A Brief History of the
QUANG DUC BUDDHIST MONASTERY
The Quang Duc Buddhist Welfare Association was established in 1990 in a small three-roomed house at 30 Bamburg St, Broadmeadows in the northern suburbs of the City of Melbourne. The house was used for worship, religious education and many various Buddhist activities. As time went by, and as the Buddhist community grew, the Ven.Thich Tam Phuong had to find a new place for a temple which would meet the needs of the Buddhist community of the northern suburban region.
On 20 of May 1997, thanks to the Buddha's blessing, we were lucky enough to purchase from the Victorian Education Department an old primary education school, in the suburb of Fawkner, on an area of 7,411m2 for A$351,200. We also received approval from the local Moreland City Council to set up a Buddhist Welfare Centre as part of the new Fawkner temple. This new temple is within easy reach of Melbourne airport and within easy access of the northern ring road.
From our initial establishment in 1990, we have strived to serve the local Vietnamese communities livng in the northern region comprising of the cities of Broadmeadows, Coburg, Preston, Reservoir, Thomastown, Bundoora, Epping, Lalor, and as well Footscray in the west of Melbourne, Richmond in the inner city and Springvale in Melbournes south east. Some of the services we provide every weekend include, Buddhist Doctrine classes, Buddhist youth/family groups and Bo De Vietnamese Language school classes that helps children maintain their Buddhist traditions, spirit and Vietnamese culture. Current Quang Duc Buddhist Welfare Association activities are as follows:
1/Religious prayer services, every weekend:Prayers for peace and happiness and lectures for all people, so as to promote quality of life, peace and happiness in society.Marriage celebrations, special prayers for weddings.Prayers for the dead. Services for those who have passed away, funerals and memorials.
2/Classes for the teaching of both Buddhist and secular subjects: Teaching the Vietnamese language to keep Vietnamese culture and traditions.Teaching doctrines to improve the knowledge of Buddhism and other Religions to cultivate life knowledge and understanding.Organised entertainment for Aged people Every Sunday, Morning tea and discussions about the quality of life .Give advice and consultations for parents on family problems.Give temporary accommodation and support for all people until they find stability in life.Counseling services to both problem gambers and drug-addicted persons Other services as required.Our current timetable activities are as follows:
Monday to Saturday: 5.30-7.00am: Morning recitation and meditation;
6pm-8pm: Recitation of Sutras and sitting mediation. This includes training in meditation from beginners to advanced levels Sunday: 9am - 4pm: activities, including sitting meditation, Sutras recitation, Vietnamese Buddhist Youth activities, Vietnamese language course for children, Buddhist doctrines, teaching and discussion etc. Marriage celebration, special prayers for weddings and funerals or memorials. We welcome all inquiries for further information. Please phone us on 03.9357 3544 or Fax: 03. 9357 3600. Email: email@example.comThe Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc:
The name of the Quang Duc Association is named after Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese monk, who was known throughout the world by his self-immolation at the age of sixty-seven in central Saigon, in the lotus sitting position with full resolve whilst 4 metres flames consumed his body. This event happened at midday, on June 11, 1963, witnesed by thousands of Vietnamese people and through the media, seen by millions more people overseas.
The Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc, whose lay name was Lam Van Tuc, was born in 1897 in a small village of a province in central Vietnam. At the age of seven, he entered into the religious life and became a disciple of the Zen master Hoang Tham. At the age of twenty, he was ordained as a full Buddhist monk (Bhikkhu). After ordination, he spent many years practicing islolated and extremely demanding ascetic purification practices in the Ninh Hoa Mountains, near Nha Trang City. In 1932 he started his Buddhist teaching career at Ninh Hoa. He then went to a central Vietnam province to rebuild temples. By 1943, he had rebuilt nearly 20 pagodas, and the same year, moved to Saigon, South Vietnam where he lived in the Long Vinh temple finally taking permanent residence in the Quan The Am temple.
In 1953, he was appointed Head of rituals Committee of the United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation, a position that he held until the time of his death.
In 1963, after four years of increased oppression by the Diem government towards Buddhist priests and the Buddhist community the Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc perfomed his heroic deed to highlight Bhuddhist demands for religious equality in South Vietnam his act literally flashed around the world by television. At midday, on June 11, 1963, he took a ride to the corner of Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet in central Saigon (now Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Cach Mang Thang Tam Street). Pouring petrol over himself, he sat in the middle of the corner, struck a match, and immolated himself.
His body was consumed, and all that remained was his heart. Later when his later when the Buddhist community tried to cremate his heart it remained intact. It was placed in the Reserve Bank of Vietnam and became the symbol of the Holy Heart.
Millions all over the globe saw his self sacrifice, and The Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc has become world-famous figure. Before he passed away, he left a letter to the government of the day, and through them, for the people of Vietnam. In Vietnamese culture, this letter is now known as the letter of Heart Blood. The core of his letter was a plea for all Buddhist believers, monks, nuns and lay people, to unite and strive for the preservation of Buddhism. His plan was to demonstrate to the world the injustice that was being perpetrated on the Buddhist religion and community by a repressive regime and it worked extremely well. Many nations worldwide brought pressure on the South Vietnamese government to soften its attitude to the traditional Vietnamese religion. The Saigon government complied.
At present, the Quang Duc Buddhist Welfare Association of Victoria is in the midst of construction of a two level hall. The first level provides the venue for many activities, the second level being solely dedicated to spiritual practices such as meditation & chanting. Any material & or spiritual contributions are welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 61.03.9357 3544 or Fax: 61.03.9357 3600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Quang Duc Buddhist Website:
Quang Duc homepage is an official Buddhist bilingual website in Vietnamese & English situated at the Quang Duc Monastery 105 Lynch Rd. Fawkner Victoria, Australia.
This website was established in May 1999, in order to spread the Buddha's teachings, to the Vietnamese and the wider community in Australia and beyond. you can access the site at address; www.quangduc.com
On the site you can find:The Biography of The Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc. The life of Lord Buddha & His Teachings. Buddhism throughout the world, news & events on the establishing and developing of Buddhism on the five continents. especially Buddhism in Vietnam Buddhist scriptures ; Buddhist concepts toward our lives ; Buddhist tales ; Famous Buddhist People ; The Meaning of being a Vegetarian ; Buddhism & women ; Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist psychology; Buddhist sociology; Death and rebirth; Writing about the Buddha's birthday ; Writing about the Parent's celebration ; Writing about the Buddhist lunar New Year ; Buddhist temples in Australia ; Buddhist Poetry & Poets ; Buddhist painting & Art .
In order to make this website to be useful and user friendly we humbly ask you to support us and volunteer your services in one of the following ways: You may contributing articles, translations of Buddhist texts, poems, stories, and reviews of books, and any helpful suggestions on how to improve our website. You may introduce and ask your family members, friends to do the same, and for them to type up and send us any good articles (without infringement to the copyright) on Buddhism to us by sending it as an attachment with your e-mail message. We would prefer to receive it in a standard Word DOC format.
We appreciate any contributions, support and assistance you can provide for all to benefit from. We hope our web page will serve as a good friend of youpersonally and all others in the realization of enlightenment in this busy life.May the Lord Buddha bless all of you and may all of you attain peace and happiness. By Senior Venerable Thich Nguyen TangVice-Abbot of Quang Duc Monastery
Quang Duc Monastery
105 Lynch Road, Fawkner,
Vic. 3060. Australia
Tel: (03). 9357 3544 Fax: (03) 9357 3600