The Toowoomba Buddhist Centre is affiliated with the Triratna Buddhist Community, which was founded as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), in 1967 by Sangharakshita. It is an international movement with activities in more than 20 countries, including India. The Triratna Buddhist Community is a non-sectarian Buddhist movement which seeks to promote the practice of Buddhism in a form appropriate to the modern world. Triratna means "Three Jewels", specifically the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, which are the central foci of a Buddhist's life and practice.
The Triratna Buddhist Community is an organization, whose charter is to make available the teachings of the Buddha to people of all cultures and backgrounds. We draw inspiration from all the great Buddhist schools to facilitate practice in a Western cultural context. While the essence of Buddhism is timeless and universal, its forms adapt to context and culture. With the spread of Buddhism around the globe, the task is to develop Buddhist practices relevant to the 21st century.
The basic aim of the Toowoomba Buddhist Centre (TBC) is to provide the opportunity for people in the Toowoomba region to explore the practices and tools available from the Buddha Dharma, for personal growth and coping with modern living. People at the Centre try to put the ideals of the Dharma into practice in their daily lives. The meditation techniques can be used by anyone regardless of their religion or background. The TBC draws upon the core Buddhist teachings to meet the spiritual needs of today's men and women.
Activities at the TBC include weekly Friend’s Nights and Women's Meditation sessions, study courses in Buddhism and meditation, residential and day retreats and a monthly newsletter. To help meet the costs of the TBC, donations are encouraged when attending Friends Nights and other events. The fees for Introducing Buddhism and Introduction to Buddhist Meditation courses and for retreats are varied from time to time with the cost of living. For more information, see the Program and Events and Newsletter pages.