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Faith & Legacy

14 May - 16 May
9am to 5pm


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 keeping with our theme of “Faith and Legacy”, the 2021 Buddha Birth Day Festival is excited to share our faith and continue the festival’s legacy by celebrating our 24th anniversary back home within the serene grounds of Chung Tian Temple.

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Since

1997
Buddha Statues At South Bank Piazza
Venerables
Weekend of Celebration

Plan Your Visit

Walk up the steps to the front courtyard of Chung Tian Temple and be welcomed by Happy Buddha. Begin your exploration of the festival and stop by the nearby information booth to speak to one of our friendly volunteers who will take you through the festival program and answer any of your questions.

Chung Tian Temple Map

Map


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Program

Program


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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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Mass Meditation

Mass Meditation

Breathe in the fresh morning air and deepen your understanding of how to achieve mindfulness in your daily life. This one-off outdoor meditation session is guided by the Venerables of Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple.


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Student Cultural Activities

Students' Cultural Activities

Looking for fun activities for the kids or the opportunity to bring out your inner child? The Chung Tian Chinese School will host a variety of cultural activities at the festival.


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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 Chan

Tea Chan

Don't miss the opportunity to brew your choice of floral tea, while learning how to cultivate mindfulness and live in the present moment. Experience the joy in each step of the tea making journey and savour the aroma and taste of delicately brewed tea. Making a cuppa will never be the same again!


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Meditation

Meditation

As 2021 is the year of the ox, this unique display and associated meditation sessions throughout the festival will provide you with an understanding of the ‘Ten Ox Herding Pictures’, a metaphoric depiction of the stages of practice leading to enlightenment.


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Scout Activities

Scout Activities

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


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Vege Plan A

Vege Plan A

Vege Plan A is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainability and encouraging individuals to make healthy life choices.


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Vegetarian Food Fair

Vegetarian Food Fair

For the foodies, our Vegetarian Food Fair will be a feast for the senses. Smell the aroma of vegetarian cooking and taste the wide variety of cuisines on offer. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch and take away dinner. The choices are endless!


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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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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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Multicultural Art Exhibition

Multicultural Art Exhibition

Curated by a selection of six artists, the Multicultural Art Exhibition promises to be a showcase like no other. The exhibition will feature a selection of works by indigenous, oriental, eastern and western artists, unified by its focus on life’s moral virtues.


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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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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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Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple

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Buddha's Light International Association of Queensland

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Chung Tian Chinese School

Proudly Sponsored By

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Brisbane City Council

Corporate Partners

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Queensland Government

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South Bank Parklands

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