Movie night: Crazy Wisdom - The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Oct
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Movie night: Crazy Wisdom - The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Movie night: Crazy wisdom - The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Date: Thursday 26th Oct
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Phillipstown, Christchurch (come to the gompa down the long driveway)
Cost: $10 donation / complimentary for members

Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; 'one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,' and 'the bad boy of Buddhism,' Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave - he openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students - yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. Twenty years after his death, with unprecedented access and exclusive archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.

Lisa Leeman, Producer

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Happiness... an Inside Job
Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Happiness... an Inside Job

  • 42 Nayland Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
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With Buddhist Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe


About: We all want happiness. We work day and night to achieve it. But somehow it keeps eluding us. In this talk Khenpo will define happiness as something created from within that can generate a true sense of peace and contentment in our inner and outer experiences.

Where: Yoga and Qigong School, 42 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch
When: Friday 27 October 2017
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: Entry by donation
Info: Frank info@dromgi.org or www.drogmi.org. Ph: 03 357 4377

About the Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute and is based at his centre at Tilba in southern NSW, Australia. Khenpo is one of the most experienced and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia and visits New Zealand regularly to teach.

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Mindfulness and calm abiding meditation
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Mindfulness and calm abiding meditation

  • 42 Nayland Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
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About: Meditation is important for our physical and emotional wellbeing. In this increasingly busy world it can help us to gain more peace and happiness in our lives. In this course, Khenpo will introduce these two types of meditation techniques available to us.

Where: Yoga and Qigong School, 42 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch
When: 28-29 October 2017
Time: 10am -12 then 2pm-4pm
Cost: $60 waged or $50 unwaged
Info: Frank at info@drogmi.org, 03 357 4377

About the Teacher
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute and is based at his centre at Tilba in southern NSW, Australia. Khenpo is one of the most experienced and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia and visits New Zealand regularly to teach.

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WALK WITH ME
Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

WALK WITH ME

  • 28 Marriner Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081 New Zealand (map)
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PROMOTED BY DHARMA GAIA

Date: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 6:00 PM

Where: Hollywood Cinema - Christchurch
28 Marriner St, , Christchurch, Canterbury, 8081, New Zealand

Please join Dharma Gaia and the Thich Nhat Hanh Centres of Mindful Living New Zealand for the screenings of Walk With Me Sister Shalom and Anton Bank Dharma Teachers or other Practioners in the tradition will be available to introduce and answer any questions at the screenings.

Tickets:

  • General Admission: $18.50
  • Additional booking fee of $1.75 per ticket.

See https://tickets.demand.film/event/2597

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Five-day Vipashyana Retreat 2017
Nov
24
to Nov 29

Five-day Vipashyana Retreat 2017

With Meditation Instructor Jakob Leschly

At Raupo Bay Retreat, Banks Peninsula

Friday 24th November–Wednesday 29th November 2017

“We can actually declare that, as non-theistic Buddhists, we can free the whole world from pain. That’s the greatest news. And we are doing it properly, rather than worshipping somebody or going into a trance. We are doing it methodically, scientifically, psychologically. Starting with ourselves, we are expanding that news to others in turn. It is very definite and ordinary – and at the same time, it is quite remarkable.” -Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

We are pleased to announce that after spending last year in a long retreat, Jakob will be back this year to guide us through a five–day Vipashyana retreat.

This retreat is held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as his resident instructor.

About Jakob Leschly

Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

About the course

The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana. It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality. A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and reaffirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

This Vipashyana Retreat Schedule and Info document outlines the proposed schedule to be followed and relates further information about how the retreat will be run and a more in-depth overview.

Newcomers needn’t feel apprehensive; the retreat is suitable both to those new to meditation through to the more seasoned practitioners.

Retreat start and finish time

The course will start at 5 pm on Friday 24th November for registration with dinner from 6 pm. Come earlier if you can to give yourself time to get settled in. The course will finish at around 11 am on Wednesday 29th November.

