7th Anniversary


When people get away from big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, they always try to explore something different from what they always see in the cities like beaches, water fall and historic places. But on Sunday 19th November 2017 some people were heading to Albury, city in the country around 330kms from Melbourne. They came to celebrate 7th Anniversary of a Buddhist Temple.

There are many Buddhist temples around big cities but only few small cities in Australia have Buddhist temples. It is not surprising because in the cities there are hundred thousands of overseas migrant from Asia who brought Buddhism with them but we can see not many migrants around in the country.

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The group who start this seven years ago in Albury is part of a group of Buddhist monks and lay people who originally from Wat Phra Dhammakaya Thailand. They brought their master’s visions to Australia and established a meditation center in Sydney in 1998. In later years the group gaining supports to have centres in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Albury is only centre in reginal city they have in Australia.


The story of the journey in the past seven year was shared again in the congregation of 7th Anniversary by Phra Satit Thitadhammo. His journey at the beginning at South Albury wasn’t a nice one. Late 2010 start running Sunday service with no attendant which later gaining some and have regular comers on Sunday. Perhaps it is because the area, the temple had twice broken in, and rock attack at the time he spent there around two years. Finally he has to leave the place in South Albury due to unsolvable legal issue of that property. But all these did not stop him to continue the journey. He had in mind that “Without this centre it will be no light of the Dhamma in this region” He understand how hard to have a temple running here with little support.

In September 2013 after they have no place to run Sunday service the group always thanks to AISHA FLOW YOGA who generously offered them the place as a temporary home for almost a year.


The big turning point of the temple is when they found the property to be a permanent place for the temple. They aimed to find the place which has beautiful nature surrounding, big size of land, close to the centre of Albury-Wodonga and affordable price. They were lucky enough to find this property on East Street which was exact what they were looking for.

“I feel very proud that we carefully selected the best place to offer to the Buddha to be our Buddhist Temple. Our Temple building might not be so magnificent but for the beauty of the surrounding view, which would be hard to find elsewhere.” Said Phra Satit


A part from beautiful place they also have nice and warm welcome community here. The temple keeps traditional activities and also integrates some other activities to meet the Australian culture and diversity of the community.


The slogan for this year is “Step forward to the sustainable community”
Phra Satit explained that how we can contribute to make this sustainable community. Regarding to Buddhist practice the first step to make this society in good balance is giving. He emphasized to the audience that this is not just to talk but look at ourselves to make opportunity when we can be a giver.


On the celebration day they had set up a table for home grown sharing and it was very successful. People bring home grown to share kids make fresh orange juice to serve and say thank you to people that brought food to share on the day. It was a wonderful time that everyone enjoyed.


Additional to this year activity of the temple they also have an association called The Good Friends (Albury) Inc. The group will bring the Dhamma practice to life. Phra Satit, the founder of this association mentioned that the entity applies social entrepreneurship as its development strategy. They will engage more in supporting the local community as part of the practice as well as running eco-friendly community online store. The store will help to maintain financial sustainability of the temple. The good friends Albury store have its slogan “an eco-friendly innovative social enterprise” The information about The Good Friends (Albury) Inc. can be found from their facebook page and http://thegoodfriendsalbury.org



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Reflecting on the Global Light of Peace 2017


A week has now passed since the Global Light of Peace 2017 was held at the Big Top in Luna Park Sydney, on the night of the 5th September.

Participants from all Religions, Nationalities and Cultures were impressed with the evening even those already accustomed to working for World Peace.


The large audience enjoyed performances including Aboriginal dancing and music. One of the highlights was the ability to participate in a guided thirty-minute Meditation simultaneously experienced around the world in like-minded Countries and communities. With the aid of modern technology those unable to attend on the night were able to view and participate live on Facebook to help create World Peace through Inner Peace.


The event benefited from the insight and experience of several guest speakers:


Ms Patricia Garcia  a worker with the United Nations Association of Australia spoke of her work focusing on sustainable development goals, seventeen of which were formally adopted by 193 countries. These goals are a plan and a vision to transform the world to a future that we all want. They involve tackling poverty, eliminating injustice and protection of the environment. Ms Garcia explained from meeting refugees from all parts of the world that they all had one thing in common, they all wanted to have peace.


