Tasmania: March 2018

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Greetings of peace!

Happy UN International Women’s Day! Spare a thought for all the contributions given to the faith traditions by women and for the safety of women everywhere. It was not so long ago that the UN statistics showed that soldiers in a theatre of war were safer than ordinary women in their own houses and neighbourhoods around the world.

Greetings of peace!

For our event this month, we’ll join in the event shared by Rosalind:


Sunday 25th March 2018, Parliament Gardens, 2-3pm.

We hope that people from all faith groups, community organisations and unions will join the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees, bringing banners and other messages of support to demonstrate that there are growing concerns across the Australian community about:

  • The illegal, harsh and punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Australian detention centres on the islands of Manus & Nauru in New Guinea;
  • Including intolerable over-crowding; Lack of adequate medical treatment and avoidable deaths;
  • An increasing environment of despair & crises; A culture of secrecy by the Australian Government on what’s really happening at the Detention Centres;
  • Over 30,000 refugees are living on Bridging Visas in our Australian community with their futures in limbo.

Holy Days of March and April

21st March Naw Ruz ( Baha’i) Equinox
25th March Holy Week begins (Christianity)
26th March RamaNavami (Hinduism)
30th March Good/Holy Friday (Christianity)
31st March Pesach (Judaism)
31st March Magha Puja Day / Sangha Day (Buddhism)
1st April Easter (Christianity)
8th April Pascha/Easter (Christianity)
12th April Yom HaShoah (Judaism)
13th April Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
14th April Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) also Bakrami Samvat (Sikhism)


Interfaith Minister’s Retreat

From Rev Shari Landeg in Launceston

Tasmania will once again host Interfaith ministers from around Australia and New Zealand, who arrive in the state on March 8 for their third, annual Sacred Sabbatical. Following their arrival, the ministers will be Welcomed to Country by well known and respected Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Patsy Cameron who will also conduct a smoking and ochre ceremony.

With retreats alternating between Australia and New Zealand, this year’s will once again be held over five days, at Deviot on the banks of the Tamar River. It offers ministers an invaluable time for deep spiritual and religious practice, personal growth and professional development, while strengthening community ties and connections between the two countries.


Thea Ormerod, the Chair of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), has announced a drive for Crowd Funding from 19 March.

For more information see https://www.arrcc.org.au/donate.

21 March National Day to Ban Fracking in NT: Stand with Indigenous People in thoughts and prayers (if not in person) in their efforts to care for Country. For more information contact Nicole Hutton at Seed nicole.hutton@aycc.org.au

Sacred Conversations

Sacred Conversations. Sacred listening. Sacred speaking.. Sacred silence.
Join us for interfaith dialogue, prayer, meditation, music and more. You will be most welcome.
Enquiries to Julian on 0401 673 016

TCC Emergencies Ministry

Our upcoming 1-day Psychological First Aid courses are:

  • Devonport April 7th
  • Rokeby June 23rd

Details and the registration form are on our website at tccem.org.au under the ‘Register for Training’ tab.

Current volunteers are encouraged to attend one of these courses as a refresher. Refresher courses are recommended every 2 years and required every 3 years. Please contact us if you are unsure when you last trained.

Also, we are seeking new volunteers to uphold our values of care, compassion, spirituality, respect and hope as they spend time with affected people during a crisis such as a fire or flood. Please forward this email to appropriate people from faith communities.

And please contact me with any questions and/or go ahead and register online at tccem.org.au/register_for_training/.

Commonwealth Games

Griffith University’s Centre of Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue will host a Conference during the Commonwealth Games exploring the normative and practical leadership roles of faith communities, universities, and the Commonwealth of Nations itself under the theme: “Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations. The conference will take place at the Griffith University Nathan Campus, Queensland, 9 April 2018 – 11 April 2018.

Read moreBrisbane: Commonwealth Conference 2018

Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre:


April 20 – 25, 2018 (2, 3 or 5 day options)

Where: Dorje Ling retreat centre, Lorinna www.tashicholing.net

Fee: 2 day $325 / 3 day $450 / 5 day $600 ‘early-bird’ (until March 30th); $375 / $500 / $650 full fee

Includes: simple delicious vegetarian meals, single / twin share accommodation or camping

Program: asana, pranayama, mantra, sound meditation, music, song, mouna (silence), deep relaxation, and free time.

Contact: yogasoundsong@gmail.com, Satyamo Roberts 6265 7587 yogasoundsong@gmail.com or Jera Conan 6224 8759

Chag Tong Chen Tong Buddhist Centre:

Chag Tong Chen Tong will be hosting a 3 day Program with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Hobart May 25,26,27, offering teachings : Eight Verses of Thought Transformation – mind training (Lo-Jong) root text by Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123) and a Great Chenrezig Initiation.
Registration is now open for this most auspicious events.

Full details are at http://www.chagtong.org

Swami Parmananda:

Dear Friends:

Last year, 26 of us Yatris had a wonderful Kailash pilgrimage. For those wishing to participate in the Holy Yatra this year (via Nepal/Lhasa), the pilgrimage to Kailash/Manasarovar will be held from 19 August to 3 September 2018. Bookings are required before Saturday 31 March 2018.

The Lhasa route is the best one at the moment by which we have gone thrice now. There are 2 flights at present but the frequency may increase in future. So the earlier we book the tour the better. Delay in confirming the Tour may result in higher airfares.

Havan will performed on the banks of Lake Manasarovar.

Every morning & evening Bhajan, Kirtan & Satsang on a Upanishad or some other sublime text. We contemplated on Ashtavakra Gita (2017), Aparoksha Anubhuti i.e Direct Experience (2014), Jeevanmuktananda Lahiri i.e Song of Liberation (2012) & Atma Bodha i.e Self Knowing (2002).

For more information email swamiparmananda@yahoo.com

Toronto 2018

The Parliament of the World’s Religions invites proposals for programs, presentations, and performances at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be held on November 1-7 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada .

The Parliament has the following requests:

  • Request for Climate Action Programs
  • Request for Next Generation Programs
  • Request for Indigenous Programs
  • Request for Women’s Programs
  • Request for Justice Programs
  • Request for Countering Hate & Violence Programs

This forthcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions will be the seventh convening and coincide with the 125-year anniversary of the inaugural World Parliament of Religions, one of best-attended congresses held during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, USA.

For more information about the Call for Programs, see https://parliamentofreligions.org/rfp

In peace,
Convenor RfP Tasmania Branch
Vice Chair, Religions for Peace Australia
Phone 6272 6521

Religions for Peace Tasmania

Religions for Peace Tasmania