Logo1-nofont_web400px_whitespaceWelcome 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.


Master Thangkha Painter Andy Weber

Eight Auspicious Symbols with Andy Weber

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This art course of drawing and sculpting will focus on the most popular symbols in Tibetan Buddhism – the Eight Auspicious Symbols. These eight symbols of good fortune represent the celestial offerings made by the Hindu gods to Buddha Shakyamuni after he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. By making such offerings, the gods acknowledged that his achievement was greater than theirs because he had truly left cyclic existence behind.  The symbols  are painted on doors and walls in preparation for New Year celebrations and are used as welcome signs at the entrance of monasteries when lamas and teachers visit.

Lectures and meditations on the deeper symbolism of each symbol will enhance the experience of the sacred art. Every student will attempt to draw and sculpt in relief one of the symbols with clay (air-hardening clay) on a board. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students. Artistic talent is not required but genuine perseverance and interest are preferred. The end result is not as important as the path getting there.

Wednesday 19 October – Friday 21 October held in the Arts Studio at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $180.

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

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Statue Painting – Opening the Eyes with Andy Weber

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Students will learn how to “open the eyes” of a statue, which includes applying pure gold and painting the whole face. This is a very specific and specialised practice in Tibetan Buddhism and the process takes place in a ritualised order.

The application of pure gold and the opening of the eyes is perceived as an offering to the Buddhas and deities. Previous experience in thangkha painting will be an advantage but not a necessity. This craft is usually kept secret and only a few are initiated into this ancient skill. This is a very RARE opportunity to participate in this practice and places will be limited.

Wednesday 26 October – Thursday 27 October held in the Arts Studio at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $120.

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.
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Painting the Guru – Lama Tsongkhapa with Andy Weber

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This course will focus on the image of Lama Tsong Khapa, the great reformer and creator of the Gelug lineage, and his two heart sons, Gyaltsab.je and Khedrub.je. Stories about his miraculous life will enhance the experience and deepen the understanding of the special relationship between spiritual teacher and disciple in Tibetan Buddhism, which has been essential to the survival of this sacred tradition and lineage, including that of the Dalai Lama. We will look at the Tsongkhapa 80 (the 1000 faces of Lama Tsongkhapa), a series depicting his life in detail.

Students will receive personalised hands-on tuition creating a painting of the Guru image with his disciples, or one of the scenes depicted in the Tsongkhapa 80. All students will receive basic instruction about Thangkha painting (canvas making, paint preparation, painting techniques). The course will also include daily meditation and mantra recitations focusing on Guru yoga. Suitable for beginners and advanced students. As part of the Guru subject we will also offer students of other lineages the opportunity to learn the figure of Guru Rinpoche – the legendary mystic who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th Century.

Saturday 29 October – Sunday 6 November held in the Arts Studio at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $540
Weekend only: Saturday 29  – Sunday 30  Facility Fee $180

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

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Geshe Tenzin Zopa

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Chenrezig Institute is excited to host Geshe Tenzin Zopa who starred in the movie Unmistaken Child. You may have met him in late 2015 when he visited the Institute with Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche.  This year he will be returning to teach and share his unique blend of wisdom and compassion with us.

Tenzin Zopa was born in 1975 in the Tsum Valley in Nepal. Geshe Lama Konchog attended his birth and at the age of seven Geshe Zopa joined him and became his closest assistant, serving as his translator and staying with him until his death in 2001. In 1990, Zopa entered Sera Je Monastic University, where he was the top student in debate, writing, and memorisation. He continually ranked among the top five students out of more than 5000 monks. In 2007 he completed his studies and graduated as Geshe (equivalent to a PhD ), one of the youngest ever to do so.  He speaks fluent English, Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi geshe-zopa-and-phunstok-rinpocheand a little Mandarin.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa has many students worldwide. He is also project director of several monasteries and nunneries in the Tsum Valley of Nepal. In addition, he oversees the physical, mental, and spiritual development of Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of his heart teacher Geshe Lama Konchog.

 

The Unmistaken Child and Infallible Karma 6 pm to 9pm Friday 28th of October in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Join us to watch the Movie Unmistaken Child and then a Q & A WITH Geshe Tenzin Zopa.

Facility Fee $20 10% discount for members and concession card holders.book now

 

Transforming Suffering into Strength 9 am to 4.30 pm Saturday 29th October in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Join us for these accessible teachings on transforming adversity into a path of compassion and growth.

Facility Fee $80 10% discount for members and concession card holders.book now

 


Buddha Day: Descent From Tushita (Lhabab Duchen)

Sunday 20 November held at Chenrezig Institute. Free event (no bookings are required except for lunch).

Buddha Shakyamuni is said to have travelled at the age of forty-one to Tushita heaven, where he spent one rainy season giving teachings to benefit the beings of the desire realms, and to repay the kindness of his mother by helping her achieve enlightenment. The twenty-second day of the ninth Tibetan month is celebrated as the day of Buddha Shakyamuni’s return from Tushita. It is taught that as the Buddha was descending, the entire universe became clear and unobstructed to all Buddha's descent from tushita _ 2beings. This profound teaching is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of

the Buddha. It is part of 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 arranged day of merit- making activities.

4.28 am – 4.48 am     Precepts
9.00 am – 12 noon     Golden Light Sutra
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 – 8.00 pm    Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Main Gompa) including light offerings

Sunday 20 November, 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!


In the Buddha’s Footsteps Pilgrimage with Geshe Tsultrim
Nov 26 – Dec 16

Chenrezig’s Pilgrimage to India in 2016 will be a unique experience.

It will cover the Buddhist sites of the north with Geshe Tsultrim leading a Three- day retreat in Bodhgaya and visits to important Buddhist sites in Sarnath, Kushinagar and Sravasti.

In the south, visit the Gelupa seat of Sera Jey Monastery, and Ajanta and Ellora Caves which date back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. Geshe Tsultrim will give teachings and lead prayers at all the Buddhist sites throughout the pilgrimage.

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Reciting the Heart Sutra at Vulture’s Peak

Highlights Include:

Teachings by Geshe Tsultrim at Sarnath , Kushinagar, Vultures Peak.

Three-Day Retreat lead by Geshe Tsultrim at Root Institute in Bodhgaya·

Chance to stay at Geshe Tsultrim’s Monastery, Sera Jay in South India.

The Pilgrimage can be taken in its entirety or as separate components.

Full details available here


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!

 


What’s on in the Art Studio

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 Oct 2
Sunday Nov 13
Sunday Dec 11


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 Oct 2
Sunday Nov 6
Sunday Dec 4


Golden Light Sutra Recitation

Last Saturday of every month 9.00am – 12noon, held in the Tara room at Chenrezig Institute.
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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.

Last Saturday of every month 9.00 am—12 noon, or on that month’s Holy Day. At Chenrezig Institute.
Saturday Nov 20
Friday Dec 23

 


Vajrayogini Practice Day

Last Sunday of every month 9.30 am – 3.00 pm, is held in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute
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Vajrayogini Practice takes place usually on the last 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.

Sunday Oct 30
Sunday Nov 27