Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

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Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Yana » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:40 am

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if any of you know a Theravadan Buddhist meditation Centre or a temple or somewhere where i can learn the dhamma in Melbourne,Australia?
I think it's time i joined some kind of sangha.
I live in the Eastern suburbs but i don't mind anywhere in the CBD.I checked a few temples and i think it's a bit far off for me (in the western suburbs).

Anyways if you have any you know off or are currently attending please let me know..Thanks. :anjali:
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby cooran » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:56 am

Hello Yana,

Here is a start (I personally would ignore the Dhammakaya site):

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... =theravada

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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:59 am

Hi Yana,
Also a centre within my own tradition:

http://www.aloka.dhamma.org/

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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Dan74 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:16 am

Hi Yana, i didnt know you were in Melbourne!

The one I am familiar with the most is Buddhist Society of Victoria in Malvern. It might be worthwhile checking Retro's thread as he describes some of the temples he considered ordaining.

Good luck and maybe see you around!
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby James the Giant » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:45 am

Yana wrote:I live in the Eastern suburbs but i don't mind anywhere in the CBD.I checked a few temples and i think it's a bit far off for me (in the western suburbs).

Yeah, the only ones I know are the BSV (very good) in East Malvern, and Manohara in Plenty, which is also quite far away from you and also mostly aimed at Burmese immigrants and other asian folk, to be honest. But they do run some good 10 day and month long retreats in the mahasi style.
The only ones in the west that I know of are mahayana.
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby zavk » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:04 am

Hi Yana

Definitely check out the BSV http://bsv.net.au/

They have regular activities and every now and then that would have visiting Bhikkhus. Also, there is Bodhivana Monastery of the Thai Forest tradition in Warburton. The abbot is Ajahn Kalyano. It's a bit of a drive, so maybe it could be somewhere you visit occasionally to give alms. That's what I'm planning to do myself, hopefully in a few weeks
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby James the Giant » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:31 am

zavk wrote:Also, there is Bodhivana Monastery of the Thai Forest tradition in Warburton. The abbot is Ajahn Kalyano.

Yes, that's one to check out if you have a free weekend and would like to stay at a proper monastery and see what goes on there. They always welcome guests staying (outside the rains retreat, which ends mid October). Give Ajahn Kalyano a phone call to arrange it on (03) 5966 5999.
They are at 780 Woods Point Road, East Warburton, and there's a bus which goes right to the gate.
(Train to Lilydale, then the bus to 780 Woods Point Road)
I stayed there for two weeks, and it was great. I might ordain there if I don't find a better place.
There would be no formal teaching for lay-people, but you'd soak up the vibes and maybe read some books, and ask the monks questions.
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby zavk » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:18 pm

:smile:

Yup as it turns out that's exactly what I'm planning to do. For the past couple of years I've been flying up north for week long retreats in QLD with Bhante Dhammasiha at Dhammagiri where Cooran attends. Sounds like the environment at Bodhivana is quite similar. Bhante Dhammasiha has suggested several times that I pay Ajahn Kalyano a visit. Couldn't visit Brissy this year so, well, Warburton is only about an hours drive from where I am!
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby pilgrim » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:56 pm

Not a retreat centre, but there is Vimokkharama, a small hermitage at 29 Perrins Creek Rd, Kallista, which is nearer to the city. A couple of monks , also of the Ajahn Chah group stays here.
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:45 pm

Greetings Yana,

I'm in Werribee, but alas there is nothing here on this side of town.

Cooran's link might help you find something near you.

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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:12 am

Seems like this tread has much pontential to found maybe one new. Just a thought. Monks can not easy wander if there is no place to dwell some days as well.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:17 am

Greetings,

Hanzze wrote:Seems like this tread has much pontential to found maybe one new. Just a thought. Monks can not easy wander if there is no place to dwell some days as well.

Yes ~ to anyone looking to start a Theravada monestary in Melbourne... please build it in Werribee. I'll bring you something to eat.

:thanks:

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:40 am

To give a room or a little hut would be quite enought. No need to build and with it more food for monks and people observing even 1o Silas.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Yana » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:35 am

Hi guys!

Thanks for the info! yeahh i am pretty much alone on this one so needed a bit of help. :tongue:
I work in Laverton and take public transport everywhere! grr.. so Weribee don't seem like a bad idea ahaha.maybe after work thing ..i wouldn't really mind if there was one in that area too.But yeah i'll give it all a read and hopefully find something that suits me.

I saw the Dhammakaya website but i thought i should ask around here first.

Thanks everyone :anjali: :group:
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby Dmytro » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:19 am

Hi Yana,

You may also find useful:

http://dhamma.ru/sadhu/directory?catid=137

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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby James the Giant » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:48 am

Yana wrote:I saw the Dhammakaya website but i thought i should ask around here first.

I too would avoid Dhammakaya. They have done some weird and shady stuff.
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Re: Buddhist Meditation Centres in Melbourne?

Postby pilgrim » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:09 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Yes ~ to anyone looking to start a Theravada monestary in Melbourne... please build it in Werribee. I'll bring you something to eat.

:thanks:

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The Buddhist Society of Victoria is currently raising funds to start a new Monastery. If you could donate a piece of land together with a meal, I'm sure they'll oblige. :smile:
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