Developing Skilful Patience
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Developing Skilful Patience

with Keith Rowan

Date & Time:

Friday 8th June 7.30 - 9.30 pm. This is an introductory session aimed for those new to catch up and to remind those whom came before to Keith's last visit of the key points of what we have discovered so far.

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June: 10 - 12 noon, 2 - 4 pm each day

Lunch: Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch if you are staying for lunch

Cost: Any donation will help with ongoing maintenance and costs of running the CBC. Note that any offerings for the teaching are completely voluntary. They are a way to tell ourselves that we think the teachings are valuable. No one should feel they cannot attend because of money.

RSVP: to Erin Lummis, email: erinlummis34@gmail.com
phone: 03 981 8380

Venue: The teachings will be held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow Street, Phillipstown. Come down the long driveway to the gompa (meditation hall) at the back.

About:

Our emotional world can be one of delight but also of torment. The Buddha discovered and taught that our emotional responses to situations, especially painful negative ones, can be altered for the better through our own efforts. The question is how to skilfully apply ourselves to that task. 

The answer is to develop Patience. Not grit-your-teeth patience but a naturally arising relaxed attitude based on sensible analysis of what is going on.

The weekend’s classes will draw on practical ideas from a splendidly named book ‘Bodhisattvacaryavatara’ by the great Indian Buddhist teacher, Shantideva. The spiritual director of the Rigdzin Trust Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche requested in his last message to us that his students do this study. That aside, the ideas given by Shantideva are fresh and relevant for anyone wanting to train to overcome negative emotional responses.

Everyone is welcome to take part.
 

About Keith:

Keith Rowan has studied and practised Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. He has received extensive teachings from his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche and from several other great Tibetan teachers. "My greatest pleasure is to share, as best I can, the wonderful insights and methods that Buddhism can offer, in plain English that ordinary people of whatever inclination or belief can understand and put into practice. The teachings of the Buddha are not about strange belief systems. They are about who we are, the challenges we face and our true birthrights - happiness, love and liberation."

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Five-day Vipashyana Retreat 2018
Nov
30
to Dec 5

Five-day Vipashyana Retreat 2018

With Meditation Instructor Jakob Leschly

At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre
Friday 30th November–Wednesday 5th November 2018

“We can actually declare that, as non-theistic Buddhists, we can free the whole world from pain. That’s the greatest news. And we are doing it properly, rather than worshipping somebody or going into a trance. We are doing it methodically, scientifically, psychologically. Starting with ourselves, we are expanding that news to others in turn. It is very definite and ordinary – and at the same time, it is quite remarkable.” -Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This retreat is held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as his resident instructor.

About the course

The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana. It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality. A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and reaffirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

Please email Kim at kim@saxton.co.nz to see the Vipashyana Retreat Schedule and Info document which outlines the proposed schedule to be followed and relates further information about how the retreat will be run and a more in-depth overview.

Newcomers needn’t feel apprehensive; the retreat is suitable both to those new to meditation through to the more seasoned practitioners.

About Jakob Leschly

Jakob is a student of several great lamas, particularly Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. He has served as instructor in SI since 1998, and was appointed as Resident Teacher in Australia in 2008.

Retreat start and finish time

The course will start at 5 pm on Friday 30th November for registration with dinner from 6 pm. Come earlier if you can to give yourself time to have a look around and get settled in. The course will finish at around 11 am on Wednesday 5th December.

Accommodation

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre is a wonderful place be sure to check our their website to see pictures and for all information about the place.

Accommodation options:

There is a mixture of camping sites, single and shared rooms (2 single beds to a room) available.

Karma yoga

Each participant will be given a small daily job to be responsible for in helping out with the running of the retreat. Also a dishes rota will be in place.

What to bring

In addition to the items mentioned under accommodation, please bring:

  • toiletries, a torch, walking shoes, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear
  • hay fever remedies and other personal medications, if required
  • meditation shawl or small blanket (recommended)
  • extra cushions for how you feel comfortable sittng if you require them (there are cushions and chairs available).

