Beanbags and Helicopters: Mindfulness and Awareness practice on and off the meditation cushion.
Jun
29
7:30 pm19:30

Beanbags and Helicopters: Mindfulness and Awareness practice on and off the meditation cushion.

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre

Date & Time: Thursday 29th June 7.30 - 9 pm

Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Cost: Complimentary for members, suggested donation of $5 for non members (to sign up to become a member see here)

Alex Brennan will lead a discussion on Mindfulness and Awareness as aspects of our meditation practice and how they can help us develop skill and wisdom in our everyday lives.

This will be preceded by sitting meditation.

About Alex Brennan:

Originally from Ireland, Alex has been based in Christchurch since 2014. He has been a student of the Shambhala teachings for twelve years and before coming to New Zealand he was a member of the Shambhala Sangha in Brazil, where he lived for 10 years, and also in Dublin. He lives in Sumner with his Brazilian partner Paula.


Finding Balance: The Feminine Principle
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

Finding Balance: The Feminine Principle

Date & Time: Thursday 25th May 7.30 - 9 pm

Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Alex Brennan will lead a discussion on the Masculine and Feminine Principles in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions and how every human can engage them both in a healthy way to find balance in our lives.

This will be preceded by sitting meditation.

About Alex Brennan:

Originally from Ireland, Alex has been based in Christchurch since 2014. He has been a student of the Shambhala teachings for twelve years and before coming to New Zealand he was a member of the Shambhala Sangha in Brazil, where he lived for 10 years, and also in Dublin. He lives in Sumner with his Brazilian partner Paula.

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint
Apr
27
7:30 pm19:30

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre

Cost: $5/$10 donation to go towards the veranda building project.

Please bring drink or nibbles to share

This will be preceded by a 20 min sitting meditation

About:

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling

Writers: Neten ChoklingTenzing Choyang Gyari

Stars: Orgyen TobgyalKelsang Chukie TethtongJamyang Lodro

Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. A true story based on centuries-old oral traditions, a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies - encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most. Photographed in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of Northern India, Milarepa offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution consuming today's world. Written by Meyerowitz

Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta
Apr
7
Apr 8

Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta: the outer, inner, secret and suchness aspects of the practices found within the Nyingma-Dzogchen Preliminary Liberating Instructions.

These teachings are open to all.


When: Friday 7 April: 7:00 pm - 9pm
Saturday 8 April: 9:30am—11am & 2 pm to 4 pm

Contact: Erin Lummis, 03-9818380, erinlummis@paradise.net.nz

Costs: Gompa: New Verandah & Maintenance: $10 per class
Lama Mark: Donation/Koha/Dana. The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely. Please give as generously as you are able.

General: Bring your lunch if you wish to sit in the garden. There are plenty of local cafes if you prefer.

You may wish to bring pen and paper and comfortable cushion.

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma through the traditions of Buddhism for forty years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions while integrating with contemporary life, science and the richness of modern Western culture. Lama Mark studied and practiced Abhidhamma and the Vipassana method of MahasiSayadaw U Sobhana under the guidance of the Insight master Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and Lama Mark’s first teacher Ven. Chorpel Dolma (Mrs. Raff). In 1976, while in a three month Abhidhamma/Insight re-
treat, Namgyal Rinpoche directed Lama Mark to begin teaching this profound tradition to Rinpoche’s students. Soon after he was directed to give guidance on Vajrayana meditations. From masters of the Dharma and meditation such as the Ven. Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche, Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche and others, Lama Mark has studied, received, practiced and continues to absorb and teach all three cycles of Buddhism, but especially the Vajrayana transmissions of the Mahamudra and from the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen tradition.

www.markwebber.org
http://www.crystalmountain.org
https://www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo
Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre

Cost: Please contribute a generous koha to go towards Tara's travel expenses

Tara Choying Lhamo is a remarkable western dharma practitioner from Austria, who has been living in retreat for over twenty years. Twelve of those years she has spent high in the mountains of Nepal in Lapchi, in one of Milarepa’s caves.

Tara agreed to speak publicly for the first time last year (2016) in London and with the assistance of Monique Rhodes, she is now travelling through NZ to share her remarkable story.

During that talk in London, those that went to listen, were deeply moved by her story and also, by being in her presence. Tara will now share her knowledge of retreat and the dharma during a special talk being held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre.

Tara's root lama is Sonam Jorphel Rinpoche and she is also a student of H.H Chetsang Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche.

The evening promises to be a remarkable for people of all religious persuasions (and none) to connect to and draw inspiration from a dedicated contemplative.