Guru Bhumtsok 2017

Geshe Tenzin Zopa to lead a 100,000 Tsok Offering to Guru Rinpoche (Guru Bhumtsok) event on Saka Dawa

9th – 11th June 2017 in Hobart, Tasmania

Information updated 24th February 2017

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Puja leader, Geshe Tenzin Zopa
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Our precious Guru, Lama Zopa Rinpoche

THE PUJA

This landmark event – called Guru Bhumtsok – will bring together FPMT students across Australia and the region to make 100,000 Tsok offerings for the long and healthy lives of our precious Gurus, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as to strongly dedicate for World Peace. It is a practice strongly recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to bring harmony to countries and conflicts and so at this difficult time in the world’s history we all come together to undertake this puja.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa, who will lead the puja, recently met with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche to receive his blessing for the success of the Guru Bhumtsok event in Australia on Saka Dawa 2017. He said,

Rinpoche is extremely pleased and added that this great practice will also help to clear obstacles and bring conducive conditions for each and every individual; the centres and projects and the whole of FPMT, it is so beneficial.’

Sponsorship of the Tsok offerings will be available to enable people everywhere to create the merit of offering for our precious Gurus’ long and healthy lives, no matter whether they can attend or not. See below on this page for details on how to donate now.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has lauded Guru Rinpoche’s (Padmasambhava’s) contributions to Buddhism and humanity: “Due to Padmasambhava’s great compassion, Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism flourished in Tibet and now has spread throughout the entire world. Click here for more info.”

Funds raised will be used to sponsor our ordained Sangha and SPCs serving across FPMT centres to attend retreats and other important events.We also hope to organise future national events following the specific advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and aspire to national projects such as the eventual development of the 2 story Padmasambhava thangkas displayed in the Guru Bhumtsok puja held at Kopan nunnery in late 2016. More info on thangka here.

The Guru Bhumtsok is organised by FPMT National Office Australia with help from Spiritual Program Coordinators across Australia, and will be hosted by Chag Tong Chen Tong Centre, Hobart.

WHAT DOES THIS PUJA ENTAIL?

Participants come together in meditation, prayers and chanting to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) with accompanying drums, cymbals and musical instruments. The puja is open to anyone, no matter their experience, and the tunes and prayer will be taught at the event. It is an uplifting puja with intentions made to connect deeply to our precious Gurus, and overcome the negativity in our minds and the external world. The space will be brimming with beautiful thangkas and a huge altar containing 100,000 offerings of Tsok (food). Incense, lights and flowers will also be offered, and there will be a special ceremony to offer Sur to the pretas.

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

Registrations are now open. Email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au to register for this event and confirm a place now. Places are limited.

TIMES

The puja will commence early Friday evening 9th June (Saka Dawa) and finish Sunday evening 11th June.

COST

The event is by donation only. Tsok offerings are available for sponsorship. We rely on the generosity of benefactors and students to hold the event which will cost between $12,000 – $20,000 to organise.This will fund the cost of the 100,000 beautiful tsok offerings, the flowers, incense, lights, room hire, transport, and hopefully subsidise ordained sangha participation.

TURQUOISE, CORAL AND PEARL TSOK PACKAGES

When you become a benefactor by sponsoring Turquoise, Coral or Pearl Tsok packages you can write a Special Dedication to go on your Tsok package and the altar at this event.

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Turquoise sponsorship: Associated with Akshobhya Buddha, the light blue that Buddhists meditate upon is no better represented than by turquoise. It holds the wisdom of the earth and sky within it, embodying the duality of living and dying. The gradual shift of turquoise’s colour from blue to green as it is worn signifies the development of wisdom as well as the cycle of life and death. Turquoise helps us to remember the preciousness of this human life.
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Coral sponsorship: Associated with Amitabha Buddha, red transforms the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment. Coral is one of the five sacred stones of Tibetan Buddhists, and symbolises the energy of the life force. The colour red is auspicious in Tibetan culture. It is a sacred colour, one of the colours of the five Buddhas and the colour of the sangha’s garments. Red protects us and helps us overcome our attachments.
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Pearl sponsorship: White is associated with the Buddha Vairocana and represents the transformation of the delusion of ignorance into the wisdom of reality. The white of snow or burning metal can be life threatening and can remind us of death and the end of things. Thus Tara in her form which grants longevity is depicted as white hued (White Tara). She is ‘the one who leads us beyond the darkness of bondage’ – the bondage of our ignorance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turquoise Tsok offerings will contain 100 pieces of tsok, including the highest quality                                                                   chocolates, sweets, biscuits and nuts. OFFERING $343

Coral Tsok offerings will contain 55 pieces of tsok including the highest quality chocolates,                                                          sweets, biscuits and nuts.                    OFFERING $196

Pearl Tsok Offerings will contain 30 pieces of tsok, including the highest quality chocolates,                                                            sweets, biscuits and nuts.                    OFFERING $108

We are  also appreciative of any amount that you can donate towards the sponsorship of this huge event.

Regardless of the size of the offering, all people supporting the Three Jewels out of love and compassion are benefited by generating these precious qualities, by receiving the prayers and blessings of the sangha, and in turn, the activities of the Triple Gem are increasingly uplifted and strengthened by the generosity of practitIoners and their contributions…..so thank you so much for your great kindness.

Please note that in the unlikely event that the puja is cancelled we can not guarantee the return of your donation.

HOW TO DONATE

You can either donate by direct bank transfer         BSB 062194       A/C 10490133    Commonwealth bank.
If you choose this option please email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au so we can send you a receipt and ensure your dedication is recorded.

or by PayPal – click the Donate button below.


FOOD

Breakfast, snacks and Saturday lunch will be sold at the venue at reasonable prices, as well as coffee from a barista van. On Sunday the Tibetan community of Hobart and Chag Tong Chen Tong will be offering a delicious mo-mo lunch at no cost.

TRANSPORT TO THE VENUE

A bus will be available to take participants to and from the centre of Hobart to the venue for around $13 per day.

ACCOMMODATION

Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit, popular with both overseas and local tourists. As Saka Dawa also falls on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday weekend, it is recommended that accommodation is booked as soon as possible as it is booking up fast. A list of reasonably priced accommodation follows:

HOLIDAY IN BEAUTIFUL TASMANIA

Click here to find out more about discovering Tasmania. Tasmania is a world class tourist destination, offering not only stunning wildernesses, ancient forests and clear air but top class fresh produce and award-winning restaurants and eateries.

Tasmania is home to a thriving arts and craft scene. The Museum of Old and New Art – Mona – is Australia’s largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. It’s just a 20 minute ferry ride from the heart of Hobart.

Tasmania is also home to world heritage national parks such as the beautiful and pristine Cradle Mountain. Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is surrounded by glacial lakes, ancient rain-forest, and unusual alpine vegetation.

Why not extend your stay and take a break in Tasmania?

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Tasmania is known for its award-winning wine and produce
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Trekking in Cradle Mountain
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Hobart is home to world class restaurants

TEACHING EVENT IN HOBART WITH GESHE TENZIN ZOPA:

Geshe Tenzin Zopa will hold teachings on Monday 12th June (a public holiday) from 1.30pm – 5pm. Why not stay an extra day? Topic to be announced soon.

All enquiries regarding the Guru Bhumtsok can be made to Stephanie@fpmta.org.au

 

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