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Sangha Day and Three New Mitras

Tue, 4 Dec, 2018 - 08:30

Sangha Day and Three New Mitras

Tue, 4 Dec, 2018 - 08:30

It was with great joy that we celebrated Sangha Day last Saturday, December 1st.  In the presence of many sangha members, friends and family, Jill, Katie and Lesley became Mitras.  Their deepening commitment to a Buddhist spiritual life, which, “Feels so right”, as one put it, was a very moving to witness.  May all blessings be yours!

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Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Fri, 2 Nov, 2018 - 03:28

Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Fri, 2 Nov, 2018 - 03:28

It has been with a mixture of sadness, joy and much gratitude, that we have marked the passing of Bhante Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and Triratna Buddhist Order, with two events so far.  Bhante died on Tuesday 30th October, 2018. 

On Wednesday 31st Oct. a 2 hour vigil was held at the Centre, with meditation and chanting mantras.  Last night on Friends Night, a large number of people - friends old and new - celebrated and remembered Sangharakshita’s...

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Turning Arrows into Flowers

Wed, 3 Oct, 2018 - 04:53

Turning Arrows into Flowers

Wed, 3 Oct, 2018 - 04:53

We participated in the Triratna International Practice Week with two Saturday morning sessions on September 22nd and 29th.  The sessions included readings, mantras, discussion and reflection on Atisha’s ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, followed by morning tea.  The posters of ‘doors to the Dharma’ around the world, which had been assembled and laminated, were a source of delight and a sense of connection to all others participating around the world.  Given our location and time zone in Australia, perhaps...

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Recent Events and Looking towards 2018

Mon, 4 Dec, 2017 - 08:54

Recent Events and Looking towards 2018

Mon, 4 Dec, 2017 - 08:54

Sangha Day was celebrated at the Toowoomba Buddhist Centre by a gathering of about 24 people, old and young, family and friends.  Peter became a Mitra and there was much rejoicing and sharing of delicious food.  Then there was a retreat record number of people (18) attending the ‘Encountering the Buddha’ retreat, led by Siladasa last weekend.  The new venue for our retreats is enabling larger numbers of people to attend with 18 probably being the maximum.  We hope to...

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SANGHA DAY AND MITRA CEREMONY November 4th 2017

Wed, 11 Oct, 2017 - 00:34

SANGHA DAY AND MITRA CEREMONY November 4th 2017

Wed, 11 Oct, 2017 - 00:34

Sangha Day will be celebrated on Saturday 4th November from 10am to approximately 2pm.  .  The program will include meditation, a Sevenfold Puja and a shared vegetarian lunch.  A highlight of the program will be a Mitra ceremony for Peter Barden during the puja.  All welcome to come along and join in this special day.  Please bring lunch to share.

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Life With Full Attention - a practical 8-week course in mindfulness begins Oct 8th

Tue, 30 Aug, 2016 - 08:23

Life With Full Attention - a practical 8-week course in mindfulness begins Oct 8th

Tue, 30 Aug, 2016 - 08:23

This course, led by Viryaja, has been designed by Maitreyabandhu, an experienced teacher of meditation and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order; he is based at the London Buddhist Centre. The course has been offered in other Buddhist Centres around the world, including the Sydney Buddhist Centre.  This is the second time it has been offered in Toowoomba.  Mindfulness is often confused with meditation but ‘mindfulness is a quality that has been practised for centuries’.  The course ‘shows how,...

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A Taste of Meditation - Saturday Nov 28th 10am to 3pm

Tue, 3 Nov, 2015 - 06:46

A Taste of Meditation - Saturday Nov 28th 10am to 3pm

Tue, 3 Nov, 2015 - 06:46

Sometimes we find that there are people who would like to participate in the meditation courses and other ongoing programs and events, which we offer at the Toowoomba Buddhist Centre, but their circumstances prevent their doing so.  They may live at some distance from the Centre, cannot travel at night or have other work and family commitments.  By offering this one-day meditation event, in which we shall introduce body, breathing and loving kindness meditations, we hope to be able to meet...

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Introduction to Meditation - daytime course starts August 19th

Sun, 2 Aug, 2015 - 06:52

Introduction to Meditation - daytime course starts August 19th

Sun, 2 Aug, 2015 - 06:52

A 6-week daytime meditation course will begin on Wednesday 19th August, 10am to 12.  The program follows the one designed by the Sydney Buddhist Centre, using weekly journal/workbooks.  A 7th follow up and practice week is optional.  For more information, contact Viryaja on 0746344303 or vp [at] toowoombabuddhistcentre.org

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Beginners Retreat was held last weekend

Wed, 1 Apr, 2015 - 01:22

Beginners Retreat was held last weekend

Wed, 1 Apr, 2015 - 01:22

The postponed Beginners Retreat was held last weekend, 27th to 29th March.  Of the 5 ‘beginners’ who participated, meditation experience and contact with Buddhism ranged from attending retreats years ago, through joining courses or meditation sessions at the Centre, to first-time involvement.  The program of meditation, introduction to basic Buddhist teachings, group activity and puja was met with interest and enthusiasm.  Devotional practice, particularly the Sevenfold Puja, while challenging for some was inspiring for others.  A weekend for new friendships and further reflection.

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Introduction to Meditation - daytime course starting 10th February

Mon, 26 Jan, 2015 - 21:27

Introduction to Meditation - daytime course starting 10th February

Mon, 26 Jan, 2015 - 21:27A 7-week daytime course on Tuesdays, from 2-4pm (or possibly)1-3pm), starting on 10th February, 2015 at the Toowoomba Buddhist Centre, 4-6 Cress Street, Toowoomba.
Cost: $100 Full, $80 Concession - Workbooks with notes are provided.
If you are interested in participating, contact Viryaja on vp [at] toowoombabuddhistcentre.org or text +61 404299573