Chenrezig Arts

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.

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The mezzanine level serves as a work area for artists to create Thangkas, Tibetan decorations and to carve new images suitable for mwp_20160521_007ould-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 allocated for an office and shop, where – once completed – visitors will be able to view samples of the artists’ works and make purchases.

Plans are in place to expand the car-parking, install water features, improve the landscaping, and put a veranda and signage at the front of the building to attract visitors on their way to and from the centre.

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.  For those who are not able to visit the site in person, an online store has been established to make this merchandise available over the Internet.

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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.


Lama Tsong Khapa Day (Ganden Ngamchoe)

tsongkhapa-3Friday 23 December held at Chenrezig Institute. Free event (no bookings are required except for lunch).

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) is one of the most significant Tibetan Buddhist masters, whose studies and meditations in all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism resulted in the founding of the Gelugpa lineage. Buddhists all over the world honour his attainment of parinirvana on Lama Tsongkhapa Day, which this year falls on December 23.

4.33 am  – 4.53 am    Precepts
9.00 am – 12 noon      Golden Light Sutra (Main Gompa)

9.00 am  – 3.00 pm    Working with Holy Objects (Garden of Enlightenment)
4.45 pm – 5.45 pm     Set up light offerings (Main Gompa)
6.30 pm – 7.00 pm     Lantern Parade to the Gompa
offering lights7.00 pm-  8.30 pm     Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Main Gompa) including light offerings
Friday 23 December, at Chenrezig Institute. Everybody welcome, no bookings required (except for lunch).

All activities are offered by the centre at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book by 9.30 am.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers lunch to everyone who works with holy objects all day!


  tsog-offeringCelebrate Losar the Tibetan New Year and Lama Yeshe Day

Monday 27 February at Chenrezig Institute. Free event (no bookings are required except for lunch).

Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Traditionally, Tibetans mark Losar by joining together to acknowledge the passing of any negative occurrences in the previous year, and to pray for a peaceful and productive year ahead. It is also the day to 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.

4.33 am – 4.53 am  Precepts with Geshe Tsultrim

10.00 am – 10.30 am Tsung Puja with Geshe Tsultrim (back of Gompa)

11.00 am – 12.00 noon First Teaching of our year-long Lam Rim Course – everyone welcome (Gompa)

12.00 – 1.00 pm  Lunch in the Big Love Café.  Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers lunch to anyone who makes holy objects for the day!

1.30 pm – 3.00 pm  Video of Lama Yeshe: Anxiety in the (Nuclear) Modern Age (Gompa)

4.00 pm  Join us to set up for Guru Puja and Tsog.

6.30 pm – 8.00 pm  Guru Puja with Tsog (Gompa)

All activities are offered by the centre at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book by 9.30 am.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers lunch to everyone who works with holy objects all day!

 


mantra-rolling-pic-1-1Days of Miracles : Sacred Art Retreat

Monday 27 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 March 4.00 pm.
Facility Fee $240 for the whole retreat or $25 per day.

Day one through to fifteen of the first month of the Tibetan calendar marks a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (the Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the fifteenth day Chotrul Duchen (the Day of Miracles).

The new year commemorates a time of increase in virtuous activity. Any actions done during that period of time, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. As karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, (as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic) it is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.

To coincide with the anniversary of the incredible events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life traditionally celebrated during the first two weeks of the lunar new year, we have created a deeply peaceful way to engage with the Buddha’s words and sacred art practices. Join us between the Holy days of Losar and The Day of Miracles for twelve days of inspiration. Each day of the retreat will place your mind in a state of peaceful joy as you engage with:

  • Lovingly repainting and restoring the stupas at the Garden of Enlightenment.
  • Painting tsa tsas in a quiet state of meditation
  • The patience-giving practice of gold leafing
  • Rolling and reciting Mantras
  • Stupa making

Don’t be concerned if you haven’t engaged with these gentle and inspiring art practices before. You will be guided supported and inspired by our Art Studio Team.

Support Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision of Holy Objects for World Peace by joining this deeply meaningful retreat.

My wish is for FPMT to build many holy objects everywhere, as many as possible. Making it so easy for sentient beings to purify their heavy negative karma and making it so easy for sentient beings to create extensive merit. Which makes it so easy to achieve the realisations of the path and so easy to achieve liberation and enlightenment. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Monday 27 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 March 4.00 pm. Facility Fee $240 for the whole retreat or $25 per day.
10% discount for members and concession card holders.
Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation.

Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals in the Big Love Cafe must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event. All bookings can be made through www.chenrezig.com.au.

Activities are offered freely on Losar (Monday 27 February) and The Day of Miracles (Sunday 12 March) Lunch is also offered on these days by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to students who work with Holy Objects on these days.book now

 


Mantra Rolling

Second Sunday of each month at 10.00 am – 3.00 pm in the Art Centre at Chenrezig Institute Art studio
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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.

Our Chenrezig Arts community will lead you through this inspiring practice.
Mantra rollingChenrezig 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.

For extensive advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the benefits of reading, writing or reciting particular mantras, or how to engage with mantras to eliminate or reduce potential or ongoing obstacles, please visit the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book and fpmt.org for advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Sunday Dec 11
Sunday Jan 8
Sunday Feb 12


Tsa Tsa Painting

Artists young and old art invited to join us in the Art Studio from 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm. Bring your calm creativity and we’ll provide all other materials. By donation. tsatsa

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 Dec 4
Sunday Jan 1
Sunday Feb 5


Golden Light Sutra Recitation

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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.

 9.00 am—12 noon, in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute.

Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.
Friday 23 December (Holy Day)
Not in January
Saturday 11 February


Vajrayogini Practice Day

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Vajrayogini Practice takes place usually on the second Sunday of every month in the Tara  Room. It is a small  and dedicated practice group for those who have received the appropriate initiation only.

For those practitioners who have also completed an approach retreat with Fire Puja, there is a self-initiation session after lunch.

  9.30 am – 3.00 pm, in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute

Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.
Not in December
Sunday 22 January
Sunday 12 February