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.
Morning and Evening Dharma Practice with Chenrezig Sangha Community
Visitors and community members are welcome to join the Sangha community as they complete morning and evening Dharma practice together. Based on the advice of our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our community is now holding daily practice sessions.
These sessions are an opportunity for us to practice alongside the Sangha, recognising the combined effort of all to create a flourishing Dharma community.
Our practice together also reminds us that it is in dependence upon all sentient beings, particularly those whom we come into contact with everyday, that we develop the perfections, in particular generosity and patience. We can all thank each other for these precious opportunities to continue to grow and open our hearts and minds.
In the morning sessions from 7:30am we complete practices for:
- Blessing our speech to create positive karma
- Purifying negative karma (prostrations to the 35 Buddhas)
- Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers and reviewing the stages of the path (Guru Puja)
In the evening sessions from 6:00pm we complete practices for:
- Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers (Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga)
- Purifying negative karma (Vajrasattva Practice)
- Protecting from harm and clearing obstacles to practice (Protector Prayers)
These sessions include both English and chanting of mantras in Tibetan and Sanskrit and typically take one hour.
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 Arts Studio is the hub of Chenrezig Arts providing an important space for Buddhist artists both professional and aspiring.
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). We also have a showroom 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.
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 9 September 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 14 October 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 11 November 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 2 September 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 14 October 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 4th November 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 5th December 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 8 September from 10:30am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 13 October from 10:30am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 10 November 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 9 September 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 14 October 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 11 November 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.
Wednesday 19 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 4 October from 4:00 pm in the Gompa
Friday 19 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 2 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 2 December from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 17 December 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.
Wednesday 17 October from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Thursday 15 November from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Saturday 15 December from 6:30pm 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 7 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 4 November 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.
Monday 10 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 17 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 24 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 24 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 23 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 22 December from 6:30 pm in the Gompa