Tibetan New Year Festival
The theme of the 2014 Tibetan New Year Festival is Mindfulness, Meditation & Well-being. The festival is being held at the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s Peaceful Land of Joy Meditation Centre in Yuroke on the weekend of 1 & 2 March 2014.
New Year Blessing Ceremony
Everyone is welcome to join the New Year Blessing Ceremony held in the Society’s magnificent traditional Tibetan temple. Led by Buddhist monks and nuns, the ceremony brings together different religious traditions, community groups and local, state and federal government representatives to join as a community and pray for universal harmony.
Two Days of Teachings
Over the two days teachers from various forms of Buddhism, such as Tibetan, Korean and Japanese, will introduce methods to develop lasting states of happiness. Using meditation and mindfulness techniques, qualities such as compassion, love, concentration, generosity, enthusiasm, patience and wisdom can be developed and limiting states of mind such as anger, jealousy, attachment and pride reduced.
About 1000 people are expected to attend the vibrant festival that offers something for everyone. Teachers from various streams of Buddhist thought will give talks and guided meditations on various topics including the Festival theme as well as developing love and compassion, understanding the nature of mind and Buddhism in daily life.
Many other Activities
The Festival also features a:
- Cosmopolitan market with wares from around the world including Tibetan and local handicrafts, Indian shawls, jewellery, Tibetan and Nepalese blankets, books, meditation cushions, bags, ornaments, , soaps, incense, and plants.
- The Enjoyment Shop stocks a wide range of organic foods and beautiful giftware including bags, jewellery, woolen shawls, scarves, the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s special blend of chai tea and a selection of cards.
- Garden tours with explanations of the many rose varieties, the history of the centre and the art of companion planting and organic cultivation.
- Temple tours explaining the significance of the religious and artistic treasures such as the 18-foot statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, constructed in Nepal.
- Delicious vegetarian food, home-made cakes and fresh chai in a delightful outdoor café.
- Children’s craft activity and story/meditation session each day.
- Photographic exhibition showing the Tibetan culture in pre-1959 Tibet and exiled Tibetan communities in India and DVDs.
- A second hand bookstall raises money for the Society’s fortnightly lunch for local people in need. Donations of books that aren’t too old are much appreciated. We have enough computer books thanks. Please call Rosie to arrange delivery: 0407 545 245.
Entry $5. Family rate $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 temple. 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 (03) 9333 1770, visit www.tibetanbuddhistsociety.org or go to the Society’s Facebook event page.