The Library was established in 1988 with the aim of providing and promoting education on Buddhist culture, art and heritage. Besides collecting resource material on Buddhism and related topics, it also conducts courses, talks and meditation retreats on a regular basis.
Library Opening Hours 7 days a week 9:00am – 7:00pm
Being a non-profit religious and educational organisation based in Leumeah, Sydney, the Library serves as a platform for local Buddhist community to learn and discuss Buddhism.
The Library is managed by the Mahamakut Rajawithayalai Foundation Incorporated.
- To develop and maintain a reading and borrowing library containing a wide range of Buddhist and related subjects in a variety of media.
- To encourage Buddhist practice.
- To provide facilities where Buddhist teachers and groups can conduct classes, meditation sessions, workshops, exhibitions and talks.
- To provide educational resources to schools and universities.
There are about 1,000 books in Pali, English, Chinese and Thai on most areas of Buddhism including scriptural texts, doctrine and philosophy, ethics, meditation, devotion and the arts.
The Library subscribes to local newsletters and periodicals to keep its users updated on current topics of interest and news in the Buddhist world.
Over the years, many talks have been delivered at the Library by eminent Buddhist teachers and these have been recorded on audio cassette tapes. The tapes are available for listening in the Library.
There is a collection of video tapes on talks, discussions and documentaries of Buddhist interest. These are screened at meetings or classes organised by the Library.
Having served the local Buddhist community, the Library now seeks to extend its services and resources to a greater number of people. One way in which the Library can reach out to a greater number of people is through the electronic medium.