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
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.
A 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.