Welcome to Tharpa Choeling Australia,
Wellington Buddhist Centre.
A Bodhisattva's Garland of Gems by Lama Atisha
(Dipamkara Shrijnana), sometimes called The Jewel
Rosary of a Bodhisattva.
As for persons with the eye of the Dharma
and limited beings who are beginners,
let me expand my discernment
of them as teachers.
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
"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
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
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.'
appreciation of our
human potential will give
us a sense of urgency
that we must use every
His Holiness 14th Dalai
Teachings from the Vajrasattva Retreat - Kyabje Thubten