Buddha Day: Wheel Turning Day
Today we celebrate the occasion of the Buddha’s first teaching. We do this by coming together as a community to engage in prayer and meritorious activities and rejoice in the positive karmic potential created by ourselves and others.
Join us for precepts, working with holy objects, sutra recitation, light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha puja. All these activities are freely offered to our community except lunch (Lunch is $12.50)
Schedule for the day:
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
10:30 am – 12 noon Teaching from Geshe Tsultrim on Bodhichitta – Main Gompa
2 pm Afternoon Tea on the Prayer Wheel Lawn offered to all Sangha
4.00 pm – Set up Light Offerings – Main Gompa
6.30 pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in – Main Gompa
Thursday 27th July 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, held at Chenrezig Institute. Everybody welcome, no bookings required (except for lunch)
We hope you can join us.
Buddha Days are often busy. Don’t forget to book your lunch before 10 am on the day.
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.
Refuge in the Three Jewels: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim
Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to inner freedom, but it is not something new. We have been taking refuge all our lives: some in money, some in drugs; most of us in a relationship. These may offer temporary relief but, in sober truth, seeking refuge in physical possessions and transient pleasures merely deepens our confusion rather than ending it.
Buddhist refuge is a process of turning inward which begins with our discovery of our own unlimited potential. This generates tremendous energy for the development of our own wisdom. Perhaps the word ‘Buddha’ conjures up a remote and oriental image. But ‘Buddha’ is just a word, and it means totally opened mind, an ‘opened lotus.’ When we realise our human potential and arrive at this total openness of mind, we become Buddhas. Lama Thubten Yeshe, 1978
Join Geshe Tsultrim as he explains what it means to be a Buddhist and how to start the process of turning inwards by taking refuge in our own Buddha nature; the Dharma teachings; and our community, the sangha.
A Refuge Ceremony will be conducted for those who have attended this preparatory course and are ready to make this meaningful commitment to enter the Buddhist Path, identifying Geshela as one of their teachers. If this is the first time you have taken Refuge please register via our website so that we can prepare the necessary materials for your Refuge Ceremony.
Saturday 23 September 9.00 am to Sunday 24 September 3.30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
This course is freely offered* by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register via www.chenrezig.com.au
*Meals and accommodation are available separately and all participants must register.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community.