The weather can be unpredictable in November. It could be very hot or cool, and possibly wet so best to check the forecast and prepare accordingly.

Retreat Cost

Early bird price (book before 1 November 2018): Camp: $485, Single: $590, Shared: $540

After 1st November 2018. Camp: $505, Single: $610, Shared: $560

This cost includes food and accommodation. Please prepay to secure your accomodation preference. Please enquire to the retreat coordinator if you are a member of Wangapeka study and retreat centre.

Pre payment is appreciated and can be made to: Red Hat Gompa Trust, 02-0832-0048488-000 (or 00 if your bank only allows 2 spaces) Please leave your name as a reference.

Registration

To register or if you have any questions, please contact the Retreat Coordinator, Kim at kim@saxton.co.nz or Mb: 021 116 2490. On registration please specify:

  • if you are gluten free
  • what accomodation preference suits you
  • if you would like to car pool from Christchurch
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Contemplation in Everyday Life
Apr
15
to Apr 29

Contemplation in Everyday Life

CHRISTCHURCH SHAMBHALA GROUP

A Three Week Way of Shambhala Course

April 15th — April 29th

Sundays at 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm (29th morning only)

With Shastri Marian Bond (via live video link)

Suggested donation $75.00 (or $45.00 unwaged)

This three week course offers guidance in cultivating a gentle and friendly relationship with our every day lives through talks, contemplations, meditation practice, and discussion.

Contentment is hard to find.  We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences.  With meditation practice, we learn to relax and appreciate ourselves and our simple human experiences.  In this Way of Shambhala course we begin to understand why our experience is often habitual and full of discontent and suffering.  And most importantly, we learn how difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humour.

Shastri (“learned teacher”) Marian Bond is a long time  student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Colin and has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1987. She was appointed Shastri for the Shambhala Oceanic Region in 2010.

CHRISTCHURCH BUDDHIST CENTRE  43 HARROW ST, PHILLIPSTOWN, CHRISTCHURCH

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Love and Clear Seeing
Apr
7
to Apr 8

Love and Clear Seeing

Two mornings of contemplative exploration

with
Tarchin Hearn

Saturday April 7: The Heart of Meditation
Sunday April 8: A Merging of Mahāmudrā and Contemplative Science

Tarchin Hearn is a widely respected teacher and practitioner of Contemplative
Science and Natural Awakening. He has taught in many countries and helped
establish a number of centres for retreat and healing. As a young monk, he was
introduced by his teacher, Namgyal Rinpoche, to many schools and practices of
Buddhadharma. Today, his work, while rooted in Buddhist principles, links personal
and communal healing with a deep ecological perspective in ways that inspire a wide
range of people from a variety of diverse backgrounds and traditions. For more
information about Tarchin see www.greendharmatreasury.org

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm with a tea break.
Place: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Linwood, Christchurch.
Contact: Christine Abbasi 03 3852824 or 027 858 1582.
Dana/Koha: Tarchin lives by dana alone; please give generously.

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Emptiness, Dzogchen and Tonglen – Lama Mark Webber
Mar
23
to Mar 25

Emptiness, Dzogchen and Tonglen – Lama Mark Webber

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding Emptiness, Dzogchen and Tonglen (Sending and Receiving). These teachings are open to all.

When: Friday 23 March: 7:00 pm – 9pm

Saturday and Sunday, 24 & 25 March: 9:30am—11am & 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Erin Lummis, 03-9818380, erinlummis34@gmail.com

Costs: Gompa: New Verandah & Maintenance: $10 per class 

Lama Mark: Donation/Koha/Dana.  The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely.  Please give as generously as you are able.

General: Bring your lunch if you wish to sit in the garden.  There are plenty of local cafes if you prefer.  You may wish to bring pen and paper and comfortable cushion.

 

Friday Evening, March 23: Teaching, explanations and meditations on the nature of emptiness (Skt. śūnyat). The understanding and experience of emptiness is at the heart of all of Buddhism, its meditations and philosophy. And compassion without emptiness is devoid of bodhicitta, profound intent; the enlightenment mind. Lama Mark will give quotations and commentaries from classic teachings from the three cycles of the Buddha’s teaching and have us contemplate emptiness in the class.

