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Geshe Tenzin Zopa 2016 Tour Sponsorship

Thank you for your kind interest and generosity

We invite you to become a very special benefactor of Geshe Zopa's 2016 National Teaching Tour  visit to Tasmania

Do you wish to create  immeasurable positive potential for yourself , for Chag Tong Chen Tong Centre  , for the extensive spread of Dharma everywhere, into many hearts?

***With the added opportunity of creating mountains of merit on Geshelas' arrival and first teaching on NOVEMBER 20 - LHA BAB DUCHEN - one of the 4 great days of the Buddhist Calendar  when any meritorious activity , all positive potential is 100 million multiplied ! wow wow wow !!

  • Creating abundance  in the spirit of generosity - Tour Sponsorship Opportunity

Chag Tong Chen Tong Centre relies entirely upon the goodwill , generosity and energy of volunteers to be able to facilitate our Program in Hobart and surrounds. Your support enables everyone to attend free or by donation to all events and activities of the Centre

Please consider offering your assistance if possible to support the financial costs of this visit of Geshe Zopa to Hobart

  • Any amount is received with the greatest appreciation
  • as a general donation
  • or if you wish you can choose to sponsor a specific area of the tour costs eg : Venue Hire or printing, flowers , advertising....
  • if you are unable to attend the program yourself, your support enables others to enjoy the benefit of attendance

Let us know how you wish to assist via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

[If financial support  is not possible for you ,please consider offering your volunteer time and energy and join our Helping Hands  team during the visit...for more info  - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know your interest - thank you so very much]

All special benefactors  will receive our heartfelt thanks, deep appreciation and a special gift to mark this momentous occasion of Geshe-las' stay with us in 2016. Dedications will  be made for every special benefactors' long life, success and happiness each monthly Medicine Buddha Puja performed for the flourishing and harmony of the Centre activities , and the well-being of all our community members' and families.

CTCT Centre is totally dependent upon the kindness and generosity of our Community working in unison towards a greater happiness and contentment for all

TOUR EXPENSES available for sponsorship:

  • FPMTAustraila National Tour Costs [includes international /domestic airfare & travel]................................................$1,500 - available for sponsorship
  • Venue and set up costs - $ 1,100 - $200 sponsored................................................................................................$900 - balance available for sponsorship
  • Flowers/offerings to Sangha  - $1,400 - $250 sponsored ........................................................................................$1,150 - balance available for sponsorship
  • Event / Course catering........................................................................................................................................$250 - available for sponsorship
  • Accommodation /Meals/Misc needs........................................................................................................................Fully sponsored
  • Printing /Advertising $550 - $150 sponsored ..........................................................................................................$400 -balance available for sponsorship

Your sponsorship donation is best received via Direct Bank transfer

or you may also offer in person at any scheduled event - [please check at the Registration table]

Bank Transfer details:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CBA
Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB 067105 ACC # 10221360

Ref - GZ Tour

INTERNATIONAL  Money transfers

BIC/SWIFT CODE : CTBAAU2S

Chagtong Chentong Inc.

 

GESHE TENZIN ZOPA VISIT Nov 20-30

A precious 10-day visit with Geshe Tenzin Zopa November 20 - 30

Public Talks, Weekend Retreat Days,Picnics and social events  and  a very special opportunity to receive Refuge Vows with Geshela at Chag Tong Chen Tong Centre

Geshe Tenzin Zopa is returning to CTCT November 20-30 , during his 2016 Australian National Tour Oct - Dec ,and we are so very delighted to have this wonderful opportunity to welcome Geshela again. Previously Geshela visited with us last year with Phuntsok Rinpoche ( the recognized reincarnation of the great Mahasidda Geshe Lama Konchog ) for a short 4 days  - it was a MOST delightful and memorable time for in so many ways for all that had the fortune to attend.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Geshe Zopa is a very popular ,warm and dynamic teacher, people are moved very easily and deeply by his wisdom and compassion bringing the words of Dharma alive into their lives in a very tangible way. Extremely accessible for all, Geshela teachers in fluent English and tours around the world extensively within our FPMT Organization , we are so very fortunate to be able to host this visit  in Tasmania.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honored Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Je Monastic University, South India having completed the 20-year monastic curriculum in just 17 years. He was ordained at the age of 9 by the late great maha Siddha Geshe Lama Konchog, received novice ordination from Geshe Lundrup Sopa Rinpoche and full ordination from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Under the care and direction  of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche,  Geshe Lama Konchog and many eminent of Gurus including those from  Sera Jey Monastic University, Geshe Tenzin Zopa possesses vast scriptural knowledge, extensive teaching experience including Resident Teacher post in Malaysia for 5 years, has successfully managed major projects, has completed many retreats including a 6 month Highest Yoga Tantra retreat with the late Geshe Lama Konchog and is highly skilled in rituals, astrological observations and religious dance. Projects undertaken by Geshela included taking responsibility for the temporal and spiritual development of Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery, Tsum, Nepal and supervised the completion of the 1000 Buddha Relics Memorial Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. Geshe Zopa was the top student in debate, writing and memorization at Sera Je, and ranked among the top five students out of more than 5000 monks. He completed his studies in 2007 to graduate as one of the youngest ever Geshes (Ph.D. or Doctor of Divinity). In his youth, he skipped four grades, and the Dalai Lama let him take his final exams four years ahead of schedule. He speaks fluent English, Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi, and a little Mandarin.

