Rinpoche’s activities in Sydney
Rinpoche returned to
Australia in early March and was met at the airport by a large group
of students. On arriving at the temple Rinpoche saw for the first
time the newly completed kitchen and celebrated with dinner.
Since Rinpoche’s return he has performed many
activities and ceremonies as requested by his students
VENERABLE LAMA NANSAI
After much hard work from many
people Venerable Lama Nansai has arrived in Australia as our new
Resident Teacher and is busy assisting Rinpoche with his activities.
Rinpoche and Lama Nansai are pictured here together in Tibet shortly
before flying to Australia, and the students welcoming Lama Nansai
at Sydney airport.
Tibetan New Year was celebrated by the Tibetan-Australian Community,
at which Rinpoche and Lama Nansai chanted at the opening ceremony.
That was followed by performances by Tibetan musicians, dancers,
Tibetan food and a generally festive atmosphere.
Tibetan New Year was also
celebrated in the temple with Chotrul Duchen, a light offering
ceremony and Rinpoche and Lama Nansai cooking traditional Tibetan
New Year ‘cumze’.
Chotrul Duchen is one of the
most important celebrations in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. It is
celebrated on the 15th day of the New Year. This year it falls on
the Saturday 19th of March 2011. On this day the effect of positive
and negative actions will be multiplied 10,001,000 times. On this
day reciting mantras, performing sadhanas and good deeds and
practising generosity will generate immense merit.
Offering butter lamps
constitutes the most powerful offering because their light
symbolises wisdom. In the same way that a lamp dispels darkness,
offering light from a butter lamp represents the removal of the
darkness of ignorance, this removal being necessary in order to
attain Buddha's luminous clear wisdom.
Duchen at Chatswood
Rinpoche and Venerable Lama
Nansai again held the Chotrul Duchen Ceremony for the students of
Milarepa Initiation or Blessing Ceremony
This weekend is the
anniversary of the passing of both Milarepa and Marpa Lotsawa.
Rinpoche and Lama Nansai held a Ceremony where students received
initiation or blessing. Recitation of the Milarepa mantra will
guarantee that you will not be reborn in the 3 lower realms for the
next 7 lives.
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Tibetan Buddhism, the Medicine Buddha Empowerment is considered the
most powerful blessing for healing and removing physical or mental
sicknesses and for awakening the innate healing wisdom that lies in
all human beings.
Meditation on Medicine Buddha will lead to an increase in healing
powers for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental
illnesses and suffering. The practice of Medicine Buddha meditation
is greatly enhanced after you have received the Medicine Buddha
Empowerment from a highly qualified Lama.
much preparation, on sunday 10th of April Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and
Venerable Lama Nansai performed prayers and consecrated most of the
statues in the temple including Amitabha, Chenrezig, Tara,
Vajrasattva and the Lineage Lamas.
The presence of a consecrated statue can help to clear away
obstacles and negative energies from the home and the environment
thus bringing a healing energy.
Consecration of a statue results in the following benefits:
1. increase in wisdom
2. purification of obscurations and defilements
3. good health and longevity
4. gain respect
5. gracious appearance
6. increase of wealth and prosperity
7. fulfilment of all wishes
8. Swift attainment to Buddhahood
Finally a big thank you to our ‘fence builders’. Several students
spent the weekend working with Rinpoche and Lama Nansai, late into
Saturday night and Sunday to finish the new fence on one side of the
Fundraising dinner night for the Chodrak Nunnery: Barom Kagyu would
like to extend its special thanks to the organizers and to all those
who generously donated toward the provision of food, medicine and
basic necessities of the nuns of Chodrak Nunnery. The nuns will be
able to continue with their practice without worrying about when
their next meal will come from.
Rinpoche and Lama Wangchuk, led the celebration of the New Year of
the Iron-Male-Tiger 2010 at the new Dharma centre in Sefton.
Auspiciously this year the Tibetan, Chinese and Vietnamese New Year
fell on the same day.
Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Dharma students performed the Buddhist
practice of rescuing animals, eg releasing live fish bought from the
market into the river, destined for slaughter. “All beings have been
my fathers and mothers” and therefore the fundamental Buddhist
teaching of compassion for all living beings must be practiced by
all Buddhists continuously.