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.


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Morning and Evening Dharma Practice with Chenrezig Sangha Community

Visitors and community members are welcome to join the Sangha community as they complete morning and evening Dharma practice together. Based on the advice of our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our community is now holding daily practice sessions.

These sessions are an opportunity for us to practice alongside the Sangha, recognising the combined effort of all to create a flourishing Dharma community.

Our practice together also reminds us that it is in dependence upon all sentient beings, particularly those whom we come into contact with every day that we develop the perfections, in particular, generosity and patience. We can all thank each other for these precious opportunities to continue to grow and open our hearts and minds.

In the morning sessions from 7:30am we complete practices for:

  • Blessing our speech to create positive karma
  • Purifying negative karma (prostrations to the 35 Buddhas)
  • Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers and reviewing the stages of the path (Guru Puja)

In the evening sessions from 6:00pm we complete practices for:

  • Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers (Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga)
  • Purifying negative karma (Vajrasattva Practice)
  • Protecting from harm and clearing obstacles to practice (Protector Prayers)

These sessions include both English and chanting of mantras in Tibetan and Sanskrit and typically take one hour.


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  Arts Studio is the hub of Chenrezig Arts providing an important space for Buddhist artists both professional and aspiring.

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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 mold-makingwp_20160521_007. Workshops and courses are also held in this well- lit, ambient space. The large downstairs indoor and outdoor work areas are used for pouring molds, casting and assembling holy objects, and assembling stupas for the Garden of Enlightenment (GoE). We also have a showroom where visitors are 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.


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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 as our Chenrezig Arts community will lead you through this inspiring practice.

Sunday 13 January 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 10 February 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 10 March 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 14 April 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday  12 May 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday  9 June 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday  14 July 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 11 August 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday  8 September 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday  13 October 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 10 November 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.
Sunday 8 December 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio. By donation.


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Sutra Reading and Writing

Join us for a peaceful day of reading and writing sutras – the records of the Buddhas teachings, written in verse. We’ll gather in our inspiring meditation space, the Tara Room in the morning, set our motivation and read through a sutra reflecting on its benefits as shared by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. They’ll be plenty of time to share our thoughts and enjoy chai together.

After lunch, we’ll be writing sutras (Buddhist scriptures) in gold ink. This a deeply relaxing and satisfying way to spend the afternoon. It is said that the act of copying any part of the sutras creates an incredible amount of merit. Everyone is welcome to join in this peaceful day of recitation and reflection. Come for all or any part of the day.

This activity is freely offered. Lunch in the Big Love Café is $12.50pp.

Saturday 19 January from 10:30am onwards in the Tara Room.
Saturday 16 February from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 16 March from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 27 April from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 18 May from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 15 June from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 20 July from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 17 August from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 14 Sept from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 12 October from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 9 November from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room.
Saturday 10 December from 10:30am onwards in the Library Archiving Room. 


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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 20 January 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 17 February 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Teacher’s House.
Sunday 17 March 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Art Studio.
Sunday 28 April 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room.
Sunday 12 May 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room..
Sunday 16 June 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Tara Room..


Guru Puja

Recognising the kindness of our teachers, we give thanks for their wisdom and compassion. Guru Puja is mostly chanted in Tibetan and takes about two hours including offerings of chai and food.

Wednesday 16 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 30 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 5 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa (For Losar)
Thursday 14 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 1 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 16 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 14 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Monday 29 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 14 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 29 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 12 June from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 27 June from 7:30 am in the Gompa
Thursday 11 July from 7:30 am in the Gompa
Saturday 27 July from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 10 August from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 25 August from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 8 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 24 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 8 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 23 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 6 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Friday 6 December  from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 21 December  from 6:30 pm in the Gompa (Lama Tsongkhapa Day)

 


Tara Puja 

The enlightened activities of the Buddhas manifest in this female aspect to help living beings successfully accomplish their goals. Tara puja is a mix of Tibetan and English and takes one hour, during which we offer chai and cake.

Monday 14 January from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 13 February from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Thursday 14 March from 4:00pm in the Gompa
Saturday 13 April from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Sunday 12 May from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Monday 10 June from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 10 July from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Thursday 8 August from 4:00pm in the Gompa
Friday 6 September from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Sunday 6 October from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 6 November from 6:30pm in the Gompa
Wednesday 4 December from 6:30pm in the Gompa


Dzambala Puja

A puja to increase each student’s generosity, resulting in both spiritual and material abundance.  Dzambala puja is a mix of Tibetan and English and involves water offerings to Dzambala. It takes about one hour.

Sunday 6 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 3 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 3 March from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 7 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 8 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 2 June from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 7 July from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 1 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 3 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.
Sunday 1 December from 6:30 pm in the Gompa.


Medicine Buddha Puja

A puja to remove health and life obstacles and increase wellbeing and prosperity. Medicine Buddha puja is predominantly in English and takes about an hour, during which we offer chai.

Monday 21 January from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 21 March from 4:00 pm in the Gompa
Friday 19 April from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 18 May from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 16 July from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 15 August from 4:00 pm in the Gompa
Saturday 14 September from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Sunday 13 October from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Tuesday 12 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Thursday 12 December from 6:30 pm in the Gompa


Shakyamuni Buddha Pujas

Day of Miracles Tuesday 19 February from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Saka Dawa
Monday 17 June Time and location to be confirmed.
Wheel Turning Day Sunday 4 August from 6:30 pm in the Gompa
Descent from the God Relm of Thirty Three
Tuesday 19 November from 6:30 pm in the Gompa


Stupa Making Days

Stupa making is held on each of the four auspicious Buddha Days throughout the year, as well as Losar. On these days you can learn the process of how to assemble a small plaster stupa, help pour stupa parts and prepare some of the items included in each stupa. Working with these holy objects is a practice within itself, but can be done by anyone and no experience is necessary. However, a level of concentration and focus is required. The day starts at 10am and continues until 3pm and is held at The Garden of Enlightenment. So why not come along and be part of a friendly team creating stupas and much merit?

Losar Tuesday 5 February
Day of Miracles Tuesday 19 February 
Saka Dawa
Monday 17 June
Wheel Turning Day Sunday 4 August 
Descent from the God Relm of Thirty Three
Tuesday 19 November

Lama Zopa Rinpoche Offers lunch to students who work make stupas on Holy Days.