Saturday (2 sessions), March 24th: Bodhicitta and Tonglen: Without bodhicitta — the union of compassion and emptiness — there is no Mahayana and Vajrayana paths and practices. Lama Mark will give a reading transmission and explanations for Lama Chekawa Yeshe Dorje ’s 12th century famous mind training called Lojong and Tonglen1. Tonglen, which is part of Lojong, is taught and practiced within all schools and lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Also there will be readings and explanations from Khunu Lama’s Gyaltsen’s verses on bodhicitta called the Jewel Lamp. It is a high yoga, and at the heart of most sadhana practices. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a group session to practice Tonglen, led by Lama Mark.

Sunday (2 sessions), March 25th: The Heart of Dzogchen: a reading transmission of Padmasambhavas’s text called “A Garland of Views, A Guide to View, Meditation and Result in the Nine Vehicles2 and Lama Mark explanations. He will also give out a recent teaching he composed outlining and clarifying the requisites of the path for all those following Vajrayana teachers. These sessions include teachings on the three buddha-bodies (Skt. Trikāya) as this is an essential understanding for all practices within the Dzogchen/Mahamudra paths. The weekend of teachings will finish with a reading transmission of Je Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Sublime Path3.

                                                                                                             

Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahsi Saydaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.

His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncover- ing pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

For more information about Lama Mark please see:

http://www.markwebber.org

http://www.markwebber.org

www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

http://dharmacentre.org.nz/lama-mark-webber/

http://crystalmountain.org

www.facebook.com/NamgyalYangzab/

 

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Shambhala Training Level I
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Shambhala Training Level I

The Art of Being Human

Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves

Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March
Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch.


About:
Open your heart and mind to your own Basic Goodness and the sacredness of life. This is the message of Level 1, the Art of Being Human. In this excellent introductory program you will learn to meditate or to deepen your practice, if meditation is something you already do. Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and the study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.

The workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by the Director, individual meditation instruction meetings and group discussions.
 
Suitable for new and experienced meditators

See further information on the Shambhala path here
 
About the Director Shastri Marian Bond:
Shastri Marian Bond became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983 when she was living in Washington, D.C. She is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Colin and has served in various administrative and leadership roles. Marian has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1987. She was appointed shastri for the Shambhala Oceanic Region in 2010.

Practical information:
This programme starts on Saturday 3th March 2018 at 9 am and ends Sunday 4 March at 18 pm after the end of workshop celebration.

Price is $150 this includes breakfasts for both days, cooked lunch at the centre on the Sunday and post retreat celebration and full programme cost.

We will eat out at a local café “Under the Red Verandah” Saturday lunch time, please feel welcome to join or alternatively make your own lunch arrangements.

There is a concessions price of $120 for students or unwaged.

For questions & registration:
Kim Saxton, kim@saxton.co.nz, mb 021 116 2490.

For pre payment:

Rigdzin Bum Tsog Trust - CHCH Buddhist Centre
Account No. 01-0702-0282911-00
Please state your name as a reference.

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Qigong classes
Feb
13
5:45 PM17:45

Qigong classes

Weekly Tuesday's from 13 February 5.45 – 7.15pm

Mark Bouckoms has been practising and teaching Yoga & Qigong for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Yoga & Qigong School of Sumner, Christchurch (est. 1991). Mark will be offering a form of Qigong known as ‘Sheng Zhen Gong‘. This style  involves gentle, flowing movements  that will enhance your health and wellbeing – releasing tension and improving your circulation and immune system. Sheng Zhen Gong is based on the philosophy of loving kindness and compassion. 

Cost: $15 for Adults, $13 for beneficiaries/ students

Bookings and questions to Mark: markb@cyberxpress.co.nz

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Developing Skilful Patience
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Developing Skilful Patience

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Date & Time:

Friday 9th Feb 7.30 - 9.30 pm;

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th Feb: 10 - 12 noon, 2 - 4 pm each day

Lunch: Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch if you are staying for lunch

Cost: Entry by donation

RSVP: to Erin Lummis, email: erinlummis@paradise.net.nz  
phone: 03 981 8380

Venue: The teachings will be held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow Street, Phillipstown. Come down the long driveway to the gompa (meditation hall) at the back.

