A monastery is a community of men or women (monks or nuns), who have chosen to withdraw from society, forming a new community devoted to religious practice. The word monk comes from the Greek word monos, which means alone.

Here in this article I have listed out some of the Famous Buddhist Monastery in Australia:-

1) Great Stupa Of Compassion:-

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, being built near Bendigo Australia, is 50 metres square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This makes it the largest stupa in the Western World.

The Great Stupa is the same design and size as the Stupa (Kumbum) in Tibet. The Gyantse Stupa is one of the treasures of the Buddhist world. Professor David L. Snellgrove has said: "The Stupa of Gyantse may well be accounted the chief wonder of the Tibetan Buddhist world in that it records iconographically in its interior practically the whole pantheon of Indo-Tibetan religion up to the time of its construction during the first half of the 15th century.”

Construction of The Great Stupa is estimated to cost around $20 million – not including the cost of artwork. These funds are being raised through donations on an international basis. The Victorian Government has also contributed $2.5 million in regional development funds. Construction is taking place on a progressive basis as funds become available.

2) Nan Tien Temple:

Visit or stay at Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Nan Tien is very different from most tourist attractions because there is so much on offer. The visual delights of grandeur architecture, art and culture including unique exhibitions and festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational and healthy lifestyle classes and retreats, accommodation, top class conference and auditorium facilities. There is also the spiritual and religious experience that is unforgettable, and even life changing for some.

Since the opening of the temple in October 1995, it has become a new venue for local and international tourists and also acts as an important cultural centre bridging different cultures.

Fo Guang Buddhism is rooted in the Mahayana tradition which emphasises that Buddhahood is within everyone's potential reach. Fo Guang followers strive to bring Buddhism into daily life and aptly term their faith "Humanistic Buddhism."

3) Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple:

Chung Tian Temple, which means "Middle Heaven”, was constructed in 1992 using traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture – it is situated between Brisbane and Logan, Queensland. Surrounded by nature, the Temple provides a peaceful and culturally beautiful venue for the community to celebrate its multicultural diversity and multi-faith harmony through Humanistic Buddhism.

Chung Tian Temple is located at 1034 Underwood Road, Priestdale, Qld 4127. It is a short walk from bus stops. To plan your journey, visit www.translink.com.au or call TransLink on 13 12 30.

4) Grand Master Lu - Living Buddha Lian Sheng :

Living Buddha Lian-Sheng Sheng-yen Lu is a prominent religious figure, well known and respected throughout SouthEast Asia. As of 2001, over 4 million people have taken refuge in his True Buddha School. With over 300 temples worldwide, the True Buddha School is recognized as one of the major influence in Buddhism today.

Living Buddha Lian-Sheng Sheng-Yen Lu was born in 1945 in Taiwan. In 1982, he settled in the United States to promote and preach Buddhist philosophies to the West. He has since built a Grand Buddhist temple, the Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple, in Redmond Washington and a large retreat center in the Cascade Mountain. Currently Living Buddha Lian-Sheng is residing in Tahiti.

Originally a Christian, Living Buddha Lian-Sheng was twenty-six years old when a profound mystical experience led him to the study of Taoism, Sutrayana, and Tantric Buddhism. After intense training and practice over the period of fourteen years, he became a Master of exceptional accomplishment in these disciplines and achieved Perfect Enlightenment.


1) Buddhist Monasteries (article) | Khan Academy

2) Great Stupa of Compassion

3) Nan Tien Temple

4) Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple

5) Grand Master Lu - Living Buddha Lian Sheng