The rapid development and phenomenal growth of SLBM is quite remarkable and unparallel to any similar religious institution in Australia. The following summary of events given in chronological order is a testimony to our claim.
The distinctive attributes that have contributed to the SLBM’s intrinsic evolutionary path are not commonly found in other similar Buddhist Monasteries around Australia. For example,
- SLBM is the only Theravada Temple in Australia which has adapted the State Associations Incorporation Act to draft a constitution that allows the appointment of a Management Committee headed by a President and a Vice-President where both these positions shall always be filled by the Venerable Maha Sangha. This devolution of MC Powers to the guardians of Buddhism ensures the stability, security and sanctity of the Buddha Sasana
- There is no other Theravada Buddhist Temple in Australia which has undertaken a comprehensive weekly program on “Sutta Discussions” ever, and continued to-date since 2004. These live discussions represent an attempt to disseminate Lord Buddha’s teachings as given in the original Pali Texts. The resident monks take great pains to research and retrieve such information from the original writings
- The Buddhist community attending the SLBM is served by the most brilliant Buddhist Scholars graduated from the renowned Sri Subodharama Buddhist Centre in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. These pristine monks truly hold their monastic vows and are a blessing to the Sasana. The young scholars who arrived in Australia over the years embarked on a comprehensive religious and cultural program that awakened the Sri Lankan expatriates and rekindled their heritage
- The SLBM constitution rules out affiliation with external organisations other than those that have objectives similar to those of the SLBM. The SLBM Incorporation as such shall not be or become a member or part of any other organisation. Similarly, no other independent organisation shall be a member or part of the SLBM Incorporation
- The SLBM has never ever sought funding or grants from Local, State or Federal Government to implement its building or maintenance programs. It mainly relies on public donations and membership subscriptions to sustain and develop the monastery
- The archived SLBM records can reveal every dollar donated to the SLBM Building Fund since its inception in 1990, and the details of donations received from the public are kept in individual files. This is a testimony to the strict code of conduct and financial accountability adopted by the Management Committee