The inaugural meeting of the Buddhist Discussion Centre (Upwey) Ltd. was held 9 September 1978. The first issue of the Buddhist Discussion Centre (Upwey) Ltd Newsletter was published in November 1978 as an ongoing record of the activities of the centre and as a means of offering Dhamma Dana to Buddhist practitioners and their temples.
Initially the Newsletter was typed and edited at the centre and printed on a duplicating machine however by the early 1980’s it was photocopied using a photocopier at one of the centre’s Members business premises. The Newsletter was produced until December 1990 by which time it was being printed at the centre on an offset press and then posted to recipients in Australia and overseas. Approximately 1,000 copies were printed per issue and distribution was done via the post to about 40 different countries worldwide. Many of the recipients were Buddhist Temples, monks, scholars, teachers and educational institutions.
Frequent requests were received from Buddhist scholars or monks for Dhamma articles they had written to be published in the Newsletter, as in those times it was very difficult to get small articles published and distributed. Many of these articles appear in the Newsletters archived on this website.
The work of writing, typing, printing, addressing and posting the Newsletters as a practice of Dhamma Dana was highly meritorious as the contents usually included Buddha Dhamma Teachings by various Buddhist Monks, Nuns, Teachers and scholars, and a chronicle of some of the Dhamma activities done at the centre.
Finally in March 1991 the Newsletter was replaced by the Buddha Dhyana Dana Review which became the flagship of the Buddhist Discussion Centre (Upwey) Ltd for the next 14 years or so.
The full archive of the Buddhist Discussion Centre (Upwey) Ltd Newsletter and Buddha Dhyana Dana Review can be viewed using the links below: