Few international events come as unique as the illumin8 Festival of Light and Peace on this weekend, in Myers Flat, outside of Bendigo.
Celebrating the Festival of Light and Peace, on the same weekend of as Buddha’s Birthday - the 19th of May - the event provides a unique peace park and light installation experience over two-days.
Offering a wealth of multicultural performances, market stalls, vegetarian food and light and firework show, the two-days has a hostof special buddha activities, with this year’s event particularly special due to the consecration of the Jade Buddha on Friday, 18th of May.
Held around the great stupa, which is also known as a pagoda, the building is the most sacred building in Buddhism and symbolises the enlightened mind and the path to enlightenment.
This Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, being built near Bendigo, is the largest stupa in the Western world and is 50 metres square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This Stupa is the same design and size as the Gyantse Stupa (Kumbum) in Tibet. The original Gyantse Stupa is regarded one of the treasures of the Buddhist world.
Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
The temple area inside the Stupa, the Gompa will feature large statues of Buddha and other deities, and this area will be used for pujas, meditations and teachings. It will aim to be a place of inspiration, refuge and service to the wider community and to present an overview of Buddhism to visitors.
Beautiful gardens surround the Stupa and the Peace Park, which showcases symbols from many faiths including Catholic, Sikh, Islam, Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Construction of the Great Stupa is ongoing with an estimated to cost around $20 millon. This cost is being raised through donations on an international basis, with construction occurring on a progressive basis as funds become available.
See the unique ILLUMIN8 Festival of Light and Peace this weekend in Bendigo.
Location: 25 Sandhurst Town Road, Myers Flat, (outside Bendigo) Victoria
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 19 & 20 May 2018
Times: Saturday 12.00 - 9.00pm, Sunday, 12noon - 8.00pm