Chagtong Chentong

JULY NEWS

Welcome back to CTCT Monthly Dharma Day - after the short mid winter break during  July
This Saturday we are going to be dedicating our activities to the continuing flourishing and benefit of our Sangha community worldwide.
Here you can glimpse FPMT International Sangha Community activities http://imisangha.org/
When : Saturday July 28th
Where: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart ( off Mathers lane)
When: 11am - 4pm

We hope you can join us

11am-12
Working Group Meeting for anyone interested to be of any assistance, great or small, during the upcoming visit to CTCT ofGeshe Thubten Sherab  Aug 16 - Sept 12
We will be  creating activities roster for the month including many and varied tasks required eg hosting, driving, cooking, venue set up, bookshop assist, kitchen assist during teachings, social outings and probably more ! If you can be of assistance in any of these areas...please join us and support this very special visit for CTCT Centre - thank you so much in advance
( if you are unable to attend the meeting but are able  to offer some time and assistance during the visit please reply email your interest and we will be in touch)
12 - 1pm
Shared Lunch - please bring a plate
1pm- 2.30 pm
Lama Choepa - GURU PUJA
Everyone welcomed
Please also be welcomed to bring along, if you wish,  offerings for the alter , flowers, lights and delicious food/drink or anything beautiful you may wish to offer.
A practice chanted in English and Tibetan
CTCT will be utilizing the latest updated versions of the practice materials available from FPMT Education Department http://shop.fpmt.org/Lama-Chopa-Jorcho_p_163.html including the audio recordings of the correct tunes to accompany the Puja

3 pm - 4pm
Celebrating FPMTs' 10 th ANNUAL  INTERNATIONAL SANGHA DAY Special Afternoon tea at CTCT

Everyone is welcomed to bring along something deliciously special for the afternoon tea table
We hope we may hear a few words from members  our small Sangha community in Hobart to inspire and give a glimpse of life lived in the ordination vows
This is a touching account from a Director of an FPMT Centre about living and working amongst our growing western sangha community - please enjoy
MONKS and NUNS have traditionally played a key role in preserving and spreading the Buddha's teaching as well as educating and guiding lay practitioners. Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha the sangha have been dependent on the lay community for basic necessities, and in return sangha members helped guide lay followers in the path of dharma. This special relationship remains true today. Please watch our web video that celebrates the interdependence between the sangha and the lay community.
Traditionally on this day, all FPMT Centres have pledged to make their annual donation of support to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund
The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund  was established ( over 30 yrs ago) to help support the monks and nuns within the IMI community.
The goal of the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund is to take care of the IMI monastic community by ensuring that:
  • The sangha are educated in Vinaya and Buddhist philosophy as a foundation for their spiritual development as well as in their role as spiritual guides to the larger Buddhist community.
  • The sangha have appropriate accommodation
  • The sangha have proper food and nourishment
  • The sangha have access to proper medical care
  • The sangha have a supportive environment and conditions for retreat
  • The sangha are cared for when sick and elderly

The support for the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund over the last few years has had tremendous benefit and will continue to do so in the generations to come. Supporting the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund helps the monks and nuns continue to study, to practice and to live a life in the Buddha’s footsteps.

'" Even after death, whoever donates to this fund will get the merit of having contributed, for as long as the Sangha continues to exist."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

All Facilty Fee contributions and all other donations received at CTCT today will accompany the annual offering from CTCT this year to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund.


PRACTICING THE GURU PUJA :
The existence of the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment in our world depends solely upon those who have generated both the intellectual understanding of the teachings and the realizations of the path within their minds. Those who have done this are the lineage lamas. During this practice, we invoke all the lamas of the graduated path lineage beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, extending to our present direct teachers who have shown us the path. We pay homage to them, make offerings, and request each of them to please bless our minds with the same realizations that they themselves have generated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests, we make our minds ripe to receive the full blessings of this precious lineage and quickly actualize the realizations we need to attain enlightenment. If we wish to experience realizations quickly, the practice of Lama Chopa Jorcho is indispensable.
Practicing this Guru Puja, which is an integration of the three deities, makes it much easier to achieve enlightenment in a brief life of this degenerated time. Doing this practice every day, with purification and many infinite skies of merit, brings the mind closer to the path to enlightenment and closer to enlightenment itself, and so much closer to freeing all sentient beings from obscurations and suffering and leading them to enlightenment. Putting the meaning of this into practice in ones life makes each day extremely rich and worthwhile.
~LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE~

