Centre News

Dear Friends
Geshe Sherab arrives this week - opening our 2018 Program
Soon we will welcome our regularily visiting teacher once again Geshe Thubten Sherab -who for 6mths every year serves as Resident Geshe/Teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Centre, New Mexico -  this is a most joyous time for us all and also Geshe la  enjoys very much visiting Tasmania and all his students here also - a wonderful opening to our 2018 Program especially falling on LOSAR too - we hope you can plan to join us at some time.
Geshelas Arrival time into Hobart is with  Jetstar Flight 711 at 5.15pm Friday February 16th -  if youd like to be there to meet and greet Geshela - it is always lovely to have traditional white kata - greeting scarf - and possibly a small offering or flowers - everyone is warmly welcomed 
 
 
Upcoming Retreat Information ~ AWAKENING THE WISE HEART ~ A new Year treat !
 
Thank you to everyone who has booked to attend to date - a full schedule of activities over the 3 day retreat will be confirmed/ circulated by Thurs 15th
 


This is a great opportunity to start your Dharma New Year off afresh  - over three days Geshela will lead us in guided meditations, discussion, contemplation around the most essential topic of developing the good heart - Geshela teaches in english and relates exceptionally clearly , simply with students whom have grown up within a westren style culture - encouraging  and directing us how to infuse our lives with the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist teachings - methods and ways of thinking available to everyone - Buddhist and non Buddhist alike - because everyone just  wants to be happy and Gershelas warmth, humour and wisdom is sure to touch your heart  
  • February 17-19  10am - 4pm daily at Kickstart Art Centre New Town - Bring a plate for a shared lunch table together
Everyone is welcomed - suitable for all levels of interest - book for one day only or  two days or the full course of three days.
We are sure to enjoy a quiet spacious time with like minded friends - share delicous lunches and refreshments in the break times in the outdoor garden spaces and find time to catch our breath and check our direction for the year ahead 
Please register ASAP to confirm your place [registration closes Thursday] 
Send your  expression of interest to attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to assit our preparations of set up, course materials and catering , once recieved further course details will be sent to you. FULL DETAILS HERE
Personal Appointments available: 
Students and friends are welcomed to request a personal appointment if they wish with Geshe Sherab during his stay (it is a great opportunity which we dont have very often )
All requests require an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a very brief outline of your appointment purpose ( ie: personal dharma practice or specific query personally ) and your availability
This request can also be made during the weekend personally with Ven Lindy and an appointment will be organized for you
*** Please understand it is not appropriate to approach our visiting teachers at any time individually for a request for time to talk privately or offer a personal  outing etc [ This is also especially applicable for all inquiries regarding the upcoming visit of Lama Zopa Rinpoche May 25-27 to CTCT - inquiries for personal appointments or anything else relating to this visit must be initially sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and not via any of Rinpoches attendants ] - thank you in advance for your consideration.
 
CTCT Shop will be open throughout the weekend course - we hope you enjoy to browse the many beautiful items - all shop merchandise proceeds are directed towards facilitating the Centres activities - thankyou in advance for your kind support.Cash only sales 
 
 
PLUS AN EXTRA SPECIAL OFFERING  - A beautiful small display of Holy Object Art works by Master Gilder - Martin Watson from Guilding Art Studio on BrunyIsland will be on show for you to enjoy during Geshe Sherabs retreat next week at Kickstart Art Centre - amazingly beautiful and powerful - if you missed his exhibition last year during the ' Puja for World Peace '- now is your chance to enjoy. Availabe to view at any time over the weekend.
White Tara ~ Diety of Long Life 
 
Monthly Study Group with SONAM  THAKCHOE resumes in March - dates /venue TBC 
Text for this year -
' Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality. In the Precious Garland, he offers intimate counsel on how to conduct one's life and how to construct social policies that reflect Buddhist ideals. The advice for personal happiness is concerned first with improving one's condition over the course of lifetimes, and then with release from all kinds of suffering, culminating in Buddhahood. Nagarjuna describes the cause and effect sequences for the development of happiness within ordinary life, as well as the practices of wisdom, realizing emptiness, and compassion that lead to enlightenment. He describes a Buddha's qualities and offers encouraging advice on the effectiveness of practices that reveal the vast attributes of Buddhahood. In his advice on social and governmental policy, Nagarjuna emphasizes education and compassionate care for all living beings......'
 
