August 2018

100 Deities Practice and Puja

Register now for Kadri Bodhi Monastery next event  —  100 Deities Practice and Puja on the 1st & 2nd of September 2018.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with this sacred practice, here is a short  excerpt www.kagyu-asia.com/kl :

The Origin
It is stated in the Tantric legend that a king once executed his spiritual master. Due to this heavy sin, he passed away immediately and was born in the hell. He experienced the sufferings of all the six realms at the same time. Lord Buddha saw the great suffering of this being and He instructed him on the teaching and practice of the hundred deities. By just listening to this teaching and mantras of the hundred deities, this suffering being was liberated and reborn in heaven.

At one time, there was an evil minister called Shata in Tibet. He had killed many innocent people and also caused a lot of obstacles to prevent the consort of Padmasambhawa, Yeshe Tsogyal, from practicing the Dharma. After his death, he was born in hell. Guru Padmasambhawa, and his consort saw with their wisdom eyes that the former evil minister was experiencing unbearable suffering. His consort tried to save him by using various methods but she did not succeed. Guru Padmasambhawa then used the hundred deities Mandala with Jang Chog to help the evil minister and many beings in the hells. All of them were liberated. Later Guru Padmasambhawa transmitted the teaching of the hundred deities to his twenty-five renowned disciples.

The hundred deities are the attributes and activities of the five Buddhas and their female counterparts. They are the manifestations from the pure nature of our minds, and remain within us in the form of five faculties, five elements and twelve sources of perception and so on. By relying on the practice of the hundred deities or even by just hearing the mantra and seeing the mandala and picture of the hundred deities, one may either instantly or gradually realizes that the nature of one’s mind is inseparable from the perfect wisdom of the hundred deities.

The Puja and Its Benefits
During the performance of Jang Chog puja, the hundred deities are invoked and the various types of offerings are made to them. The merits accumulated from these offerings are dedicated to the deceased to help them in their purification and liberation. The prayer itself is also an offering of assistance to those in the intermediate or Bardo state to show them the path to liberation.

At the end of puja, the paper tablets of the deceased are burnt away. The fire used in the burning symbolizes the wisdom of the hundred deities; the burning of the tablets symbolizes the cutting of the attachment of the deceased to a “self” which is the cause of his or her suffering. Through the prayer and the ritual performed, the consciousness of the deceased are merged and become inseparable from the wisdom of the hundred deities. Thus they are liberated.

“100 Peaceful & Wrathful Deities Mantra”

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100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities practice is a rare teaching from the Treasure Cycle of Karma Lingpa — The profound dharma of the natural liberation through contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful deities during the completion instructions on the six bardos.

For practitioners and students that would like an in depth understanding of the deities, Thrangu Rinpoche provides an excellent teaching on the Bardo here at www.rinpoche.com/teachings/bardo.pdf

The torch of true meaning

Featured Book

Buddhist – Teaching – Practice – Meditation

Anyone who wishes to practice the ngöndro of the Kagyu lineage and in particular the Karma Kagyu lineage should first read this text carefully and internalize its meaning. They will then have a stable ground for the practice of mahamudra. This is not just the correct way to practice, but also the most beneficial.  – 17th Gyalwang Karmapa –

This new translation of the classic text, The Torch of True Meaning, by the great master and scholar Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye gives clear and concise instructions on the preliminary and main practices of mahamudra meditation. But it does not only teach mahamudra: this book describes vividly what is necessary for any meditation practice. It is presented here in a new translation that includes the previously unpublished final chapter of Jamgön Kongtrul’s work, a brief yet inspiring description of the actual practice of mahamudra.

Paired with Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s instructions is The Chariot that Travels the Noble Path, the standard practice text for the mahamudra preliminaries in the Karma Kagyu lineage, in a new version compiled by The Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Together these two works are essential for anyone who wants to do the practice of mahamudra.

[source: KDT Publications]

Watch now the recorded video teaching of the Torch of True Meaning given by H.H. the 17th Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India on February 9-10, 2017.

White Tara Empowerment

On the 28th April, Rinpoche carry out a White Tara Empowerment, transmission and teaching to a roomful of participants and students at the Buddhist Library. The practice of White Tara is a sacred and revere practice in Tibet as it can increase one’s lifespan and good health as well as helping one to overcome many life-threatening obstacles. White Tara is one of the 21 aspects of Tara, White Tara represents the embodiment of enlightened perfection of wisdom and the true nature of mind.

The Empowerment or initiation is a formal process of granting permission to practice White Tara meditation practice. Rinpoche has given participants permission to start a regular White Tara meditation practice. Downloadable copies of this Sadhana by Tai Situ Rinpoche can be purchased via the following link or if you wish to use the White Tara Sadhana by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, please click here

This event forms parts of the ongoing Outreach Program of Kadri Bodhi Monastery in 2018.

Medicine Buddha Teaching

On the 25th of March, Rinpoche graciously agreed to give the Medicine Buddha practice, transmission and teaching to a roomful of participants at the Buddhist Library. Participants were guided through the sadhana text , the visualisation process and the meditative state. This event will begin and form part of the Outreach Program of Kadri Bodhi Monastery in 2018.