About:

Our emotional world can be one of delight but also of torment. The Buddha discovered and taught that our emotional responses to situations, especially painful negative ones, can be altered for the better through our own efforts. The question is how to skilfully apply ourselves to that task. 

The answer is to develop Patience. Not grit-your-teeth patience but a naturally arising relaxed attitude based on sensible analysis of what is going on.

The weekend’s classes will draw on practical ideas from a splendidly named book ‘Bodhisattvacaryavatara’ by the great Indian Buddhist teacher, Shantideva. The spiritual director of the Rigdzin Trust Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche requested in his last message to us that his students do this study. That aside, the ideas given by Shantideva are fresh and relevant for anyone wanting to train to overcome negative emotional responses.

Everyone is welcome to take part.

About Keith:

Keith Rowan has studied and practised Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. He has received extensive teachings from his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche and from several other great Tibetan teachers. "My greatest pleasure is to share, as best I can, the wonderful insights and methods that Buddhism can offer, in plain English that ordinary people of whatever inclination or belief can understand and put into practice. The teachings of the Buddha are not about strange belief systems. They are about who we are, the challenges we face and our true birthrights - happiness, love and liberation."

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Movie night: Bhikkhuni: Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Movie night: Bhikkhuni: Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution

Movie night: Bhikkhuni: Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution
Date: Thursday 25th Jan
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch (come to the gompa down the long driveway)
Cost: $5 donation / complimentary for members

With the help of a 2016 Khyenste Foundation Ashoka Grant, Malgorzata Dobrowolska from Poland created an inspiring and empowering documentary about women’s ordination in Theravada Buddhism. The film, Bhikkhuni: Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution, follows the first modern bhikkhunis (nuns) from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand, exploring what motivated each woman to seek ordination, as well as the challenges they have met and overcome on the path.

Shakyamuni Buddha ordained both women and men, and for the first several centuries after Buddha’s time, Theravada bhikkhunis flourished in Sri Lanka. However, over time and for a variety of reasons, the Theravada tradition of bhikkhunis had dwindled to the point of extinction. In recent years, after a 1000-year break, women in Theravada countries once again have the chance to become bhikkhunis. Witnessing these important changes, Dobrowolska envisioned making a documentary film about the rebirth of the tradition of ordaining women, both to demonstrate that the Theravada bhikkhuni order is flourishing, and also to inspire modern Theravada women around the world who aspire to this path of renunciation, merit, and realization.
 
Dobrowolska's documentary focuses on three women – Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma of Sri Lanka, Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda of Thailand, and Venerable Bhikkhuni Gautami of Bangladesh. These three are the first modern bhikkhunis in their respective countries. The film begins in Sri Lanka, where eleven new bhikkhunis – three from Thailand, three from Vietnam, and five from Bangladesh – are seeking ordination. Dobrowolska captured daily life in the Bhikkhuni Kusuma center in Sri Lanka. She also interviewed the three main characters of the film about their motivations for choosing ordination, as well as the obstacles they have encountered and how they have overcome them in pursuing this path.

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Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Movie night: Tulku

Movie night: Tulku
Date: Thursday 14 Dec
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch (come to the gompa down the long driveway)
Cost: $10 donation / complimentary for members

Enlightened Tibetan masters return as recognized "tulkus" -- reincarnated buddhas. In the 1970s, tulkus began to be born in the West, confusing both the Tibetan system and the lives of the Western children involved.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un2bk-ddtf8

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The Bodhisattva's Love: A practical introduction to unconditional love
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Bodhisattva's Love: A practical introduction to unconditional love

  • 43 Harrow Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8011 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: Recommended donation is $10 or $5 for members
 

A discussion of the nature of the bodhisattva's love. The Buddhist path of awakening opens us to a greater insight about our world, an insight into both the innocence and suffering of others. This instruction from Geshe Langritangpa distills countless teachings on compassion from the great masters of India and Tibet, and is recognised as one of the most practical and profound instructions in cultivating genuine caring and love for others.