 
Virtual Sutra recitation Group
A reminder to all our wonderfully dedicated sutra reciters to please send in your final counts now  to be sent collectively to Centre Services - recitations from all our FPMT centres worldwide will be offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the auspicous time of LOSAR - Tibetan New Year - and the period known as Monlam  [ The Great Prayer Festival was firstly established by Lama Tsong Khapa in 1409 in Lhasa and continues to this day ] Feb 16th  - March 1st - a very special time to create mountains of merit and positive potential through our acts of kindness, sharing, giving, caring and dedicating.
A VERY BIG THANKYOU to all the precious reciters whom accomplished many rounds of the Vajra Cutter Sutra on behalf of the CTCT Community , especially dedicated to the long and stable life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche ~ thank you so verymuch

 
We look forward to seeing you soon - with thanks for your kind interest and support 

A very special event  for CTCT  MAY 2018

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche will visit CTCT next year offering 

 

Teaching : EIGHT VERSES OF THOUGHT TRANSFORMATION May 25

Initiation: GREAT CHENREZIG May 26-27

Further details of visit , schedule, and visitor information available soon

REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY February 23

 

All inquiries e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Would you like to join our Helping Hands Team for this  wonderful occaision ?

Let us know your  availability - perferred areas of interest and or skills  e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Dear Friends 
CTCT are now having our annual Summer Break - resuming February 2018 after a wonderful year of activities together. 
Our final teaching  with Sonam and end of year picnic lunch together on November 25 was a wonderful and enriching ending to the year.
We wish to extend our greatest thanks and warmest wishes to everyone inolved in presenting and or participating in our 2017 Program 
So much sincere volunteer energy abounded in many ways through out this year and the happiness and harmony that was evident as a result was a great joy for us all.
CTCT is entirely dependant upon your generosity and good will - THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone that contributed in any small, middling or large way ! Even positive thoughts , wishes and  dedications from afar were truely appreciated - and they do benefit !
There is such a range of ways you can make a difference - expressing your wish for the Centre to flourish and be of benefit long into the future.
 
  • your participation and interest in our program presentations and supporting our Visiting Teacher Sponsorship - keeping our program planning viable.
  • your offer to assist our helping hands team of volunteers 
  • your financial donations assitance - helping support the Centres costs to remain open 
  • your friendly engagment with others at events
  • your dedication in your own development of practice - extending to the wonderful resources available within FPMT Education
  • your interest in all that our international organization FPMT offers to ornament and make most rich your interest in the Dharma , developing the good heart - in the form of utilizing the online study and education resources , live stream teaching events with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, offerings to special projects and enjoying the family feeling and rejoicing in the many accomplishments of our sister Centres' around the  world - so many truely amazing things are always happening - cause for us to open our hearts and minds and be inspired anew !
Our Program was necessarily scaled down this year as a result of not having  full time venue acess or the resources to run weekly classes however it seems in fact that 2017 was a very big and important year for us  hosting some amazing events and visitors from all around Australia !!   
                                           
