Chagtong Chentong

The Program


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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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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

MARCH 22 - 23 - with Ven Tony Beaumont

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" No Time to Loose "....continued

CTCT are very honored to welcome Ven Tonys' return once again to Hobart as our  ~ MARCH VISITING TEACHER ~ we hope you will find these presentations relevant and useful - your participation will assist you immensely in daily life to live and interact with others with much more kindness and care


DEATH and DYING : Saturday 22   9 am - 4 pm

Reflection on death is a powerful method to give priority to that which brings the greatest fulfillment and weaken the attraction to that which is most harmful. Over these sessions there will be discussion on the Buddhist approach to life and death, the process of dying, how to assist those who are dying and offer support to those who are grieving.


From the Buddhist perspective compassion isn't simply an emotional state but rather an intelligent, practical, realistic response to our relationship with others. Discussed will be the meaning, benefits and logic of compassion, how to develop it and how to integrate it into the life


About the teacher : Ven Tony Beaumont has been a Buddhist monk and Buddhist practitioner  for over 30 years.A well respected teacher of Buddhist Philosophy and practice  in many parts of the world. A warm and compassionate presenter with a relaxing humor,able to translate our everyday experiences into the path with common sense and wisdom.

Presentations suitable for all levels of interest.Everyone welcomed


Discourse | Discussion | Guided Meditation


VENUE : Multifaith Centre TUU Building UTAS Churchill Ave Sandy Bay



  • Daily Course contribution Full day $35 half day $20
  • BYO packed lunch - refreshments provided




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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:51

JAMPA JAFFE October 24-27 2013

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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. He has been the resident teacher at Buddha House, South Australia and the teaching assistant at the first FPMT Masters Program for Buddhist Studies in Italy.

CTCT warmly welcomes the return of Jampa once again to assist and enrich our Program of studies

The Program of Public Talk and Weekend Retreat will be hosted at UTAS MULTIFAITH CENTRE TUU Building Sandy Bay Campus.

Everyone is warmly welcomed and encouraged to utilize this wonderful opportunity ...the last visiting teacher to CTCT for 2013 offering a very rich presentation of teachings supporting and ornamenting our current studies of The Guide to  the Bodhisattvas Way of Life with Dr Sonam Thakchoe


PUBLIC TALK October 24  7pm -9pm ~ by donation


Central to Buddhism is the principle of dependent-arising. Here, dependent-arising comes to mean that who we are now is what we have done and what we do now is who we will become. In his talk, “Love and Fear,” Jampa will explore some of the many ways that these two most basic experiences of our lives manifest in what we do and don’t do and, thereby, for better or worse, who we do and don’t become.

NON - RESIDENTIAL RETREAT  October 25 Introduction 7pm - 9pm October 26-27 10.30 - 5pm

Discovering the Awakening Mind - the Brave Bodhisattva Attidude

Mental health—and by this I mean feelings of well-being and connectedness, most all of the ways we positively desire to experience our life—is, ultimately, a social phenomenon. It is not unrealistic but even compellingly practical that we should develop a natural, rational, instinctively powerful altruism for it is in altruism’s love and compassion that we find the remedy for most all our social ills and a way of bringing greatest meaning and fulfilment to our individual lives. This is neither some complex philosophic theory nor a sentimental flight into fantasy, but a simple and pragmatic statement about the best way each of us can lead our lives.

Through talks, guided meditations along with discussions, based on the profound tradition of “Equalizing and Exchanging Self for Others”, we’ll step-by-step train in altruism. First by seeing the equality of self and others, then reflecting on the disadvantages of self-centeredness, the advantages of other-centeredness, the actual exchanging of self for others and, finally, by means of the imaginative technique of “taking and giving,” all leading to the Awakened Heart—basically, to becoming a kinder, more caring person and, thereby, a healthier and happier one.

This weekend is suitable for all.

Course contribution $35 daily.

Bookings GREATLY appreciated to assit our necessary prepartions of set up course materials and refreshments  please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Spaces are limited at this venue

Thank you for your considerations in advance.

BYO Lunch- easy parking on site, outside lawn areas to enjoy all break times.

Course fees can be paid on the day or direct bank deposited :


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SAKA DAWA May 25th at CTCT

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This Months' Group Practice Day will be May 25th ( in place  of  May 18th ) so we can utilize this most auspicious day with the  opportunity to  engage in virtuous activities together
It also allows us to participate in a group recitation of the King of Prayers on this day and thus be a part of the Saka Dawa Prayer Festival for Compassion organized this year by the IMI-International Mahayana Institute

What is SAKA DAWA ?

On May 25th we celebrate Sakadawa, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar when we honor Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment and paranirvana. It is a day when the karma of actions is multiplied one hundred million times; it is a most beneficial time for practicing virtue, performing good actions, making offerings and rejoicing. 
Although May 25th is the highlight of the whole month, the fourth of the Buddhist calendar, the entire month of Sakadawa is considered an auspicious time to engage in virtue.

"In any actions that we do, if we find any possibility to accumulate any great or small merit, we should try. Even if it is small, we should try and we shouldn’t feel careless. Because we want even a little comfort and happiness, it is important to create even a little merit. By knowing the lam-rim teachings more and more, whatever actions we do—whether living in the city or living with our family—there is always the possibility of accumulating merit." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

When: May 25th 1pm - 4pm
Where: Criterion House 108 Bathurst St Hobart
Everyone is welcomed
We will schedule the afternoon together to include recitation o f the King of Prayers, Praises to Tara and extensive offerings and dedications especially for the long and stable life of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche and all great masters and teachers , for the well being and happiness of all the community and family of CTCT  of the FPMT International Community and for all virtuous activities around the globe to find most fruitful fruition benefiting others - developing compassion , tolerance and friendliness amongst all sentient beings.

Here you can access a copy of the King of Prayers 'The Extraordinary Practice of  Samantabhara!/a4/reader/kingpryrsa4rdr.pdf

All alter offerings of flowers lights foods most welcomed- general donations towards the ongoing development and facilitation of CTCT  also most welcomed , creating great merit on this special day,
We also will make available on this special day, the opportunity  for everyone to contribute towards  CTCTs Annual Donation to the LYSF Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund - supporting the lives, works and study  of the ordained Sanga of the FPMT Community.

Please help us to support you - so the Dhaema may continue to flourish and grow.

We also encourage and welcome all dedications for friends and family members to be included on this day ...if you are not able to attend please do email your dedications to us to include  via reply email
Thank you in advance

Al inquiries always welcomed

  • Mandala Magazine latest edition will be available at the Centre
  • Beautiful shawls, silk & wool ,from Kashmir will also be available at the Centre
  • PLUS opportunity to buy tickets in our Raffle of a beautiful Limited Edition Andy Weber print of 4 armed Chenrezig  Buddha of Compassion..proceeds towards supporting CTCT NEW SPC Debbie Ruddick to attend the 5 Day Training in Compassionate Service in the UK in October 2013- which is being hosted for all those offering service or wishing to offer service in any position within FPMT  Centres around the integral tool/workshop to enhance and  benefit the work in Centres Study Groups and all projects of the Organization in accordance with the Spiritual Guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoch

Ven ROBINA COURTIN ~ knowing the difference between Dharma and non-Dharma ~ JUNE 4-9

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Extraordinary opportunity with an extraordinary teacher

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 Christine Lundberg called "On the Road Home".


Australian born Tibetan Buddhist Nun returns to Hobart June 4-9

June 4 Public Talk ~ The Nature of Mind

June 5 Public Talk ~ The Joy of Avoiding Extremes of Attachment and Anger

Venue :108 Bathurst St Hobart Criterion House 7.30pm-9.30pm       free admission

June 6-9           Residential Retreat

How to Practice Dharma in Everyday Life - giving up attachment

Meditation | discourse | discussion | contemplation |rejuvenation

'If we could read our own life story and remember all the pain we have gone through so many times in this life alone it would be like a commentary on the shortcomings of desire, our attachment to sense pleasure, attachment to the approval of others,to comfort and the pain and frustration when we don’t get them

Our minds can be transformed into any way that we choose…towards enduring well being and peace with ourselves, with others….with all the people of our life......'

Venue: Quiet spacious by the waterfront 15 Home Ave Blackmans Bay

Spaces limited  Bookings essential

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Course contributions:

Full Residential participation $360

Full Non Residential attendance $230

Per day attendance $75

Includes accommodation [where applicable] meals and course materials

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Retreat Registration open at Venue 4pm onwards Thursday June 6th

Retreat concludes 3pm Sunday June 9th

Thursday June 6th - Supper 6pm 1st Session, Retreat Introduction with Ven Robina 7pm


Please find below :  A DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE to assist and inform those that are planning non-residential attendance.
[Please note: Times may be subject to change as and when Ven Robina advises to suit the Retreat..please check for email updates if this eventuates]

All retreat sessions will be a combination of teachings, meditations and time for discussion
Register 4pm onwards for Residential participants
Supper 6pm
Introduction with Ven Robina 7pm
6.30am-7.15 Morning meditation ( with Ven Robina)
7.15-8.15  Breakfast
9 - 10.30  1st session
10.30 -11 Morning tea break
11-12.30  2nd  session
12.30 - 1.30 lunch
1.30-2.30 rest
2.30 - 4 3rd session
4- 4.30 afternoon tea break
4.30- 5.30 Discussion
6- 6.30 Light supper
7pm- 8.30-  Evening meditation
As above
3pm Special Meeting with those having taken Refuge personally with Ven Robina

***We request NON residential participants arrive at the venue with time to allow for settling their seat in the Meditation Hall  in readiness for punctual session start times.

Many thanks in advance for every ones' support [already pledged or yet to be pledged ] which will ensure we host a MOST beneficial visit once again this year with Ven Robina at CTCT

"Buddhism is a house full of treasures—practices for gaining the happiness of future lives, the bliss of liberation and the supreme happiness of enlightenment—but knowing the difference between Dharma and non-Dharma is the key that opens the door to all those treasures

HOW TO PRACTICE DHARMA - Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas - by Lama Zopa Rinpoche 1st edition of the FPMT Lineage Series .published by LYWA copy of this book is included in Retreat course materials for all participants

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 23:30

Easter Lam rim Retreat with TY Alexander

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Easter Residential Retreat with Thubten Yeshe 

When: March 28 - April 1

What :    Residential Retreat Exploring the Lam rim – The Graduated Path to Enlightenment



WhereMary Knoll Retreat Venue Black mans Bay

CTCT warmly welcomes' Thubten Yeshes' return visit to lead our Annual Easter Retreat once again this year

We offer you a rare wonderful opportunity to dedicate a few days completely to practice...

uninterrupted by the activities of the every day...rejuvenate...relax with our selves

familiarize  with our  minds, our views our world experience

a chance to integrate and give time to  the excellent teachings and guidance received with Glen Svenssons' recent teachings...providing a valuable complement to the topic of this residential retreat

In a beautiful  contemplative environment , quiet spacious by the waterfront

  • Comfortable accommodation, all bedding, towels provided plus laundry service if required
  • 3 deliciously simple vegetarian meals daily plus refreshments
  • Uninterrupted time for guided meditations,discourse, reflection, study , interactive discussion, reading
  • within a structured daily schedule of care and respect for each participant ,in silence

Retreat commences Thursday evening ~ suitable for all levels of interest ~everyone is welcomed

  • Registration 4.30pm onwards |  Supper 5.30-6.30pm | 1st Retreat Introduction session : 7pm

Concludes Monday, after lunch, at 2pm

Course contribution includes 4 nights accommodation |meals and refreshments| course handbook

Accommodation -  single room with share bathroom 
Retreat Contribution $360

[Ordained members of the Sangha attendance is fully sponsored ]
course contribution suitable for you can be discussed ( via reply email )
Consider  our easy payment plan option available - see below

