You are invited
You are warmly invited to participate in the 100,000 Offerings to Guru Rinpoche (called Guru Bhumtsok) which will be held between the12th and 15th November 2018 in Tasmania, Australia. Registrations are now open – details on how to register are below.
About the event
The puja* is an annual national event organised by FPMT in Australia National Office, and in 2018 it is kindly co-hosted by Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation centre, Hobart (CTCT). We both look forward to welcoming all international, regional and local guests and hope that your stay in beautiful Tasmania is a memorable one.The puja brings together all people, irrespective of whether Buddhist or not, to make heartfelt prayers for World Peace, and the long lives of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director of FPMT. The puja will be led by highly esteemed teacher, Geshe Tenzin Zopa. Offering ceremonies are undertaken during the puja sessions of lights, tea offerings to sangha*, incense, Sur* offerings at dusk and the offering of robes and gold-leafing to CTCT’s 3 metre high Golden Buddha, as well as the 100,000 pieces of Tsok* offerings arranged on the beautiful altar. There will be space designated in the courtyard adjacent to the gompa for families with children and the shining Golden Buddha, around which many of the ceremonies revolve.
*puja – prayer ceremony
*sangha – ordained monastics (nuns and monks)
*Sur – the substances used to offer aroma across the 6 realms of sentient beings in a special ceremony done at dusk to pacify and heal disturbed energies, especially for those we call ‘pretas”or spirits in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
*Tsok or tsog – an offering, usually of food, flowers, lights, incense, perfume, nectar etc.
*gompa – prayer room
Advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
This is the second national Guru Bhumtsok to be organised by FPMT in Australia National Office for the region and it follows Rinpoche’s strongly expressed wishes that we continue to hold this national event. In a recent meeting with puja leader, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, Rinpoche said that to experience the Guru Bhumtsok was ‘like nectar’.Click here to visit a link to video of Rinpoche teaching on Guru Bhumtsok. Recently Rinpoche attended a Guru Bhumtsok held at Kopan nunnnery (click here). Losang Dragpa Centre in Malaysia (visit their website here) also continue to inspire us all with their Guru Bhumtsok puja events and are helping us here in Australia with their experience and expertise.
Venue: Kickstart Arts, Building 1831 South, St Johns Ave, New Town TAS 7002 Map and directions here
Dates: Monday 12th November evening till Thursday 15th November 2018 evening
Monday 12th Nov: Opening session of the puja will commence at 5pm and finish by 7pm. Chai and Tibetan sweet bread will be served.
Tues 13th – Thurs 15th: Daily sessions : 6am – 7.15am, breakfast, 8am -10am, 10.30am – 12pm, lunch, 1.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 6pm (last session includes Sur offering practice)
Food: Delicious sweet pastries from a French patisserie will be freshly delivered for breakfast. Hot plunger coffee and
tea are included in the breakfast ticket price. Prices will be extremely reasonable and a final cost will be posted soon.
Lunch will be delicious Tasmanian baked potatoes with a choice of toppings and home-made lentil sweet potato/pumpkin soup.
Hot drinks will be available throughout the week [by gold coin donation]. A gluten free option will be available. Of course there is no charge for food for ordained sangha.
Transport and accommodation
Accommodation: Hobart as a prime tourist destination offers a range of accommodation options. Trivago has accommodation listings across Hobart from $71 here. Visit air b’n’b here for single or share options.
Sangha accommodation: We are aiming to organise sangha accommodation with a variety of lovely share houses for which we will raise sponsorship. As per last year the hospitable Chag Tong Chen Tong students are helping to organise caring for our sangha.
Transport: Participants are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport and their accommodations. We will try our best to match people up at (or before) the event if they wish to share taxis etc. Uber provides very reasonable options here. Or email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au and we can try to connect you from our registration info.
Registrations and sponsorship
Cost: The event is by donation only. All the 100,000 Tsok offerings, including incense and tealights are available for sponsorship. We rely on sponsorship to hold the event. All funds raised go towards the cost of holding the Guru Bhumtsok and sangha participation in 2018. Additional funds, if any, go toward future Guru Bhumtsoks and sangha and Spiritual Program Coordinators’ participation.
