Preparations in full swing for the
Guru Bhumtsok for World Peace!
9th – 11th June 2017, Hobart
Information updated 7 June 2017
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‘’World Peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
In a nutshell…
What : 100,000 Tsok Offerings to Guru Rinpoche (Guru Bhumtsok)
Where: Kickstart Arts Centre, Building 1831 South, St Johns Ave, New Town, Hobart
When: June 9th 5.30pm, Saturday 10th and 11th (session times below)
Cost: Free entry or by donation of your choice. People can sponsor Tsok and sangha’s tea and more! See below
Book now: Just email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au to register as places are becoming limited.
Respected teacher of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Geshe Tenzin Zopa will lead this first ever Guru Bhumtsok event for world peace at the Kickstart Arts Centre, Hobart. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday 9th June at 5:30 pm followed by the first session, with daily ceremonies on Saturday & Sunday June 10th & 11th.
The colourful ceremony, or puja, is about gathering together with others to make offerings, or acts of generosity in order to generate positive merit. The space will be full of beautiful music and brimming with beautiful paintings and a huge altar containing 100,000 offerings of food, incense, lights and flowers (Tsok).
Tsok means gathering. We gather together the things we’re offering, and we ourselves gather together to do the practice. Gathering together with other practitioners, concentrating our minds into the same space, gives us great inspiration. Making beautiful and extensive offerings encourages people to practice and create merit. Anyone who is having difficulties in their job or business and doesn’t have time to do offerings at home could sponsor offerings.” Lama Yeshe, FPMT Founder
The Happiness Pod (an 8 metre geodesic dome) will be set up in the garden, and it will house light offerings and a beautiful stupa. A 3 metre Buddha statue will be surrounded by offerings in the garden so that people can circamambulate. Artist Martin Walker-Watson will exhibit his beautiful ‘Sacred Art for World Peace’ – gilded sculptures from Nepal in the Parlour Gallery.
We have delicious home made breakfast, lunch and refreshments at very reasonable prices.You can attend the entire weekend, or just one session. Entry is free or by donation of your choice. We rely on sponsorship to run the event. For details on how to become a benefactor and sponsor this event – whether you can attend or not – read below.
This event is organised by FPMT in Australia and Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Hobart. If you’d like to attend or need more info please email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au
Sponsorships still available (for as little as $5)
We have a limited number of Turquoise, Coral and Pearl Sponsorships available. Our volunteer teams are busily creating beautifully wrapped Tsok packages full of the best quality chocolates, sweets, nuts, and fruit right now!
Beautifully wrapped Tsok packages
Turquoise Tsok packages have at least 100 items of Tsok and are offered for $343.
Coral Tsok packages have at least 50 items of Tsok and are offered for $196.
Pearl Tsok Packages have at least 30 items of Tsok are are offered for $108.
Special Guru Rinpoche incense (limited amount)
Beautifully boxed and using a recipe created by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, these incense boxes will be consecrated on the altar during the puja. Each box can be sponsored for $15.
Consecrated Crystals to offer to Holy Objects
We have a limited amount of exquisite crystal beaded lengths approximately 15 cm long which will be consecrated on the altar by Geshe Tenzin Zopa-la for the purposes of offering to holy objects. They are in silk organza ribboned bags and will be offered at $15 each.
Tealights (any number) can be sponsored for $5 each and will be used in a special light offering practice that will be done over the weekend. In the case of a person who has died, it is often traditional to purchase many tea-lights. Please email such dedications to Stephanie@fpmta.org.au
Sponsoring tea for the sangha
People anywhere – whether attending the puja in person or not – can offer tea for the sangha: a traditional and beautiful Buddhist tradition. Simply follow the donation instructions below, or there will be opportunities during the puja where we go through the ritual of making offerings to the sangha. Envelopes will be provided.
HOW TO DONATE
You can donate by direct bank transfer
BSB 062194 A/C 10490133
When the page asks for name insert : FPMTA
If you choose this option please email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au so we can send you a receipt and ensure your dedication is recorded.
