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Chagtong Chentong Tibetan Buddhist Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition FPMT http://www.fpmt.org/

An organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.

Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as  taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director,  Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Chagtong Chentong Centre welcomes everyone in search of methods to develop the good heart, a meaningful happy life, of any age or any cultural background,with a  wish to engage within a harmonious and supportive community of like minded friends and practioners.

Chagtong Chentong was established in 1998 with advice and blessing from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to start as a study group and see how the interest is ... and so, the interest has continued to grow and the benefits seem very far reaching. Slowly, consistently we are building a strong foundation for the Dharma to flourish in Tasmania and to be accessible to countless peoples from all areas of our community and afar.

Chagtong Chentong (the name given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche) translates as 1000 armed 1000 eyed Compassionate looking one ...

the Buddha of Compassion.[by artist Peter Iseli]

The many number of arms and eyes represents the ability to see the needs, and to be of benefit to many countless sentient beings simultaneously, to relieve their suffering, and bring them to Enlightenment as quickly as possible.

The development of the good heart, loving kindness, great compassion, bodhichitta, caring for others more than one’s self,

is our primary job.

Methods to transform the mind and develop these qualities,which is where all peace and happiness originates,

is our core activity at the Centre.

We have hosted many visiting Tibetan and western teachers presenting, complimenting and immeasurably enriching our program and will continue to do so until we have the fortune and means to host a resident teacher for Chagtong Chentong in time to come...it is a constant wish and long term goal.

Our visiting teachers also offer event opportunities at Schools and Community Centres, Prison Facility and  Public Talks outside of the Centre venue and also have participated in health and wellbeing programs in the broader community.Visiting teacher invitations are sourced from an extensive choice of accredited and registered individual practioners / teachers / Tibetan Western Ordained and lay, within FPMT Education Department http://www.fpmt.org/education.html

Dr Sonam Takchoe has kindly supported Chagtong Chentong for many years and since 2008 has contributed   on a regular bi-monthly schedule to the teaching program.Dr Sonam Takchoe is a resident of Hobart currently, having moved to Tasmania in 2002  from Sarnath India where he completed  studies at The Central Institute of Higher Studies. He is a lecturer at University of  Tasmania , within the  philosophy Department. Author of The Two Truths Debate- Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way Foreword by : Jay Garfield and is a contributing scholar of the 'Cowherds'  title -Moon shadows- Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy plus many more papers. Sonam is an active member of Tasmania’s small but growing Tibetan Community and in the past has been guest speaker during Mental Health Week events in Hobart being involved in hosting Mindfulness Meditation courses in collaboration with General Practioners,Health workers’ and groups suffering with depression.

Sonam was originally ordained at Kopan Monastery by the Great Master Geshe Lama Konchog http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/konchog/about.html

Please check for information and bio of Dr Sonam Thakchoe and links to journals he has written here

http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/arts/philosophy/pagedetails.asp?lpersonId=2144

Chag-tong Chen-tong runs a regular program of activities in central Hobart region utilizing a  shared facility venue. We have availability of a Retreat venue within the greater Hobart region , in  Blackmans Bay, a seaside suburb 10 mins drive south of Hobart,currently, to lease for  our residential programs.

We host the opportunity for long and short residential and non residential retreats and ongoing education and study programs from introductory level to advanced interest with visiting teachers and via FPMT Online Learning Centre utilizing home study materials in a group environment.

bookshop provides access to many Buddhist  and related titles, implements and gifts.

A growing Library facility is available which incorporates a book sponsorship program to increase stock and to be able offer titles to the Public Libraries in Tasmania.

COMING SOON ~ a pictorial  journey from 1998 to 2012 celebrating ,presenting all the VISITING TEACHERS that have enriched and ornamented CTCT Program ...

Here are some of our most cherished spiritual friends whom we have had the fortune to host in Hobart..

Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Geshe Doga, Geshe Konchog Tsering ,Ven Khedup, Gareth Sparham ( our very first teacher, for 4 months in 1998), Professor Jay L.Garfield, Dr Sonam Thakchoe, Ven Thubten Gyatso, Ven Micheal Yeshe, Ven Antonio Satta, Ven Sangye Khadro ( Kathleen Macdonald),Ven Robina Courtin,  Ven Tony Beaumont, Ven Tenzin Chonyi, Ven Lobsang Namgyel, Ven Tenzin Chogkyi, Jampa Jaffe, Glen Svensson,Thubten Yeshe (TY),Ven Tenzin Choyni. Andy Weber.Renate Ogilvy.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:14

FPMT Mission Statement

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The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) transmits the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through Tibetan Buddhist teachings, meditation, community service, retreat centers, and projects that preserve the tradition. FPMT is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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Lama Yeshe Vision

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"Why have we established the FPMT? Why are we establishing these facilities all over the world? I think we are clean clear as to our aim - we want to lead sentient beings to higher education. We are an organization that gives people the chance to receive higher education. We offer people what we have: the combined knowledge of Buddha's teachings and the modern way of life. Our purpose is to share our experiences of this.

We know that people are dissatisfied with worldly life, with the education system and everything else; it is in the nature of our dualistic minds to be dissatisfied. So what we are trying to do is to help people discover their own totality and thus perfect satisfaction"

Lama Yeshe

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CTCT Vision

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A Meditation Centre in the  pristine Tasmanian environment offering a regular group retreat program and individual retreat facilities for people all over the world who wish to integrate the teachings of the FPMT lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 05:49

CTCT Mission

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To provide  a conducive and harmonious environment  for the study and practice of the Buddhist teachings.  

CTCT is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, following the teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa as presented to us by our founder  Lama Yeshe and Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through teaching, meditation and community service.
We offer the opportunities of integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefits of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

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The Meaning of our LOGO

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The Meaning of our LOGO

World - signifies the place and sentient beings in this world and in other worlds.

Being on the world – means that the center, project or service exists to benefit all sentient beings, the whole world, and the whole world is supporting the center, project or service.

Two palms together holding  precious wishfullfilling jewel -signifies the ability to be able to satisfy every sentient beings needs and wishes - symbol of Bodhicitta-great compassion {our name,Chagtong Chentong, given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche translates as 1000 armed compassionate eyed looking one - the Compassion Buddha}

Lotus - signifies coming out of the mud, that sentient beings' minds are in nature pure, unstained by true existence, like the lotus born from mud but unstained. The lotus signifies the Sangha, the pure monks and nuns, being wish-fullfilling for all beings, bringing all sentient beings to achieve the whole path to enlightenment.

Sword – signify in particular Lama Tsongkhapa’s unmistaken right view, understanding the middle way, also cutting the root of samsara and revealing the truth to others. The sword of wisdom of wisdom realizing emptiness cuts the root of samsara for oneself and for all sentient beings.{not applicable in our logo}

Text – the text which reveals the whole path to enlightenment via listening, reflecting and meditating. Understanding the teachings and being able to achieve the path.{not applicable in our logo}

Pile of jewels - signifies fulfilling all sentient beings wishes - this creates the cause to have success and to have all the realizations from guru devotion up to enlightenment and be able to fulfill the wishes of all sentient beings. They also signify receiving all the needs and necessary conditions to complete the path. Especially for all the Sangha to be able to fulfill the wishes of all sentient beings.

Beams radiating out from an implement above the lotus (this implement changes for each center) - the beams signify the center continually benefiting sentient beings. They signify that everyone who comes to the center receives all the realizations, that the center continually benefits sentient beings up to enlightenment, liberates all sentient beings without effort, spontaneously liberates all sentient beings from suffering by eliminating darkness (ignorance on the mental continuum) by the light of Dharma and bringing them to enlightenment.

The bodhi leaf signifies that all practices on the path to enlightenment, from guru devotion up to enlightenment, must come from the good heart, bodhichitta, the thought of benefitting others: from the very beginning all the stages of the path must come from bodhichitta. The bodhi leaf also signifies the way you guide numberless sentient beings with bodhichitta, the good heart. Bodhichitta is the heart practice, so to bring everyone to that. This is what makes it possible to achieve enlightenment.

The beams emitting from the bodhi leaf signify spreading the light of Dharma in the 10 directions to all sentient beings and dispelling the darkness of all sentient beings.

The dragons are for strength - to be very strong in one’s heart and mind, strong in Dharma practice, strong in higher training – morality, the vows, higher concentration, wisdom, also to overcome all the obstacles – the  inner obstacles, delusions and the outer obstacles, such as financial needs.

 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:30

Chag-tong Chen-tong is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

What is Chagtong Chentong?

The development of the good heart, loving kindness, bodhichitta, caring for others more than ones self, is our primary job. Methods to transform the mind and develop these qualities, which is where all peace and happiness originates, is our core activity at the Centre.

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