Caring for self
Caring for others


Buddhist Spring Festival
6 Nov 2021

Guided Meditation

Time: 2pm


An opportunity to relax and unwind, and to focus on the kindness of others

Feature Talk and Meditation

Time: 1pm


Gain deeper awareness to take better care of oneself and others, including guided meditation

Ceremony for World Peace

Time: 11am

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Talks by distinguished and community guest speakers, and traditional prayers for peace and happiness

Inspiring Walks

Time: 10:15am & 12:15pm


Charming insights into the beautiful TBS garden and magnificent temple

Children's Space

Time: 10am


Book readings and meditation to inspire kindness and caring in young hearts 
(4-9 years)

Buddhist Spring Festival 2021
Caring for Self, Caring for Others

“Caring for others requires 
caring for oneself”


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Caring for self, caring for others’ is the theme of the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s 2021 Buddhist Spring Festival.

Caring for others is in our nature, a core human aspect. 
With a mind of caring love, affectionate love, and the heartfelt wish for others’ happiness, we can bring benefit no matter how distant we are. In return, acting selflessly helps support our own wellbeing.

When we care for others, we also need to care for ourselves, 
with good food, beneficial activities, gentleness, patience, rest, 
and a happy mind.

When we care for others with a loving heart, we care for ourselves, as shown in the great Mahayana Buddhist concepts of great love, great compassion and bodhicitta.

Exploring the truth of love for ourselves, our own well-being, 
and each other is an essential Dharma teaching. 



Caring for Self, Caring for Others

“Caring for others requires caring for oneself,” explains His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. When we care for others, we also need to
care for ourselves, by being the best person possible — happy, resilient, healthy — able to help wherever and whenever we can.

Venerable Anna Goldstein is a long time student of Tibetan Buddhism and the Society’s Founder, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.

Anna will teach the next introduction series beginning on 14 November.

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Guided Meditations

Remembering Caring:
If I am me, and you are you, what makes me “you”?

Caterina (Cat) Neal looks at having love, care and compassion for oneself and others, while 
exploring the breath and equal attitudes towards others to feel grounded and grateful within ourselves.

Cat Neal has had a lifelong interest in the philosophy of life. 
She has been studying and practising Tibetan Buddhism for a number of years.

Cat Neal
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Ceremony for World Peace

Caring for Self, Caring for Others

Join heart-warming prayers for Melbourne’s and the world’s safe transition to a more open world, for health and prosperity for all and to care for all that lives on our planet

We will have a special talk by Professor Christine Kilpatrick AO, Chief Executive of Royal Melbourne Hospital,
and by Councillor Karen Sherry from the City of Hume and Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, Abbess of the Seon Centre in Kinglake.

The MC for the Ceremony for World Peace is Martin Horan and prayers will be lead by Rosie McKew. Both Rosie and Martin are directors of the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

We hope you enjoy the Blessing Ceremony!


Guest Speakers

Christine Kilpatrick AO

Professor Christine Kilpatrick AO, Chief Executive of the Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Christine Kilpatrick AO, Chief Executive of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, is the keynote speaker.

In earlier roles Professor Kilpatrick was Chief Executive, Royal Children’s Hospital from 2008 – 2017, Executive Director Medical Services, Melbourne Health, and Executive Director Royal Melbourne Hospital Melbourne Health 2004-2008. Among numerous awards and honours, Professor Kilpatrick was inducted in the top 50 Public Sector Women in 2018 and in 2019 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Karen Sherry

Councillor Karen Sherry,

Hume City Council

Karen Sherry has been a Councillor with Hume City Council since 2016, and she was re-elected in 2020.
Karen was drawn to council because of her work in the homelessness and community housing sector.
She has travelled in India extensively and worked in an NGO in New Delhi. She has studied yoga and stayed in Ashrams at various times.

Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim

Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim

Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, with 40+ years in robes, is now an elder monastic in Australia. She traditionally trained many years in Korea, in Seon (Zen), Sutras & Zen Arts. On her return in ’98 she founded the Seon Centre & developed it as a forest retreat in Kinglake. Her teaching, interfaith, various committee and other community engagements, though now online, remain inter-connecting and relevant.

Inspiring Walks

A Heartening Stroll for the Heart


Take an uplifting and light-hearted walk in the gardens of the Society’s Melbourne centre, the ‘Peaceful Land of Joy’, with Tim McKibben.

A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Tim is a regular teacher at the Melbourne centre, a passionate proponent of the benefits of gardening, and TBS garden stalwart.

To care for all that lives in the TBS garden, the birds, the small creatures, and the insects that live in and support the soil, our volunteers tend it with tools, not insecticides or chemicals — every weed removed the old-fashioned way — over a bit of a natter of course.

Garden volunteers are welcome every Saturday morning
from 9.30am – 12.00pm — and there are refreshments!

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A Magnificent View

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A home of Mahayana teachings for developing great love, great compassion, and great wisdom, the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s temple provides a ‘magnificent view’. Join Venerable Cathy Evans for a glimpse of the peace within.

Active in the Melbourne Buddhist community, and a teacher at the Tibetan Buddhist Society for many years, Venerable Cathy is currently completing a master’s course in Nalanda Buddhist philosophy.

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Children's Space

Let’s all take care of one another!

Join in an activity or short story about caring, kindness, and understanding others with Donna McMahon.

Donna has provided children’s meditation sessions at the Tibetan Buddhist Society for many years. 
Gentle, patient, and full of fun, Donna enjoys taking care!