Easy Payment Plan  available - Direct Deposits @ $120
x 3 payments - March 20 April 6 & 20 
( Bank details see Booking Form)

Part time attendance  daily cost  $ 60 includes lunch & course materials 1/2 daily $30 ( you are also welcome to join us for lunch )

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CTCT is pleased to be able offer 1  full and 2 part sponsored places for this Retreat
( due to the kindness of others generosity offering the gift of Dharma )

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WHAT IS THE LAM RIM ? "...the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha, organized into a clear, step by step arrangement that makes it easy for any individual practitioner to understand and practice the Buddha Dharma and forms an essential part of every school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddha Dharma means bringing discipline and inner tranquility into our mind. Therefore, when we talk about transforming our mind and developing inner qualities, the only way we can do this is to utilize the mind itself. There is nothing else we can use to bring about such change...'  quote: His Holines Dalai Lama -

from 'Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment '(this text is available via CTCT Bookshop, accessible during all teaching events and monthly meetings.)


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 22:10


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We are very happy to welcome Glen back to CTCT for his 4th visit

Glen (originally from Queensland, Australia) has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy in 2004.

Since 2005, with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and simplicity, he has taught extensively at Dharma Centres in Australia and also in India where he frequently leads both introductory and intermediate level courses in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Tushita Meditation Centre in the town of McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala), home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Where: All events -   Criterion House (formerly CWL Hall) 108 Bathurst St Hobart

Feb 16 - 17 10am - 5pm

Developing a Focused Mind and Open Heart

A Non Residential weekend Shamatha Retreat -  suitable for all levels of interest

Shamatha is the practice of developing single-pointed concentration, developing a calm, clear and focused mind. This practice is essential if we are to subdue and heal our agitated and unruly mind, to become masters of our mind. We will supplement this with the practice of the Four Immeasurables. Shamatha practice becomes most effective if we combine it with opening our heart through the practice of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. Over 2 days we will become familiar with/and practice various methods for shamatha and the Four Immeasurables meditations and learn how to develop an effective daily practice. The retreat is aimed to give us a great boost and confidence for developing our mind in our everyday life.

Would you prefer to go about your life:

1.      Being relaxed rather than being uptight and stressed?

2.      Having a mind that is stable rather than a mind that is agitated and is not focused at will?

3.      With a clear mind rather than a dull mind constantly needing stimulation?

4.      Being caring, kind, loving rather than being bitter, nasty, self-centered?

5.      With compassion rather than with resentment and ill will?
6.      Being empathetic rather than being aloof and indifferent?
7.      Having an equally open heart not oscillating between attachment and aversion?

How does having a focused mind and an open heart benefit our lives?
Spiritual practice, relationships with kids, friends, partner, colleagues, and all meaningful endeavours in our lives benefit from sustained attention.

Can everyone develop these virtuous qualities?
With 2,500 years of experience, the Buddhist tradition says clearly yes. Each one of us can cultivate a mind endowed with ease, stability, clarity and develop loving, compassionate, empathetic, equanimous attitudes for relating to oneself and to the world at large. 

What is the course about?

Shamatha is the practice of developing single-pointed concentration, developing a calm, clear and focused mind.

For whom? Anyone interested in learning methods for living a more peaceful, joyful, and successful life and willing to devote at least this week for learning about their minds. The course is open to those who do not know anything about Buddhism as well as to those who have learned previously about Buddhist Philosophy – anyone with an open mind will benefit

Course contribution : $ 130 Please bring a vegetarian plate for a shared lunch

[OR if required a course contribution  suitable to your needs can be discussed when you make a booking or upon registration on the day]

[Course contributions assists covering our costs of  : Course materials, venue hire ,retreat expenses, refreshments and towards travel , accommodation and expenses  and offering to the visiting  teacher]



February 20 - 21 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

February 23 - 24  Non residential Retreat 10am – 5pm

The Gelug Tradition of Mahamudra

Glen will lead us over 2 evenings and 2 full days presenting the Gelug Tradition of Mahamudra

Mahamudra, the great seal, refers to a system of meditating on the nature of the mind.

