Chagtong Chentong

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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


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 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: Kickstart Art Centre St Johns Ave NewTown

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



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

Where: KickstartArt Centre St Johns Park NewTown (map)

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


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)


Direct Bank transfer:


Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB: 067105

ACC : 10221360

Ref. VR [and your name]



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.


BSB : 067105


REF: VR Sponsor

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:39

Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflicts

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ONE DAY WORKSHOP with Renate Ogilvie - MAY 9th 9.30am - 4.30pm - 166 Warwick St West Hobart


Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflicts

Full Day Workshop with Renate Ogilvie  ~ Befriending your Demons

An introduction to the monthly group workshop to be scheduled on wednesday evenings - see calenda for dates An accessible and effective approach for dealing with depression,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

Inspired by the work of Tsultrim Alione - Feeding Your Demons - Renate has developed a most beneficial and successfully presented one day course of discussion, discourse and personal inquiry.



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 Budda Hospice Sydney, and served on the International Board of Directors of FPMT Inc. (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) She was a director of WHF (World Happiness Forum) She has been teaching Tibetan Buddhism for over 15 years at many Buddhists centres in Australia and abroad, as well as at hospices and community centres. She is an occasional speaker at the Mind and Its Potential and Happiness conferences in Sydney and has appeared on radio and TV.

Renate lives  in Hobart, teaches at Chagtong Chentong Tibetan Buddhist Centre, and works as a Buddhist and Existential psychotherapist in private practice.

EVERYONE is WELCOMED - Buddhist and Non Buddhist alike - new or seasoned students and general interest
Participants of this workshop will then form the ongoing monthly practice group presented on Wednesday evenings

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL - Places are limited

WHERE: 166 Warwick St West Hobart
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 9th 9.30 am - 4.30pm

Refreshments provided - BYO (prepared) lunch (microwave available)

Full Day Course contribution : $35 'Friend of CTCT 'discount $25 (Payment at the door - no credit card facility)
plus 'Dana' ( offerings to teacher/facilitator )

A very brief explanation of the Pali word 'Dana'
Dana (generosity) Practice
In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; in the Buddhist tradition we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice and creates the causes and conditions for you to have the fortune to be in touch with the Dharma and like minded friends ongoing
(Offering container and envelopes wil be available at the Centre during the Course)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:39


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2015 Program will resume end of March due to renovations in progress of our new venue at 166 Warwick St West Hobart.

Calendar will be updated as soon  as dates are confirmed

Renate Ogilivie~ Meeting with remarkable beings

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~ Meeting with remarkable beings ~

About the teacher HERE

WhenSat, & Sun August 23 -24 10am -  4pm
WhereMultifaith Centre TUU Building Churchill Ave UTAS Sandy Bay (map)
DescriptionHow would your life be different had you met Milarepa, Tilopa or Yeshe Tsogyal?What were the main realisations and teachings of these and other great Mahasiddhas, and how did their lives embody their teachings? Over the 2 day workshop , Renate Ogilvie discusses some of the most inspirational beings in Buddhist history — Naropa, Milarepa, Atisha, Machig Labdron, Yeshe Tsogyal, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Explore how and why the examples of these great beings are still critically relevant in our lives today Renate will also show us how we can apply their lessons in a very practical way to transform our daily experience. Course contribution by donation suitable for you
Registrations would be MOST appreciated so we can make the best preparations for all attendees please email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Lunch( Hot Vegetarian Soup & crusty loaf) ~ Course materials and all refreshments included - Please bring a plate to add to the morning /afternoon tea table if you wish Suitable for all levels of interest Everyone welcomed

Would you like to be a benefactor of this visit supporting CTCT to be able to offer participation free for all ?
It is greatly appreciated and a wonderful opportunity to practice generosity to benefit others

Any donation towards the collective visit costs or individual components required, is most welcomed

VIA Direct bank deposit to the following details : or can be offered on the weekend - thank you very much in advance
CBA Chagtong Chentong Inc.
BSB 067105 ACC 10221360
Description: RO Sponsorship
VISIT COSTS as follows:
Airfare & Travel $550
Accommodation Sponsored
Pers.& Misc $100
Offerings $400
Setup/refreshments $100
"The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.  It is the ultimate source of success in life."HH Dalai Lama


Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 01:09


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CTCT is very happy to welcome Ven Robina Courtins' return visit to Hobart July 28 - August 4   

.......Ven Robina is tireless and true... your heart is sure to be moved ..........

