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