Dr Tomek Wyczesany a Scientist and Author commented on how remarkable it was that we were all here from all parts of the World to support World Peace. He said that we may have different languages and tell different stories but the purpose was the same that is to find a peaceful and happy existence. He spoke of connections with Neuro Science and peace with regard to the human body, when we feel well and function properly we feel healthy. He explained that this orderly and harmonious connectedness of body and mind is called by Scientists the “State of coherence” and he mentioned the importance of healthy habits of body and mind if we wish to see peace in the world, quoting Mahatma Ghandi’s famous saying  “ You must be the change you want to see”


Mr Paul Taylor spoke from the Christian perspective and of how happy he was to be there and to share the evening. He explained that Christians also meditate and that Jesus was a mediator and was able to deliver to the world remarkable teachings about peace and non violence. Mr Taylor said he believed world peace was possible and that it has to start with the worlds religions being able to share in meditation and in deep inner stillness and silence.


Morni Chen during her speech advised we all can definitely bring inner peace but we needed to have the intention and for that we needed to know the value of peace.

She quoted a word she discovered during her time in The Philippines called “Calinao” that means peace. It translated as Clear Mind, she went on to explain the importance of the connection of peace and the ability to have a clear mind.

She reinforced how important it was to be focused on Peace at this time in World events.



Globes representing the light of peace were illuminated by each participant, the image of a room full of individual lights conveying the power of peace as all present meditated together. The event created a joyful atmosphere with many people looking forward to being able to assist MMI next year to create the Global Light of Peace for 2018.


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Few days away to GLOP 2017

A million peace makers plan to join an online meditation session for world peace on the full moon day in September 2017


The group of peace makers from around the world are looking forward to the exciting event with a gathering of a million people to join the online meditation to create world peace on the 5th September 2017. The event will run simultaneously in six locations in six continents around the world including The Big Top at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia.


The Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI) believes that world peace can be created by inner peace and many peace makers and meditation groups around the world agree. It is anticipated when the meditation event is undertaken that it will inspire more people to participate. MMI has achieved some large scale international and multi-faith events in the past years.

This year MMI contacted and invited all peace-making groups who agreed with the concept of “World Peace Through Inner Peace” to join hands in organizing the Global Light of Peace 2017. This event will occur simultaneously with six other international cities around the world including New York (USA), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Barcelona (Spain), Mozambique (Africa) and Iloilo City in The Philippines and in Australia MMI in partnership with 60TH Dhammachai Education Foundation will be held the event at The Big Top, Luna Park Sydney from 8.30pm-11.30pm

Global Light of Peace 2017 in each site will include a thirty-minute meditation session, Words of peace from multi-faith spiritual leaders, live peace music and the global light of peace image. Each of the thousands of participants will contribute to the light of peace image. They are representing people in many parts of the world who are now sharing the light of peace. This event will be broadcast live online from six locations and anyone can join.
https://www.facebook.com/glop2017au for Australia)

Now it is only few days to go, at Sydney location the organising committee confirm that we will have Traditional Aborigine Welcome Dance to well come all the participants. The words of peace will be shared by some multi-faith spiritual leaders, representative from United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) and Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia, Miss Universe New Zealand 2017.

After lighting Global Light of Peace 2017 participants will enjoy two versions of “World Peace Through Inner Peace” songs, the original and the new version. The organising committee hope that this event will help participants to balance their peace in mind as well as being entertained.





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Light of Peace on the full moon night at Luna Park Sydney


The press conference of the Global Light of Peace event 2017 was held on the afternoon of Friday the 18 August 2017 at the Palais conference room, Luna Park. This is the first time in Australia this kind of activity has been undertaken and will be organised by The Middle Way Meditation Institute, with assistance and volunteers supplied by the 60th Dhammachai Education Foundation. The facility will be provided by The Big Top, Luna Park in Sydney.



The group of peace makers from around the world are looking forward to the exciting event involving a gathering of a million people who will join the online meditation session to help create world peace on the 5th September 2017. The event will use communication technology to allow anyone to join the online live broadcast.

This event will occur simultaneously with six other international cities from around the world including, New York (USA), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Barcelona (Spain), Mozambique (Africa) and Iloilo City in The Philippines,in Australia the event will be held at The Big Top, Luna Park Sydney from 8.30pm-11.00pm


Global Light of Peace 2017 at each site will include a thirty-minute meditation session, Words of peace from multi-faith spiritual leaders, live peace music and the global light of peace image.


