Grounds and Shrine room
The Buddhist Vihara of Queensland is situated on 2.5 acres of bush-land setting in Goodna on an elevated land. Its native vegetation along with ample wild life creates serene and calm surroundings, with the stone Buddha statue in meditation posture in front of the main building. The main building houses the shrine room with a beautiful Buddha statue, monks quarters. Disability access is from the back of the building. Toilet facilities for the visiting public are located at the ground floor area. The place can easily accommodate 500 visitors during a major festival. The veranda around the upper floor of the building provides ample space for a quiet sitting for meditation.
Visitors from all walks of life and religious beliefs are welcome to visit the temple. All the residents in the immediate neighbourhood consider the temple as a valuable addition to the forest setting of the area. They all appreciate the harmless, non-invasive and peaceful life of the monks and the devotees. It recommended that one should visit the temple just to experience the ambiance of the place.
Sensible attire with white or lighter colours is welcome. While at the temple, speak little and act in a disciplined manner.
Silence is the key thing for the cultivation of the mind.
Alms giving for the monks have been arranged for the days of the month. Please telephone the resident monks to organize alms giving for a special occasion.
A future development plan has been approved by the Ipswich City Council. This includes better parking facilities, access roads, a meditation hall, Sthupa and a Bodhi Tree Precinct.
The temple has a large collection of books/ audio/ video media for use by earnest students of Dhamma. These books represent Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism. There are many books meant for use by children of all ages. The entire Tripitaka in Pali and Sinhalese languages is available at the Library for reference. Books other than reference material may be borrowed free of charge for a period of two weeks by arrangement with the resident monks.
Audio recordings of Buddha’s Teachings by learned monks may also be borrowed for study.