A prolific teacher, Geshela is also the author of 12 books – HERE you can access many of Geshe la's books in Ebook and PDF format

Many will have had the  opportunity to view the beautiful film UNMISTAKEN CHILD, which Geshe Zopa features in ,the search for the unmistaken reincarnation of his master Geshe Lama Konchog, when we have screened it on a number of occasions previously at CTCT

Here is a link to this film  if you would enjoy to review it once again or see it for the first time !! ---it is a greatly inspiring experience Part 1 Part 2


NOVEMBER  PROGRAM

VENUES : All Public Talks, Refuge Teaching and Weekend Retreat will be hosted at KICKSTART ARTS , Building 1831 South, St John's Park, New Town ; Special Public Talk with Light Supper Nov 30th  will be hosted at RED VELVET LOUNGE 24 Mary St Cygnet

Registration for all events email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Any general inquiries  please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Attendance to all program events is offered free for everyone

By donation / suggested donation is an option that is available for everyone according to their capacity and any amounts of financial support is so very greatly appreciated. Necessarily there are expenses and varied costs involved in hosting visiting teachers and  facilitating the Program for everyone's benefit ,so,thank you very much in advance, even if you are unable to attend personally , your donation and support via sponsorship of the visit [see details below] will enable others to attend the teachings for free. The offering of the Dharma teachings are always freely available - the costs involved are  the expenses related to the facilitation of activities.

Supporting the Program /The Centre in this way is a truly wonderful and beneficial way to support the Dharma - the opportunity for the precious teachings of the Buddha - methods to transform the mind , develop the good heart - to be available to all.The positive potential that is created by supporting Dharma activities  in this way is truly immeasurable and the appreciation for your kindness and generosity to the Centre, to others and to yourself by this activity is also immeasurable and dedicated deeply, always, thank you again for your kind considerations

*For information on becoming a 2016 Tour Special Benefactor please visit HERE

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PLEASE NOTE - ALL inquiries regarding  personal interview requests and or invitations for outings to Geshe Zopa  during his visit need to  be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .We kindly request that you do not approach Geshela with any personal invitations.

All Program Scheduling is managed by the FPMTAustralia National Office Tour coordinator during this National visit.You are most welcomed to contact The Centre Director , Venerable Lindy ,on 0410 569 909 to discuss your request and this will be forwarded to the Tour Coordinator if applicable, on your behalf .Thank you in advance

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Sunday 20 2pm - 4pm WELCOME PICNIC - everyone is invited

Venue: Botanical Gardens Lower Domain Rd Hobart

A very SPECIAL welcome to Geshela at the Royal Botanical Gardens - Afternoon tea Picnic at 2pm on a very special day LHA BAB DUCHEN - a merit multiplying day in the Buddhist Calendar - one of 4 very special days of the year celebrating Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Tushita heaven ,  the realm of 33 , where he was abiding giving teachings to his mother to release her from samsara and agreed on this day to return to earth to teach Dharma - A MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY FOR GESHE ZOPA TO ARRIVE AT CTCT - we hope everyone will join us and meet and greet Geshela once again in the beautiful springtime gardens. Geshe la will lead us in a Flower Offering Practice with extensive dedications on this meritorious day together.

Please read HERE a teaching from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the benefits of offering flowers to the Buddha

 

  • Tuesday 22 7pm -8.30pm PUBLIC TALK

Venue: Kickstart Arts Building 1831 South, St John's Park, New Town

10 Skillful Actions for a Better Life -how can we apply the tenfold path of positive/skillful evolutionary actions to shape our lives in a positive direction and improve our evolutionary conditions. This tenfold path is comprised of three physical skills, four verbal skills, and three mental skills. In Dalai Lama’s book Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World they are referred to as secular ethics of body, speech, and mind.There will be time for questions and discussion. Please join us for supper afterwards

Free Attendance or By Donation ( suggested $20 /$10 or any amount suitable for you)

 

  • Thursday 24 7pm-8.30pm PUBLIC TALK

Venue: Kickstart Arts Building 1831 South, St John's Park, New Town

The Four Transcendence's - Four thoughts that change the mind : 1. The preciousness of the human life of liberty and opportunity; 2. Realization of the immediacy of death, empowering one to live one’s best in the moment; 3. The inexorability of the effects of one’s actions; and 4. The suffering of the “wheel of samsara” or “the ignorance-dominated life form.”  Recognition of these four thoughts can reshape positively one's perspective in an entirely new appreciation of everyday life. There will be time for questions and discussion. Pleasejoin us for supper afterwards

Free Attendance or By Donation ( suggested $20 /$10 or any amount suitable for you)


  • Friday 25 - 7pm-8.30pm  REFUGE IN THREE JEWELS EXPLAINED & Refuge Vow Ceremony - PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE OF DATE

Venue: Kickstart Arts Building 1831 South, St John's Park, New Town

Taking refuge in The Three Jewels is taking the Buddha , his teachings, and the spiritual community as your primary guides.The is the first step on the Buddhist path to inner freedom, but it is not something new. We have been taking refuge all our lives, though mainly in external things, hoping to find security and happiness. Some of us take refuge in money, some in drugs. Others take refuge in food, mountain climbing or sunny beaches. Most of us seek security in a relationship with a man or a woman. Throughout our lives, we have drifted from one situation to the next, always in the expectation of final satisfaction. Our successive involvements may sometimes offer temporary relief but, in sober truth, seeking refuge in physical possessions and transient pleasures merely deepens our confusion rather than ending it...... read more information about taking Buddhist Refuge

Geshe Zopa will offer Refuge teachings and then offer Refuge Vows from an unbroken  lineage from the time of the Buddha until now ( which include refraining from killing , stealing, lying, sexual misconduct and antioxidants for life) to those that wish to take them.  You can attend the teachings without taking the formal vows, you can also attend to renew your Refuge vows previously taken.