Entry to this event is free or by donation. We rely on sponsorships to run the event. Sponsors create positive benefit through financially helping the event to occur and this positive energy is hugely multiplied by the event occurring on Saka Dawa. There is a further benefit of any additional funds raised being used for the support of sangha (nuns and monks) and FPMTA spiritual program coordinators to participate in spiritual events, as well as the undertaking of future national practices such as Guru Bhumtsoks, as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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 – big or small – all people sponsoring the Guru Bhumtsok puja for World Peace out of love and compassion..thank you so much for your incredible kindness. And for all people participating, thank you very much also.
In the very unlikely event that the puja is cancelled we can’t guarantee return of your donation.
Food and Session Times
Breakfast, snacks and Saturday lunch will be sold at the venue at reasonable prices, as well as plunger coffee and tea. On Sunday the Tibetan community of Hobart and Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist Centre will be offering a delicious mo-mo lunch at no cost.
Session times for Saturday and Sunday: 6am – 7.15am, 8am – 10am, 10.30am – 12 noon, 1.30pm – 3pm, 3.30pm – 6pm (includes Sur offering practice).
Friday night: Opening ceremony at 5.30pm, Chai and tea around 6pm, first session 6.30 – 8pm
Saka Dawa is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, commemorating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing into parinirvana. Positive actions undertaken during Saka Dawa are tremendously multiplied in their power. Therefore the Guru Bhumtsok puja has been scheduled for Saka Dawa, and, it is believed, will bring about the maximum benefit.
Accommodation and transport
For backpacker and hostels options click here. For apartment options click here. To look at share house options visit Hobart Stayz here. For Bed and Breakfasts in Hobart click here. Shuttle buses operate between Airport and Hobart accommodations for every departure and arrival of mainland flights. The cost is $19 per adult, child $15. Or try Uber here.
What will the puja entail?
The puja will be held at the Kickstart Arts centre, Building 1831 South, St Johns Ave New Town, Hobart. All visitors will be warmly welcomed, provided with a book of prayers and made to feel included in the uplifting puja which entails the use of Tibetan musical instruments, and the chanting of a special short prayer. There will be a large weather-proof marquis outside in the garden for people needing to take children out or to gather during the break times. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June will commence at 6am and finish at 6pm, but participants are welcome to come and go to various sessions as suits. Friday 9th June, which Tibetan Buddhists celebrate as Saka Dawa, will commence at 5.30pm with a special opening then the first puja session. Chai and a snack will be offered (at no cost).
Why Guru Bhumtsok?
Guru Bhumtsok (or 100,000 Tsok Offerings) is a practice strongly recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT’s Spiritual Director, 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.We also offer for the long and healthy lives of our precious teachers.
Hobart’s winter solstice arts festival, Dark Mofo, will run between 8th – 21st June. It is therefore a fitting time for the holding of a puja such as the Guru Bhumtsok, which aims to bring the light of human compassion within all of us to be manifested for the cultivation of World Peace, and to overcome the darkness of suffering of all sentient beings, including animals. For more info on the benefits of the Guru Bhumtsok click here.
We need you to register
We are requesting people to register to help us with catering and planning. Please email Stephanie@fpmta.org.au to register for this event and confirm a place now
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 the event if they wish to share taxis etc. Uber provides very reasonable options here.
Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s Monday teaching 12th June
Geshe Tenzin Zopa will hold teachings at the venue on Monday 12th June (a public holiday) from 1.30pm – 5pm. Why not stay an extra day? The teaching topic is Ask The Geshe:an informal class that will provide an opportunity for both new and old students to bring along any questions that they wish to ask. Chag Tong Cheg Tong Tibetan Buddhist Centre, who are hosting the teaching event, have also requested an explanation from Geshe Tenzin Zopa on The Benefits of Reciting Sutras (or the Buddha’s own words). Afternoon tea will be provided. Entry is free or by donation of your choice.
All enquiries regarding the Guru Bhumtsok can be made to Stephanie@fpmta.org.au
FPMTA National Office wishes to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Kickstart Arts, Hobart.