Mahamudra techniques have been transmitted through the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In this course we will be investigating the Gelug tradition of Mahamudra using the First Pancen Lamas text A Root text for the precious Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra

It leads to the direct realisation of the differences between our incorrect assumptions and objective reality, therefore bringing our minds into harmony with the world, and ending our suffering.  Glen will guide us through some of the foundational practices such as Lam-rim - stages of the path to enlightenment, spending an extensive amount of time on shamatha (calm-abiding) practice and then discussing emptiness in some detail, he will also include a brief presentation of the tantra level of practice.

This retreat offers practical methods of cultivating calm-abiding  and insight into the relationship between mind and reality. These act as foundations for Mahamudra practice, and help overcome obstacles such as excessive worry, anxiety and disturbing thoughts.  The course also highlights the preliminary practices which act as a foundation for Mahamudra practice.

This course could be suitable for newly interested practitioners , those just beginning the journey of developing a meditation practice with a genuine dedication and most suitable - a most remarkable opportunity here at CTCT for those already with an established interest and commitment to study - and a familiarity with Retreat and its benefits , with  a wish to deepen their understandings, to receive teachings at this intermediate level - a wonderful opportunity with an accomplished teacher whom presents the teachings for us in a  most accessible style - Interactive discussion is encouraged and welcomed ..a timely preliminary for our teaching program | visiting teachers , to be presented throughout 2013

Course Contribution $ 150 - Includes attendance on both evenings plus weekend

[or if required  course  contribution suitable to your needs can be discussed when you make a booking or upon registration on the day]

Attendance on the evenings only $25 per session Full Weekend attendance only $130 - Please bring a vegetarian plate for shared lunch

[Course contributions assists covering our costs of  : Course materials, venue hire ,retreat expenses, refreshments and towards travel , accommodation and expenses  and offering to the visiting  teacher]

  • For ALL Bookings for February Program - please do consider assisting us with required preparations for all events by booking ahead
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  • Course contributions can be received upon Registration on the day or prior to attending the course via :

Direct bank deposit |Online Bank transfer to:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CBA

Chagtong Chentong Inc.

BSB 067105  account # 10221360

Description :  GS Retreat

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Thank you


" Right now, why not take the opportunity to enjoy your life with the Dharma? "
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Suggested preparation and ongoing reading materials :

"Attention Revolution (Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind)" - B. Alan Wallace

“The Four Immeasurables (Practices to Open the Heart)" - B. Alan Wallace

"Genuine Happiness (Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment)" - B. Alan Wallace


"The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance" - 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje

"Crystal Clear – Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditators" – Thrangu Rinpoche



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November -December 2012

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30  - Dr Sonam Thakchoe  Study Group  6.30pm -9pm - Guided meditation , discourse and discussion

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 - Last Dharma Day  for 2012  11am - 4pm - Film screening '108 Yaks' - Medicine Buddha Practice and dedications - Special afternoon tea and farewell to 2012- Merit Box presentation and collection of donations for deposit on Lama Tsong Khapa Day Dec 8th

Both meetings at CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart  Everyone warmly welcomed Please byo lunch to share on Saturday          






CTCT Welcomes visiting teacher Renate Ogilvie October 10-15 About Renate

Renate has previously been resident western teacher at our sister Centre  in Sydney, Vajrayana Institute, for many years , currently residing at Chenrizig Institute QLD ,

Renate is  long time student of the Dharma and working within the FPMT ...touring and teaching within Australia and overseas.She worked extensivley with the 16 Guidelines presentations and the Discovering Buddhism 2 year course during her time at Vajrayana Instituite with a following of many long term dedicated students

Renate ia psychotherapist and counselor with her  own practice Renate has been a regular speaker at Happiness and its Causes Conferences in Sydney.


