VESAKVic10 | EAT WALK COMMEMORATE | 10th Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak | Saturday 27 May 2017 | 10am-3.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Join Buddhist Communities of Victoria and Friends for the 10th Observance of the Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak. A peaceful day of harmony and friendship to celebrate and practice the Buddha’s universal peace message for the world. 

The recognition by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 of an International Day of Vesak acknowledged the contribution which Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.

An occasion and day when Victorian Buddhist community will gather to Commemorate the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Passing. There are over 110 Buddhist Temples and Centres, located across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Comprising a diverse and harmonious mix of cultures, languages, traditions and forms of practice including from among the Bhutanese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, Sri Lankan, and Vietnamese Buddhist communities.

Scheduled Program:
  • 10.00am: Pindabata (offering of food to Venerable Monks and Nuns). Together with Interfaith and Indigenous Leaders and our lay Buddhist community. Where: St Peters Anglican Church Hall in East Melbourne.
  • 12.15pm: Procession and Friendship Walk. Welcome to Country ceremony given by Indigenous Elder. Where: Gather in Parliament Gardens Reserve, East Melbourne. Procession starts at 1pm. Proceeds along Spring and Collins Streets to Swanston Street. Arriving 1.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall.
  • 1.45pm: Commemoration. Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: Free. All are Welcome.

Full details at website

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc.
Mr Julian Bamford, President
Tel: 0400 267330

Generously supported with grants from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victorian Government, City of Melbourne, and our Victorian Buddhist Community, friends and supporters.