The ‘Echoes of Enlightenment’ tour group of monks are going to have a very busy final few weeks in Australia before returning to their monastery in Dharamsala.
Leader of the group Gen Lama Thupten Phuntsok plans to end the visit with a very precious set of teachings, reflections, wisdom and compassion in 3 separate weekend retreats. First up happened in early December in Rosebank in the hinterland of Byron Bay and seldom has there been a sweeter and more powerful couple of days – don’t miss the others in Melbourne Jan 10 and 11 and again in Yallingup, WA Jan 23 – 25. Details are posted here.
There are however other events in train to keep all the monks busy and engaged with the many people who love and respect their culture, their tradition and their practice. Following four days at the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, they will travel down to the south coast of NSW to offer a 2 day public program at Central Tilba on Dec 20 and 21 which will be a nicely calm intro to the business of Xmas. Then, following a one day appearance at Falls Festival in Lorne in Victoria they will travel down to Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula to see the New Year in with their annual evening puja followed by a chant on the beach at midnight. This starts off a warm and welcoming 6 day public program from Jan 1 -6 located in the Dromana Primary School Community Hall – chanting, kids programs, meditation and talks plus the rare tantric ceremonies for starting life afresh and bringing change . A similar program is scheduled for another favourite place, Second Valley in SA on Jan 17 and 18. To cap all this activity off, they then travel to WA for a very full 4 days – a Harmonic Chanting performance at the Fremantle Yoga Centre, the weekend retreat at Yallingup where the bush and the beaches 3 hours south of Perth provide a beautiful setting then – on their very last day in Australia – Jan 26 Australia Day they will take part in the bi-annual community cricket match organised by Clancy’s Pub in Fremantle. The Divinity Cup is an awesome trophy which the monks need to rescue from St Patrick’s Catholic Church who won it by one run at the inaugural match in 2013. Much fun was had by all – hope the Mayor of Freo and his Chamber of Commerce team haven’t been practicing too hard or we might lose it to the secularist side!!
Details of our programs are shown here on the web site as are our Facebook posts.
Two more topics —
On Nov 29 the Dalai Lama spent the day at Gyuto Monastery in celebration of the 600 years unbroken practice of of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Commentary on Ghuyasamaja Tantra. It is now online on You Tube or check the link http://tibetanonline.tv/ to see the whole thing. Note too that His Holiness will be offering 10 days teaching on the Ghuyasamaja tantra at Gyuto Monastery in India in March 2015 – more details as they become known.
An update on Gyuto House Australia and Gyuto Monastery’s Phowa Project – a program to test, cure and eradicate Helicobacter Pylori in the Tibetan and local community. It is now approx 5 years since it began and it is now an ongoing service provided by the clinic at Gyuto Monastery. Thanks to some generous sponsors we have managed to continue meeting the costs of tests and equipment from Australia and are now poised to expand the service into South India,Nepal and possibly NE Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is vital that we continue to attract donations to keep this project gong. Too many people spend decades demoralised and ill from this disease and of course it can and does lead to stomach cancer – the greatest form of cancer suffered in the Tibetan community.
Please help this Xmas if you can – every 200 tests costs almost $8,000.