Accommodation

Be aware that the location is beautiful, in a lovely coastal setting, but accommodation and facilities are on the rustic side and basic.

Accommodation options:

Camping – you must bring your own tent (or van), bedding and towel.

Room: There are limited beds that can be reserved via pre payment. If you have a bed reserved then bedding will be provided (please bring your own towel).  Please leave your room in the condition you found it (ie clean & vacuum your room and leave top & bottom sheet (not the duvet cover) and pillow case in the laundry basket).

Update: Rooms are all taken only camping available

Karma yoga

Each participant will be given a small daily job to be responsible for in helping out with the running of the retreat. Also a dishes rota will be in place.

What to bring

In addition to the items mentioned under accommodation, please bring:

  • toiletries, a torch, walking shoes, cushion, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear
  • togs for the ozone spa pool or a post-retreat celebratory swim at the beach
  • hay fever remedies and other personal medications, if required
  • meditation shawl or small blanket (recommended)
  • extra cushions if you require them (there will be some cushions and chairs available).

The weather can be unpredictable in November. It could be very hot or cool, and possibly wet so best to check the forecast and prepare accordingly.

Retreat Cost

Early bird price (book before 1 November 2017):

Room: $300

Camp: $250

After 1st November 2017:

Room: $350

Camp: $300

This cost includes food and accommodation. The Red Hat Gompa Trust is a charitable trust and this donation will go towards expenses such as covering the instructor’s flights and food for the course.

Pre payment is appreciated and can be made to:

Red Hat Gompa Trust, 02-0832-0048488-000 (or 00 if your bank only allows 2 spaces)

Please leave your name as a reference.

Cooks required (costs covered):

There is a position of 2 cooking help required for the retreat, if you want to volunteer for this retreat you must be able to come at least 3 nights early to help prepare, you will be able to do the retreat but may need to leave some sessions a little early to prepare food

Registration

To register or if you have any questions, please contact the Retreat Coordinator, Kim at kim@tibetanbuddhism.co.nz or Mb: 021 116 2490. On registration please specify:

  • if you are veg, non-veg or gluten free
  • if you would like to book accommodation
  • if you would like to car pool from Christchurch

Further events:

Jakob will also be giving a public talk post retreat at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 29th November, 7.30 pm topic to be confirmed.

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The Bodhisattva's Love: A practical introduction to unconditional love
Nov
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Bodhisattva's Love: A practical introduction to unconditional love

  • 43 Harrow Street Christchurch, Canterbury, 8011 New Zealand (map)
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Cost: Recommended donation is $10 or $5 for members
 

A discussion of the nature of the bodhisattva's love. The Buddhist path of awakening opens us to a greater insight about our world, an insight into both the innocence and suffering of others. This instruction from Geshe Langritangpa distills countless teachings on compassion from the great masters of India and Tibet, and is recognised as one of the most practical and profound instructions in cultivating genuine caring and love for others.

About Jakob:

Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

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The Bodhisattva’s Boundaries
Oct
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Bodhisattva’s Boundaries

Compassion and Idiot Compassion - how do we know the difference? 

Is it possible to keep an open heart in our lives and still say no when we need to?

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.

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The Awakening Heart
Sep
29
to Oct 1

The Awakening Heart

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre (map)
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We are pleased that Keith Rowan from Nelson Buddhist Centre is back again to lead us on a weekend of teachings from 29th Sep - 1 Oct. This is a great opportunity for both those new to Buddhism and those more seasoned practitioners alike.

Date: Friday 29th September
Time: 7.30 - 9 pm
Topic: Introductory talk on "The Awakening Heart"
Suggested donation: $20 (waged)/ $10 (concessions)
 

This will be followed by a weekend workshop.