Tickets are available now and can be booked online at bigtopsydney.com

For further information call Jaye on Mob. 0402 255 434



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GLOP 2017


Global Light of Peace 2017 (GLOP2017) is another world peace project initiated by Middle Way Meditation institute (MMI) established in Thailand with the aim to promote world peace through inner peace, the meditation practice. The institute has been organising an event of this kind of project and has achieved a great success in The Philippines three years continuously from 2013 to 2015.

This year, MMI is organizing GLOP2017 to remark the 100 anniversary of the discovery of the Middle Way Meditation Practice by its founder master on the full moon day in September*. The event will be held in six continents at the same time.


Sydney will be representing one of six locations, Australia. 60th Dhammachai Education Foundation (60DEF), a charity foundation based in Australia which has one of its objectives in promoting meditation practice, has made its commitment to assist MMI in organising this project in Australia.

The Inner Peace Leaders Retreat was recently held in Sydney on the weekend of 14th-16th July 2017 to unite the hearts of core volunteers of the GLOP2017. Nevertheless, MMI is openly welcome more volunteers who are interested in taking part in the successfulness of this event.

The place to hold the event has to be where the top view image of the LED candle lighting can be clearly captured and also convenience for people to come as well. A hall in Sydney Luna Park was selected as Luna Park in one of the well-known icon of the city of Sydney which will make the event more attractive to people.


The timing of the event is one of a very challenging tasks for the organising committee as this is a global event that runs simultaneously around the world, which means 10.00 pm. in Sydney will be 08.00 am. in New York etc. The tentative programs will start at 8.30 pm. On the full moon night, Tuesday 5th September 2017. The program includes Peace Talks, Peace Music, Meditation and lighting of the Global Light of Peace.

The organising committee is pressed with time and is closer to finalize the program and the online booking system to enable the participants to secure their seats in the GLOP2017.





*Most of the traditional important days in Asia use Luna calendar.

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Vesak 2017 in Shepparton

Vesak - May 2017

Millions of Buddhists worldwide celebrate Vesak Day (this year – 10th of May 2016), an officially recognised United Nations (UN) observance that commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Vesak is the most  important Buddhist Festival held on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May annually.

Two years ago we celebrated our first Vesak Day event in Shepparton thanks to generous support from City of Greater Shepparton, Ethnic Council of Shepparton, People Supporting People, Sri Lankan Community and local Buddhist community.

For the third consecutive year, we are celebrating Vesak Day 2017 on Saturday 13th of May at Queens Gardens.

We would love to invite you to come and celebrate “Vesak” or “Buddha Purnima” with us from 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday 13th of May 2017.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Sam Atukorala on 03 5831 2395.

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UN Vesak Celebration 2017


Many Buddhist communities are now aware that this year’s UN Vesak  Celebrations will be at Paul Keating Park, Bankstown NSW on Saturday 6th May 2017. The change of venue this year from the Sydney Town Hall has allowed for more variety, including an information stall, a Food stall and other activities on the grounds of the park.

10322697_581763821922829_7613507396911589023_nThe Buddhist Federation of Australia first initiated in Sydney The Australian Observance of the United Nations Day of Vesak in 2007. Its purpose was to promote Vesak Day to enable the celebration to become well known to the public.

13244860_939442929488248_4881062722848726674_nBy holding this event year by year another benefit has emerged. It has allowed the various Buddhist groups, cultures and traditions to unite and work together as one to promote the Vesak Day Celebrations, united in their hearts to promote and honor the Buddhas Day.


The celebration provides a good opportunity for many who are interested in Buddhism and wish to experience and meet Buddhist monks or Buddhist organizations from various traditions and nationalities. 


However, the UN Vesak Celebrations can be enjoyed by anyone not only Buddhists. The theme for this year is “Living in Harmony”. The event will help to bring a colorful peaceful culture to Bankstown on the day. Apart from the Buddhist cerebrations there will be International food, Cultural performances and children’s activities which will ensure a pleasant family atmosphere and a great day for all at Paul Keating Park from 9.30am-3.00pm on Saturday 6th May 2017.


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A joyful day in Cabramatta


It was a joyful day for many people in Cabramatta at Freedom Plaza. Vassa Festival was a worthy course for many volunteers to put their tirelessly work days and nights to make this event successful. Theravadin monks from various national background were invited to be field of merit in this ceremony. 60th Dhammachai Education Foundation organized this event for the second year to bring Buddhist concept to simple practice that help create peaceful culture.