Please join us for supper afterwards

If you plan to take vows for the first time with Geshe Zopa please note this in your registration for this event

Free admittance or By donation ( suggested $20/$10 ) or any amount suitable for you

 

  • A WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT

Saturday 26  Sunday 27 10am - 4pm

Venue: Kickstart Arts Building 1831 South, St John's Park, New Town

The Two Wings of Bodhicitta - WISDOM and COMPASSION - The Essential Balance Discourse | Discussion | Meditation

“May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness, may all sentient beings be free from sufferings and the causes of sufferings.”

How do we bring this sometimes seemingly overwhelming wish , this beautifully well-known and familiar prayer, from the tips of our tongues deeply into our hearts ...into our experience ? The compassion and wisdom aspects of bodhicitta, also termed relative and ultimate bodhicitta, need to be developed simultaneously – they are like the two wings of a bird that are needed to fly.Wisdom and compassion are closely linked, and if we are lacking wisdom our compassion will be incomplete.Relative bodhicitta can be described in terms of a great compassion which is limitless – a wish that all the sufferings of all sentient beings throughout existence be extinguished forever. Also, that as well as being free of suffering they may attain perfect happiness and peace. Ultimate bodhicitta , is wisdom – the experience of ultimate truth, the realization of emptiness and the way things really exist.

A word from Lama Yeshe : " I think it is absolutely essential for us to have loving kindness towards others. There is no doubt about this. Loving kindness is the essence of Bodhicitta, the attitude of the Bodhisattva. It is the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation. There can be no philosophical, scientific or psychological disagreement with this . With Bodhichitta there's no east - west conflict. This path is the most comfortable , the most perfect, one hundred percent uncomplicated one, free of any danger of leading people to extremes. Without Bodhichitta nothing works. And most of all , your meditation doesn't work and realizations don't come" .......READ MORE

[Most beneficial to attend the 2 days in full - In consideration of  your family/work commitments etc ...we also offer opportunity for one-day attendance ]

Free admittance or By Donation ( suggested $150/ $100 or any amount suitable for you - includes refreshments and course materials

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL please to assist our planning and preparation of seating ,materials and refreshments - Please bring a plate for the shared lunch table

 

  • A SPECIAL PUBLIC TALK - final event of Geshe Zopas' visit

Wednesday 30 - 6pm - 8.30 pm - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Venue : Red Velvet Lounge 24 Mary St  Cygnet

'Every Moment Counts' Public Talk and Wood-fired Pizza snack and refreshments - How can we feel every day is the most special day we've ever had ,appreciating  every moment ? Discover the importance of mindfulness of our every action of body speech and mind and why it counts . Questions and discussion in a relaxed and informal atmosphere - Your ticket for this evening gathering includes refreshments and food and a free gift of  Geshe Zopa's book ' Meditation'

BOOKINGS  ESSENTIAL - spaces limited  - Tickets $35 per person, $100 family group x 4 ,please book via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Your booking confirmation will include payment option details.Tickets  will only be issued upon receipt of payment via email to you.
  • TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at the Red Velvet Lounge  in Cygnet, during restaurant opening hours only, from Friday 25 onward - ALL Bookings must be completed prior to the event - NO door sales on the night- this assists the catering preparations required - thank you

A fundraising initiative - All proceeds from this event w ill be directed towards the Centres'  Visiting Teacher Tour expenses - thank you for your kind support in advance.


Would you like to be a supporting 2016 Tour Benefactor ? Sponsorship opportunity is available - creating abundance and merit for you, for the Centre, for the spread of the Dharma - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more details

 

REIKI LEVEL 1 Course with Ven Lobsang Namgyel

CTCT are delighted to be hosting this Introductory REIKI COURSE Level 1 offered by visiting FPMT Touring teacher Ven Lobsang Namgyel

A most wonderful opportunity - we hope you will join us

Spaces for this course are limited so please register your interest to attend ASAP via email to

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REIKI COURSE LEVEL1 WEEKEND WORKSHOP

WHEN: August 13 & 14  10 am - 5pm

WHERE : Main Gompa – 166 Warwick St West Hobart

COURSE COST: $275

Payment will be  required in full once you have received your registration confirmation email (payment options will be noted in this email)

[A payment by 3 installments for course cost can also be considered , please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss this option if required.]

Attendance is required in full to receive Level 1 Certificate

A Reiki course suitable for beginners. The workshop in includes a manual and a certificate. Taught by Venerable Namgyel, experienced Reiki master.

During this two day workshop you will be given the Reiki attunement, and Venerable Namgyel will give you essential information necessary for the giving of treatments to others and to yourself.

