Help us build our new monastery!
The Karen Buddhist monastery in Bendigo is much more than a place of
The monastery is:
- A community centre for Christian Karen as well as Buddhist Karen
- A cultural centre
- A place where newly arrived refugees (Christian and Buddhist)
can stay while they look for long term accommodation
- A place where visitors to Bendigo can stay
- A residence for monks and nus
As there is no other Theravada Buddhist monastery in
Bendigo, our community welcomes Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhists, as
well as Australians with an interest in Buddhism.
Our current monastery is a small house with a garage we use as a
We have bought a large block of vacant land and we
have applied to Bendigo City Council for permission to build a prayer
hall and residence for monks, a kitchen, and a house where newly arrived
refugees can stay.
You can see the
and elevation plan
for the new monastery.
We are also
inviting an Australian monk or nun to join our community - click
here for more information.
On the first Sunday of each month we usually join
the Community Day at
Most other Sunday mornings we have chanting and a shared
meal. All are welcome - please bring food to share. The chanting starts
at 10:30am, however please call beforehand to confirm.
afternoons we have Buddhist "Sunday School". Activities include singing,
drawing, learning stories about the Buddha's life, and guided
meditations. Sunday School activities are based on both the Theravada
tradition and the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. All children are welcome.
Sunday School starts at 1:30pm.
The monastery and community centre are
26 Hercules Street
Long Gully 3556
03 5441 3560