Dhiramani took the Sydney Centre’s best wishes when she attended the opening of the new Melbourne Centre on the 7th and 8th of February. The day began with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, and the Mayor appreciating in the diversity of culture and places of worship in the municipality.
She presented the Sydney sangha’s gift offerings. Lisa Kelly’s lovely lotus like card, which many of us signed, was bursting open with metta and blessings and a double vajra was offered to the shrine – selected in part for its symbolism of fearlessness, courage and unobstructed success.
Dhiramani mentioned that whilst Melbourne was aware of the significance of their centre, it is also of significance for the region, as the Dharma spreads around Australia, through the network of Triratna Centres. Symbolically this will be represented by a Thangka of 1000 Avalokitesvara, which Sydney raised $395 towards, and to which other centres will contribute.