Renate writes a weekly column . See here:

CHECK HERE for Renates 5 minute daily meditation :

PUBLIC TALK  October 11

Mindfulness~ techniques for enhancing our inner most well being

Mindfulness gives the mind a rest from our fixation on discursive thinking - Mindfulness opens our hearts and minds to the world unfolding right before us - Mindfulness takes us out of ourselves - Mindfulness turns a boring activity into an adventure.

Venue: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart 7pm – 9.30pm

Suggested contribution |facility fee $20  Members | concession $15


Residential Retreat October 12 -14

FEEDING YOUR DEMONS Ancient Wisdom for resolving inner conflicts
This is a course featuring the great 11th century Tibetan master Machik Labdron, and the practice based on her Chod Tantra. (Chod literally means 'to cut' in Tibetan).From a brief historical and traditional exploration of Chod, the course will then present a modern practical application of the underlying spiritual and psychological meaning of Chod.

Suitable for experienced practitioners as well as beginners.

The course is based on Tsultrim Allione book FEEDING YOUR DEMONS which brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time , with an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Allione-bridges  this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle. Through the clearly articulated practice outlined in FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, we can learn to overcome any obstacle and achieve freedom and inner peace.

There will be meditations and experiential work, and Renate looks forward to questions and lively discussion.

Venue: Maryknoll Retreat Centre 15 Home Ave Blackmans Bay Tasmania (map)

When: Friday 12 7pm - Sunday 14 3pm

Single & shared accommodation options - vegetarian meals

warm |comfortable | quiet spacious environment  - by the waterfront

Registration:  Friday 12 th 4.30 pm onwards Supper 6pm 1st Retreat Introduction session 7pm

Bookings essential in consideration of the preparations of materials, meal plans and setup – thank you

Course costs include full residential accommodation, meals and all refreshments and course materials (Course costs also include an element of costs towards teacher flight travel expenses, accommodation and care and offering for the Retreat teachings)

Venue supplies all bedding towels heating and laundry facility

Single room option $260 all inclusive | Twin share option $210 all inclusive |( Single Self-contained unit $310> This option Now fully booked)

Members and concession 10 % discount Ordained Sangha sponsored by CTCT offering a 50% discount

CTCT  Membership Opportunity info here


ALL inquiries and booking requests >Please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A  required Retreat Booking Form will be fwded to your email . Please complete and return asap to secure your booking, upon confirmation full payment will be required either by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit Card

Spaces are limited




Oct 12 -14  'Feeding your Demons'  MARYKNOLL RETREAT VENUE 15 Home Ave Blackmans Bay Tasmania (map)
If students | interested participants  are only able to attend part of this upcoming Residential Retreat  , then it is open to Book for Saturday , full day only, with a commitment to attend all sessions.
This is  to ensure the residential retreaters' group energy is not unduly disturbed ( by coming and going if people were to be attending sessions just here and there ) and to encourage the greatest benefit of the teaching presentations for the participant
  • Your expression of interest to attend this one day option would be greatly appreciated to assist the preparations required for course materials , meals and venue setup.
  • Daily costs  $75  Members $65 Concession $50  - inclusive of course materials meals/ refreshments.( to be paid upon registration at the Venue - If  you wish |intend  to also attend the Friday night introductory session at 7pm this price is all inclusive)
  • Please  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asap to make your booking if you plan to attend SATURDAY ONLY of this weekend Retreat - thank you in advance
Saturdays  Daily schedule will be approximately as follows
5.30am wake up bell
6am -6.45  Meditation  ( optional)
7am - 8 Breakfast (optional )
8-9 Private practice | preparations
9-10.30 1st Teaching Session | discourse (>  required )
10.30-11 tea break
12.30-2.30 Lunch | rest| walk in the beautiful environs
2.30 -4pm 2nd Teaching session | discussions
4pm -4.30 tea break
4.30 - 6pm meditation | group discussion
6.30  Supper
7.30 - 9pm  3rd teaching | discussion | meditation | sleep (>)

all inquiries welcomed


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