Venerable Namgyel is an Australian monk ordained in the  Tibetan Buddhist tradition who has been teaching Reiki for more than twenty years and brings together his practice of Buddhism with the practice of Reiki, wanting to help and benefit others.

A Brief Overview

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "universal” and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from the universe, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their connectedness to all sentient beings rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki touch therapy is used in much the same way to achieve similar effects that traditional massage therapy is used—to relieve stress and pain, and to improve the symptoms of various health conditions. (Free Medical Dictionary)

Purpose of Reiki: Reiki claims to provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system,increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Practitioners have reported success in helping patients with acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis to trauma and recovery from surgery. Reiki is a gentle and safe technique,and has been used successfully in some hospitals. It has been found to be very calming and reassuring for those suffering from severe or fatal conditions.

Reiki can been used by doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals to bring touch and deeper caring into their healing practices. (Free Medical Dictionary)

 

THE HISTORY OF REIKI ......

Mrs. Hawayo Takata (Takata Sensei) brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1937 and continued to practice and teach until her passing in 1980. Because of her devotion, Reiki has been passed on to millions of people all over the world, and the numbers continue to grow! And as you will see, if it wasn’t for her, Reiki most likely would never have been discovered by the West and even in Japan would have been practiced secretly by only a small number of people. Please READ MORE HERE

 

Course Cancellation Policy

Once your Registration confirmation email is received  and payment in full made :

Cancellation within 3 weeks prior to scheduled course dates = full refund minus $50 admin fee applicable

Cancellation after 3 weeks prior to scheduled course dates = 50 % refund of full payment fee applicable

Winter Program with Ven Lobsang Namgyel July-August

CTCT are delighted to welcome Ven Namgyel once again to Hobart for his 3rd visit

Staying with us for July and August we have a wonderful Program of teachings, workshops, and activities planned, sure to warm the winter months for us all.

We look forward to welcoming you to join us

Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, an FPMT Registered teacher of Australian nationality, has been living in India and Nepal studying Buddhism for more than 28 years with such masters as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and Geshe Sonam Rinchen. Ven Namgyel is a dedicated student also of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the late Ken Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, previous Abbot of Kopan Monastery.  He has completed four years of lam-rim retreats, as well as many tantric retreats. During his more than twenty-eight years in Buddhism, he has taught at various FPMT centres in many countries around the world , including India, Nepal, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, France, the UK, Bangladesh and the USA. Ven Namgyel had the honour of being the attendant and tutor to Lama Osel Rinpoche ( the recognised reincarnation of FPMT Founder Lama Thubten Yeshe ) for one year in 1990, helping with Tibetan prayers, memorising and English language.

Ven Namgyel is also an accomplished qualified Reiki Master and is kindly offering a weekend course, Self Reiki Level 1, during his stay with CTCT in August

Check the Calendar for Course details

A Glimpse of the Program:

JUNE

Sat-  25 - Welcome celebration – The Art of Happiness - A Buddhist Perspective 1-4pm

JULY

Sat 2 – Discovering Buddhism - Presenting the Path -an overview 1-4pm

Sun 10,17,24,31 Aug 7 - Introductory / Meditation 101 for everyone 10am-11.30

Wed 6,13,20,27 - Chi Gong - movement for Health and wellbeing followed by Guided Loving Kindness meditation 6pm-7.30pm

Sat 9- HHDL Birthday day event with CTCT & Tibetan Community at KickstartArts 1-4pm

Sat 23 - One Day Medicine Buddha Retreat 10am-3pm

Sat 30 - Healing Disturbing Emotions 1-4pm

AUGUST

Wed 3, 10, 17 - The Art of Patience - Healing the demon of anger 6 - 7.30pm

Sat 6 -  Karma and  Purification with Vajrasattva 1-4pm

Sat 13 - Sun 14 - Reiki - Course Certificate Level 1

Sat 21 - All About Tara 1-4pm - Final teaching with Ven Namgyel

 

 

 


A word from Ven Rita … also an FPMT Registered teacher

"Wherever Venerable Namgyel teaches, he is always asked to come back. Because he is in contact with his own good heart, he is able to touch people on a level that goes much deeper than just intellectual understanding. Having done a lot of individual retreats he has familiarized and integrated the topics in his way of living, and so teaches out of experience. Then through his humour, he relaxes people totally, and even difficult topics seem like a piece of cake. Venerable is especially loved for the deep concern that he has, and shows, for the well-being of the participants of the course, and puts a lot of energy and time into helping them to find a way to practice which suits them.”

Some great teaching videos by Ven Namgyel :

MIND WORKSHOPS - video presentations in Spain with Ven Namgyel

 

GESHE SHERAB Program March 10-17

GESHE THUBTEN SHERAB March 9-18 - WISDOM OF EMPTINESS Program at CTCT

~ an extraordinary opportunity to receive teachings and instructions from a very great teacher ~

Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in Manang province, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments both in the U.S. and Asia. He served as Headmaster of the Kopan school from 2005 to 2009, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. He is now the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center in Santa Fe and regularly travels all over the world to teach in other centers.

CTCT are most delighted to be welcoming our very dear friend and teacher Geshe Sherab, returning to Hobart for his third visit - please do rejoice with us for our very great fortune!

