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.
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 February 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 4 February 1 pm to 4 pm in the Art Studio by donation.
Sunday 4 March 1 pm to 4 pm 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 17 February from 10:30 am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 17 March from 10:30 am 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 21 January 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 18 February 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.
Friday 26 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 10 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 25 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 11 March 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.
Thursday 25 January from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 23 February from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 25 March from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 23 April from 6.30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 22 May from 6.30 pm 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 February from 6.30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 6 May 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.
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
Happy Losar Tibetan Year of the Earth Dog
Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Traditionally, Tibetans mark Losar by joining together to acknowledge the passing of any negative karma in the previous year, and to set a strong positive motivation for the year ahead.
It’s also a social time of appreciating the strong karmic bonds that connect us with those around us and celebrating the opportunities we have to create positive potential together.
Traditionally Tibetans create auspiciousness at this time by changing their old prayer flags for new and making offerings to invite generosity and abundance into their lives in the year ahead.
On this day we also remember Lama Thubten Yeshe, the precious founder of Chenrezig Institute and the FPMT, who passed away in 1984 on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. It is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in life and Lama Yeshe’s emphasize on our developing a growing awareness of our potential for inner awakening.
10.30 am – 12 noon “Losar: Reconnecting with our human potential and spiritual practice” Teaching with Venerable Tony in the Gompa.
12 noon Celebration lunch at the Big Love Café.
2.00 pm Vajrasattva Tsog – Offering ceremony with Chenrezig sangha and community (Gompa) and Tea Party
3.00 pm – 4:00 pm Video of Lama Yeshe: Anxiety in the (Nuclear) Modern Age (Gompa)
Friday 16 February 2018
All activities are offered by the centre at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book by 10 am on the day of the event.
The Day of Miracles (Chotrul Düchen)
commemorates one of the four great deeds of the Buddha. The day itself is the last of a fifteen day period when Shakyamuni Buddha performed many miraculous feats in order to inspire the faith and diligence of his students. On these fifteen days karmic results are multiplied one hundred million times, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
This day also marks the end of our Days of Miracles Karma Yoga Retreat when we are inviting students to join us for a retreat focused on creating harmony and positive karma together. It is part of the Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on Buddha days as a way of accumulating merit. To help you do so, we have precepts, pujas, holy-object making, and other merit-making activities!
9.00am-3.00pm Working with Holy Objects
11.30-1.00pm Lunch at the Big Love Café
4.30 pm-5.30 pm Set up light offerings (Main Gompa)
6.30pm-8.00pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Gompa)
Thursday 1st March 2018
All activities are sponsored by Chenrezig Institute with the exception of lunch ($12.50). Please book your lunch before 10:00am on the day so that we can prepare something just for you Lama Zopa Rinpoche also offers lunch to everyone who works with holy objects all day! All welcome!