Judaism: What Is a Blessing?

Yet we often do ask for a blessing from others; receiving the blessing of a person we respect or admire–often our parents, whether or not they are even alive–can have immense power and significance for us. After witnessing one person bless another, the poet Dan Bellm wrote: “I thought about this scene for a long time afterward, wondering, ‘What is a blessing?’ and really wanting one. Was this only an exchange between two people, or was something more present-something else? When people meet closely and truly, when a person blesses another, is God present? What is a blessing?

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Daily Prayer of the Dalai Lama



It is said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this text to be THE source for developing altruism in your character and the “Spirit of Awakening.” It is also said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama recites this prayer every morning as part of his waking rituals. So, if you include it in yours, you are in good company!

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Buddhism: Parinirvana Day


Parinirvana Day – or Nirvana Day – is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists, most commonly on February 15th. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. Nirvana Day is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings. Shepparton Interfaith Network sends greetings to the Buddhists of Shepparton on this day. We share one article on Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem.
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Journey Beyond Fear: Documentary reveals refugee family’s travails

A powerful documentary – Journey Beyond Fear – shot by a former Benalla woman will screen in Shepparton and Euroa next month in conjunction with Cultural Diversity Week. The Shepparton screening is FREE at GOTAFE, followed by a Q and A session with the filmmakers. … Read more…

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Interfaith is a Verb

My journey with religion and interfaith started before I was born. I am the child of parents who are culturally, racially, and religiously different. My mother is an Afro-Canadian Christian, and my father is an Indo-Guyanese Muslim. Starting with my culturally mixed background and upbringing, my entire life has been about embracing and learning differences with love and a deep sense of appreciation.

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Bendigo: 2019 Annual Interfaith Forum and Dinner



As part of the 2018 Bendigo Zinda Festival, Bendigo Interfaith Council will hold a Forum and Dinner at the All Seasons Conservatory on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Guest speaker will be Sherene Hassan OAM, Education Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

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Thursdays in Black

In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.

We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.

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Shepparton’s Apology Breakfast 2019

Eleven years ago, on 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Rudd formally apologised to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, particularly those whose lives had been blighted by the practice of forced child removal. Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group invites you to join in the celebration of the 11th Anniversary of the National Apology on Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 at Queens Gardens, Shepparton at 8am.

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From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao: The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities

China, often thought of as a place of great antiquity and graceful culture, is presented through its imagery of dragons, temples, shrines and palaces. Encountering China, it is important to know that there is a respectful, worshipful culture behind every action and intention, and that like people everywhere, the Chinese also seek good fortune and happiness from their Gods.

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The Melbourne bakeries that tell a story of Jewish migration


Sunday, 27 January 2019, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a UN Observance worldwide. Courtesy of BBC News, we bring reminisces of Jewish bakeries in Carlisle Street, East St Kilda. This part of Melbourne is famous for its Jewish businesses, synagogues, and of course, the trams trundle along Carlisle Street and Balaclava Road.

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SAM: facing death creatively

The Shepparton Art Museum will feature Dr Catherine Bell – a multi-disciplinary artist – who will conduct two workshops on facing death creatively at the Museum on Wednesday 30 January, morning and afternoon.
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Woolies become halal food people

Woolworths will be the first Australian supermarket to develop and sell its own private label halal-certified product. It is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to grow its range of ethnic and international groceries that are in demand from an increasingly diverse multicultural community.
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India’s Zoroastrian culture

According to legend, Zoroastrians arrived by boat on India’s west coast between the 8th and 10th centuries, fleeing religious persecution in Persia. They found refuge, quickly integrating with the local population by adopting the Gujarati language and local customs, while steadfastly hanging onto their religious beliefs. That first wave became known as Parsis; a second wave, arriving in the 19th century, became another subset called Iranis.

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