Generosity, toward the Sangha who are worthy of respect always bring joyfulness to all Buddhists. This festival remarks the beginning of the traditional rain retreat for the Sangha which can also be applied to laypeople. This three months duration will be used in self-training for monks in particular place with other Sangha.


The congregation of Buddhist followers will customary organise the offering of necessity for monks to use in this retreat. Symbolically, the candle to provide light for study Dhamma at night even though we all know these days electricity is used instead but people still happily make the same offering as they did in the past when candle was essential to provide light for the temple.


Congregation of twenty monks attended the service leaded by Chow Khun Phrasudhammyanavites Vi (The Most Venerable Sudhammo). Mr  Nhan Tran, representative of the local council gave welcome speech to begin the ceremony. The leader of the Sangha, in his sermon mentioned that in this rain retreat people should take this opportunity to do something good for themselves as well for example practice meditation every day.


Activities today including Sangha Dana – offering necessities to the Sangha, making merit and dedicating the merit to ancestors, paying homage to relics of the Buddha. Flow of Buddhist followers and many passing-by participated in these activities all day until the end of this festival at 3pm.





Photographer: Saranya J Lim & Niky Tanakaan

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Proud to be one of the regional Buddhist temples

screen capture from Shepparton News online

Screen capture from Shepparton News online

After the Buddhist ceremony to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Aroi Thai Restaurant in Shepparton on the 29th March 2016, the Buddhist community in Albury who participated in the celebration felt proud that their city had a Buddhist Temple.  Shepparton have long had a Buddhist community however do not have a Temple of their own.

Having a Buddhist Temple means so much to the Buddhist community as they have monastic order who preserves the teachings of the Buddha, theoretically and practically. It is hard for people who are interested in the teachings and only have the internet as a means of research. It is far easier when you have direct access to a trained Buddhist Monk.

The abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Luang Por Dhammajayo ('Luang Por' meaning Venerable Father), greeting laypeople at the Wat

The abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Luang Por Dhammajayo (‘Luang Por’ meaning Venerable Father), greeting laypeople at the Wat

With the kindness of Phrathepyanmahamuni the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Thailand, who’s vision is to bring peace to the world. He has sent experienced Buddhist Monks and lay Buddhists overseas to share Buddhist knowledge and Meditation. The first Dhammakaya centre in Australia was established in Sydney in 1998 and then Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The work in Albury commenced with a very humble beginning in an abandoned Temple located in South Albury. The Temple relocated to a temporary premises that were generously offered by Aisha Flow Yoga while the team searched for a permanent home.

“I feel very proud that we carefully selected the best place to offer to the Buddha to be our Buddhist Temple. Our Temple building might not be so magnificent but for the beauty of the surrounding view, which would be hard to find elsewhere.” Said Phra Satit


The permanent place at 302 East Street, East Albury has a converted a triple garage as a meditation room which will allow for up to 30 people on a Sunday and also acts as a residence for the Buddhist Monks. The regular Sunday service operated for the first time at its new home on the 26th July 2015. Apart from regular Sunday services the Temple has been able to offer accommodation to travelling Buddhist Monks who sometimes come to provide Buddhist services in this city. There are also some other services that the Temple is able to offer to the community here when needed, such as funeral services.


Dhammakaya Meditation Centre Albury or Wat Phra Dhammakaya Albury in Thai (Wat translates in English as Buddhist Temple) is the only Dhammakaya centre in regional cities across Australia. All other centres are in the capital city of each state and mostly accommodate Thai communities while Wat Phra Dhammakaya Albury aims to reach all local people. So the service here uses English as the main communication language. The centre has been well supported accommodating local audiences.

Australian Buddhists are aware that there are many traditions of Buddhist schools and that they all practice differently. However, Buddhism has been well recognised as one of the most peaceful religious no matter which school they are.


What is Dhammakaya? Dhammakaya is a Pali word meaning “body of Dhamma” or the Enlightened body. Wat Phra Dhammakaya using this name as the aim for practicing meditation to attend the Dhammakaya. You could notice every temple has their own name related to the Buddha or Dhamma or Sangha which are the triple gems of Buddhism (the Dhamma being the teachings and the Sangha representing the monastic followers)


The word Dhammakaya that you might come across on the internet or mass media mostly means the Dhammakaya Temple. Dhammakaya Temple is a Thai Theravada Buddhist Temple. The Temple operation is very organised and has a million dedicated followers. The Temple has faced many criticisms in past years. Even though negative news has been mentioned in the Thai mass media, the Dhammakaya followers still continue to attend their Temple. It demonstrates that the message the people who visit the temple experience and understand must be different from that which is represented in some of the media.

