Home' Nova National : September 2011 Contents The society’s spiritual leader, 88
year old Tibetan meditation
master and scholar Venerable
Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
says, “Every living being shares the same
wish: young and old, every nationality,
humans and animals. All living beings want
happiness and they don’t want suffering.”
Talks at the festival will explain
Buddhist methods to develop the mind of
compassion and a perspective of the world
based on love, patience and care for all
living beings. There is an increasing interest
in meditation and the Buddhist perspective,
reflected in the large numbers of Australians
Learn the art of finding
happiness during the
Buddhist Spring Festival
at the Tibetan Buddhist
Society’s Peaceful Land of
Joy Meditation centre on
the weekend of November
who attended the teachings of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama during his recent tour.
During the festival talks, these ideas will
be explored more deeply, supported by
practical meditation instruction.
The Ceremony for World Peace on
Saturday November 5 at 12 noon is open
to everyone. Led by Buddhist monks
and nuns, the ceremony brings together
different religious traditions, community
groups and local, state and federal
government representatives to share views
on community issues and pray for universal
harmony. The ceremony will take place
in the society’s magnificent traditional
The society’s four hectare property
in Yuroke, located 30 minutes from
Melbourne’s CBD, is an oasis of landscaped
gardens rich in colour and fragrance. Visitors
can wander the gardens of organically
cultivated rose bushes and native plants,
flowering courtyards and abundant bird life.
The gardens are maintained with recycled
water and feature 2000 trees including 23
Californian redwoods, 35 golden robinias,
31 olive trees and weeping mulberries.
A new feature of the gardens this year
is popular varieties of colourful salvias,
which complement our extensive plantings
of purple and mauve Alyogynes, (satin
Festival highlights include:
● Teachers from various streams of Buddhist
thought including Tibetan, Thai and Zen
give talks and guided meditations around
the theme of personal change, focusing on
topics such as how to meditate, developing
love and compassion, understanding the
nature of mind, karma and other aspects of
● Cosmopolitan market with wares from
around the world including Tibetan and
local handicrafts, Indian shawls, Thai
jewellery, Tibetan and Nepalese blankets,
books, meditation cushions, bags,
ornaments, candles, soaps, and incense.
● The Enjoyment Shop stocks a wide range
of organic foods, handcrafted clothing,
scarves, soaps and the Tibetan Buddhist
Society ’s special blend of chai tea and
selection of gift cards.
● Garden tours with Venerable Tim
McKibben provide explanations of the
many rose varieties, the history of the
centre and the art of companion planting
and pesticide-free cultivation.
● Temple tours with Venerable Cathy Evans
explain the significance of the religious and
artistic treasures such as the 18 foot statue
of Shakyamuni Buddha, constructed in
● Delicious vegetarian food, homemade
cakes and fresh chai in a delightful outdoor
● Photographic exhibition showing the
Tibetan culture in pre-1959 Tibet and exiled
Tibetan communities in India.
Entry is $5. Family rate is $10 for parents
and school age children or younger. Facility
charge for talks is $10 for one class, $15 for
two and $20 for three or four talks a day.
Temple tours are $5. Photo exhibition and
garden tours are free. All proceeds support
The Tibetan Buddhist Society ’s Peaceful
Land of Joy Meditation Centre is 30
minutes from the Melbourne CBD, 1425
Mickleham Rd, Yuroke, Melways 385
J8 (Access from Cookes Rd). For more
information please call 9333 1770 or visit
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