Sydney now has a new and permanent Dharma centre, located at 50B Woods road, Sefton NSW 2162. The newly constructed Shrine displays statues of the great masters of Kagyupa lineage: top row starting from the left, Gampopa, Milarepa (the greatest yogi of Tibet), Telopa, Vajradhara Buddha, Naropa, Marpa (the translator), and in the middle from the left, Tara, Dharma Wangchug, Amitabha Buddha (main statue), Dusum Khyenpa (1st Karmapa) and one thousand-armed Chenrezig.
Marpa Lotsawa, a Tibetan farmer, made 3 perilous trips to India to learn Dharma from his guru Naropa. The first Tibetan Kagyupa master, he is credited with the transmission to Tibet from India of many Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings.
Jetsun Milarepa, the greatest yogi of Tibet, despite having committed evil acts in his early years, attained enlightenment in one lifetime by practicing diligently and enduring much hardship, under his guru Marpa Lotsawa.
Gampopa, the most important disciple of Milarepa, blended the doctrines of the Kadampas with his own realizations of Mahamudra, so producing the basis of the Kagyupa tenets.
Dharma Wangchug, one of the 4 main disciples of Je Gampopa, founded the Barompa branch of the Kargyupa lineage. Dharma Wangchug received many important teachings and initiations directly from Je Gampopa and was renowned to excel in meditation.
Rinpoche returned to Australia in early March, 2011 and was met at the airport by a large group of students. On arriving at the temple Rinpoche saw for the first time the newly completed kitchen and celebrated with dinner.
Since Rinpoche’s return he has performed many activities and ceremonies as requested by his students.
Welcome Venerable Lama Namsai – New Resident Teacher!
After much hard work from many people Venerable Lama Namsai has arrived in Australia as our new Resident Teacher and is busy assisting Rinpoche with his activities. Rinpoche and Lama Namsai are pictured here together in Tibet shortly before flying to Australia, and the students welcoming Lama Namsai at Sydney airport.
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
In Tibetan Buddhism, the Medicine Buddha Empowerment is considered the most powerful blessing for healing and removing physical or mental sicknesses and for awakening the innate healing wisdom that lies in all human beings.
Meditation on Medicine Buddha will lead to an increase in healing powers for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illnesses and suffering. The practice of Medicine Buddha meditation is greatly enhanced after you have received the Medicine Buddha Empowerment from a highly qualified Lama.
After much preparation, on sunday 10th of April Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai performed prayers and consecrated most of the statues in the temple including Amitabha, Chenrezig, Tara, Vajrasattva and the Lineage Lamas.
The presence of a consecrated statue can help to clear away obstacles and negative energies from the home and the environment thus bringing a healing energy.
Consecration of a statue results in the following benefits:
- increase in wisdom
- purification of obscurations and defilements
- good health and longevity
- gain respect
- gracious appearance
- increase of wealth and prosperity
- fulfilment of all wishes
- Swift attainment to Buddhahood
In November 2010, Rinpoche performed the powerful healing ceremony called Chod, with the assistance of Lama Namsai and Lama Wangshuk. About 150 people enjoyed the melodious chanting and received blessings. After the Chod ceremony, many people reported a strong feeling of peace and calmness. Some people were cured of sicknesses endured for many years.
A very auspicious beginning to 2011! On 2nd January Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Namsai and Lama Wangchuk unveiled the new Quan Yin statue in the temple gardens. Almost 100 people gathered for the occasion to celebrate with chanting, offering incense and Rinpoche thanking the sponsors of Quan Yin and the new, soon to be built fountain. This was followed by a Che Lhu ceremony with prayers to remove all negative karma accummulated and all negative energies and prayers that all sentient beings will experience long life, excellent health and happiness and that all human beings will enjoy success.