This year Vesak Day falls on the 17th of May, the full moon night of May that Buddhists commerate the birth, enlightenment and final nirvana of the historical Buddha Gautama who lived in India 2,600 years ago.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has sent a Vesak message to the Buddhist community via the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils. We thank the PM for the following message:
In response to an invitation by the Joint Committee on Migration to the FABC on 18th March 2011, the FABC submitted the following Submission:
1 Thank-you for your letter of 18 March 2011 inviting the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils of Australia (FABC) to make a submission on this important subject.
2 As the representative organisation of the Buddhist community through our five state Buddhist Councils, we represent approximately 250 Buddhist temples and organisations throughout Australia. We wish to express support for a suitable Multicultural policy in Australia that serves to promote a strong and vibrant Australia. The FABC is the voice of the Buddhist community in Australia that;
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne and the Buddhist Council of Victoria invite you to join us for an Interfaith Prayer and Chant Ceremony for Japan on Saturday 9 April, from 10:00 am to 11:15 am.
The event will take place at BMW Edge, Federation Square, Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets. Doors open at 9:30 am. Free event.
Following the devastation of the great North-Eastern Earthquake of 9 magnitude on March 11, followed by the 7 metre tsunami, and the breakdown of the Fukushima nuclear-power plant, the situation is grave.