Centre News

Dear  Friends of CTCT Community

Welcome and warmest wishes for the year ahead - may it be full, happy, meaningful and inspirational for each and everyone of us !
Once again we have a very special program in the making with returning  visitors and very special events at CTCT for you.
We hope you will join us collectively to make these activities as available as possible  to as many as possible offering, essentially,precious,longed for  methods to transform the mind - develop the good heart....in all our varied activities of the daily life.
CTCT depends entirely upon dedicated volunteer energy to accomplish all our plans and wishes...so we hope sincerely you may find a time throughout the year that is suitable to lend a hand  in any way small or large.[ even offering a packet of biscuits to the Tea Box is just a most  fabulous thing !!]
Thank you all sincerely for all ongoing interest and support and in advance to  those that will newly offer some form of assistance to CTCT in 2014.
Please find following a brief outline of our 2014 Program :
More details can be found here
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The Loving Kindness Relic Tour and
Geshe Thubten Sherab return to Hobart for their second visits.
Jan 25 12- 4pm
Venue: Multifaith Centre UTAS Sandy Bay Campus
General Dharma day- Welcome to 2014 - The importance of this Perfect Human Rebirth - guided meditation |discussion|afternoon tea

Feb 13 -23 GESHE THUBTEN SHERAB returns for 10 days to CTCT
Suggested course contribution $15  for all evening teachings  with Geshe Sherab
Feb 13 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre
The Many Forms of the Enlightened MindGeshe Sherab

February 14,15,16 Maiteya Loving Kindness Tour [link to full weekend schedule]
A free event
Geshe Sherab will also lead an evening meditation after the Relics Display concludes each evening of the Feb 15 & 16 7.30-8.30pm - by donation
Feb 17,18,19 - 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre
No Time To Loose- A series of evening teachings- When the Graduated Path to Enlightenment becomes your life -Geshe Sherab

Feb 22-23 10am -4pm
Venue: Multifaith Centre UTAS Sandy Bay Campus
Non residential retreat - Actualizing The Lamrim Path - Geshe Sherab
Suggested Course contribution : $40  per day


THE RELIC TOUR especially requires a large group of people to be available to assist during the weekend of Feb 14 -16between 10am - 7pm on a rostered basis for a variety of tasks of setting up and down , guarding the Relics display , general room monitoring and crowd control.
  • If you volunteered for the Relic Tour in 2010 in Hobart and would be available again...please be in touch asap with your interest and availability
  • If you have time and willingness to help for this Tour   please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your personal details and possible availability  so we can be in contact with you further asap.
Accommodation required
The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour  is hosted by two attendants that travel worldwide bringing the Relics to many and varied locations
CTCT is required to provide accommodation and meals for our two hosts ( both female). Each will need to have their own room and the location needs to be within reasonable close proximity to the Salamanca region if possible.
Each evening after the display concludes , the Holy Relics will be brought to the accommodation of the hosts for safe keeping. The location for our hosts and the Relics needs to  to be clean , simple, easily accessible and secure.
If you think you may be able to offer these requirements during the dates of Feb13-17 please email LindyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to discuss...with many thanks in advance.
Please check the Calendar for all monthly 2014 updates and program details for visiting teachers
  • Ven Tony Beaumont
  • Renate Ogilvy
  • Jampa Jaffe &
  • Practice Day dates at Multifaith Centre UTAS
APRIL 17-21 2014

Bookings open now

3rd Annual Easter Retreat in the Far South, Tasmania
an extraordinarily special environment - a very special experience
We hope you can join us ! Please share this Retreat opportunity with anyone whom maybe interested

Warmest wishes for the Festive Season  to all friends of Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre

THANK YOU ~ another most wonderful and full year of many and varied Dharma teachings , wonderful visiting teachers, old and new friends together ~ our greatest fortune each day unfolding

...There has been so much joy ,so much deep sharing, and much sadness also along the way but most of all I think,this year together  we have had much happiness because we belong in this most beautiful Mandala of the FPMT - being guided perfectly by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche....and an extraordinary community of practitioners worldwide.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts....each and every one that has had any type of contact with CTCT this last year - even if you only just gave us a thought ! - and all whom have come before and those also yet to come - because you make it possible for us to make our lives most meaningful in the service of others.

We thank everyone that has lent a hand assisting the facilitation of our Program throughout the year once again - in many ways great and small - your volunteer energy  and dedication has been really appreciated.