DR SONAM TAKCHOE  resumes fortnightly study group

When: Friday 3rd August  6.30pm -9pm { Join us at 6 - 6.30pm for shared supper prior to the start of class - please bring a plate to share }
Where: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart
6.30 -7.30pm Guided Mindfulness meditation |  7.45 - 9pm discussion |  discourse
Texts for this semester  Mind and its Function - Geshe Rabten  plus Beyond Religion Ethics for a whole new world  HH Dalai Lama .
Here you can view a shirt video presentation on this text

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgO1CjkVnhg


Geshe Sherabs teaching schedule at a glance:
August 16 - Sept 12

Venue: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart

  • Introduction to Meditation - 3 week course - Wednesdays 7pm-9pm Aug 22,29 Sept 5
  • Wheel of Life - 4 week course- Saturdays 2pm - 4pm Aug18,25,Sept 1 , 8
  • Guru Devotion -  4 week course - Sundays 2pm -4pm Aug19,26 30 Sept 2

JUNE NEWS

Dear Friends

Please find below details of :

· Dharma Day June 23

· 8 verses Retreat thanks

· Text confirmed for Dr Sonam Takchoes' 2012 teachings

· July visit with Ven Yeshe Khadro postponed

· August- September visit with Geshe Sherab

 

CTCT monthly DAY OF DHARMA

When: Saturday June 23

When : 11am - 4pm

Where: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart

Everyone warmly welcomed

***Last months postponed schedule will now be offered this month :  see online Calendar for all details and updates

All dedications welcomed again, if you are unable to attend, for the Medicine Buddha Puja scheduled on Saturday 23 at 2pm-3.15pm

Please email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 22 midday to be included in our collective list

Who is Medicine Buddha? http://landofmedicinebuddha.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=788

Teachings from the Medicine Buddha Retreat by Lama Zopa Rinpoche ~ available at LYWA

Check here:http://www.lamayeshe.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=132&zenid=91fa1514fc8898ed49b8c734860aca7a

 

BIG THANKS TO ALL THE PRECIOUS VOLUNTEERS

Residential Retreat with visiting teacher Jampa Jaffe June 7 -10

With thanks once again to everyone whom supported our last Retreat, 8 Verses of Thought Transformation - The Door to Satisfaction - with Jampa Jaffe

A wonderful and beneficial experience for those that were fortunate to attend. With  a mix of full residential participants and non residential part time participants,it seemed to work very well for all.

Photos of Retreat have been added to CTCT Facebook page recently

Great appreciation to Sarah and family for meeting  and hosting Jampa upon his arrival to Hobart on Thursday

Thank you Deb for taking Jampa safely  to the airport on time for his departure to Sydney after Retreat on Sunday.

And always many thanks to all those offering joyful and consistent energy required  in the setup and pack up of the Retreat Venue at Mary Knoll : most especially Lillian, for her leadership and also for her dedicated care of the alters , water bowl offerings and keeping all the light offerings constantly aglow,Ven Drolma , Kerry, Liz, Deb, Sandra, Jane, Greg and Neil and Jen  for their collective assistance in many and varied ways, enabling  the smooth running of all,and  also thanks to everyone involved for all assistance with  the Public Talk presentation on Thursday evening...which was a most enjoyable evening at the CWL Hall venue.

Jampas teachings, full of great and useful every day wisdom and compassion, were so very well received and appreciated , inspiring  CTCT to make another heartfelt request to Jampa for a return visit to Hobart in 2013, which he has tentatively accepted, to continue with commentary of this vast lineage of precious advice of the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpa with many ornamenting topics included. Dates TBC - and will include another Residential Retreat opportunity.

Here is a link to HHDL Commentary http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=381 downloadable as pdf for your ease of access and preparation for more teachings to come.

! Confirmed: Texts required in preparation of Dr Sonam Takchoes' return of fortnightly teachings

[ tentatively scheduled to commence late July - early August]

1. Mind and its Functions - Geshe Rabten

2. Beyond Religion - Ethics for a whole new world - His Holiness the Dalai Lama [also available in  Ereader  format]

Availability of both texts at Amazon books in Australia http://www.booktopia.com.au or a supplier of your choice or www.amazon.com with a choice of new or used items and variable pricing

We encourage those whom plan to attend this study group, access their personal copies of the texts in preparation

Please note CTCT shop will not have available bulk quantities of these two  text

We are happy to offer the option to purchase your own copies, when and where you wish, with your choice of  paperback or Ereader format


JULY visiting teacher postponed - Ven Yeshe Khadros' scheduled visit to CTCT  regretfully postponed  due to other commitments

Next visiting teacher will be GESHE SHERAB from Kopan Monastery staying with us for one month, August - September - ALL Program details soon to be fully confirmed and booking packages available for the months planned events.

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