About Jakob:

Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

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WALK WITH ME
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

WALK WITH ME

  • 28 Marriner Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PROMOTED BY DHARMA GAIA

Date: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 6:00 PM

Where: Hollywood Cinema - Christchurch
28 Marriner St, , Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081, New Zealand

Please join Dharma Gaia and the Thich Nhat Hanh Centres of Mindful Living New Zealand for the screenings of Walk With Me Sister Shalom and Anton Bank Dharma Teachers or other Practioners in the tradition will be available to introduce and answer any questions at the screenings.

Tickets:

  • General Admission: $18.50
  • Additional booking fee of $1.75 per ticket.

See https://tickets.demand.film/event/2597

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Mindfulness and calm abiding meditation
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Mindfulness and calm abiding meditation

  • 42 Nayland Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
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About: Meditation is important for our physical and emotional wellbeing. In this increasingly busy world it can help us to gain more peace and happiness in our lives. In this course, Khenpo will introduce these two types of meditation techniques available to us.

Where: Yoga and Qigong School, 42 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch
When: 28-29 October 2017
Time: 10am -12 then 2pm-4pm
Cost: $60 waged or $50 unwaged
Info: Frank at info@drogmi.org, 03 357 4377

About the Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute and is based at his centre at Tilba in southern NSW, Australia. Khenpo is one of the most experienced and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia and visits New Zealand regularly to teach.

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Happiness... an Inside Job
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Happiness... an Inside Job

  • 42 Nayland Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Buddhist Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe


About: We all want happiness. We work day and night to achieve it. But somehow it keeps eluding us. In this talk Khenpo will define happiness as something created from within that can generate a true sense of peace and contentment in our inner and outer experiences.

Where: Yoga and Qigong School, 42 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch
When: Friday 27 October 2017
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: Entry by donation
Info: Frank info@dromgi.org or www.drogmi.org. Ph: 03 357 4377

About the Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute and is based at his centre at Tilba in southern NSW, Australia. Khenpo is one of the most experienced and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia and visits New Zealand regularly to teach.

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Movie night: Crazy Wisdom - The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Movie night: Crazy Wisdom - The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Movie night: Crazy wisdom - The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Date: Thursday 26th Oct
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch (come to the gompa down the long driveway)
Cost: $10 donation / complimentary for members

Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; 'one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,' and 'the bad boy of Buddhism,' Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave - he openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students - yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. Twenty years after his death, with unprecedented access and exclusive archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.

Lisa Leeman, Producer

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The Bodhisattva’s Boundaries
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Bodhisattva’s Boundaries

Compassion and Idiot Compassion - how do we know the difference? 

Is it possible to keep an open heart in our lives and still say no when we need to?

About Alex Brennan:

Originally from Ireland, Alex has been based in Christchurch since 2014. He has been a student of the Shambhala teachings for twelve years and before coming to New Zealand he was a member of the Shambhala Sangha in Brazil, where he lived for 10 years, and also in Dublin. He lives in Sumner with his Brazilian partner Paula.

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The Awakening Heart
Sep
29
to Oct 1

The Awakening Heart

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre (map)
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We are pleased that Keith Rowan from Nelson Buddhist Centre is back again to lead us on a weekend of teachings from 29th Sep - 1 Oct. This is a great opportunity for both those new to Buddhism and those more seasoned practitioners alike.

Date: Friday 29th September
Time: 7.30 - 9 pm
Topic: Introductory talk on "The Awakening Heart"
Suggested donation: $20 (waged)/ $10 (concessions)
 

This will be followed by a weekend workshop.


