The Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation (Incorporated) supports Karen Buddhist
people and Karen Christian people to follow their traditional religions
About half of our members are Karen Buddhists and half Karen Christians.
We also have some Australian members. As Buddhists and Christians we
share values of loving-kindness, compassion, mutual respect and ethical
living. Because we share these values we have no problem working
together although we are different religions.
Most of our members have recently come to Australia as refugees from
refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border.
Bringing more refugees to come to live in Bendigo in Australia, and
supporting them after they arrive, is a major part of our work. To show
that we do not discriminate by religion it is our policy that half of
the refugees we sponsor are Buddhist and half are Christian.
We have started a campaign to lobby the
Australian government to bring more Karen refugees to Australia.
Many other Karen organisations say they help all Karen refugees, but we
are the only organisation that actually sponsors equal numbers of
Christian and Buddhist refugees.
We also hold traditional Buddhist festivals including Full Moon
Festival, Kathin (Robe-Offering to Monks) ceremony, and Shin Pyu
(ordination of children as novice monks and nuns), and participate in
other traditional Karen festivals.
In December 2010 we held our first Karen Christmas festival.
The Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation has been involved in
interfaith initiatives including interfaith prayer services for peace in
Burma and interfaith dialogues.
In 2011 an icon of Mary and Jesus was donated to our monastery. The
icon was created by Brother Placid at Saint Mark's Benedictine Abbey in
Camperdown, Victoria, and blessed by the Very Reverend Peta Sherlock,
Dean of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Bendigo. The icon has its own
shrine in the monastery. Christians are as welcome in our monastery as
The Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation is based in Bendigo,
Australia, and is a member of the Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV).
The Karen Buddhist monastery in Bendigo is currently seeking an
Australian Buddhist monk or nun to join our community. For more
information click here.
here for PDF flyer
about the Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation.
Click here for KBDDF membership application form.
The Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation is deeply grateful for the
financial, practical, and advocacy support we have received from the
Buddhist Centre & Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery
City of Greater
St Andrew's Uniting Church