A wonderful opportunity for us to experience the taste of a true master and engage with his compassionate wisdom and  generosity - our first visiting teacher for 2016

  • EVERYONE is invited to join us at Hobart Airport for Geshe la's arrival at 1.45pm on Wednesday, March 9th Qantas flight 1503

We will then go for afternoon tea together on Hobart Waterfront - place TBC on the day when we know the size of our group wishing to attend

The program at a glance for the week with Geshe Thubten Sherab  -

CHECK FULL DETAILS IN CALENDAR

Thursday 10 - 6.30- 8.30pm Welcome and General talk THIS PRECIOUS LIFE - no time to loose!

A presentation about why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual life and make the world a better place and why there is no time to loose! Within a traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework — the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma—cause and effect

Saturday 12 - 10 am - 5 pm WISDOM OF EMPTINESS - The Path to Real Peace

Imagine what our experience would be if our mind were free from all delusions such as anger, obsessive attachment, and pride. Because they stem from misconceiving ourselves and the world around us, these painful experiences can be eliminated by progressively subduing our mind. The wisdom of emptiness is the tool the Buddha gave us to do so. It is the way to uproot our fundamental ignorance from which all our wrong views, negative emotions, and sufferings stem by realizing things as they are.

Sunday 13 - 10am-3pm LIVE STREAMED from Singapore - Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche

GESHE SHERAB will lead us in the Long Life Puja and tsog offerings, there will be opportunities during the day for explanations of the proceedings. If you have never been to a Puja before, this is a wonderful opportunity to come along and join in with the Chag Tong Chen Tong community as we honour 'Lama Zopa Rinpoche - the heart of FPMT happiness - our kindest guide in all ways at all times.There will be praises and recitations , offerings, delicious Chai and sharing of tsog ( food offerings )..Pujas have a festive atmosphere and family feeling together.Everyone is welcomed to join us for the day or drop in when you can throughout the event.A very great opportunity to have Geshe Sherab with us to answer all your queries and provide us with explanations of the practice.

 

Monday 14 - 1pm -5pm WISDOM OF EMPTINESS Retreat Continued/conclusion

 

Wed 16 & Thurs 17 - 6.30-8.30pm - LIVING THE LAM RIM - Handbook for life

Over 2 evenings Geshela will present the essential overview of the Lamrim - The Graduated Path to Enlightenment and how we can use these step by step instructions as our handbook for life - life is spiritual practice! Discover how we can develop the qualities of the heart and mind that cultivate happiness wisdom and compassion and integrate these simple yet profound teachings and methods of potential transformation and mind training within our everyday activities, within all varieties of situations, peoples and places. This is the essential foundation of all our practice and study.

 

Please note *** ALL EVENTS IN THIS PROGRAM REQUIRE REGISTRATION  *** PLEASE ASSIST US WITH OUR PREPARATIONS OF YOUR SEATING, REFRESHMENTS & COURSE MATERIALS ~ by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP to let us know you are planning to attend any or all of the events in this program with Geshe Sherab

Each event has a suggested Facility Fee or the option to choose a donation suitable to you ( see Calenda for details)

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in Hobart. [please seek information at the Registration table]

As an emerging volunteer organization, Chag Tong Chen Tong Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of venue rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

An opportunity to practice generosity for the Dharma is available for all during all such events throughout the year

The hosting of Visiting Teacher programs necessarily incur costs such as International /domestic airfares, accommodation/living needs, offerings.FPMTA tour teaching  fee & administration, printing course materials and advertising, and all refreshments and meals inclusive of course fees for participants.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Do you wish to support these teachings in a meaningful and helpful way? Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

Sponsorship offers a way for people to practice generosity, to accumulate merit on the path to enlightenment, and to contribute to a specific cause that is close to their heart.

If you are inspired to sponsor teacher offerings, lunches, transportation, and/or facility rentals and associated costs of hosting this program please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details

ALL PROGRAM DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN THE CALENDAR HERE

  • Geshe Sherab is available for private interview during his stay - please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your request and availability

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Centre soon ~ ALL EVENTS hosted at 166 Warwick St West Hobart

Becoming Your Own Therapist Series - NOVEMBER

BECOMING YOUR OWN THERAPIST Series : November 7 & 28 One day Workshops with RENATE OGILVIE

Please register asap via reply email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ` Bookings are essential as spaces are limited

Registration assists our preparations of seating and refreshments - Thank you in advance

[These are the last 2 workshops for 2015 ]

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP PRESENTER /TEACHER :

Renate Ogilvie currently leads a weekly study group and a monthly workshop schedule at Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in West Hobart and works as an Existential psychotherapist in private practice. Teaching at a variety of Buddhist centres  and associated groups around the world for over 20 years, Renate combines modern approaches to psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in order to help individuals deal with the varied challenges of everyday life.

  • BEFRIENDING YOUR DEMONS  - Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflicts

When :Sat, November 7, 10am – 4pm

Where:166 Warwick St, West Hobart TAS 7000, Australia (map)

Description:One day workshop with Renate Ogilvie

[ By popular demand - another presentation in 2015 of : Befriending Your Demons workshop ]

Discourse and interactive discussion - An accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns.

