Welcome to Tharpa Choeling Australia,
Wellington Buddhist Centre.

Hello!

The mayor has cut the ribbon and officially opened Wellington Buddhist Centre! We've been open for a year now, but still have ongoing building projects and lots more to do! By next Losar we aim to have the gonpa built, and we will invite the mayor back again.

Venerable Geshe Thubten Dawa, a highly respected Tibetan master in the Gelug Buddhist tradition gave us the Tibetan name Tharpa Choeling. Geshe Dawa's main teacher is the 15th Lab Kyabgon Rinpoche. We hold His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the head of our lineage.
The Four Highest Emotions
By
Ayya Khema

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How to Generate Bodhicitta
By
Venerable Ribur Rinpoche
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Current Practice
The Eleven Point Cause and Effect Instruction.
By Lama Je Tsongkhapa

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Sand Mandala Coming Soon to a town near you!
The Gyumed monks will be touring Victoria and NSW as part of the Sacred Footsteps mandala tour. Beginning in April and are visiting lots of regional towns like Dubbo and Bathurst (yay!) as well as Melbourne and Sydney. Have a look at some info HERE or have a look at this YouTube video so you know what to expect!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
is coming to Australia!

He will be holding a public talk in Katoomba on the 6th June and more! Have a look at the
Dalai Lama in Australia website
for more information.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge has extended a "glad welcome" to His Holiness who will attend the event on 11th June.
He said, "We look beyond politics and ideology to greet a man who comes in peace".
The current practice is 11 point cause and effect by the Great Lama Tsong Khapa for the purpose of developing Bodhichitta (The wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings).

The first point is equanimity
and Ayya Khema says "The Buddha called forth the greatest jewel of all - equanimity. It is the 7th factor of enlightenment and its far enemy is excitement and its near enemy is indifference which is based on intentional unconcern".

Ribur Rinpoche says "We must stop discriminating among sentient beings, feeling close to some and distant from others and the only way to do this is developing equanimity."

"Whether we like it or not, we have been born on this earth as part of one great family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated belonging to one nation, ideology or another, ultimately each of us just a human being like everyone else. Furthermore, each of us has the same right to pursue happiness and avoid suffering. When you recognize that all beings are equal in this respect, you automatically feel empathy and closeness for them. Out of this, in turn, comes a genuine sense of universal responsibility; the wish to actively help others overcome their problems." His Holiness Dalai Lama


The monks will be visiting Wellington Buddhist Centre on Sunday July 26th to do a blessing and chanting ceremony starting at 1pm. We are grateful and excited for this wonderful opportunity.
"The point is to care so keenly for others that you give rise to courage and determination to relieve them of their suffering. That is compassion."

17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinely Dorje
As well as praying and doing Tonglen, Venerable Tenzin encouraged Tharpa Choeling to make a donation to Tsoknyi Rinpoche's nuns in Nepal who are working hard to benefit the villages surrounding them. Gen-la also suggested that people could make a donation to one of the organisations found here:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2015/04/9-buddhist-organizations-working-on-the-ground-in- nepal.html
Picture from kagyuoffice.org