Offering The ART OF HAPPINESS ~ 2 evening talks and a non residential weekend retreat


About the teacher ~ Ven Robina Courtin Biography in full HERE

Ven Robina became a student of Lama Yeshe and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1978. She has worked full-time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in several roles; editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of the magazine, Mandala and director of the Liberation Prison Project. Since 1987 Ven. Robina has taught Buddhist courses and retreats at FPMT centres worldwide. Well-known for her intense energy and no-nonsense manner of expressing her profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Ven Robina is the subject of an award-winning documentary,"Chasing Buddha and a film by Christien Lumberg called "On the Road Home".

Ven Robina travels endlessly around the globe teaching at many FPMT Centres and other Organisations...tireless in her wish to benefit


VENUE FOR THE FULL PROGRAM : All events to be hosted at KICKSTARTARTS Centre Building 1831 South. St Johns Ave St Johns Park New Town

When: Wednesday July 30 7.30pm - 9pm  ~ LIVING A LIFE TRUE TO YOURSELF

One of the most common misconceptions is that it’s selfish not to fulfill other people’s expectations. We can spend our lives acting like nice, kind individuals, helping others, and being good mothers, partners and friends, but this behavior, which is good in itself, is often propelled by the fear of upsetting others, and our need to be seen as  a nice person.Buddhist psychology refers to this as‘ attachment to reputation’.It’s probably more powerful than our need for security, food, power, money, sex and the rest. It’s so pervasive, we rarely notice it. Yet it underlies most of our actions. It’s almost as if we have no other way to define ourselves except in terms of how we’re seen by others

When : Thursday July 31 7.30pm-9pm ~ BOUNCING BACK

A common-sense way about dealing with hardships by changing one's mind through mind training.
When we are not able to change the outer situation in life for the better, through taking wise and compassionate action we can change our own minds to overcome the difficulties of life.

Ven Robina teaches us about 'liking problems like you like ice-cream' as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says,  transforming problems into happiness. When problems are unavoidable, this is the moment to practice mind training

When: Sat & Sun August 2-3 10am - 4pm ~ CULTIVATING COURAGEOUS COMPASSION

It's easy to become overwhelmed by the suffering of the world, to despair that there is little we can do to help. But it's possible to develop the huge compassion of the bodhisattva: the enthusiasm and confidence to never give up working to help others.

The key is to develop wisdom: to understand our own suffering and how to overcome it. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, "Compassion on its own is not enough: we need wisdom." This gives strength and power to our compassion, our empathy, and we can expand it to include all suffering beings, not just those we're close to. Venerable Robina will explain the means of cultivating such courageous compassion and inspire you to take this path of the bodhisattva.

Course contribution ~ BY DONATION ~ for all events

We trust your generosity will reflect the  benefit of your personal experience of attending this series of teachings with Ven Robina at CTCT and your kindness will directly contribute to assisting the Centre to facilitate these teachings with out a set charge for all - so many can also benefit

Refreshments will be provided for all events. BYO LUNCH for Weekend Retreat ( Limited kitchen facilities prevent us offering a shared lunch table) Inside and outside areas for relaxation will be available for all break times.




Your place at  this Retreat  cannot be confirmed unless a registration email is received by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note your name, contact and your preference for full or partial attendance ( 2 full days or 1 full day ) in your booking email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and fwd ASAP to secure your place.Please note in your email if you require any special assistance or seating (chairs and floor cushions provided- BYO kneeling stool if you prefer to use )

  • All Public Events require arrangements by the host to ensure appropriate preparations are in place for all participants
  • This Dharma teaching program is  no different.
  • This weekend course also requires course materials to be prepared|printed for each participant.

Your consideration and swift REGISTRATION for this event  is greatly appreciated and will prevent us potentially wasting our limited resources and enable us to provide adequately for everyone - thank you very much in advance.


