Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara
Registered as Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. (BVV Inc.)
The Buddhist Vihara Victoria (BVV) is a non-profit organisation with the aim of helping people of all ages to learn the teachings of Buddhism and to see them in practice in their own lives.
BVV is a religious, ethnically diverse and charitable organisation dedicated to the development, preservation and spreading the Theravada Buddhist philosophy in Australia. The teaching highlights the principles of mindfulness training to help people relieve stress and anxiety in day-to-day life and become natured communities promoting peace.
BVV operates as a comprehensive teaching and training centre with a public library and meditation facilities for youth and adults. A language / Dhamma school is also conducted every Sunday during Victorian school terms from Prep to Year 9 for Victorian School Children under Community Languages Victoria (CLV). The School curriculum consist of Sinhala as a LOTE subject and Buddhism according to the teachings of Lord Buddha and encourages the promotion of peace and harmony among all living beings.
BVV organises some cultural events to share our culture and heritage with the wider community. This is another way to teach the younger generation of Sri Lankan decent about the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture and values in a more joyous way. These activities are also enjoyed by our senior citizens and others who miss out on similar celebrations in the home country.
We also try to share these teachings and celebrations with wider Australian community, with the intension of giving them an understanding of the Buddhism, Sri Lankan culture and traditions and also enable them to get a glimpse of who we are. These are important practisers in the multi-cultural environment we live in to promote cultural diversity.
History of the temple
Ever since the Buddhist Vihara Victoria (BVV) Inc. relocated to Berwick, with the generous help and support of our dedicated Dayaka (lay) community, Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara has achieved several milestones in planning and developing various Building Projects.
Below is a snapshot of key milestones we have achieved to date.
- 2008 – Main Shrine hall (Dharmashalawa)
- 2013 – Dana hall
- 2014 – Commercial kitchen facility
- 2015 – Stupa (Suvisi Muni Seya)
- 2016 – Bodhi tree, Ran weta
- 2016 – Current language school building and car port
- 2017 – Seema Malaka building
- 2018 – Car parking area and the area in front of main building
- 2019 – Outdoor storage facility (lockable garage shed)