Date: Saturday 30th Sep & Sunday 1st Oct
Time: 10 - 12 noon & 1.30 - 3.30 pm each day
Talk: The 4 talks will delve deeper into this core Mahayana Buddhist principal  of "The Awakening Heart", exploring into what it is, how enriching this can be for everone's life, how to develop it; also how to protect and refine it. 
Lunch: Please bring something to share for a pot luck lunch
Suggested donation: $25 for half day, $40 for full day, $75 for full weekend ($55 for members)
Note: see here for information about membership
RSVP: to Erin Lummis, email: erinlummis@paradise.net.nz  
phone: 03 981 8380

Venue: The teachings will be held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow Street, Phillipstown. Come down the long driveway to the gompa (meditation hall) at the back.

About Keith:

Keith Rowan has studied and practised Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. He has received extensive teachings from his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche and from several other great Tibetan teachers. "My greatest pleasure is to share, as best I can, the wonderful insights and methods that Buddhism can offer, in plain English that ordinary people of whatever inclination or belief can understand and put into practice. The teachings of the Buddha are not about strange belief systems. They are about who we are, the challenges we face and our true birthrights - happiness, love and liberation."

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Communicating from the Heart
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Communicating from the Heart

Date: Wednesday 27th September, 7.30 pm

Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Cost: Complimentary for members, suggested donation of $10 or $5 concessions (or members). Further info to become a member is here

Many of us feel that the simplicity of our lives, our connection to our heart and communicating from our hearts with warmth and openness has been lost. Communicating with each other and even ourselves can feel like pushing a button. At the same time we long to relate to ourselves and each other with a quality of kindness and gentleness and we all have that potential. We will talk about that longing and about ways that will connect us further with ourselves and our world; ways that help us discover our humanity and help us to communicate from the heart.

About Marian:

Shastri Marian Bond became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983 when she was living in Washington, D.C. She is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Colin and has served in various administrative and leadership roles. Marian has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1987. She was appointed shastri for the Oceanic Region in 2010.

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Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Friends of Tibet movie fundraiser and discussion

Thursday, July 20, 2017

7:30 PM

This special film will be shown: TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS

Bored with life in his tiny village, Dondup (Tsewang Dandup), a Bhutanese official infatuated with American culture, dreams of visiting the United States. On the road to Thimphu, a major city where he hopes to obtain a visa, Dondup befriends a mismatched group of travelers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga). As the trip proceeds, the monk tells his new friends about Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a fictional young man whose dissatisfaction leads to his undoing.Initial release: 21 April 2004 (France)

DirectorDzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

ScreenplayDzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

CastSonam LhamoLhakpa DorjiTshewang Dendupmore

ProducersRaymond SteinerMalcolm Watson

Fundraiser koha appreciated around $5 unwaged to  $15 waged. Light refreshments provided. Funds to assist healthcare costs of a  nomadic Tibetan woman who has huge costs to pay for her surgery. This woman is a cousin of Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

Come along and hear the exciting news about the upcoming film at the Film Festival showing in August. 

Please support Friends of Tibet by joining in discussion about fundraiser for His Holiness Dalai Lama's visit to Aotearoa in 2018.

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Fundraising dinner
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Fundraising dinner

Friday 14 July, 7 pm

Fundraising for:

  1. Tibetan Nomadic woman’s medical costs - she is extremely ill - costs for operation and after care are around $20,000. She is a relative of Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

The dinner is limited to no more than 15 people, and 9 have firmly booked already for:

A delicious! 3 course meal, served in the gompa at 7pm.  Highlights of the menu are Tibetan momos and She chocs- along with some scrumptious and variety filled variety of dishes. All vegetarian!

Cost! (all proceeds go to the projects) is $20- $ 30- well worth it, considering!   What is provided. LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE!

Please do RSVP to Erin Ph: 9818 380 or 021 203 2042

Small saleable items will be there for purchase also.

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Beanbags and Helicopters: Mindfulness and Awareness practice on and off the meditation cushion.
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Beanbags and Helicopters: Mindfulness and Awareness practice on and off the meditation cushion.

Date & Time: Thursday 29th June 7.30 - 9 pm

Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Cost: Complimentary for members, suggested donation of $5 for non members (to sign up to become a member see here)

Alex Brennan will lead a discussion on Mindfulness and Awareness as aspects of our meditation practice and how they can help us develop skill and wisdom in our everyday lives.

