple tours are $5. All proceeds support the upkeep of the temple.