The practice to be explored takes one through the entire process of transforming 'demons' ( often things we wish not to engage with) into allies whereby the energy that is caught up in inner conflict becomes liberated and available to be used as a positive resource

Everyone welcomed - Suitable for all - Buddhist and Non Buddhist alike - Please register asap via reply email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

  • LIFES UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

When: Sat, November 28, 10am – 4pm

Where: 166 Warwick St, West Hobart TAS 7000, Australia (map)

Description: One Day Workshop with Renate Ogilvie

 

All of us suffer from a degree of procrastination, in small tasks as well as larger issues. This workshop will address the problem of the constant white noise of unfinished business that hampers our enjoyment of life, can turn into a drag on all our activities, and finally stops us from dying with a relaxed and easy mind.

The Buddha teaches us how to become a master of our mind, and this workshop will use his remedies to overcome procrastination, and tackle the monsters, large and small on our to-do-list.

Everyone welcomed - Suitable for all - Buddhist and Non Buddhist alike  Please register asap via reply email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note : Part day participation is not applicable for these workshops

 

  • INFORMATION APPLICABLE FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS :

 

10am - 4pm  Please arrive with time to settle your seat - Registration is open 30 mins prior to session start time.

BYO lunch

Morning and afternoon tea included

Course contribution $50  - Payable upon registration on the day ( please note -  we do not currently offer credit card or eftpos facility)


or via direct bank deposit ( 2 days prior to course date)

CBA

Chagtong Chentong Inc

BSB 067105 Acc 10221360  Ref : RO Wshop

 

 

 

All About Karma with Ven Michael Yeshe Oct 23-25

CTCT is delighted to have this most fortunate opportunity to welcome Ven MICHAEL YESHE after a very long time since his previous visit.

Ven Michael will join us October 23 -25 offering a series of Discourse | Discussion & Meditations of the topic ALL ABOUT KARMA.

'Understanding the karmic connection between causes and effects will give us the energy to change ourselves. Nevertheless, it is essential to approach our practice with patience and wisdom. Changing our habitual behavior is not easy. It is not like making instant coffee; it takes time' Lama Yeshe

About Ven Michael Yeshe

Born in London in 1966 to a Greek father and a Belgian mother, Venerable Michael Lobsang Yeshe was raised up in Kopan Monastery in Nepal and has been a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since the age of 7. At age 13, he entered the Sera Je Monastic University in Southern India where he spent the next 18 years studying Buddhist Philosophy.

( A very good friend  of recently visiting Geshe Zopa )

Ven Michael teaches in English

Since 1996, Ven Michael Yeshe has been invited to Buddhist centers in America, Singapore, Malaysia and Holland as a translator and teacher. He is currently residing at our sister FPMT Centre  Tara Institute in East Brighton Victoria where he serves as translator for the resident teacher Venerable Geshe Doga.

The PROGRAM :

A Series of discourses and discussion ALL ABOUT KARMA - watching our every action of body ,speech and mind - What does this mean in everyday life , in every exchange ...in every moment ...? and why is it so important to understand for the development of mindfulness which in turn is the foundation of developing loving kindness and great compassion

" Karma is the Buddhas' explanation of ..'Why'....a simple technical explanation of why we get harm, we get love , we get indifference, we get comfort,we get hardship........which is very empowering...because we can change it..." Ven Robina Courtin.

A relaxed presentation encouraging questions and interactive discussion - please prepare all the queries you've ever wished to ask in relation to this vast and pivotal topic of KARMA – Cause and Effect.

Suitable for all levels of interest

  • Everyone is most welcome - bookings not essential  however an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm your intention to attend any or all sessions within the program schedule ASAP will greatly assist our preparations for seating and refreshments  - thank you in advance.

FRIDAY 23 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm Welcome - shared supper ( please bring along a plate to share)  and introduction to KARMA - and an "Ask the Sangha" session...all queries and general discussion welcomed

SATURDAY 24 - 2.30 pm - 5 pm pm Discourse | Discussion | Guided meditations Karma - Mindfulness - Compassion

PLUS 6 pm-7.30 pm Q&A The  daily commitment of 6 Session Guru Yoga practice - and Sadhana practices - this session is strictly only for students whom have received Highest Yoga Tantra initiations previously.

SUNDAY 25 2 pm - 4 pm - Discourse | Discussion | Guided meditations  Karma - Mindfulness - Compassion continued


EVERYONE IS WELCOMED - an exceptionally beneficial opportunity to ornament our practice and understanding for everyday life

Facility fee - $ 15 each session or by donation suitable for you

WHERE: Main Gompa - 166 Warwick St West Hobart

WHEN: Registration open 30 mins prior to all session start times


A teaching by LAMA YESHE........................on Karma

Every single action performed by body, speech, or mind eventually produces a specific reaction. For example, an unwholesome attitude will definitely culminate in problems and suffering, while a wholesome, clean, clear mind always brings happiness. We have all noticed that when our mind is full of confusion everything we say comes out in a confused way. This illustrates the evolutionary link existing between all actions and their consequences. Although this link seems obvious when analyzed, it is not always apparent. When we catch ourselves saying something senseless or nasty we are apt to say, “Oh, I don’t know why I said that; it just came out that way.” To assume that there is no particular reason for our uncontrolled actions is a mistake. Not one word has ever been uttered that was not motivated by either a positive or a negative attitude.

Throughout your Dharma practice you must never push yourself, but on the contrary you should try to be at ease and to do only what is possible at the moment. If you push yourself beyond your capacity you may shock your entire nervous system, thus producing an extremely negative reaction; you may even give up trying to deal with your delusions altogether.

