Shakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara was first established in 2002. Venerable Soma Thero's notion aspiration was, that one day the Vihara should become a center for Buddhist Education, Research, Information & Culture. It was his vision that this would not just be a temple for Sri Lankan Buddhists but, be a central point for all who wished to learn more about teachings of the Lord Buddha. Today, the Vihara is equipped with an international library containing a wide range of books about Buddhist philosophy, culture and other religions. Shakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara is also affiliated with to the Buddhist University of Sri Lanka.

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Our History

In 1993 May 30th Buddhist Vihara Victoria was first established in Rich Street Noble Park Victoria as in a small 2 bedroom house. Instigated by certain comments from a member of the Australian Inter Faith group, Venerable Soma Thero recognized a need to establish a temple on premises that would enhance the image of Buddhism. As a result, in 1995 a five acre property in Berwick was purchased with the view of establishing a temple. In 2002, with the opening of the monk's residence the temple was moved from Noble Park to Berwick as The Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara.