The Newbury Buddhist Monastery (NBM) is supported by the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV).
Since 2012, funds have been raised by various local and international supporters to finance the purchase of the property, as well as for building crucial monastery infrastructure. The monastery was officially opened by Ven. Ajahn Brahm in May 2015. We are happy to report that NBM is continuing to grow and develop.
NBM is set on a 150-acre lush pasture amidst the rolling countryside neighbouring the Wombat State Forest in Central Victoria, Australia. Located between Trentham and Blackwood – just 70 minutes North West from the heart of Melbourne city the magnificent landscape and tranquil surroundings offer an inspiring backdrop for secluded meditation.
NBM is unique in that it is one of the few monasteries in the world that supports both Bhikkhu (Buddhist monks) and Bhikkhuni (Buddhist nuns) ordination and practice.
This is a four-staged development, culminating in building the Meditation Centre for the four fold Community of Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Laymen and Laywomen.
In March 2019 we commenced Stage 1 construction – building infrastructure to support the development, 5 Kuties (huts) and a Bhikkhu Sangha House to accommodate the Bhikkhu Sangha on one side of the monastery. The Bhikkhuni Sangha, Laymen and Laywomen continue to occupy the existing facility. This facilitates gender segregation and forested accommodation for monastics, and enables each gender sangha community to function independently in their own area within the NBM forest monastery.
Stage 1 Development includes:
- Five Kuties for monks – each kuti is connected to the sewer system, water and electricity supply.
- A Sangha House for monks – services include office, library, laundry, utility room and the shrine & meditation hall.
- New water, sewerage and electricity infrastructure to serve all of the buildings.
- The location of every building, materials used and services in this project are in compliance with the local and state authorities and Bush Fire Management Plan.
Construction has commenced in March 2019. The General Infrastructure, Sangha house and the 5 Kuties are scheduled to be completed by March 2020.
The generosity of supporters both local and overseas, has enabled us to raise $2,297,581 by 16th August 2019. The amount will be sufficient to meet the contracted project costs payable to the Builder.
Extra funds raised will be used on the same project to cover project overruns and required work, which had been removed from the original building contract last year to keep the budget at a manageable level.
To complete the work in the kutis and Sangha House, additional funds are required for the following items:
Funds needed for these Items: Approx. Cost ($) (updated 27th Feb. 2020)
|Requisites||Est. Costs||Funds Received||Balance Required|
|Timber Flooring – Dhamma Hall||$13,750||$13,750|
|Buddha Rupa & Pedestal – Dhamma Hall||$35,500||$35,500|
|Pantry Joinery & Fixtures||$25,000||$5,107||$19,893|
|Library Partition – operable wall||$6,000||$1,040||$4,960|
|Laundry – Tiling, Washing Machine, Dryer||$2,000||$2,000|
|Office, Library, Lounge Furniture||$15,000||$7,150||$7,850|
|Ajahn Brahm’s Kuti|
|Bed, Desk & office furniture||$5,000||$5,000||$0|
|Earthworks and Foot Paths||$3,000||$2,650||$350|
|Beds & desks||$12,000||$12,000||$0|
|New Water Tank|
|Water Tank & Installation||$32,000||$32,000||$0|
Your extraordinary generous support has helped us to clear the major hurdle of meeting the contracted building costs and has placed the project on the “Home Stretch”. Your continued support towards the listed outstanding finishing works will enable the project to cross the finishing line.
To help us complete the finishing work, please click this link.
Stage 2 – Scope for the NBM Meditation Centre project includes:
- Separate cottages for laymen and laywomen retreatants,
- General community facilities including kitchen, dana hall, lobby, office, toilets
- Meditation Hall
We are commencing fundraising for the Stage 2 project in March 2020 starting with a Fund Raising Dinner on Saturday 14th March 2020.
At this time, our current estimation for the building project is around $4 Million.
We have engaged an Architectural firm as our consultant to project manage this Stage 2 development.
Our plan is to commence this building project by the end of 2020.
If you wish to see the progress of the NBM Building Project, visit the NBM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewburyBuddhistMonastery/
Your support is needed to help us move forward. Find out more about how to get involved here.