ALL  DONATIONS - for all events are welcomed on the day or you can also choose to direct deposit your donation prior to attendance via the following details:

CBA Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB 06 7105 Acc# 10221360

Description : RC Event [ plus your initials ]



Financial Sponsorship of this visit is sincerely appreciated .Your generosity will bring much benefit and assist CTCT to enable  many to attend the teachings

All sponsors will receive an invitation to a personal meeting with Ven Robina to offer our heartfelt thanks

You are invited to sponsor any area you wish in full or part - thank you (via  Direct Deposit [using the bank detail above] Description: RC Sponsorship)

Sponsorship opportunities as follows:

  1. International and domestic airfare and travel $700   (fully sponsored)
  2. Accommodation (fully sponsored )
  3. Venue hire & Refreshments $400      (fully sponsored)
  4. Advertising /marketing $250( $150  part sponsored ) $100
  5. Set up/ Gompa/Alter & Flowers $250 ( fully sponsored )
  6. Offerings $500 ( fully sponsored)
  7. Printing $200-$250      ( $100 part sponsored ) $150
  8. Food, personal misc (fully sponsored)

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to advise of your deposit if you wish to nominate a specific area of sponsorship ~ thank you very much


Please let us know if you'd like to dedicate your generosity of offering financial sponsorship for this visit on behalf of a loved one in need of support in challenging times, one whom may have passed away, for health and well being , for success, for a beloved pet or a specific cause you support...we will add your name to our dedication list  at every PUJA performed at CTCT until Ven Robinas next visit [hopefully] in 2015 .

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm your request or contact Lindy during any scheduled event during Ven Robinas visit or Ph 0410569909





Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:20

June visiting teacher JAMPA JAFFE

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CTCT welcomes the return of Jampa Jaffe to Hobart June 5-8

A great opportunity to experience the teachings on a most profound and essential topic from a valid, qualified teacher whom shares his compassionate wisdom with us all in a relaxed and open style..enabling our engagement to follow easily within a group environment and on a personal level.

About the teacher

Jampa Jaffe, also known as Jampa Gendun, has been teaching Buddhism for over twenty years. American by birth, he was a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for seventeen years and studied for over fourteen years in India at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives and the Buddhist School of Dialectics. He has spent one year in Thailand, studying and meditating in the Theravada tradition and in 2005 completed a solitary one year retreat in Spain.

Jampa was assistant tutor for the FPMT  7year Masters Study  Program in Italy in early 2000  and currently  teaches regularly at Vajrayana Instiute in Sydney where he also resides. He is an accredited   FPMT teacher

We hope you will join us

Thursday JUNE 5th 7.30-9 pm  PUBLIC TALK


The Buddha's teaching is most basically about change; changing how we both see and feel about ourselves and the world.

In this talk Jampa will offer  simple yet powerful pithy instructions on committing ourselves to and guiding ourselves along a course of daily change that empowers us and helps us to grow in love and wisdom:

Suitable for all levels of interest- everyone is welcomed

Where: Multifaith Centre TUU Building UTAS Churchill Ave Sandy Bay

Free Entry ~ please join us for supper afterwards


Saturday & Sunday JUNE 7 - 8

Non residential Retreat weekend 9.30am-4.30pm


Discourse | Discussion | Meditations

From the Buddhist perspective, we suffer because we have a limited point of view that ignores levels of reality other than those we believe in or are presently capable of perceiving. We grow up with models of the world in which we put our trust but which are in countless ways false. Essentially, we continue to experience disappointment, frustration and dissatisfaction because our lives are lived on the basis of mistaken conceptions.

One of the optimistic aspects of Buddhism is that we do not have to weed out all of these mistakes one by one. Rather, if we are able to pull out the lynchpin—our mistaken conception regarding the nature of reality—ignorance—then the others will cease of themselves.

The Heart of Wisdom Sutra contains Buddhism’s most direct and most succinct teaching about the nature of reality. These teachings lie at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom, and a thorough understanding of them is necessary for attaining an un mistaken view of reality—a view that brings true liberation.

