“Just wanted to let you know that our young Dharma activities are going very well here in Melbourne. Last month we ran a practice day, with 16 people attending - some for the first time. Most are in their 20's; a few in their early 30's. Manjusiddha and Shantidevi came as honorary youngish order members to help lead meditations and a puja, helping Shane and I run the day. There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm coming from the youth group and I find it personally very supportive too.
“In 2010 the Melbourne Buddhist Centre started offering activities specifically ran by young people for young people. We called the new venture the Young Dharma Discussion Group (YDDG). In recent years the number of young people coming to the centre has gone up considerably, but not many continued coming along regularly so we started to wonder if there might be better ways to engage young people.
Jodie and Shane (Melbourne, Australia)
|Triratna's Melbourne Buddhist Centre|
Coming up soon in the UK is “The New Society in Principle and Practice” and, in October, the large Annual Young Buddhists Retreat where up to 100 young Buddhists will be gathering for a weekend of practice, inspiration and fun.