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6 May - 8 May

Chung Tian Temple
1034 Underwood Rd, Priestdale QLD 4127

Buddha Birth Day

The Festival

Since 1997, the Buddha Birth Day Festival has become one of Queensland’s most notable cultural events and is recognised for promoting peace, as well as celebrating Australia’s harmony and diversity.

During our 22 years at the South Bank Parklands, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors per year and grew into one of the largest Buddha Birth Day Festival celebrations internationally. 2020 quickly became the year of disruption as the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide, which saw us go digital for the very first time with BBDF on Air. In 2021, the ongoing instability of the pandemic led the Buddha Birth Day Festival back home to the serene grounds of Chung Tian Temple.

The 2022 Buddha Birth Day Festival celebrations will continue at the temple and provide visitors with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide range of ceremonies and activities from the spiritual to the cultural, such as tea meditation, Buddhist talks, a Baby Blessing and multicultural performances.

We welcome you to leave your worries behind, find your inner peace and experience the joy of the 2022 Buddha Birth Day Festival.

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Since

1997
Buddha Statues At South Bank Piazza
Venerables
From the Spiritual to the Cultural

Festivities and Activities

Learn & Discover Buddhism

Do & Learn

Bathing of the Buddha

Bathing of the Buddha

Since ancient times, Buddhists all around the world celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the statue of the infant Buddha – Prince Siddhartha.


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terrarium Workshop

ZK Terrariums’ Diorama Workshop

Make your very own diorama where you will learn how to paint your 3D miniature figurine, design a moss dome, and glue them all into a glass canister of your choice.


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Student Cultural Activities

Chinese Cultural Fiesta

Experience a range of different Chinese cultural activities hosted by The Chung Tian Chinese School.


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Sutra Calligraphy

Sutra Calligraphy

Buddhism advocates the cultivation of the mind. This can be practised in a variety of ways, including meditation, chanting or sutra calligraphy.


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Tea Meditation

Tea Meditation

Tea Meditation in Buddhism combines a tea ceremony with meditation. These sessions are led by a venerable who will take you through the practice of meditative mindfulness.


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Family Tea Appreciation

Family Tea Appreciation

Together as a family, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the tea-making process, bringing a sense of oneness.


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Tea Appreciation Day Celebration

Tea Appreciation Day Celebration

Since 2005, Tea Appreciation Day has been held annually on the first weekend of May and celebrated by families and organisations all around the world.


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Meditation

Meditation

Guided by a venerable from Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple, take the time out of your busy schedule to find your inner peace at one of our scheduled meditation sessions.


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Scout Activities

3G4G by BLIA Scouts

Join the Buddha’s Light Scout Group QLD as they take you through a variety of fun and interactive activities.


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Vegetarian Food Fair

Vegetarian Food Fair

Smell the aroma of vegetarian cooking and taste the wide variety of cuisines on offer. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch and dinner, and take-away supper.


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Vege Plan A

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Stall

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Stall is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainability and encouraging individuals to make healthy life choices.


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Experience Through Your Senses

See & Hear

Baby Blessing Ceremony

Baby Blessing Ceremony

Every parent wishes that their child grows in good physical and mental health, lives a meaningful and fulfilling life, develops a kind and loving heart, and matures into a wise and compassionate individual.


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Buddhist Talks

Buddhist Talks

The Buddha's very life as a human being is to model the spiritual path and how to make our own lives a spiritual practice. The festival is offering various talks to share how the practice of Humanistic Buddhism can be integrated into all aspects of our daily lives.


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Lumbini Garden

Lumbini Garden

We welcome you to take a journey of discovery through the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha and to follow his path from witnessing old age, sickness, death and finally, enlightenment to become the Buddha.


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Ceremonies

Ceremonies

Celebrate the Buddha's Birth Day Festival and connect with your spiritual side at one of our Buddhist ceremonies.


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Bodhi Tree Blessing Ceremony

Bodhi Tree Blessing Ceremony

The Bodhi tree sapling, directly descended from the Bodhi tree where Prince Siddhartha sat when he attained enlightenment and became the Buddha, is a living work of art and a representation of the birth of Buddhism.


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Performances

Multicultural Performances

See, hear and celebrate with a vibrant line up of multicultural performances, showcasing a diverse range of music, dance and cultural groups.


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Band Performances

Music Under the Stars and Band Performances

Do you love ambient live music? soak in the temple atmosphere as you sit back and listen to the sweet and soulful sounds from some of the most loved local singer songwriters in South-East Queensland.


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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Hakuunan Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Chado (茶道) is also known as “chanoyu” and commonly referred to as “Japanese Tea Ceremony” in English. It is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for refinement of oneself, which is known as a "do", a “way” in Japanese.


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Japanese Flower Arrangement

Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement Demonstration by Ohara Ikebana School

Ikebana (生け花) is also known as kadō (華道, "way of flowers"). The tradition dates back to the Heian period (794 to 1185), where floral offerings were made at altars.


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Ceremonies

Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition

Venerable Master Hsing Yun artistically moves his brush from the top to the bottom of the parchment without pausing. “One-stroke calligraphy” means that every piece by the calligrapher is done in a single stroke.


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Children's Storytelling

Children's Storytelling

Join us for a story-telling session, accompanied by a surprise activity! Morally-based story will teach children about the importance of being open-minded, developing a willingness to listen, as well as to consider and respect others’ points of view.


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Queensland Police Services

Queensland Police Services

Stop by the Queensland Police Service area at the Front Courtyard where the Mobile Police Beat and Crime Prevention stall will be set up to provide photo opportunities, along with educational information on community safety.


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Amenities

Amenities and Information Booth

Acquaint yourself with Chung Tian Temple and speak to one of our friendly volunteers on duty.


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Organised By

Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple Logo
Buddha's Light International Association of Queensland Logo
Chung Tian Chinese School's Logo

Supported By

Brisbane City Council Logo

Corporate Partners

Queensland Government Logo
City of Logan Logo
YFG Shopping Centres Logo

Major Sponsors

George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals Logo
Kinstone Group Logo
South Pacific Developments Logo
Overseas community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan) Logo

Lumbini Garden and Maitreya Buddha Sponsors

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