FPMT in Australia has been organising regional workshops for SPC’s, umzes and aspiring umzes to learn Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s latest puja tunes. Our first workshop was held in Brisbane at Langri Tangpa Centre in June with almost 30 participants, including many precious sangha, and was a joyous event. We extend our warmest thanks to LTC’s SPC Miffi Maximilian, the LTC sangha and LTC’s retinue of volunteers and to all the sangha who graced the event.
The workshop was led by touring FPMT Geshe, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, and incorporated the use of ritual musical instruments such as cymbals and drums. Participants concentrated on the Lama Choepa puja (Guru Puja) over the weekend which enabled us to experience the subject in depth with time for individuals and the group to practice each tune within this extensive and beautiful puja.
Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist centre in Hobart kindly hosted our second workshop on September 2nd and 3rd where over 20 participants attended. Our sincere thanks to their volunteers, generous sponsors such as Polly McGee, and hostesses of our wonderful interstate guests who had travelled so far. We were honoured to have Venerable Tsapel who is SPC of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s upcoming retreat in Bendigo with us. Amongst those we were also so pleased to welcome were Yarlo and Lhamo, our young Tibetan participants, who came from the Blue Mountains. (See videos below). A huge thank you must go to Venerable Lindy, director of CTCT, for all of her organisation and work.
Geshe Tenzin Zopa – our incomparable teacher, umze and guide.
Below we have links to MP3 files of the Lama Choepa tunes sung by Geshe Tenzin Zopa. These links use Mega to download, store or play the audio files. Mega is a cloud storage service whereby users can either download files and store them in a folder or listen to these files using their browser. Visit here if you wish to register a Mega account and download these Lama Choepa MP3 files, or you can choose to listen to them in your browser.
In addition we thought it helpful to have the Youtube demonstration of Geshe Tenzin Zopa doing the offering hand mudras used in the Lama Choepa puja below.
Our final but not least, heartfelt thank you to incredible touring FPMT Geshe, the inspiring Geshe Tenzin Zopa-la. How fortunate we are to be able to have the benefit of his knowledge, wisdom and kindness here in Australia as a teacher, a guide and an inspiring umze. Thank you Geshe-la from the bottom of our hearts for helping us.