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Book Launch! The Summit of Her Ambition – The Spirited Life of Marie Byles

  • Location : Buddhist Library
  • Start Date and Time : 14/10/2016 07:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 14/10/2016 08:30 pm
  • Event Speaker : Bhante Tejadhammo and Author Anne McLeod
  • Enquiries or Contact : info@buddhistlibrary.org.au 02 9519 6054
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
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For the first time!

Book Launch – Author Anne McLeod talks to Australian Buddhist Community for the first time on her NEW book: “The Summit of Her Ambition – The spirited life of Marie Byles”

Introduction by Bhante Tejadhammo and Presentation by Author Anne McLeod


Marie Byles was one of the first pioneers of Buddhism in the West! Have you wondered how Buddhism was introduced to our land “down under”… and in the western world?

Come to the first NEW book launch here at the Buddhist Library to find out more about the remarkable contribution of Marie Byles in the early Buddhism movement!


Date: 14th October, Friday

Time: 7pm-8:30pm



Book launch program:














Introduction: by Bhante Tejadhammo on the development of Buddhism in Australia from 1940s and the contribution of the early pioneers including Marie Byles and others.


Book Introduction: Why Anne became interested in Marie Byles and how she came about writing a book about Marie.


Slide show presentation: Anne McLeod’s presentation will be illustrated by Marie’s own photographs of her adventurous life and travels around the world. The presentation will focus on Marie’s spiritual development and contributions including her travels to India and Burma, learning of Vipassana meditation in 1940s, Marie’s Buddhism writings, as well as the establishment of Buddhist Society of NSW…


Questions and book signing



Marie Byles’ books on Buddhism:

Footprints of Gautama the Buddha, 1957

Journey Into Burmese Silence, 1962

The Lotus and the spinning wheel, 1963

Paths to inner calm, 1965



Presenters’ Profile:


Author – Anne McLeod

I first discovered Marie Byles when travelling through northern India visiting the sites where Buddha lived and taught. While absorbing the energy that still existed in those sites after 2500 years my experience was enhanced by reading Marie’s book Footprints of Gautama Buddha. Back in Sydney I learnt of an open day at her home that she had gifted to the National Trust before she died in 1979. The property, named ‘Ahimsa’ for Gandhi’s principle of non-violence, represents much about the woman who was an influential environmentalist and one of the founders of the Australian outdoor community. I was impressed to learn that she was also the first female solicitor to practise in New South Wales in 1924. Over the years my extensive research provided me with an education in the history of feminism and women’s rights in law, the conservation movement in New South Wales, and the introduction of Buddha’s teachings into the West.





Bhante Tejadhammo

Bhante Tejadhammo is the Spiritual Director of the Association of Engaged Buddhists founded in 1993, and senior resident monk at Sangha Lodge, Sydney. Apart from giving Buddhist teachings, he also works with people who are seriously ill in various hospitals, hospices and their homes in and around Sydney. Bhante teaches and conducts regular retreats and is a founding member of the Australian Monastic Encounter, which seeks to promote inter-religious and inter monastic dialogue. Bhante has taught in Thai Universities and jails. He works with people who are seriously ill and dying as well as with prisoners seeking more skillful and beneficial ways to deal with their problems. He also offers teachings for many other Buddhist groups as well as Adult Education groups in Sydney and throughout Australia.



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