Its been a truely memorable year in many ways:
  • Sonam Thakchoe presented a fantastic monthly study group throughout the year
  • Geshe Sherab joined us in January offering teachings and Public talks and his warmth and humor!
  • Geshe Zopa assisted us superbly to present a huge 3 day event in June over Saka Dawa - The Guru Bhumtsok Puja for World Peace  - co hosted with FPMT in Australia National Office and partnered with Kickstart Art Centre - it was most memorable !!
  • We jointly hosted a touching celebration together for His Holiness Dalai Lamas birthday with our Tasmanian Tibetan Community in July with always delicious momos, cake and  fine company
  • Our Golden Buddha project took a giant step forward - the 3 metre statue becoming beautifully gold painted , Venerable Lobsang Konchok - master artist - joined us to open the eyes of the statue - 2 very significant developments and the statue made its first public appeareance at the Puja for World Peace- and was adored by all ! Gold guilding also commenced at this special time.
  • Geshe Zopa joined us again in August to host the FPMT Puja Tunes workshop - co hosted with FPMTA National Office- attended by many interstate participants - a  wonderful musical gathering !
  • CTCT hosted a return visit of master Tanghka artist Andy Weber - presenting a Medicine Buddha Mandala Art Retreat - a deeply reflective and special few days 
We have enjoyed a most beneficial and wonderful year ! 
 
We especially offer heartfelt thanks to Sonam Thakchoe for his consistant care and excellent guidance throughout the year offering our monthly study group and also a huge thankyou to our dear friends Yangchen,Karma and Tenzin whom hosted the group in their home in Blackmans Bay this year.
CTCT has many new friends this last year or so joining us from other FPMT Centre communities and enjoying their relocation to Tasmania - what a wonderful quiet support this is !!! 
CTCT friends are also  attending the famous annual one month November Lam Rim Course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal   this year, if youve never attended and always wished to attend , this year Lama Zopa Rinpoche is being livestreamed from the Kopan Course right now ! Every day at approx 8.30pm EST
This year is the 50th Annual November Kopan Course and concludes on December 14 with the offering of the FPMT Annual Long Life Puja MANY THANKS to those that have made online donations to the annual Centre  offerings for this most important and auspicious event - we hope that Alison and family whom are attending the Kopan course will be able to be in the offering procession representing CTCT.
Whats in store for 2018  - Dates and Venues TBC 
  • Vison Boarding community gathering ( January - invitation, information and dates to be circulated )
  • Sonam Thakchoe resumes monthly Meditation and Study Group following the new text - Nagajunas Precious Garland - by Jeffery Hopkins
  • Geshe Thubten Sherab returns  February - during Tibetan New Year LOSAR - 3 day Retreat - Awakening the Wise Heart
  • Geshe Tenzin Zopa returns  August (tbc) - 4 day Residential Retreat - Perfection of Wisdom Heart Sutra
  • Geshe Tenzin Zopa will once again  lead 2018 Annual Guru Bhumtsok Puja for World Peace  mid November [an FPMTA National Office Event]  4 day event 
  • CTCT will host FPMT in Australia National Meeting in early November - Annual gathering of Regional Centre Directors, SPCs' and Project Managers for a 3 day schedule.
2 VERY  special events 
  • 6 week Retreat with Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at The Great Stupa for Universal Compassion Bendigo Victoria March 30 - May 12
  • Hosting return visit of Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche to CTCT late May 2018 - Initiation and Teaching program- topics and dates TBC ,Rinpoche last visited CTCT in 2006.
  • Further project establishment for Golden Buddha statue completion - more information coming  soon how you can be involved and assit us with this important project 
  • Art Workshop - Tsa Tsa painting workshops ( TBC)
 
Keeping in touch with news and views and interesting things over the holiday break via Enews , Face book posts and you can see Daily News From FPMT links on our website www.chagtong.org
We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful summer holiday season and transition into another New Year ahead - full of so much promise - take care , especially of each other 💞
 
Big love from CTCT Team 
 
 "The Centre exists soley to serve the needs of sentient beings" - with your support we can make that a reality - thank you in advance for your kind interest 
 
 
  • December 12 celebrates  Lama Tsong Khapa Day  - look out for ways you can mark this special day  in our next Enews scheduled for tomorrow morning 

1000 Armed Chenrezig

Expressions of interest are invited for the position of Spiritual Program Co-ordinator at Chag Tong Chen Tong FPMT Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania, Australia, renown for wilderness and pristine environments, fresh air, quality produce and friendly communities – a relaxed lifestyle with four beautiful seasons per year in the Southern Ocean.