The 2018 Australian Observance of the United Nations Day of Vesak, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of The Lord Buddha was held at Paul Keating Park in Bankstown, New South Wales on Saturday May 5, and was well attended by hundreds of enthusiastic and happy Buddhists and Non-Buddhists from around Sydney, and from around Australia.
The formal proceedings of this most auspicious event began at 10am with a warm welcome from the MC's and traditional Buddhist chanting in the Pali, Vietnamese, Tibetan and English languages, by representatives from the monastic communities of the three major Buddhist traditions of Theravada (School of the Elders), Mahayana (Great Vehicle) and Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle).
Prior to the chanting, Most Venerable Suddhamo, the president of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, gave a brief and insightful explanation on the significance and purpose of the chanting.
The chanting was followed by meaningful speeches delivered by a representative of the United Nations, as well as representatives of the federal, state and local governments.
The key-note speech on the events theme, 'The Spirit Of Generosity' was eloquently delivered by the Most Venerable Dhammagavesi Thero, the abbot of Lankarama Buddhist Temple, who pointed out the importance of generosity in every aspect of our lives, both individually and collectively.
The formal proceedings were rounded out with a Bathing of the Baby Buddha Ceremony and food offerings to the monastic community.
Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed delicious food from the many food stalls, as well as visiting the various other informative and educational information stalls.
The children and youth were also well catered for with fun activities provided, such as face painting, a jumping castle, fairy floss and other yummy delights on offer. They were also treated with an enjoyable and educational trivia quiz about the Buddha's life and teachings. A children's Buddhist art competition was also held, with all of the entrants receiving a prize. All winners and no losers.
Continuing with the festive atmosphere, the afternoon featured on stage performances of song and dance from the many cultures in attendance. It was as if we were all travelling the world without leaving Sydney. The event concluded at 3pm with all of the performers on stage performing a fun rendition of 'Wonderful World'. All in attendance had a wonderful time, with smiles all around.
We look forward to next years celebration. May we all be well and happy.
The Buddhist Federation of Australia would like to express its sincere concern for the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on the lives of people in Australia and around the world. We understand the levels of concern in the community caused by the
health risks from the virus as well as the socio-economic crisis brought on by the significant reduction in employment and general social and commercial activities. We especially appreciate the dedication and professionalism of healthcare workers who put their lives at risk on the frontline in dealing with this crisis and we support the efforts and measures put in place by the government at this difficult and challenging time.
Thoughts and Significance of Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday –
Buddhist Calendar 2562
Buddha’s Birthday or Vesak Day, Buddhist Calendar 2562 is again returning to our earth, millions of Buddha’s followers from East to West; from Europe to Asia, with millions of hearts just as one, and with a single belief in joyfully welcoming this important day.
That is the day when our World Honored One comes into existence with the great vow of Wisdom and Compassion, bringing peace and happiness for the majority; setting straight what is fallen down from net of hatred and ignorance, false beliefs; healing what is broken from ideologies of self-attachment and variations of mean selfishness; turning on the light for people to see “the original face” of themselves and showing them the way to escape from birth-death nights full of darkness.
Tiệc Chay Gây Quỹ 2015
Buổi tiệc chay gây quỹ tại chùa Quang Minh được tổ chức để hổ trợ cho việc cử hành Đại Lễ Tam Hợp Đa văn hóa Vesak theo Liên Hiệp Quốc tại Victoria.
Ngày Đức Phật Thích Ca Đản Sanh, Thành Đạo và Nhập Niết Bàn
Xin Chào đón tất cả mọi người - Với giá vé $25
Thứ Bảy 04 Tháng Tư. Bắt đầu lúc 6.30pm
(Cửa mở lúc 6.15pm)
Tại Chùa Quang Minh, Hội Trường Quán Tự Tại, Số 18 Burke St, Braybrook Victoria
Với tinh thần hổ trợ Đại Lễ kỷ niệm Vesak, một thực đơn ngon đặc biệt được chuẩn bị do các đầu bếp trẻ tại chùa Quang Minh . Hãy đến tham dự , làm quen với nhiều bạn mới cùng tìm hiểu xem chương trình tuyệt diệu của ngày Đại Lễ Vesak nâm nay, nhằm ngày 23 tháng Năm 2015 ở vài địa điểm tại Trung Tâm Thương Mại của Thành phố Melbourne.
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TÌNH THƯƠNG ĐẠI ĐỒNG (A J Williams)
Ca khúc "Tình thương Đại đồng" (ca khúc thứ 13 trên đĩa CD) thật ra là bộ Kinh Từ Bi (Pali: Karanya Metta Sutta):
Đây là việc làm cho những ai có tài năng và sự an lạc, những người tìm sự thiện lành.
Nguyện cho họ có khả năng, nghiêm chánh, lương thiện, lời nói dịu dàng và không tự cao.
When an organisation we care about doesn't have the level of support it should, it's often quite frustrating. I believe the Australian UN Vesak Day should be known and celebrated by ALL Buddhists and non-Buddhists in Australia, but it's not as well known as it should be. This is a heart-to-heart from me to you to highlight some of the biggest misconceptions I believe people generally have about the Australian UN Vesak Day (Australian Observance of the United Nations Day of Vesak), which impacts its participation level every year.
It also invites you to the very first online celebration not just open to Australian Buddhists and non-Buddhists but for everyone internationally to come together in unity and solidarity to celebrate this auspicious day for ALL Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to celebrate the Buddha's messages of peace and his devotion to the service of humanity.
Buddhism spans cultural groups such as Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Loation, Thai, Mongolian, Tibetan, Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Sri Lankan, to name but a few. Buddhism has a strong history in Victoria since the goldrush days in 1848 and continues today with unique representation of many cultural groups and traditions and forms practiced in Melbourne and around the state.
The 2014 Vesak Observance will be presented with a balance of Commemoration and Celebration.
We are honored again to have the support of the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, as well as the Victorian Buddhist Community.
We warmly invite you to be part of the Vesak Friendship Dinner at Quang Minh Temple on Saturday 22nd April.
Below for you is the Vesak Friendship Dinner flyer. Please print out, display and circulate among your community for everyone to come along...
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The Vesak Friendship Dinner brings our diverse and growing VictorianBuddhist community together for a social evening, vegetarian cuisine and traditional and cultural performances by groups from across Melbourne.
All over the world today there is growing interest in Buddhism. Numerous societies and study-groups have come into being, and scores if books have appeared on the teaching of the Buddha. It is to be regretted, however, that most of them have been written by those who are not really competent, or who bring to their task misleading assumptions derived from other religions, which must misinterpret and misrepresent their subject.