GURU BHUMTSOK DEDICATED TO THE FIRES RAGING IN AUSTRALIA
This past week has seen devestating fires rage across many states of Australia, killing people, many animals and millions of acres of bushland. These fires have burnt across Australia on a scale never before seen so early in the fire season – a fact attributed by many to the drought, warming temperatures and the effects of climate change.
Guru Bhumtsok puja leader, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, has this message regarding the Guru Bhumtsok this weekend.
We FPMT Australian centres, students and supporters gathering in FPMT centre in Adelaide, Buddha House, from Friday 15th November for the weekend to collectively conduct extensive Guru Bhumtsok prayers for full days, dedicate the prayers and merits to overcomes the bush fire crises that are happening in Australia, especially in NSW and Queensland. This gathering and prayers also will act as a moral support to all the effected victims and fire fighting teams and volunteers. And also to collectively create the meritorious conditional cause to prevent future fire and other elemental dangers in Australia and around the world. May Australia and the entire world be free from elemental distructions and able to enjoy peace and happiness by all beings.’ Geshe Tenzin Zopa, leader of the Guru Bhumtsok.
BECOME A SPONSOR NOW AND HAVE YOUR NAME PRESENTED TO HIS HOLINESS AND LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE
When you become a sponsor of Guru Bhumtsok, your name will be offered to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and will form part of their extensive dedication prayers. This year is His Holiness’ obstacle year so our dedications are of special significance. (Below left is a photo of Geshe Tenzin Zopa presenting the 2018 sponsors’ names to His Holiness). See how to become a sponsor below.
Registrations are now closed for the Guru Bhumtsok as we have reached capacity. However, even if you can’t attend you can participate by becoming a benefactor of this event.
The puja will commence on the Friday evening 15th November and finish late afternoon Sunday 17th November and be led by Geshe Tenzin Zopa. This year FPMT National Office Australia is organising the 100,000 Offerings to Guru Rinpoche (Guru Bhumtsok) especially for His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is facing an obstacle year. It will also be dedicated to the long lives of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all our precious Gurus. It will be a free event with delicious breakfasts and lunches generously offered by Buddha House. Sponsorship is raised to host the Geshes and sangha who attend and for the Tsok offerings and puja costs totalling around $23,000 (see below).
SPONSOR PUJA & SANGHA TO COME EVEN IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND!
We rely on the generosity of sponsors to raise the funds of around $23,000 required for the sangha to attend and for the puja. You don’t have to attend the event to sponsor. This year we have Geshe Samten from Vajrayana Institute, Geshe Rabten from Atisha Centre, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim from Chenrezig Institute and Geshe Tsundue and Geshe Zopa – all FPMT Geshes – attending as our Special Guests as well as Geshes from other centres. We are also anticipating over 20 nuns and monks to attend. We are delighted, and it is one of our key organising principles, to offer their accommodation, food and transport free. We also raise funds for the 100,000 Tsok Offerings of food, flowers, lights etc and for the puja itself. Become a sponsor now! Simply transfer your offering into the bank account below.
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DEDICATED FOR HIS HOLINESS’ OBSTACLE YEAR
FPMT National Office Australia is following the specific advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is encouraging this Guru Bhumtsok be dedicated especially for the overcoming of any obstacles to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and health in this obstacle year. Many people will attend from across the region, and will join the FPMT family for this special weekend event.
NEWLY RENOVATED BUDDHA HOUSE TO HOST
Building on the success of the last two Guru Bhumtsok events held in Hobart and kindly co-hosted by Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist centre, in 2019, Buddha House Centre for Advanced Budhist Studies, Adelaide, is generously co-hosting this national puja. The centre is well equipped to cater for a large event such as this, being newly renovated in a beautiful historic church near the city centre with up-to-date facilities. It was opened by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2018.
Buddha House is conveniently located nearby to the city centre. It is rougly 15 minutes from the city centre by car and is situated on a bus route. It is surrounded by many accommodation options. Airbnb has dozens of accommodation options in Magill and the nearby neighbourhood ranging from 1-bedroom studios to 4-bedroom houses with price ranges of $49 per night and upwards. (Some even less.) Click this link. Or you can try checking out Stayz. Click this link.You can also try Booking.com which has many apartments and hotel rooms in the vicinity Click this link.
Skylink Adelaide has all info on buses, trains, car hire from Adelaide airport in one place. Click here for Skylink Adelaide.
You can catch an Uber from Adelaide airport. Click here for directions on where to meet them.
If you’re interested in a private car driver from the airport Click here for private hire.
If you want to catch public transport to the centre visit the Buddha House locaton and bus link guide.Visit this link for bus information.
PARTICIPATION OF MANY GESHES, NUNS AND MONKS
The esteemed international touring FPMT Geshe Tenzin Zopa is pictured above left making offering prayers with Chenrezig Institute’s Resident Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim at the inaugural Guru Bhumtsok. Above right are the sangha who attended. In 2019 more Geshes, nuns and monks than ever, will be participating in the Guru Bhumstok. We aim to raise sponsorship to cover the cost of accommodation, food, local transport and flights for our precious sangha. Which is where we need your help. Geshe Tenzin Zopa will lead the puja again, with Geshes Samten, Rabten, Tsultrim and Tsundue supporting. We aim to have the Guru Bhumtsok be an event where our sangha are treated as the precious jewels that they are.
ART, CAFES, RESTAURANTS AND NEARBY NATURAL BEAUTY
Adelaide is a city renowned for its award-winning restaurants, fresh produce, stimulating cafe culture and art scene, and nearby beautiful crystaline coastline and historic towns. The villages of Aldgate, Stirling, Oakbank, Birdwood, Crafers, Mount Barker and Hahndorf are all within an hour’s drive away from Adelaide and are full of opportunities for wildlife encounters and cultural discoveries. There are restaurants serving South Australia’s best produce nestled in leafy groves.
Located forty minutes south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of South Australia’s finest coastal, scenic and culinary experiences. The region is home to the world famous eateries of McLaren Vale and other award winning restaurants.
Whilst you’re visiting you might want to check out any of these. For more information and to keep up to date with Adelaide’s thriving arts scene – events and exhibitions Visit this link. For more information on South Australia Visit this link.
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