Welcome to Tharpa Choeling Australia,
Wellington Buddhist Centre.

Current Practice
A Bodhisattva's Garland of Gems by Lama Atisha (Dipamkara Shrijnana), sometimes called The Jewel Rosary of a Bodhisattva.

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Verse 9
As for persons with the eye of the Dharma
and limited beings who are beginners,
let me expand my discernment
of them as teachers.

Verse 10
Whenever I see any limited beings,
let me expand my discernment of them as my father,
my mother, my child or grandchild.
So, let me rid myself of misleading friends
and entrust myself to spiritual friends.

Tharpa Choeling Australia - Wellington Buddhist Centre continues offering Buddhadharma in accordance with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's lineage.
From Buddha Shakyamuni, through the Indian scholars from Nalanda University to our present ordination master Venerable Geshe Thubten Dawa.
We offer classes that allow western students to study in English these ancient commentaries on the Buddha's words.
8 Wonderful Years in Wellington!
"A center ... is where we can learn the whole path to liberation, the unmistaken path to happiness, the unmistaken cause of happiness. Not only that, the unmistaken cause for the path to liberation; and not only that, the unmistaken cause for the path to great liberation, full enlightenment, how to be free from suffering; to understand the cause of suffering and how to get rid of that. This is never explained or taught in schools, colleges and universities.” Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Atisha
Summer Newsletter
For the next few months we will showcase book reviews by our sangha. Enjoy!
A book I liked this month from Venerable Pema

I was going to tell you about the book I am reading at the moment which is Karma by Gelek Rinpoche and this book is fabulous, but then I thought about the book I love most in this world, a book which still inspires me and teaches me, a book which shares secrets with you and guides you along the path to Enlightenment. Of course, it is written by one of the most compassionate people on the planet - Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The book is the Teachings from the Vajrasattva Retreat. It sounds like it could be very narrow in its content but it holds all the teachings you need. I have never read it through from beginning to end but have opened it and been enthralled by what I have read. It teaches from the benefits of make holy objects to the antidote to ignorance, from animal liberation to thinking about death. It is full of stories from Lama Zopa and advice on how to do the practices, how to motivate and how to dedicate, how to rejoice and how to avoid lower rebirths. To me, this book lacks nothing and I would certainly recommend it to anyone and considering it has about 670 pages, it is well worth the $35 cost.

The definition of a Bodhisattva from Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron:

A person whose spontaneous reaction upon seeing any sentient being is ‘I aspire to become a Buddha in order to benefit them.'
"Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment."

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama
Teachings from the Vajrasattva Retreat - Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche