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.
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.
The Beautiful Mandala of Tara: A workshop with renowned Thangka artist Andy Weber
This year Chenrezig Institute welcomes Andy Weber to share with us the beauty of Tara’s mandalas. We hope that you will join us for an inspirational art retreat in the welcoming and conducive environment at Chenrezig Institute.
What Andy says about the Tara Mandala:
Tara Mandala ( Tib: Droljang khyil.khor )
Born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the buddha of compassion, Tara grants protection and relief from suffering. According to the myth, Green Tara appeared to the right of Avalokitesvara as the principle of active compassion that overcomes obstacles. White Tara, whose devotional practices overcomes illness and extends one’s life span, sat to his left side. Called the “ mother of all buddhas, she promises assistance when called upon. The three outer rings (fire, vajras, petals) of her mandala protect the inner sanctuary, her palace and the practitioner. Viewing the mandala is regarded as a blessing.
About the course:
Andy will support you through the process of drawing the Mandala by creating a peaceful and inspiring environment through mantras and prayers. He’ll provide hands-on-tuition to draw the mandala and share insight into painting techniques used to complete the works.
Students of all levels are welcome and you do not need to have artistic talent or previous experience to join in this beautiful experience.
Saturday 16 September 9. 00 am to Wednesday 20 September 5.00 pm, held in the Art Studio at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $200 for the Weekend or $300 for the entire retreat. Please note that food and accommodation are available separately.
After the course:
Garrey, Krissie and Carolyn, our Art Studio team will be on hand throughout the course to make sure you have everything you need. At the conclusion to the course you’ll be welcome to join other artists who regularly use the space to complete your mandala or join in with regular workshops on drawing, mantra rolling, stupa making, tsa tsa painting and sutra writing.
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 13 August 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.
Sunday 6 August 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Golden Light 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.
Join us to read the sutra aloud in the Tara room (opposite the library). Please feel free to come for the entire session from 9.00 am until 12.00 pm (with a chai break), or for any part of it.
Saturday 12 August 10 am to 3 pm 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 13 August 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sutra Writing Day
Join us for a peaceful day of writing sutras (Buddhist scriptures) in gold ink. This is a deeply relaxing and satisfying way to spend the day, and even more so it is said that the act of copying any part of the sutras creates an incredible amount of merit.
We’ll be copying the Long Life Sutra or “Tse.do” written in English and translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.