Welcome to our Traditional Arts & Rituals schedule
For those interested in learning and sharing the sacred rituals and traditions of Buddhism and learning about traditional art.
Chenrezig Arts brings together the painters, builders and architects behind the Garden of Enlightenment stupas, and the many traditional Tibetan Buddhist artworks that beautify our centre. The recently completed Arts Studio is the hub of Chenrezig Arts and provides a variety of services and important functions for the centre.
The mezzanine level serves as a work area for artists to create Thangkas, Tibetan decorations and to carve new images suitable for mould-making. Workshops and courses are also held in this well- lit, ambient space. The large downstairs indoor and outdoor work areas are used for pouring moulds, casting and assembling holy objects, and assembling stupas for the Garden of Enlightenment (GoE). A room at the front of the building has been completeed for an office and shop, where visitors are be able to view samples of the artists’ works and make purchases.
We hope to continue supplying local outlets, expand our range of products and continue to offer holy objects to all of the regional centers and students, including those in Asia.
The Studio was built on the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and was made possible through funding from the International Merit Box project, donations and interest-free loans. Our deepest thanks go to all of those people who helped in so many ways!
The Enlightenment Project for Purification and Merit is now located in the Chenrezig Institute art studio and is producing a large range of holy objects, including tsatsas, statues, stupas, thangkas, and various other related merchandise.
Mantras, meaning “mind protection”, are Sanskrit syllables, usually recited in conjunction with the practice of a particular meditational deity, and embody the qualities of the deity with which they are associated. They bring benefit to all who see, touch, hear or speak them.
Further, when you recite mantras with the correct motivation (the wish to benefit others), your speech becomes holy speech, capable of offering blessings to others.
Join us in the Art Studio for the relaxed and calm experience of Mantra rolling. No experience necessary as our Chenrezig Arts community will lead you through this inspiring practice.
Sunday 10 December 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Sunday 11 Febuary 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Sunday 11 March 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Sunday 8 April 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Sunday 13 May 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Tsa Tsa Painting
Tsa-tsas are a form of Buddhist art that has flourished for centuries in the Himalayas, most notably Tibet. Like many Tibetan sacred objects, they are iconographic forms of various buddhas. Often, students are given a commitment to make 100,000 tsa-tsas of a particular buddha or meditational deity during their lifetime.
In the Art Studio we’ll be enjoying painting these beautiful holy objects. And so that no one misses out we’ve also created a space for our younger artists to get involved too. Artists young and old art invited to join us in the Art Studio from 1 pm – 4.00 pm. Bring your calm creativity and we’ll provide all other materials. By donation.
Sunday 3 December 1 pm to 4 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Golden Light Sutra Recitation and Vajra Cutter Sutra Recitation
One of the vast visions of our spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, is to recite the powerful Sutra of Golden Light all around the world for world peace. The benefits of reciting or listening to the sutra are immeasurable, from eliminating conflict, terrorism, torture and famine, to achieving full enlightenment.
Vajra Cutter Sutra Recitation is recommended for the long and healthy life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
.Join us to read the sutras aloud in the Tara room (opposite the library). Please feel free to come for the entire session or for any part of it.
Tuesday 12 December as part of our Lama Tsongkhapa Day Celebrations in the main Gompa.
Saturday 20 January from 11 am to 12 noon in the Tara Room.
Vajrayogini Practice Day
Vajrayogini Practice takes place usually on the second Sunday of every month in the Tara Room. If you have the appropriate initiation, you can join in for the morning session. For those who have also completed an approach retreat with fire Puja, there is a self-initiation session after lunch.
Sunday 21 January 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 18 Febuary 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 18 March 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 15 April 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 10 June 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Recognising the kindness of our teachers, we give thanks for their wisdom and compassion. Guru puja is mostly chanted in Tibetan and takes about two hours including offerings of chai and food.
Tuesday 12 December from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 28 December from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 11 January from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 26 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
The enlightened activities of the Buddhas manifest in this female aspect to help living beings successfully accomplish their goals. Tara puja is a mix of Tibetan and English and takes one hour, during which we offer chai and cake.
Sunday 26 November from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 26 December from 4:30 pm in the Tara Room
Thursday 25 January from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 23 February from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 23 March from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
A puja to increase each student’s generosity, resulting in both spiritual and material abundance. Dzambala puja is a mix of Tibetan and English and involves water offerings to Dzambala. It takes about one hour.
Sunday 17 December from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 7 January from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 4 February from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 4 March from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 1 April from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Medicine Buddha Puja
A puja to remove health and life obstacles and increase wellbeing and prosperity. Medicine Buddha puja is predominantly in English and takes about an hour, during which we offer chai.
Sunday 3 December from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 31 January from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 31 March from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 29 April from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 29 May from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Lama Tsongkhapa Day
Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a Tibetan Buddhist master whose studies and meditations in all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism resulted in the founding of the Gelugpa lineage. It is traditionally celebrated with beautiful light offerings symbolising the light of wisdom dispelling the darkness of ignorance. Ignorance here means being unaware of our true inherent Buddha nature. Light is offered to the eyes of all the Enlightened ones who see with pristine clarity.
To make the most of this precious opportunity we have scheduled a Holy Objects Workshop, marathon sutra reading and we’ll be making 1000 offerings – including extensive light offerings. We’d love to have you join us for this very special day.
We will finish the day together with a beautiful Guru Puja and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga. Donations of fairy lights for the day’s celebration are very welcome.
Tuesday 12th Dec – Everyone Welcome! Please see our website for the exact times of events. All activities today are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp. Please book your lunch by 10am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
Lama Zopa offers lunch to anyone who works with holy objects today.
Working with Holy Objects 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio
Making Extensive Offerings including Light Offerings 10 am to 3 pm in the Gompa
Sutra Reading 10 am to 3 pm in the Gompa
Guru Puja 6:30 pm in the Gompa with extensive offerings.
A Buddhist Christmas: Sanghata Sutra Writing
Need to escape the rush of the festive season? Join us for a peaceful day of writing sutras (Buddhist scriptures) in gold ink. This a deeply relaxing and satisfying way to spend the day, and it is said that the act of copying any part of the sutras creates an incredible amount of merit. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche put it: “You see the benefit that is working for your mind and you see that it is an amazing sutra.” Everyone is very welcome!
Sunday December 23rd from 9:30 am until approximately 3 pm. This activity is freely offered. Lunch in the Big Love Café is $12.50pp.