Special Events

Meditation and Buddhism for Kids

️ Sun 19 May •  Sun 26 May • Sun 2 June

9.30am -10.30am

Book here (May 19, 26, & June 2): $30 per block

These classes include simple Buddhist teachings and meditations that revolve around children’s everyday experiences. They are designed to help them see things in a way that makes them calmer and happier. Classes also include a craft activity based on that day’s topic. In these classes, children learn simple meditations, as well as methods to calm their minds and deal with negative feelings. Suggested age range is 5-11 years. Children are to be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required.

Nyungnay Purification Practice Retreat

️ Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr

6.30am – 3.30pm | Doors open 6am

Bookings for precepts lunch open soon: $15

See here for parking and transport information.

Engaging in this retreat is very powerful for purifying negative karma and pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our love, compassion, and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all).

Usually, this practice is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts being taken at the beginning of each day. On the first day, before taking the Mahayana precepts, there will be an introduction to the Nyungnay practice. On both days, having taken the precepts, we engage in three sessions, combining prostrations with chanted meditation.

On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.


National Festivals

Each year, as well as many other special events and retreats, Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia hosts the Australian Festival around the new year and the Australian Dharma Celebration around Easter. These special national events gather people from all over Australia together to enjoy meaningful spiritual holidays. 

Join us at this year’s Australian Dharma Celebration where Gen Kelsang Rabten will grant the empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and give teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness. Amitayus means an immeasurable life span. When we open our hearts to Buddha Amitayus’ guidance, he will help us increase our wisdom, our merit and, most importantly, he will help us protect our most valuable possession — our precious human life.

This special ceremony will help us deepen our connection with Buddha Amitayus, giving us the confidence that we can make our human life truly meaningful by using it to progress on the path to enlightenment.

Following the blessing ceremony, Gen Rabten will give teachings on the book ‘The New Eight Steps to Happiness’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, offering practical insights into Buddhism’s beloved text ‘Eight Verses of Training the Mind’ by Tibetan Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Enjoy this spiritual getaway and special opportunity to connect with the Australian Sangha.

Event Location : Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia | 25 McCarthy Road, Monbulk VIC

See here for more information and booking.

Bookings open 10am, Friday 23rd February 2024.

International Festivals