Major activities for 2010 year:
Without a doubt, the major highlight of 2010 was the attainment of a
permanent place for the Association. Dharma activities have already
increased tremendously and Rinpoche is now much more accessible to
all students and the wider community.
All teachings and ceremonies are conducted by Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche,
with the assistance of Lama Nansai in Australia and many other monks
The word "Rinpoche " in Tibetan means "Precious". Rinpoche is
precious to us because with infinite compassion He teaches us the
paths leading to liberation and Buddhahood. The word "Lama" is an
abbreviation for "Lana Mepa" which means "Unsurpassable". Lamas are
unsurpassable in their kindness to us because they show us the ways
to eliminate suffering and to attain the highest happiness.
Rinpoche uses skilful means to guide us on the path to enlightenment
and teaches according to the levels of the students and their areas of
interest. At the beginning of each session, Rinpoche stresses the
importance of observing the correct motivation, that of benefiting
all limitless sentient beings, not just oneself. All teachings end
with dedication prayers and questions (related or unrelated to the
session) and answers. Rinpoche always makes sure that all points
raised during teachings are clearly understood.
1. Morning prayers
They start at 7.30 am with prostrations. The monks chant the
devotional prayers to the Barom Kagyu lineage and lead a 20- minute
meditation. The prayers "Homage to the 21 Taras" are recited to
dispel fear, bad dreams, bad health, disputes etc… Medicine Buddha
prayers and visualisation to promote good health are then followed
by dedication prayers. The morning session concludes with the
supplication that Dharma activities will flourish all over the world
and bring showers of blessings to all limitless sentient beings.
2. Evening prayers
They begin at 5.30 pm with the Mahakala practice. The monks use
bells and drums. Praying to Mahakala the protector deity and
Dharmapala removes past, present and future obstacles on the path to
enlightenment. This practice is particularly recommended for whoever
has a business, is sitting exams, etc…
Weekly Buddhist programs @ Sefton Centre:
Rinpoche gives explanations to "The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by
Patrul Rinpoche based on his wealth of wisdom and his own personal
In Rinpoche’s absence Lama Nansai conducts the Chenrezig practice.
Chenrezig is the embodiment of the Buddhas of compassion. The
Chenrezig practice enables one to swiftly attain Buddhahood.
Rinpoche and Lama Nansai show how to recite the Tara prayers, to use
Tibetan ritual instruments and to do Mudras or sacred hand
Ngondro practice or preliminary practice. This provides solid
foundations for our Dharma practice by purifying body, speech and
mind and by engendering the Bodhicitta mind which is essential for
reaching supreme enlightenment.
Weekly Buddhist programs @ Chatswood Centre:
Starting from November 2011 Rinpoche will give teachings on Lojong
or the 7 points of mind training and the foundations of the
Boddisattva vows. As usual during the session Rinpoche leads a 20-
Puja and empowerment
Buddhist ceremonies are performed on special occasions such as
Tibetan Losar, Chotrul Duchen, Saka Dawa Duchen, etc…
Milarepa Tsogh offering and butter lamp offering ceremony: this
has the effect of dispelling the darkness of ignorance so that
we can attain Buddha's luminous wisdom.
Amitaya Long life puja : During this ceremony the monks pray to
the Amitaya Buddha, the Buddha of long life, wisdom and merit.
Chod ceremony: the word "Chod" means "cut", cutting the ego and
the five poisons of attachment, anger, ignorance, jealousy and
desire. This is a powerful healing and blessing ceremony during
which the monks chant melodious tunes and play the Tibetan
drums, cymbals and bells.
After attending a Chod ceremony many people have reported
increased concentration (useful for students sitting exams), better
sleeping patterns, feelings of peace and calmness and cure from
physical and mental sicknesses.
Mahakala Puja: Mahakala is a protector deity who removes
obstacles. Powerful chanting is peformed by monks who also play
drums and bells. To enhance our practice of generosity,
offerings of food, incense and precious medicine are burnt
during the fire puja.
Milarepa Puja: this is to improve the Guru yoga and Samaya bonds
and to bring showers of blessings.
Naga Puja: these take place on some auspicious days, near a
river. They have 2 purposes: firstly to avert the occurrence of
natural disasters such as earthquakes, to bring about abundant
crops and to stop droughts/ floods, secondly to heal skin
diseases and pains from arthritis etc…
Che Loh ceremony: it is usually performed at Losar time, the
Tibetan New year to dispel negativities from the previous year
and to promote positive energies for the following year. The
monks will pray that all sentient beings will enjoy happiness,
prosperity, excellent health and long life.
Tuh ceremony: it starts with a washing of hands and feet with
blessed water. This symbolizes the purifying of negative karma
and the cleansing of our mind. The monks chant prayers dedicated
to Vajrasattva while accompanied by bells and Tibetan drums.
This is a healing and blessing ceremony.
[A Buddhist retreat provides a chance to put aside the concerns and
demands of normal routine. Leaving behind the noise and clutter of
everyday life enables us to begin to relax and deepen our awareness.
Many people who go on a Buddhist retreat increase their sense of
grounding, calm and contact with themselves. Eventually, many find
these qualities transfer to everyday life, leading to increased
expression of our human potential. Attending a retreat provides an
opportunity to share time and inspiration with people from all walks
of life who are keen to learn about and practice Buddhism.
Retreat activities may vary, but are likely to include meditation,
some periods of silence, talks, workshops, and discussions.]
(excerpt taken from the Melbourne Buddhist Centre website on
By doing retreats we accumulate a tremendous amount of merit and
so retreats are highly recommended by Rinpoche.
Phowa retreats: lasting 5 days, they prepare us for our ultimate
death. Methods for transference of consciousness such as
visualisation and recitation of mantras are taught so that at the
time of death, we do not experience fear and attain enlightenment.
Nyung Nay retreats: these last about 2 to 3 days and usually take
place over a long weekend.This is a fasting retreat during which we
are not allowed to drink ,eat or talk on the second day. This
retreat is beneficial for purifying negative karma and bringing
about good health. The meditation centres on the recitations,
mantras and guided visualisations of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig,
the embodiment of all the Buddhas loving kindness and compassion.
Amithaba retreat: lasting one week. During the retreat, we recite
the "Aspiration for birth in the pure realm of Sukhavati" prayers
and meditate on the Amithaba Buddha or "Buddha of infinite light".
Blessings and prayer requests
On request Rinpoche and Lama perform blessings of babies, pets,
sick/old people to promote their long life and excellent
health. Old/newly built houses can be blessed thus bringing peace
and happiness for the people and animals living in these houses.
During the wedding ceremony, Rinpoche and Lama Nansai pray that the
newly weds will be blessed with a long, harmonious and happy life
together and that all hindrances are dispelled. Rinpoche or Lama
Nansai can help you to choose an auspicious day for your wedding.
In Tibetan Buddhism, death is an extremely important event. For 49
days after the departing of a person, the monks will pray daily for
the deceased to experience a smooth journey through the Bardo and to
achieve a rebirth in the high realms. The Phowa prayers are
extremely powerful as they purify the deceased of their negative
Karma. Prayers are dedicated to Dorje Sempa Buddha, Medicine Buddha
and to Amithaba Buddha.
There are no charges for attending ceremonies / retreats. Rinpoche
prefers to give everyone the opportunity to practice generosity and
Your generous donation will contribute in 3 ways:
To assist with the running costs of Dharma centres in Australia and
To provide much needed support to the nuns of Chodrak Nunnery, Tibet
To provide free medical care to the people of Yushu (a city near
Chodrak that was badly affected in the 2010 earthquake) at the