Suitable for all levels of interest

Where: Multifaith Centre TUU building UTAS Churchill Ave Sandy Bay

Course Contribution : Full attendance $70

[concession available if  applicable] day only attendance $35

Includes course materials and refreshments

BYO lunch

Course contributions can be made upon arrival at Venue [cash only]

or via direct deposit bank transfer into


Chagtong Chentong

BSB 067105 Acc#10221360

Description : JJ course

REGISTRATION : please email your intent to attend to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it confirming  your method of payment

Your consideration with this process will assist our preparations for the weekend (especially the production of course materials , set up and refreshments ) thank you very kindly  in advance


* The Dharma  - teachings are free

Requested / set Course Contributions assist the coverage of  facilitation and hosting costs of visiting teacher expenses such as  airfares, travel and accommodation, offerings ,venue and workshop organization, course materials  and public liability insurance coverage.


Teachings offered at Chagtong Chentong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation centre  are based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419) was the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:20

Healing our Traumatic Past May 24-25 2014

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Renate Ogilvie ~ Psychotherapist & Lecturer in Buddhist Philosophy


Renate Ogilvie is registered with PACFA, is member of ANZAP and AABCAP, as well as exUKCP, and works in private practice on the Sunshine Coast QLD  within a psycho dynamic as well as philosophical and spiritual framework.

*Renate is also an FPMT accredited Teacher

About Renate here

CTCT are delighted to welcome her return to CTCT again this year


When: May 24-25  9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Where: Multifaith Centre TUU Building UTAS Sandy Bay Campus

What:  Weekend Workshop : Healing Our Traumatic Past


Most of us have endured painful or traumatic events in our past. But why are we still trapped by our feelings of grief, depression, anger, or fear many years later? Can we ever heal ourselves, and learn to live freely and joyfully in the present?

Our past often causes us immense suffering. The emotional and physical damage can colour our present experience, and may lead to many of the problems we have in our relationships, careers, and even our attempts at personal or spiritual growth.


But it is possible to free ourselves from the ties that keep us caught up in past events. By fully understanding how our minds work, discovering the power of acceptance and forgiveness, and learning to rejoice in the present moment, we can radically transform our lives.

In this weekend workshop, popular teacher and psychotherapist, Renate Ogilvie, will help us explore how we relate to the traumatic experiences that litter our past, and will teach us the gentle art of letting go. With insights from both Buddhism and Western psychology, Renate will give us the practical skills needed to learn to heal ourselves and live our lives to the fullest.


The workshop involves teachings, meditation and discussions that will help us develop true inner peace and mental well-being. All welcome!



Course Contribution : Full weekend attendance $90 - Concessions available if applicable

Includes course materials and refreshments .BYO lunch.

Please Register your intent to attend via reply email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

with Renate Ogilvie in subject line , with your name, contact and preferred payment method in the body of your email

and thank you for your consideration, this will assist our preparations greatly


Course Contributions can be made either

  • upon arrival to the weekend workshop
  • or deposited via direct bank deposit prior to May 20th to :


Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB 067105 ACC.10221360

Description: R.O plus your name


It is essential that you please indicate RO & your name  in the deposit description so we can track the deposited payments - thank you


* The Dharma  - teachings are free

Requested / set Course Contributions assist the coverage of  facilitation and hosting costs of visiting teacher expenses such as  airfares, travel and accommodation, offerings ,venue and workshop organization, course materials  and public liability insurance coverage.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 06:33


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Everyone warmly welcomed

  • Attendance can be full or partial days


This weekend is the last teachings being offered by Geshela before his departure on Monday 24th - please feel free to attend even if you can only come for lunch (12.30-1.15pm ) dont miss this special opportunity to be with  a great master whose compassion and wisdom and example is a constant inspiration for making our daily life most meaningful.


Feb 22-23 10am - 4pm



Actualizing The Lamrim Path


Following on from the No Time to Loose - Developing the Good Heart evening teaching series with Geshe Sherab



  • guided meditations | contemplations | discourse and discussion
  • Perfect Human Rebirth, Impermanence , developing Bodhicitta- the good heart



Please bring along all your queries to share in discussion times.


Venue: Multifaith Centre TUU Building UTAS Sandy Bay Campus - parking on site


Please arrive with time to settle your seat prior to 10am start.