Register now: Simply email Stephanie at Stephanie@fpmta.org.au to register and include any sponsorship information. (That is, how much you have sponsored so that we can email you a receipt and also any dedications you wish to make so that they are included on the altar and read out.) If you’re unable to sponsor right now then including a pledge in your email would be very much appreciated in helping us know whether or not we will be able to raise the requisite funds.
Sponsor and dedicate: You can become a benefactor for this event whether you attend or not. It will cost approximately $80 per participant for each day of the four days of the puja to host the 100,000 Tsok offerings and to sponsor our sangha. We therefore rely on the generosity of our benefactors who are unable to attend as well as those who can make it! You can sponsor whatever amount you wish knowing that you have created positive merit through your kind generosity.
Sponsors’ names will be read out at sessions and forwarded to our Gurus for their special dedication prayers. Last year’s sponsors’ names went to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. You may wish to sponsor some of the larger individual items such as:
- $300 Guru Rinpoche incense used in the puja made according to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recipe
- $150 Chai offering during puja sessions
- $500 Ferrero Rocher gold quality chocolates for Tsok
- $450 Dahlias as part of the Tsok flower offerings
- $500 Roses as part of the Tsok flower offerings
- $500 Seasonal flowers as part of the Tsok flower offerings
- $450 Tealight candles for the light offering sessions
- $400 Fresh perfect fruit (seasonal)
- $350 Nectar juices
- $750 High quality wrapped sweets for Tsok
- $500 High quality nuts and dried fruit for Tsok
- $400 Accommodation, meals and transport within Hobart for one sangha member
- $600 Accommodation, meals and transport to and within Hobart (1 week) for Geshe Tenzin Zopa
- $350 Printing of Guru Rinpoche prayer books
- $350 Printing of holy images of Guru Rinpoche and our holy Gurus
Special Merchandise and CTCT Shop
At the venue Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre (CTCT) will be operating their Dharma shop selling beautiful Dharma products and materials from the Himalaya, including special objects from Kopan. They will also have on offer a variety of local products handmade by Tasmanian artisans. More information soon on opportunities for the gold-leafing of the CTCT 3 metre Golden Buddha.
A beautiful 2019 desk calendar featuring different holy images of Guru Rinpoche will also be for sale with the profits being shared equally between the Guru Bhumtsok puja 2018 fund and CTCT Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Hobart. See the images from the calendar below whilst listening to the sacred mantra of Guru Rinpoche. Info on how to pre-order merchandise to be posted soon.
FPMT in Australia National Office in partnership with CTCT will have for sale T-shirts commemorating the event with the logo and date featured. The profits will be shared equally between the Guru Bhumtsok puja fund and CTCT. These will need to be pre-ordered before the event. More information to be posted soon.
It’s really fantastic. It’s mind-blowing. (laughter)
Mind-blowing, wind-blowing…. (more joyful laughter)..mind-blowing.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in his message to the Guru Bhumtsok Australia
Prayers to Guru Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has translated a number of prayers to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) which he advises for students. Please see below.
1. Requesting Prayer to Padmasambhava. (Please click here)
2. Prayer to Guru Rinpoche to Clear Away Obstacles on the Path. (Click here )
3. Illuminating the Obstacles and Accomplishing the Wishes. (Click here )
From Prayer to Guru Rinpoche: Barche Lamsel: The Prayer Which Removes All Obstacles From the Path
OM AH HUNG BENZRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG
With your compassion, inspire us with your blessing!
With your love, guide us and others along the path!
With your realisation, grant us siddhis!
With your power, dispel the obstacles facing us all!
Outer obstacles – dispel them externally!
Inner obstacles – dispel them internally!
Secret obstacles – dispel them into space!
In devotion, I pay homage and take refuge in you!
(May this prayer become the cause for pacifying completely all the obstacles and degeneration for the teachings and beings, and accomplishing all the aims of virtue and goodness! Mangalam)
All enquiries regarding the Guru Bhumtsok 2018 to Stephanie@fpmta.org.au