This will be preceded by sitting meditation.

About Alex Brennan:

Originally from Ireland, Alex has been based in Christchurch since 2014. He has been a student of the Shambhala teachings for twelve years and before coming to New Zealand he was a member of the Shambhala Sangha in Brazil, where he lived for 10 years, and also in Dublin. He lives in Sumner with his Brazilian partner Paula.

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Finding Balance: The Feminine Principle
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Finding Balance: The Feminine Principle

Date & Time: Thursday 25th May 7.30 - 9 pm

Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Alex Brennan will lead a discussion on the Masculine and Feminine Principles in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions and how every human can engage them both in a healthy way to find balance in our lives.

This will be preceded by sitting meditation.

About Alex Brennan:

Originally from Ireland, Alex has been based in Christchurch since 2014. He has been a student of the Shambhala teachings for twelve years and before coming to New Zealand he was a member of the Shambhala Sangha in Brazil, where he lived for 10 years, and also in Dublin. He lives in Sumner with his Brazilian partner Paula.

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Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint

Cost: $5/$10 donation to go towards the veranda building project.

Please bring drink or nibbles to share

This will be preceded by a 20 min sitting meditation

About:

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling

Writers: Neten ChoklingTenzing Choyang Gyari

Stars: Orgyen TobgyalKelsang Chukie TethtongJamyang Lodro

Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. A true story based on centuries-old oral traditions, a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies - encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most. Photographed in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of Northern India, Milarepa offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution consuming today's world. Written by Meyerowitz

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Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta
Apr
7
to Apr 8

Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta: the outer, inner, secret and suchness aspects of the practices found within the Nyingma-Dzogchen Preliminary Liberating Instructions.

These teachings are open to all.


When: Friday 7 April: 7:00 pm - 9pm
Saturday 8 April: 9:30am—11am & 2 pm to 4 pm

Contact: Erin Lummis, 03-9818380, erinlummis@paradise.net.nz

Costs: Gompa: New Verandah & Maintenance: $10 per class
Lama Mark: Donation/Koha/Dana. The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely. Please give as generously as you are able.

General: Bring your lunch if you wish to sit in the garden. There are plenty of local cafes if you prefer.

You may wish to bring pen and paper and comfortable cushion.

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma through the traditions of Buddhism for forty years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions while integrating with contemporary life, science and the richness of modern Western culture. Lama Mark studied and practiced Abhidhamma and the Vipassana method of MahasiSayadaw U Sobhana under the guidance of the Insight master Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and Lama Mark’s first teacher Ven. Chorpel Dolma (Mrs. Raff). In 1976, while in a three month Abhidhamma/Insight re-
treat, Namgyal Rinpoche directed Lama Mark to begin teaching this profound tradition to Rinpoche’s students. Soon after he was directed to give guidance on Vajrayana meditations. From masters of the Dharma and meditation such as the Ven. Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche, Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche and others, Lama Mark has studied, received, practiced and continues to absorb and teach all three cycles of Buddhism, but especially the Vajrayana transmissions of the Mahamudra and from the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen tradition.

www.markwebber.org
http://www.crystalmountain.org
https://www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

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A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo

Cost: Please contribute a generous koha to go towards Tara's travel expenses

Tara Choying Lhamo is a remarkable western dharma practitioner from Austria, who has been living in retreat for over twenty years. Twelve of those years she has spent high in the mountains of Nepal in Lapchi, in one of Milarepa’s caves.

Tara agreed to speak publicly for the first time last year (2016) in London and with the assistance of Monique Rhodes, she is now travelling through NZ to share her remarkable story.

During that talk in London, those that went to listen, were deeply moved by her story and also, by being in her presence. Tara will now share her knowledge of retreat and the dharma during a special talk being held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre.

Tara's root lama is Sonam Jorphel Rinpoche and she is also a student of H.H Chetsang Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche.

The evening promises to be a remarkable for people of all religious persuasions (and none) to connect to and draw inspiration from a dedicated contemplative.

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