Suggested Course contribution : $40 per full day $20 per half day



  • Day only or part day attendance is possible for this weekend


  • BYO Lunch ( and a hat to sit out on lawns during breaks)


  • Course materials and morning and afternoon tea and refreshments provided.


  • Chairs or floor cushions for your choice of seating.


  • Recommended reading - How to start practicing Dharma


Please note: Course contributions assist the Centre to cover costs of Venue hire, Teacher care,accommodation and travel , offerings and program administration and course materials - thank you for your consideration



CTCT SHOP will be open over the weekend offering many articles : Tibetan Incense, Pashmina Shawls, brocade bags, silk book covers, jewelry, prayer flags, knitted slippers, tshirts, Loving Kindness Lather soap, Chasing Buddha DVD -Ven Robina Courtin, Mandala Magazines and more !

Geshe Sherab returns Feb 13 -23

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CTCT welcome with great anticipation the return of Geshe Sherab to Tasmania for his 2nd visit after the previous most wonderful month long visit in 2011

Geshela will be here also to support  and represent the Centre during our hosting of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour Feb 14,15,16



Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in the province of Manang, 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 Head Master of Kopan Monastery's school for four years, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities.


Geshe Sherab understands and connects very well with Western students, presenting the Dharma in English in an accessible, warm and open manner.


For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers in USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, USA.

Geshe Sherab teaches in English in a very down to earth and humorous manner, bringing  clarity to even the most difficult topics. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of listening to Geshe-la don't miss this unique opportunity.  We do hope you will join us !


Geshe Sherabs teachings will be hosted in the same venue as the Relic Display

All teachings are suitable for all levels of interest - no prerequisites to attend except an an open and curious mind interested in  methods to lead a most meaningful life - developing the good heart to benefit our everyday lives

ALL EVENING TEACHINGS by Geshe Sherab  ~ Suggested course contribution $15

Feb 13  7.30 -9.30pm

Venue: The Founders Room

Level 2 / 77 Salamanca Arts Centre ,entry via Wooby's Lane ,Hobart [Lift available]

The Many Forms of the Enlightened Mind

Relics are said to be an aspect of the Enlightened Mind ...left behind from previous great Masters to continue benefiting sentient beings on many levels.

Geshela will give a presentation about the manifestation of Relics and host an interactive discussion and question time as a preparation for the arrival of the Relic Tour to Hobart.


February 14,15,16 Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour [link to full weekend schedule]

A free event

Geshe Sherab will also lead an evening meditation after the Relics Display concludes each evening of the Feb 15 & 16 7.30-8.30pm - by donation


Feb 17,18,19  7.30 - 9.30 pm

Venue: The Founders Room

Level 2 / 77 Salamanca Arts Centre (entry via Wooby's Lane) ,Hobart, [Lift available]


A series of evening teachings - When the Graduated Path to Enlightenment becomes your life

Since we have met the Dharma in these degenerate times, it’s extremely important that we do not waste this opportunity. Once you’ve begun to practice, it’s essential that you not only continue to do so but that you also complete your practice. First try to understand the teachings; then try to make what you’ve understood as beneficial as possible for other sentient beings.

That which we call Dharma is medicine to treat the mind, to change it from its unsubdued, pre-Dharma state to a better one. From beginningless time our mind has been stained, foggy, polluted and disturbed by the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and anger because we have either not understood or practiced the teachings. Dharma is medicine to change that kind of mind for the better.

In a step by step presentation Geshe Sherab will lead us through the methods to bring Dharma [ the wisdom and compassion teachings of the  Buddha] into our everyday lives


Feb 22-23 10am - 4pm


Actualizing The Lamrim Path

An opportunity to experience integration of  the teachings that have been presented during the No Time to Loose series with Geshe Sherab

- with guided meditations, discourse and discussion

Venue: Multifaith Centre UTAS Sandy Bay Campus

Suggested Course contribution : $40  per day - Bookings not required

Day only  or part day attendance is possible for this weekend

BYO Lunch - Course materials and refreshments provided.

Chairs or floor cushions for your choice of seating.


