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Prime Minister's Vesak Day Message 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:44
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I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Vesak.

Celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Sakyamuni Buddha, this is an important time for the Buddhist community to come together in fellowship, and for the broader community to deepen their appreciation of Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist community, in all its diversity, has become an integral part of the Australian story.

Buddhism is Australia’s second-most practiced religion. For many, it provides meaning, purpose and inspiration to their daily lives.

The five precepts of Buddhism: don’t kill, don’t steal, avoid dishonourable conduct, don’t lie, and don’t over-indulge, stand as a universal code of conduct that all people regardless of our religion or culture should strive towards.

At this time, we celebrate the contribution that the Buddhist community makes to Australia. I acknowledge your commitment to respect, compassion and understanding as taught by Buddha.

I send my best wishes to everyone attending this celebration.


The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister of Australia

26 May 2015


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Monday, 11 May 2015 15:09
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A message has been received from the Catholic Pontifical Council for Interreligiuos Dialogue on the occasion of Vesak:

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 15:22
The passing of Graeme Lyall on Vesak Day 2015
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 17:43
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The FABC Committee has learned with great sadness from the Buddhist Council of NSW that Graeme Lyall passed away on Sunday 3rd May 2015, aged 83. Graeme was the founding Chair of the Buddhist Council of NSW in 1985. Even after his retirement in 2006, he continued his active service to Buddhism and the Australian community.  

"Graeme represented Australian Buddhism for more than six decades and was a pioneer of Buddhism in Australia", noted the current chair of the Buddhist Council, Brian White.  "Graeme Lyall will be missed by the many Buddhist groups he assisted, the many hundreds of prison inmates he helped, and his loss will be felt across the Buddhist world" I personally learned so much from Graeme and will miss his inspiration and his sense of humour."
Graeme Lyall was lucid and clear thinking right up until his peaceful passing in Royal North Shore Hospital surrounded by family and friends, on this very auspicious Vesak full-moon day.

The FABC Committee acknowledges the great contributions by Graeme Lyall to the establishment of the Buddha Dharma in Australia over many decades, and note that even in his death he has shared the Dhamma with all who will listen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 17:50
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