Date: Saturday 30th Sep & Sunday 1st Oct
Time: 10 - 12 noon & 1.30 - 3.30 pm each day
Talk: The 4 talks will delve deeper into this core Mahayana Buddhist principal  of "The Awakening Heart", exploring into what it is, how enriching this can be for everone's life, how to develop it; also how to protect and refine it. 
Lunch: Please bring something to share for a pot luck lunch
Suggested donation: $25 for half day, $40 for full day, $75 for full weekend ($55 for members)
Note: see here for information about membership
RSVP: to Erin Lummis, email: erinlummis@paradise.net.nz  
phone: 03 981 8380

Venue: The teachings will be held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow Street, Phillipstown. Come down the long driveway to the gompa (meditation hall) at the back.

About Keith:

Keith Rowan has studied and practised Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. He has received extensive teachings from his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche and from several other great Tibetan teachers. "My greatest pleasure is to share, as best I can, the wonderful insights and methods that Buddhism can offer, in plain English that ordinary people of whatever inclination or belief can understand and put into practice. The teachings of the Buddha are not about strange belief systems. They are about who we are, the challenges we face and our true birthrights - happiness, love and liberation."

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Communicating from the Heart
Sep
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Communicating from the Heart

Date: Wednesday 27th September, 7.30 pm

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

Cost: Complimentary for members, suggested donation of $10 or $5 concessions (or members). Further info to become a member is here

Many of us feel that the simplicity of our lives, our connection to our heart and communicating from our hearts with warmth and openness has been lost. Communicating with each other and even ourselves can feel like pushing a button. At the same time we long to relate to ourselves and each other with a quality of kindness and gentleness and we all have that potential. We will talk about that longing and about ways that will connect us further with ourselves and our world; ways that help us discover our humanity and help us to communicate from the heart.

About Marian:

Shastri Marian Bond became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983 when she was living in Washington, D.C. She is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Colin and has served in various administrative and leadership roles. Marian has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1987. She was appointed shastri for the Oceanic Region in 2010.

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Jul
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Friends of Tibet movie fundraiser and discussion

Thursday, July 20, 2017

7:30 PM

This special film will be shown: TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS

Bored with life in his tiny village, Dondup (Tsewang Dandup), a Bhutanese official infatuated with American culture, dreams of visiting the United States. On the road to Thimphu, a major city where he hopes to obtain a visa, Dondup befriends a mismatched group of travelers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga). As the trip proceeds, the monk tells his new friends about Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a fictional young man whose dissatisfaction leads to his undoing.Initial release: 21 April 2004 (France)

DirectorDzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

ScreenplayDzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

CastSonam LhamoLhakpa DorjiTshewang Dendupmore

ProducersRaymond SteinerMalcolm Watson

Fundraiser koha appreciated around $5 unwaged to  $15 waged. Light refreshments provided. Funds to assist healthcare costs of a  nomadic Tibetan woman who has huge costs to pay for her surgery. This woman is a cousin of Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

Come along and hear the exciting news about the upcoming film at the Film Festival showing in August. 

Please support Friends of Tibet by joining in discussion about fundraiser for His Holiness Dalai Lama's visit to Aotearoa in 2018.

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Fundraising dinner
Jul
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fundraising dinner

Friday 14 July, 7 pm

Fundraising for:

  1. Tibetan Nomadic woman’s medical costs - she is extremely ill - costs for operation and after care are around $20,000. She is a relative of Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

The dinner is limited to no more than 15 people, and 9 have firmly booked already for:

A delicious! 3 course meal, served in the gompa at 7pm.  Highlights of the menu are Tibetan momos and She chocs- along with some scrumptious and variety filled variety of dishes. All vegetarian!

Cost! (all proceeds go to the projects) is $20- $ 30- well worth it, considering!   What is provided. LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE!

Please do RSVP to Erin Ph: 9818 380 or 021 203 2042

Small saleable items will be there for purchase also.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint

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

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Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta
Apr
7
to 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/

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

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

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.

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