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 completeed for an office and shop, where visitors are be 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.

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.


 Mantra Rolling

Mantra Rolling Pic (1) (1)Art studio

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 14 May 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

                                             Sunday 11 June 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

Mantra rolling

Sunday 9 July 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

Sunday 13 August 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

 

 


tsatsaTsa 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.

Sunday 7 May 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

Sunday 4 June 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

Sunday 2 July 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

Sunday 6 August 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio by donation.

 


LZR_goldenlightsutra_bodhgaya_1Golden Light Sutra Recitation

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.

Friday 9 June 10 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.

Saturday 8 July 10 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.

Saturday 12 August 10 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.


butter lampVajrayogini 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 14 May 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.

Sunday 11 June 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.

Sunday 9 July 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.

Sunday 13 August 9.30 am to 3 pm in the Tara Room.


Buddha Day: Saka Dawa

Saka Dawa is one of the most important Buddhist celebrations. It falls on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan Month and commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and paranirvana (entry to nirvana).

In a teaching in 2000, Lama Zopa Rinpoche suggested that the community of Chenrezig Institute gather on, or shortly after, Saka Dawa for a celebration of the Buddha of Compassion. You are warmly invited to join in the day’s celebrations.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.

Schedule for the day:
If you wish to do precepts please join the Nyung Na retreatants.
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Golden Light Sutra Recitation – Tara Room
1:15 pm – 2 pm Raising the large Thanka and making offerings – weather permitting.
6.00 pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in Tara Room
7:30 pm Join the Nyung Na retreatants for extensive light offering and mantras in the Gompa

Friday 9 June, 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, held at Chenrezig Institute. Everybody welcome, no bookings required (except for lunch)

Join us if you can, or do some merit-making activities yourself, like offering food to those who are hungry, or helping out in the community. All activities are offered by the centre at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book lunch by 10.00am. www.chenrezig.com.au


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:
Precepts 6am – Gompa
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Golden Light Sutra Recitation – Tara Room
1:15 pm – 2 pm Raising the large Thanka and making offerings – weather permitting.
4.00 pm – Set up Light Offerings – 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.