Chagtong Chentong

Residential RETREAT - JUNE 8-10

EIGHT VERSES FOR TRAINING THE MIND- Developing the good heart - the Door to Satisfaction with visiting teacher Jampa Jaffe

As with physical training, we have to do various exercises to train our mind day-by-day and month-by-month over a period of time with sustained effort to develop different attitudes. A good heart and a good mind don't come just by wishing for them, but from training and building them up. —H.H. the Dalai Lama

CTCT welcomes warmly Jampa’s return visit to Hobart and look forward very much to having the opportunity to benefit from Jampas many years of personal practice which has resulted in his warm, compassionate and wise presentation of the Dharma …so easily translating into our everyday lives our everyday activities. Another precious chance for us to take time to integrate the teachings in a meaningful retreat environment

About the teacher:

Jampa (Gendun) Jaffe is 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. This was then followed by a year of meditation in various monasteries in Thailand. He has been teaching Buddhism for over twenty years beginning in 1987 - 1995 at Buddha House, South Australia, where he also served as Tibetan interpreter, then in 1996 at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland and in 1997 - 2004 Jampa was the teaching assistant in the FPMT’s Masters Program at Lama Tsongkhapa Institute, Italy. In 2005 he completed a solitary one year retreat. He then returned to Buddha House as resident teacher and remained there up to May of 2009. He now lives in New South Wales.

Following on from teachings received from Ven Robina recently during Become Compassion Buddha Retreat in May – where we covered methods to develop the good heart, the way of the compassionate attitude – we briefly looked at the 8 verses of Mind Training—during this weekend  Jampa will present for us these 8 Verses in detail, with commentary and explanation and guided meditations to assist us in the integration of the methods of transformation offered by these famous and precious lines of instruction.

“It could be said that “Eight Verses for Training the Mind” contains the entire essence of the Buddha’s teaching in a distinct form.” H.H. the Dalai Lama

Composed by the eleventh century Buddhist master Langri Tangpa, “Eight Verses for Training the Mind” enshrines the very heart of Dharma, revealing the true essence of the Mahayana path.

About the 8 Verses:

A word from Jampa ....

" As we practice these teachings in day-to-day life, we train the mind to embrace ordinary situations in a more wholesome, compassionate and wise way. These essential practices help us to awaken our hearts and minds and purify negativities by giving us the means to transform adversity and hardship into opportunities for spiritual growth. Rather than perceiving difficult people or adverse circumstances as an obstacle, tragedy, or punishment, we now meet these experiences with compassion, wisdom and skill, using them as the actual path to awakening.

This weekend course will combine teachings, meditations and discussions in an open and relaxed style and is suitable for new as well as advanced students."


This Retreat will commence on Friday 8th with first introductory session at 7pm and conclude on Sunday 10th at 2.30pm – allowing us just 2 short days to dedicate our focus and energies to the practice as a group and individually.

Residential retreat gives us time to have no other obligations for this short time other than arriving at sessions and mealtimes , resting and relaxing being with ourselves  in our own space…with an element of silence from last evening session until lunch break each day



Here you will find a commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation


  • Residential Retreat Venue: 15 Home Ave Blackmans Bay, Tasmania
  • beautiful | spacious | quiet |by the waterfront
  • Registration Friday June 8 from 4.30pm on wards Introductory 1st Session 7pm - Retreat concludes Sunday June 10 at 2.30pm
  • Twin Share $220 or Single Accommodation $250 available - warm and comfortable - all bedding and towels provided - delicious vegetarian meals
  • Course materials distributed upon registration at the Venue
  • 10% Friend of CTCT Membership discount
  • [Wish to become a Member of CTCT ? ]
  • Payment plans available
  • Non residential attendance $140  (please email for further information for this preference)
  • All Ordained Sangha sponsored fully - Bookings essential

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PUBLIC TALK - Compassion and a Good Life

with Jampa Jaffe

When : June 7th 7.30pm

Where: CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart

By Donation

Everyone welcomed

Caught-up as we normally are in the busyness of our everyday lives and over the course of having to deal with all the many practical necessities that confront us each day, it’s easy to lose sight of a simple, fundamental fact about ourselves: we all want to be happy; we all, whether we’ve reflected upon it or not, want a good life. In his public talk, Jampa will explore what constitutes a good life and the role that love and compassion play in bringing it about.










Another wonderful  and rare opportunity


Awakening the heart with Ven ROBINA COURTIN  May 5-8

Discourse |  meditation  | discussion

At the beginning, COMPASSION is like a seed; in the middle, it is like water; at the end, it is like a ripened fruit.

Achieving the result of full enlightenment is all due to COMPASSION , it is the most important practice in life.

'Real happiness in life starts when you cherish others. Living your life for others, cherishing them with loving-kindness and compassion, is the door to happiness, the door to enlightenment.’Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Please refer > 'Compassion and the individual' by HH Dalai Lama teaching here:


"....... If the body is content, we virtually ignore it. The mind, however, registers every event, no matter how small. Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace.

From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind!

Thus we can strive gradually to become more compassionate, that is we can develop both genuine sympathy for others' suffering and the will to help remove their pain. As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will HIs Holiness the Dalai Lama ."

About the Teacher RETREAT VENUE 15 Home Ave Blackmans Bay Tasmania Australia (map)

An extraordinary opportunity to spend a few full days with the dynamic teachings of Ven Robina, overflowing with wisdom, compassion .Exploring the source,development and vast potential of our compassionate qualities.


Your choice of comfortable share or single accommodation [limited single room with  share facilities option now only available]

Delicious vegetarian meals sourced mainly from local produce - special diets accommodated

Arriving Saturday May 5  from 4.30pm onwards, supper at 6pm, Introduction session at 7.30 pm

Concluding Tuesday May 8  after morning session/breakfast

Spaces are limited - Bookings essential - payment plans available

[*PLEASE NOTE : TWIN SHARE OPTION AND  Self contained single unit accommodation options are NOW FULLY BOOKED ]

All ordained Sangha supported with discounted course fee | Membership discount for courses 10%

Online BOOKING FORM here


[Booking cancellation policy - Full refund  return minus $50 administration fee if notified 2 weeks prior to Retreat start - after this date 50% refund return]

Please return your electronic copy via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post to CTCT PO BOX 195 SNUG 7054 Tasmania ASAP

Inquiries can be made via phone +613 62679203 or skype chagtong or email ( as above)

What : PUBLIC TALK  A Chat  with Ven Robina Courtin  ' This Extraordinary Life - can it get any better ! "

When : FRIDAY MAY 4  7.30 pm

Where : CWL Hall 108 Bathurst St Hobart [ off Mathers Lane ]

No bookings required - Free Admission - Join us for Supper afterwards

Everyone warmly welcome


What : Vows and Commitments -Refuge Vows, Bodichitta & Tantric Vows  - Ven Robina will go through each level plus discussion on 6 session Guru Yoga

Where: 108 Bathurst St Hobart When : Wednesday 9th -  6-9pm


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

What is Chagtong Chentong?

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

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