Recommended reading - How to start practicing Dharma


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 05:09

Shamatha and the Lamrim April17-21 2014

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SHAMATHA and the Lamrim - A Silent Meditation Retreat

Led by  TY Alexander

Retreat leader Bio :

Thubten Yeshe (T.Y.) met her teachers Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. For five years she studied in Nepal and India, during which time she was ordained as a Buddhist nun. She remained a nun for nine years. T.Y. has received teachings over the years from many lamas, including Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dargyey, Kyabje Song Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since those early days, she has lived and worked in FPMT centers around the world. In 1985 she moved to Australia, currently resident in QLD where she teaches, lead retreats and engages in other work within the FPMT.  TY is a registered, accredited FPMT Teacher, author of Mind and its Potential Module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism Course and is an online course elder.

This strict silent retreat will focus on the practice of shamatha in the context of the LamRim.

It will include meditation, discussion and teachings.

  • When : APRIL 17  - 21 2014

Arrival 3pm onwards on 17th - 1st Retreat Induction session 6.30pm -Retreat concludes 3pm on 21st

  • Where : FAR SOUTH WILDERNESS LODGE - Strathblane near Dover Tasmania

Attendance in full is a requirement - 'day only' attendance not applicable

  • Accommodation is simple  comfortable twin shared with shared amenities - linen and pillows provided - no candles in rooms
  • Course contribution : $550 -Includes accommodation, venue hire, meals and refreshments, Course materials, visiting teacher care, travel,offerings

Ordained Sangha members are supported with a 50% discount - please confirm  on Booking Form

Your generosity is valued deeply

  • Do you wish to sponsor a Sangha member to attend this Retreat ?
  • Make an offering towards the general facilitation of this event ?
  • Specifically make an offering towards Visiting Teacher care ?

Please contact :

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Thank you very much for your kindness and good heart  in advance

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[Dependent upon final course numbers a few single options of accommodation may become available but cannot be confirmed until after all bookings close on April 1st.This option  will add an extra $50 to course contribution - please note your interest on Booking Form ]

  • Meals - simple delicious vegetarian
  • What you need to bring : sleeping bag or doona , towel,warm , layer able clothing, comfortable footwear, wet weather clothes ,torch , pen notebook, preferred sitting cushion or kneeling stool if you wish
  • Sleeping bags available at Venue for nominal hire fee - to be organized with Venue Manager upon arrival if required.
  • Cushions and chairs for your choice provided in meditation hall
  • Please do not bring music players, books or magazines other than pertaining to the Retreat topics - no internet is available onsite
  • Travel from Hobart to the Venue can be arranged if required ( approx 1hr 15 min drive) either via carpooling or mini bus
  • Please attend to any business necessary prior to your arrival to ensure an uninterrupted experience.
  • Contact number for any urgent communications needed during retreat - +61 3 6298 1922

Please also bring along your commitment to make the very best use of this rare and special opportunity for 5 short days , in this most conducive environment , to respect and acknowledge all the guidelines and requirements of this Retreat for your own benefit and  with respect for all other retreat participants' experience also.

…Buddhism really comes alive…when it is not just words, not just scholars, but really living Buddhism. When study and realization come together, Buddhism will really last. Wow, then like an ocean in the heart and mind, it will spread and be preserved.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Thubten Yeshe has referred to the lam-rim (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment) as one’s own ‘personal experience.’ This experience is explored in a series of contemplations on life as we live it, how we created it, and our unlimited potential to transform our minds and transcend it. These contemplation's encompass all the teachings of the Buddha.

In order to create this ‘ocean in the heart and mind’ we need to meditate. In order to ‘meditate well’ we need to still the mind; the practice of Samantha (tranquility or calm abiding) is the perfect way to accomplish this still and focused mind with which we can generate the ‘living Buddhism’ that will be sustained for generations to come.

Shamatha is not only a mental state that can lead to exalted levels of spiritual realization; even at the beginning stages of its attainment it brings about a practical peaceful state of mind that can benefit us in every aspect of our daily lives.

Recommended reading Achieving Realizations of the Path

We hope you can join us !

All inquiries are always welcomed via either

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  • +61410569909
  • skype: chagtong


If this is your first visit to the Tasmanian state you might like to consider designing a very special trip around your Retreat Experience - Enjoy !

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 05:14

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