One reason for stressing the value of watching our karma is that westerners are always so interested in meditation. They love meditation, but are not so happy when they are offered teachings on karma. They complain that karma is too heavy. But we must not give way to anxiety. Our body, speech, and mind are already heavy; it does not take teachings to make them heavy; we are heavy.

I am not implying that meditation is unimportant, but even if we have trouble doing formal meditation, we can still practice Dharma perfectly well. Meditation then means always being watchful of our actions and cultivating an attitude of loving-kindness rather than one of exploitation. This is meditation. In fact, in view of our present level of spiritual development, this sort of approach to our practice can be even more precise and realistic than meditation on profound tantric subjects.

 

Understanding the karmic connection between causes and effects will give us the energy to change ourselves. Nevertheless, it is essential to approach our practice with patience and wisdom. Changing our habitual behavior is not easy. It is not like making instant coffee; it takes time.

 

BYOT Series - Reconstructing Life after Loss

With RENATE OGILVIE - One Day Experiential Workshop

September 26 th  10am - 4pm

Healing Joyful Relationships- an indepth workshop

Healing Joyful Relationships with Renate Ogilvie

 

This course is an excellent opportunity to discover how to make your relationships flourish!

 

When                                    Saturday, July 25, 2015 10 am - 4pm

Where                                  166 Warwick St, West Hobart TAS 7000, Australia (map)

Description                        An in depth one day workshop

Facility Fee                          $40 – Refreshments included – BYO Lunch

 

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for confirmation or Ph: 03 62679203

Limited spaces available

 

Relationships - whether with our partners, parents, children, friends or colleagues - make up a large part of our lives and can be a wonderful source of happiness and strength. But they can also turn into a source of difficulty and pain. What are the ingredients of happy and healthy relationships? How can we foster them?

 

What can we do when things go wrong?

In this weekend workshop led by renowned psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher, Renate Ogilvie, we will explore the patterns in our relationships with other people. We will look at how we can keep our relationships rewarding and vibrant and how we can make them blossom.

 

We will learn what we can do to overcome difficult or challenging situations.

Drawing on Buddhist teachings and Western psychology, the workshop will explain effective, practical methods of transforming our attitudes and expectations in relationships to help us maintain stable, positive and satisfying connections with the people we care for. This course is an excellent opportunity to discover how to make your relationships flourish

 

 

About  the teacher

Renate Ogilvie M.A. ANZAP AABCAP PACFA currently teaches at Chagtong Chentong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in West Hobart and works as a Buddhist and Existential psychotherapist in private practice. Teaching at Buddhist centres around the world for over 20 years, Renate combines modern approaches to psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in order to help individuals deal with the varied challenges of everyday life.

 

Renate was born in Germany and educated in both East and West. She holds Masters Degrees from Frankfurt University and Antioch University (Regent's College) London, and studied Western Philosophy at Birkbeck College London. She worked in London as a literary agent and commissioning editor before training as an existential psychotherapist and counsellor.After migrating to Australia, Renate was founding director of Shakyamuni Buddha Hospice Sydney, and served on the International Board of Directors of FPMT Inc. (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) www.fpmt.org. She was a director of WHF (World Happiness Forum) www.happinessanditscauses.com.au. She has been teaching Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years at many Buddhists centres in Australia and abroad, as well as at hospices and community centres.

Ven ROBINA COURTIN PROGRAM JULY 8-12

CTCT WARMLY WELCOMES THE RETURN OF VEN ROBINA COURTIN TO HOBART 2015

Soon Ven Robina will join us once again ( her 7th visit to CTCT) offering us an extraordinary opportunity to hear the teachings in a most vibrant, dynamic way full of great wisdom and compassion and kindness. She will keep us on our toes every moment - sometimes really pushing us to a personal limit we didnt know existed ! This visit we have the added advantage of attending the teaching in a non-residential Retreat style presentation - including discourse, discussion and guided meditation sessions.

 

  • All visit | program | registration details can be found in the Calendar HERE
  • plus the opportunity to support the visit by the  generosity of Financial Sponsorship ...please see below

 

She will be with us for just a few short days, July 8-12 , but the program planned is packed full of wonderfully relevant, interesting and for some - surprisingly life changing - content - things that will support and benefit our everyday practice - the quest for developing the good heart - the very foundation of a meaningful life.

Ven Robina comes to us as a visiting registered FPMT teacher [on behalf of Lama Zopa Rinpoche]

Unfortunately we cannot use our beautiful new Centre venue for all events as we envision the size will be limiting and so we will be at Kickstart Art Centre again.

We sincerely hope you will become involved in this community event - support CTCT in our efforts to be of benefit and seize the opportunity to take advantage of a well qualified teacher and Sangha member who is coming here just for YOU

UPDATE TO VENUE - ALL EVENTS WILL NOW BE HOSTED AT THE CENTRE 166 Warwick St West Hobart

Centre welcome plus...

REFUGE - the path to inner freedom - teachings with Ven Robina

When : Wednesday July 8th 7pm - 8.30pm

Where: CTCT CENTRE VENUE  166 Warwick St West Hobart

By Donation - suitable for all levels of interest

Description: We will also include on this evening our welcome to CTCT from the community to Ven Robina  and we encourage everyone to attend to make the welcome warm and vigorous !! Because we are sooo fortunate to have qualified and valid teachers support CTCT Program in this way..travelling to us ..offering their time to us.