We look forward to another great Program ahead in 2014 hosting


  • GESHE THUBTEN SHERAB returning for a 10 day visit February 10 - 23
  • Thubten Yeshe (TY Alexander) returns for our 3rd Annual Easter 5 day 'SHAMATHA and the LAM RIM' - silent Residential Retreat.
  • We will also be commencing 2014 bi weekly Study Group - Dates and Venue TBC The Perfect Human Rebirth - Freedom and Richness on the Path to Enlightenment - utilizing the latest text in the FPMT Lineage Series by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Ven Tony Beaumont  22-23 March Non residential Retreat ' Impermanence and Living Compassion'
  • Ven Robina Courtin will join us once again in July -Aug for a 5day  Non Residential Retreat
  • Dr Sonam Thakchoe we sincerely hope ,will resume monthly teachings mid 2014


Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be leading a one month Retreat in Bendigo Victoria, 13 Sep - 23 Oct 2014 http://www.lamazopaaustralia.org.au/

preceded by a 5 day International Council for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition [CPMT] International Meeting 13 -18 Sept

So another full and fabulous year ahead !!! with many more things to come..to be confirmed ..


Keep an eye on our calendar for all updates as they become finalized


Share in virtue with all we meet a kind thought, a warm smile of recognition that ..we are all the same...we all want only happiness and do not want suffering


May all our actions only be Dharma , may we not waste one moment ...as there is no time to loose !

Thank you ~ with hopes to see you in the New Year !

Season’s Greetings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his FPMT International Office!


Dr Sonam Thakchoe resumes fortnightlly study group Commencing Friday Aug 3 ongoing thru to Nov 30

Venue : CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart
When 6.30pm - 9pm
Facility Fee | suggested contribution $10 per session
Suitable for Everyone

Texts to be used this semester : Mind and its Function by Geshe Rabten Beyond Religion Ethics for a whole new world by H HDalai Lama

August - September Program with visiting teacher Geshe Thubten Sherab

Wednesdays The Art of Meditation 7pm-9pm  Aug 22 29 Sept 5

Saturdays The Wheel Of Life -12 Links of dependent Origination 11am-4.30pm Aug 18 25 Sept 1 8

Sundays Guru Devotion -the heart of the Path 10am-2pm  Aug 19 26 30 Sept 2

Venue : All teachings CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart EXCEPT SUNDAY September 2 - Venue Maryknoll Retreat Centre Blackmans Bay



CTCT welcomes viisting teacher Renate Ogilvie October 10 -15 offering Public Talk and Residential weekend Retreat opportunity


PUBLIC TALK  October 11

Mindfulness is the key ! - techniques to enhance our inner most wellbeing

Venue: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart 7pm – 9.30pm

Suggested contribution |facility fee $20  Members | concession $15




Residential Retreat October 12 -14

FEEDING YOUR DEMONS Ancient Wisdom for resolving inner conflicts
This is a course featuring the great 11th century Tibetan master Machik Labdron, and the practice based on her Chod Tantra. (Chod literally means 'to cut' in Tibetan).From a brief historical and traditional exploration of Chod, the course will then present a modern practical application of the underlying spiritual and psychological meaning of Chod.

Suitable for experienced practitioners as well as beginners.

The course is based on Tsultrim Allione book FEEDING YOUR DEMONS which brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time , with an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Allione-bridges  this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle. Through the clearly articulated practice outlined in FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, we can learn to overcome any obstacle and achieve freedom and inner peace.

There will be meditations and experiential work, and Renate looks forward to questions and lively discussion.


About Renate : Renate has previously been resident western teacher at our sister Centre  in Sydney, Vajrayana Institute, for many years , currently residing at Chenrizig Institute QLD , long time student of the Dharma and working within the FPMT...touring and teaching within Australia and overseas.She worked extensivley with the 16 Guidelines presentations and Discovering Buddhism 2 year course during her time at Vajrayana Instituite with a following of many long term dedicated students

Renate ia psychotherapist and counselor with her  own practice http://www.renateogilvie.com.au/ Renate has been a regular speaker at Happiness and its Causes Conferences in Sydney.

The course is based on

Tsultrim Allione brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time with FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. ... Google Books






Venue: Maryknoll Retreat Centre Blackmans Bay

When: Friday 12 7pm - Sunday 14 3pm

Single & shared accommodation options - vegetarian meals - warm comfortable quiet & spacious environment - by the waterfront

Bookings essential

Course costs include full residential accommodation,meals and all refreshments and  course materials

Venue supplies all bedding towels heating and laundry facility

Single room option $ 260 all inclusive  |  Twin share option $210 all inclusive | Self contained unit $310 all inclusiive

Members and concession 10 % discount Ordained Sangha supported by CTCT with 50% discount

Non residential attendance (yet  TBC option ) $70 per day  $35 per half day  inclusive of course material and meal/refreshments

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for all inquiries and booking preferences.

A  required Retreat Booking Form will be fwded to your email . Please complete and return asap to secure your booking, upon confirmation full payment will be required either by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit Card

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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