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FOUR EXCITING COURSES IN AUSTRALIA IN OCT & NOV.

21 – 25. OCT

CHENREZIG INSTITUTE, EUDLO, QLD

FRIDAY: LECTURE: 18.30 – 20pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 9 – 12pm, 14 to 16 pm

MONDAY& TUSDAY: 9 – 12pm, 14 to 16 pm

GURU RIMPOCHE (PADMASAMBHAVA – the Lotus born)

This weekend course will explore the remarkable Mahasiddha Padmasambhava who stabilized the first wave of Dharma into Tibet in the 8th century.  Invited by the king Trisong  Detsen on advise of the Indian pandit Shantarakshita, who encountered obstacles in establishing the first monastery in Tibet. Known for his mystical and magical powers Guru Rimpoche overcame the local opposition and laid the foundation for the now known “ old “ school Nying.ma.  Even today, followers of the Nying.ma lineage still rely on his hidden treasures (termas) and the direct teaching and instructions he left behind. He is revered by all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Students will receive hands-on-tuition to draw the Guru figure and instructions to complete their painting.

Meditation, mantra recitation and prayers will make the course a unique and deep experience and provide an opportunity to learn about one of the remarkable figures in Tibet’s history.

The result is not as important as the path getting there. A modest artistic talent is required.  Genuine perseverance and devotion to the subject is preferred.

24.-25. OCT

STATUE FACE – OPENING OF THE EYES

In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of statue painting, an ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhist art. It takes special skills to be able to paint the faces of deities on statues.  Seen as an offering to the deity him/herself, the artist has to take special care of the details.

Andy Weber will demonstrate the process and this is a unique opportunity to learn about this sacred tradition.

STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO STAY FOR ALL 5 TEACHING DAYS

28.- 30. OCT

LANGRI TANGPA CENTRE, BRIBANE, QLD

FRIDAY: EVENING LECTURE 19 pm – 20.30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10 – 13pm, 14 – 16 pm

KURUKULLA – DEITY OF ENCHANTMENT/BEWITCHMENT

The mandala of Kurukulla was brought to Tibet by Atisha Dipamkara in the 11th Century and was popular in the early Kadampa school. A female Buddha who is considered an emanation of Tara, The symbol of the active enlightenment. Her form is associated with stability and success in worldly matters, as well as magical powers, such as subjugating evil powers, personal enemies and attracting material wealth. Her three eyes stare into the past, present and future. With her four arms and ritual ornaments, she hooks whatever sentient beings desire.

Her Tibetan name translated means knowledge, magic mother. This weekend will focus on “Mar.tang” style of painting, which means gold lines on a red background. Also called “Tsel tang “ after the red vermillion used in these paintings.

4. – 6. NOV.

VAJRAYANA INSTITUTE, SYDNEY

FRIDAY: EVENING LECTURE 19 pm – 20.30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10 – 13pm, 14 – 16 pm

 AMITAYUS – DEITY OF LONG LIFE

 The meditation practises on AMITAYUS, followed by all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism date back to the first wave of Dharma into Tibet, 8th century. The Sanskrit word Amita means “infinite “and Ayus means life, existence.

Guru Rimpoche meditated with his consort, the Indian princess Mandarava in the Maratika cave and had direct visions of Amitayus, who conferred a direct empowerment on both. Centuries later, the direct disciple of Milarepa Reching.pa received the transmission from Tipupa (pigeon master) in India.  Tipupa was a follower of Siddharani, the mystic female Mahasiddha from Nepal who received direct visions from the deity to create the TSEWANG, the Long Life Initiation. The practise results in immortality, which in tantric Buddhism does not mean that one lives forever but that one achieves the light-body

This weekend will focus on “Mar.tang” style of painting, which means gold lines on a red background.

18. - 20. NOV

KUNZANG YESHE RETREAT CENTRE, NSW – BLUE MOUNTAINS

FRIDAY:  EVENING LECTURE 19 – 20.30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10 – 12.30pm, 14 to 16.30pm

BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

This course will focus on the image of Buddha Shakyamuni and explore the deeper symbolism and meaning in relation to his teachings and legacy in sacred art.  Students will receive hands-on-tuition to draw the image of the Buddha, Meditation and mantra recitation will enhance the inner experience – by realizing the inner Buddha and therefore start the process of self-healing and exploration. This course is suitable for both beginner and advanced student of sacred art.

All sacred images are considered as “ten.pa”, meaning “object of support” in Tibetan language. Not only the sacred image performs support for daily meditation but acts as guide throughout one’s life. The image expresses the essential teachings of the Buddha and his message – “Dharma without words”.

Artistic talent is not NECCESSARY; perseverance and genuine interest in the subject are preferred