Here is a link to A Beginners Guide to "Which Vows are which"

A formal Refuge ceremony will be offered after the introductory teachings on the importance of and what it means to take Refuge - what is the purpose - for us in the context of our everyday lives and how our lifestyle,our mindset may change as a result of this commitment...towards a  happier ,most meaningful  life

HERE is an extraordinarily beautiful and concise teaching by Lama Yeshe ABOUT : what it signifies in our lives to take Refuge in the Buddha Dharma &Sangha - highly recommended reading for all

People whom already have taken Refuge are warmly invited to attend to refresh , renew their refuge vows and or add extra vows not included previously  or just enjoy the evenings teachings on a most poignant timeless topic supporting likeminded friends.

Previously in mid-2000 Ven Robina held an Urban Residential Retreat in Hobart and offered a Refuge Ceremony there with approx. 50 participants!!! and since then also another visit when 13 people also took Refuge formally with Ven Robina  .....in 2006 Lama Zopa Rinpoche offerered Refuge to approx 20 peopel...if that was you ...and you are still on our mailing list...please join us - we would love to see you again  !

If you hold Bodhisattva Vows, Tantric Vows and commitments and have queries about the practices and requirments  please bring them along to the evenings presentation to be addressed also.

Everyone is welcomed

Those that are planning to take Refuge for the first time formally with Ven Robina MUST reply email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register for this event asap please

All those participating will receive a Refuge Booklet outlining your vows and responsibilities and also you will receive a new Refuge name.

All inquiries are welcomed via reply email or phone 62679203

 


A WISH TO CHANGE - a chat with Ven Robina Courtin

When: Thursday, July 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: 166 Warwick St West Hobart

Description: A relaxed welcome and shared supper and “Chat with Ven Robina - Finding the Real Wish to Change -

The wish to make changes for the better is often very strong…but often remaining only on an intellectual level… with difficulties arising when we try to relate our spiritual practice , studies and realizations into all the activities of our everyday life, keeping the two disengaged , separate. Ven Robina will chat with us about the underlying causes for this circumstance and clarify what we can do to fully encompass our heartfelt wish to make a change in this life – clarifying our motivation, transforming the mind and developing the good heart in the service of others.

By donation - Suitable for all levels of interest   - Everyone welcomed

 

LIVING HAPPILY ~ DYING PEACEFULLY  MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREAT

When:  Sat July 11 -9.30 am - 4.30pm Sun July12 -10am - 3pm

Where: 166 Warwick St West Hobart

Description: This weekend non-residential retreat will be Medicine Buddha Practice combined with teachings from Venerable Robina on how to help your loved ones enjoy death and go happily to their next rebirth.


According to Buddhism, this life we have now is just one of countless lives we have lived in a continuum going off immeasurably into the past and indefinitely into the future. What kind of life we get and what happens to us throughout our life is coming from our karma, which is coming from our mind – our thoughts and attitudes.

Learning how to develop positive and realistic attitudes helps us have more happiness right now. It also helps us go through the dying process in the most skillful way, bringing our good karma to the front of the queue so that we can have the most favorable rebirth – a fortunate human rebirth in which we will be able to continue our spiritual evolution.

" How to help your loved ones die peacefully and go happily to their next rebirth "

This new Handbook by Lama Zopa Rinpoche - compiled and edited by Ven Robina Courtin will be the reference  for this series of teachings:

HERE is free  download link to this PDF file (417 page) for your reference

Suitable for all levels of interest

REGISTRATION  OPEN NOW

Please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your place ASAP

Please include your preferred payment option with your registration to confirm your place.

Your Course Contribution includes  SAT & SUN  Vegetarian Lunch and refreshments and assists towards all the costs of hosting the event

All ordained Sangha are welcomed free of course contribution  - please register as usual to assist our preparations

10% discount for "Friend of CTCT Annual Supporters"

 

Weekend Course Contribution:

$100 full attendance - or by donation suitable for you

$50 Part attendance [ one day or less ]


Payment options:

AT DOOR (cash only)

or

Direct Bank transfer:

CBA

Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB: 067105

ACC : 10221360

Ref. VR [and your name]

 

FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP of the visit

We would welcome sincerely your generosity

[maybe you are unable to attend the teachings due to other committments  but would like to support others that may have financial hardship]

All our kind sponsors will have an opportunity to meet personally with Ven Robina for tea and ackowledgment of our appreciation.

Heartfelt thanks in advance - your goodwill will be of immeasurable benefit for you ...for the Centre ...for all those that have the opportunity to attend


Visit Costs: [$2,400]

  • Airfare-domestic and interantional share -$500
  • Teacher offering-$500
  • Venue Hire - $300 TBC
  • Catering ( lunches and refreshments ) $150
  • Flowers - $100
  • Course Materials print - $150
  • Marketing /Advertising - $350
  • Accom/food - $200 ( for host)
  • Misc/personal - $150

 

We welcome with great thanks your  contribution of any amount towards any area of the hosting costs of this visit

Please make a direct bank transfer to:

Chagtong Chentong Inc.

CBA

BSB : 067105

ACC:10221360

REF: VR Sponsor

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