Spiritual places – Buddhist

 In the mid-1950s a ‘vihara trust’ was established to build a Buddhist meditation centre. Upon encouragement of Maria Byles a few acres of land were purchased near Clarke and Malton Roads Beecroft and Norman Weekes did some preliminary sketch plans for a building [1]. The Buddhist Society of NSW, after much controversy, sold the land in 1963 for residential subdivision, and without having built upon it.

Byles, made her home ‘Ahimsa’ available for Buddhist activities and meditation, which did take place [2].

  1. P James Cosmopolitan Conservationists: Greening modern Sydney Australian Scholarly, North Melbourne, 2013, p 176.

2.A McLeod The Summit of her ambition: the spirited life of Marie Byles, (privately published, Sydney, 2016).