Saṅgha Day at Vijayaloka with Mitra Ceremonies & Chair Handover
Sunday 8 November 10am – 4:30pm at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights
Saṅgha Day is one of our main festival days and celebrates the bonds of spiritual friendship and mutual support that exist between us as parts of a growing fellowship of practitioners.
This year we have two extra special things to celebrate:
- Five people (at least!) will be becoming Mitras: Adam W, Graham H, James D, and the two Jenny Bs. Becoming a Mitra (which means "friend") is a significant step someone's spiritual life, when they declare that they consider themselves to be a Buddhist. This is a significant occasion both for the new mitras and the whole saṅgha, and is marked by a public ceremony.
- After three years of serving as chairperson for the Sydney Buddhist Centre and Vijayaloka, Samacitta has now formally handed this responsibility over to Dhammakumāra. This will also be marked by a simple ritual.
Because of COVID restrictions limiting the number of people we can have in the shrine room at the Sydney Buddhist Centre, we have decided to move our Saṅgha Day celebrations to Vijayaloka where we can have the ceremonies outside.
In order to help us plan for the day, it would be helpful (but not required) to let us know that you're coming using the booking form.
|10am||Arrive any time from 10am|
|11am||Chairperson Handover Ceremony|
|1pm||Lunch & Free time|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is pūjā / mitra ceremonies?
In our community, when someone considers themselves to be a Buddhist they can become a "mitra" (which means "friend"), which is marked by a ceremony. This is a significant occasion both for the new mitras and the whole saṅgha.
The mitra ceremony takes place as part of a pūjā, a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.
Do I need to book?
No, although it would be helpful for us to let us know that you're coming
How much does the day cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $15-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Do I need to be a Buddhist or a regular at the centre?
Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those who are familiar with our centre. Family and friends of the people becoming mitras are also encouraged to come and witness this important event for them.
I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?
Of course! You're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make. If you are not coming for the whole say it would be ideal to arrive some time between 1pm and 3pm.
Do I need to bring anything?
No, although many people like to bring cards for the people becoming mitras.
Where to Find Us
Vijayaloka is conveniently located about one hour from the heart of Sydney in Minto Heights and is easily accessible by car or train.
Vijayaloka's address for use in sat-navs is 36 Howard Road, Minto Heights NSW 2566. Travel time from central Sydney is about one hour.
There is a blue sign at Vijayaloka's entrance. Enter there and then park the car park immediately on your right.
Vijayaloka is very each to access by train. The closest train station is Minto which is on the T8 Airport Line towards MacArthur and Campbelltown. Travel time is about 50 minutes from Central.
You may be able to get a lift from the station from someone you know, or alternatively you can take a taxi from the bottle shop across the road from the station, or an Uber.