Dhammakaya Chapel

Phra Satit Thitadhammo the teaching monk at Dhammakaya Meditation Centre Albury shared the experience that he first came to the Dhammakaya Temple, Thailand when he was only two years old in 1979 with his mother. His father passed away even before he was one. His mother brought him up alone with financial assistance from relatives and her own work. So he confirms that you don’t need to be rich to come to the Temple, rather you need to be good, to come to the Temple. He and his Mother were picked up every week by a good friend, who went to the Temple every Sunday. At that time the Temple was small and located on 71 acres of land. The number of people attending ranged from a several hundred to a few thousand on some special occasions. The activities at the Temple were mostly chanting, meditating and listening to the Dhamma talk. People donate within their capacity and some of the younger generation do volunteer work at the Temple.


“What I saw at that time was that people who were taught at the Temple and followed the Dhamma in an effort to keep their life on the right path were very happy. With the leadership provided by Phrathepyanmahamuni they were confident that they could share the same happiness with more people. They then found that larger facilities with bigger capacities were needed so they were happy to support the growth that allowed the Temple to grow rapidly.” Said Phra Satit.

The word “wealth” is often confused in Buddhism and perhaps with people who are interested in the Buddhist concept, however to make it clear we can look at the opposite word which is “poverty”. Poverty (daliddiya) is in no place praised or encouraged in Buddhism. The Buddha said, “Poverty is a suffering in the world for a layman.” He also said, “Woeful in the world is poverty and debt” (A.III.350,352). Though monks should be contented and have few wishes, poverty is never encouraged, even for the Monks.,

The main point is that wealth in itself is not to be praised or blamed, the importance is the way one acquires and uses it.

The advice about wealth is listed below:


  1. Seeking wealth lawfully and unarbitrarily.
  2. Making oneself happy and cheerful.
  3. Sharing with others and doing meritorious deeds.

Trans mundane.

  1. Making use of one’s wealth without greed and longing, without infatuation, heedful of danger and possessed of the insight that sustains spiritual freedom.

(*from Ethics, Wealth, and Salvation R.F. Sizemore 1989 p.45)

So wealth can be wishful for lay Buddhists as long as they acquire and use it correctly. That does not contradict the practice. The more you have, means the more you can share with others as well.


Rather than make this article too long, the Dhammakaya Temple in Albury is here and open each Sunday at 10.00am for anyone to come and see for themselves what we teach and what we practice.


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The 5th Anniversary

The 5th Anniversary on Sunday 29th November 2015 will be another significant milestone for the Buddhist Centre in Albury (Dhammakaya Meditation Centre Albury) when things are all in place. They bought the permanent place on a beautiful mountain view site in East Albury last year. The place has been developed to meet the council requirement to be a place of public worship capable to accommodate 30 people for the Sunday service.  The service started soon after they had the approval by the end of July 2015. A part from servicing people locally, the centre also welcome visitors from big cities like Sydney and Melbourne who are very impressed with the peaceful environment and friendly community in Albury.


The celebration expect to get the usual interest from main stream media which will be a great spark to raise awareness to the community that the centre is now opened and welcome the public to experience the Buddhist practice on Sunday at their permanent place.

Bodhi tree transplantation

Bodhi tree transplantation last time was 3 years ago in South Albury

The celebration highlights are VDO presentation of the work in the past 5 years, Bodhi tree transplantation, Fundraising for the Air-condition system of the meditation room (Robe offering). Thai lunch will be served to all participant with compliment from Aloy Thai Restaurant, Shepparton, VIC and other Thai members.


The 5th Anniversary Celebration

Venue: 302 East Street, East Albury NSW 2640


9.30     Registration

10.00   Welcoming Speech (MC)

10.10   5th Anniversary Remarked by Phra Satit

10.15   5th Anniversary VDO Presentation

10.25   5th Anniversary Reflection from Supporters

10.45   Meditation

10.55   Buddhist ceremony

11.15   Blessing

11.20   Bodhi tree transplantation

11.30   Compliment Lunch


Enquiry call Barry 0459 727 316

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001307106593893/

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