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.

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.


 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 – 11:45 First Teaching of our year-long Lam Rim Course – everyone welcome (Gompa)

11:45 – 1.00 pm  Welcoming Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering followed by celebration lunch at the Big Love Café.

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm  Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the Basic Studies Program. Join Khensur Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim in the gompa along with a range of special guests to be inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoches vision for our study program.  Khensur Rinpoche is sure to motivate you as he shares how the program began and the importance of study and practice. Learn how this program fits within the unique vision of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

3.00 pm – 4:00 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 10 am on the day of the event.book now

 


 Celebrate The Day of Miracles

Sunday 12 March at Chenrezig Institute. Free event (no bookings are required except for lunch).

The Day of Miracles (Chotrul Düchen) commemorates one of the four great deeds of the Buddha. It marks the end of a fifteen day period during which the Buddha performed numerous inspiring feats in order to overcome skeptics, and to help increase the faith and diligence of his students.

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!

5:28 am                            Precepts

9.00 am-3.00 pm        Working with Holy Objects at the Garden of Enlightenment

12.00-1.00 pm               Lunch @ the Big Love Café

3.30 pm-5.30 pm         Set up light offerings (Main Gompa)

 6.30 pm-8.00 pm       Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Gompa)

All activities are sponsored by Chenrezig Institute with the exception of lunch ($12.50)which must be booked before 10:00 am on the day.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche also offers lunch to everyone who works with holy objects all day!

All welcome!

 


Precious Practices: Water Bowl Offering

Sunday 2 April 10.00am to 12.00 noon in the Gompa.
Facility Fee $20.


Our mind is often compared to a field, with the potential to bring forth bountiful harvest of wisdom and compassion. For the seeds of listening to teachings to grow easily and quickly, the field needs to be properly prepared: purifying negative karmic imprints is similar to clearing the field of rocks and debris, while enriching our mind with positive potential is similar to irrigating and fertilizing the field. The purpose of preliminary practices is thus to clear and enrich our minds, allowing our practice to progress smoothly and our heart to become the path to enlightenment.
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In this morning course we will share with students the precious practice of making water bowl offerings. You’ll learn why we make water bowl offerings and each step of the process will be explained and demonstrated. Students will then have the opportunity to create mass water bowl offerings together, rejoicing and sharing in each other’s merit.

If you would like to learn how to make water bowl offerings as part of either your daily practice or preliminary practice this is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and gain confidence. Everyone welcome.

Sunday 2 April 10.00am to 12.00 noon in the Gompa.
Facility Fee $20
Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.


Mantra Rolling

Mantra Rolling Pic (1) (1)Second Sunday of each month at 10.00 am – 3.00 pm in the Art Centre at Chenrezig Institute 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.

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.

Second Sunday of the month at 10am-3pm in the Arts Centre
Sunday 12 February, Sunday 12 March, Not in April, Sunday 14
Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.

 


tsatsaTsa 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.

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 Feb 5, Sunday March 5,


LZR_goldenlightsutra_bodhgaya_1Golden Light Sutra Recitation

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

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.
Saturday 11 February, Saturday 8 April, Not in May
Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.


butter lampVajrayogini Practice Day

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
Sunday 22 January, Sunday 12 February, Sunday 12 March, Sunday 9 April, Sunday 14 May
Accommodation and meals available separately.  Meals must be booked before 9.30 am  on the day.


Buddha Day: Saka Dawa

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

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

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