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 11 April 2017
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.
The puja will commence early Friday evening 9th June (Saka Dawa) and finish Sunday evening 11th June.
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.
Turquoise Tsok offerings will contain 100 pieces of tsok, including the highest quality chocolates, sweets, biscuits and nuts.
Coral Tsok offerings will contain 55 pieces of tsok including the highest quality chocolates, sweets, biscuits and nuts.
Pearl Tsok Offerings will contain 30 pieces of tsok, including the highest quality chocolates, sweets, biscuits and nuts.
OFFERING $5 PER TEALIGHT
In addition people can sponsor tealights which will be used in a special light offering practice that will be done over the weekend.
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 donate by direct bank transfer
BSB 062194 A/C 10490133
When the page askes 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.
We are currently working on our Paypal option due to some technical difficulties. Hopefully it will be up and running again soon.
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.
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:
stayz.com.au – offers reasonable rates to share houses/ multiple bedrooms – ideal for larger groups or sangha
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?
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