Welcome to Tharpa Choeling Australia,
Wellington Buddhist Centre.
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
The Four Highest
How to Generate
Venerable Ribur Rinpoche
The Eleven Point Cause and Effect Instruction.
By Lama Je Tsongkhapa
Sand Mandala Coming Soon to a town
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
Picture from kagyuoffice.org