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 center.
The mezzanine level serves as a work area for artists to create Thangkas, Tibetan decorations and to carve new images suitable for mold-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 molds, casting and assembling holy objects, and assembling stupas for the Garden of Enlightenment (GoE). A room at the front of the building has been completed for an office and shop, where visitors are 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.
An Offering for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Long Life
Our infinitely kind spiritual guide, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be visiting us in June!
Making offerings dedicated to Rinpoche’s long life is incredibly beneficial, for the long life of our precious teacher on whom we rely for all our happiness, for our own long life, and to create the cause for us to always be close to spiritual guides in this and future lives.
With this in mind, here’s a way everyone can be involved in creating a special offering…
It is customary for us to make a special offering to Rinpoche during his visit.
On the advice of Geshe Sherab and with the wonderful help of Garrey Foulkes and the Chenrezig Arts Studio, the plan is to make many Long Life Tsa Tsas (3 dimensional sacred images of the three long-life deities, Amitayus, White Tara and Namgyalma) which will be moulded, painted gold and gold-leafed, and placed inside the house which contains our beautiful Mani Prayer Wheel containing 16 ½ billion mantras.
What can YOU do?
- Come along to the Arts Studio and help make and decorate these beautiful images! This is a meditative and inspiring activity which all those with a little time can be involved in… no experience necessary.
- Sponsor the costs of making the tsa tsa’s at $20 each (covering all materials) We’ll make at least 108 and possibly twice that! Click on the Tsa Tsa picture to make a donation.
The completed tsa tsa’s will be dedicated to the long life of our precious teacher through Long Life Practice all together in the gompa during Rinpoche’s visit and displayed in the Prayer Wheel House with an explanation so that other visitors will be encouraged to rejoice and make their own prayers.
Currently scheduled Tsa Tsa Painting days at the Arts Studio on 4th March and 1st April will be devoted to this activity with other days scheduled soon.
‘Making tsa-tsa’s pacifies obstacles, bad conditions, accidents, and sudden diseases like heart attacks and paralysis. By making tsa-tsas you pacify enemies, interferers and harms. You accumulate all merit, purify all obscurations and achieve the resultant three kayas in a future life.’
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Chenrezig Tsa Tsa Wall
Imagine the back wall of the Chenrezig Gompa covered with beautiful golden Chenrezig Tsa Tsa’s. This is the vision that Lama Zopa Rinpoche shared with us at his last visit. Our art studio team has been working had to make this vision a reality and due to their dedication and the generosity of our sponsors, we have already managed to get 134 of these beautiful Tsa Tsa’s in place.
We are now asking for help to sponsor the remaining 14 Tsa Tsa’s so that we can realize this vision in time for Rinpoches visit in 2018. You may choose to sponsor an individual Tsa Tsa for $150 and have your name or the name of a loved one recorded underneath. Alternatively, you may make a donation of any amount towards the completion of this inspiring project.
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 11 March 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 8 April 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 13 May 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 10 June 10:00am to 3:00pm 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 4 March 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 1 April 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 6 May 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 1 July 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sutra Reading and Writing
Join us for a peaceful day of reading and writing sutras – the records of the Buddhas teachings, written in verse. We’ll gather in our inspiring meditation space, the Tara Room in the morning, set our motivation and read through a sutra reflecting on its benefits as shared by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. They’ll be plenty of time to share our thoughts and enjoy chai together.
After lunch, we’ll be writing sutras (Buddhist scriptures) in gold ink. This a deeply relaxing and satisfying way to spend the afternoon. It is said that the act of copying any part of the sutras creates an incredible amount of merit. Everyone is welcome to join in this peaceful day of recitation and reflection. Come for all or any part of the day.
This activity is freely offered. Lunch in the Big Love Café is $12.50pp.
Saturday 19 March from 10:30am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 14 April from 10:30am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 9 June from 10:30am onwards 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 18 March 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 15 April 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 20 May 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 10 June 9:30am to 3:00pm 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.
Sunday 11 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 26 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 2 April from 2:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 10 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 25 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 10 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 24 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 9 June from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 23 June 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.
Friday 25 March from 6.30pm in the Gompa
Monday 23 April from 6.30pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 22 May from 6.30pm in the Gompa
Thursday 21st June from 4:00pm 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 4 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 1 April from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 6 May from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 1 July from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 5 August from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 2 Sept from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 7 Oct from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 4 Nov 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.
Saturday 31 March from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 29 April from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Due to the preparation for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s upcoming visit, there will be no Medicine Buddha Puja in May.
Thursday 28 June from 6:30 pm in the Gompa