Interconnected

The latest work by H.H. The 17th Karmapa is now available in paperback format and can be ordered from Wisdom Publications!

We have always been, and will always be, interconnected—through family, community, and shared humanity. As our planet changes and our world grows smaller, it is vital we not only recognize our connections to one another and to the earth but also begin actively working together as interdependent individuals to create a truly global society.

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is uniquely positioned to guide us in this process. Drawing on years of intensive Buddhist training and a passionate commitment to social issues, he teaches how we can move from a merely intellectual understanding to a fully lived experience of connection. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents of social and ethical change.

The Karmapa shows us how gaining emotional awareness of our connectedness can fundamentally reshape the human race. He then guides us to action, showing step by step how we can change the way we use the earth’s resources and can continue to better our society. In clear language, the Karmapa draws connections between such seemingly far-flung issues as consumer culture, loneliness, animal protection, and self-reliance. In the process, he helps us move beyond theory to practical and positive social and ethical change.

The book aims to add the voice of His Holiness to present-day conversations that explore global issues through the lens of interdependence.

Listen to a podcast by Prof. Karen Derris who assisted His Holiness in the creation of this wonderful book!

7th Australian Kagyu Monlam

Date: Saturday 23 September 2017, Sunday 24 September 2017 and Monday 25 September 2017

Time: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm

Venue: Grand Ballroom – Bankstown Sports Club
8 Greenfield Parade
Bankstown NSW 2200

The Kagyu Monlam is an auspicious Buddhist Prayer Festival which celebrates the interconnectedness of all sentient beings in our world. It is a great occasion when all monastic bodies together with the lay Buddhist communities unite together to pray for world peace, harmony, happiness and the wellbeing of our global community.

This tradition of the Great Aspiration Prayer Gatherings originates from Tibet in 15th century and was established by His Holiness the 7th Karmapa, Chödrak Gyatso. Today, this yearly Prayer Festival is held at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, India. This ancient Buddhist tradition is being maintained and is flourishing under the auspicious guidance of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Now, it is Australia’s turn! The 7th Australian Kagyu Monlam organised this year by Kadri Bodhi Monastery Inc. in partnership with the following Buddhist organisations:

  • D.G.T. Vision Inc.
  • Karma Yiwong Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre Inc.
  • Karmapa Australia Inc.
  • Bori Korean Buddhist Society of NSW Inc.

Together, 5 organisations with the Buddhist community will celebrate the Kagyu Monlam Prayer Festival through chants, meditation, offering, ‘empowerment’ blessing ceremony, film, relic exhibition , multicultural performances, dedication and lots more…

Click here for the Australian Kagyu Monlam Program!

Located in the heart of Bankstown, with on-site secure parking and easy access to public transport; Bankstown Sports Club, one of Sydney’s top 10 registered clubs in NSW, offers a number of dining, shopping and entertainment options within the south-western region of Sydney.

With 13 meeting and event spaces, ranging in sizes and styles and flexible layouts catering to large organisations, the Grand Ballroom in Bankstown Sports Club will provide state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and modern conference facilities with full connectivity and Wi-Fi for the Australian Kagyu Monlam Festival.

Grand Ballroom @ Bankstown Sports Club

Getting Here by public transport:

Bankstown Train Station and Bus Terminal is a short five minute walk from Bankstown Sport Club.

Plan your trip with TransportNSW.info

The faster way of walking towards the Bankstown Sports Club is via the covered walkway between the train station and Greenfield Parade (see map).

By car:

Bankstown Sports Club offers plenty of undercover parking spaces for members and guests. Entry to the car park is via either Mona Street or Greenfield Parade.

Parking at Bankstown Sports is free. If you are arriving at the club between 6am-10am Monday to Friday, you will need to validate your parking ticket at the reception desk. You do not have to validate your ticket if you arrive at the club any other time – including over the weekend.

Accommodation

Visiting from out of town? Travelodge Hotel Bankstown, Sydney is located within the Bankstown Sports Club, only minutes from Bankstown Airport and the Dunc Grey Velodrome. Hotel guests have access to all club facilities. Bankstown is renowned as an emerging foodie destination, and Travelodge is well placed for access to everything on offer here.

The hotel has been recently refurbished in April 2016 with upgrades including refreshed Guest Rooms and brand new Executive Rooms on the upper floors of the hotel.

Travelodge @ Bankstown Sports Club

Volunteering opportunity

Are you interested and/or available to volunteer your time and skills at the 7th Australian Kagyu Monlam? We require people with skills in marketing, event management, social media, stage management, etc. Please complete the registration form below and we will get back to you ASAP.

Volunteer online registration form

Monlam volunteers will need to undertake a short training session prior to the commencement of their duties at the Australian Kagyu Monlam. Volunteers will be given a short site induction of the venue and be provided with an overview of their roles and responsibilities during the 3 days period.

Donation/Support

When you donate to Kagyu Monlam Fund, you are helping to support our services, our Sangha and our activities at the Australian Kagyu Monlam Festival.

Please consider making a one-time donation or monthly pledges towards the Kagyu Monlam Fund.

Cheques can be made payable to Kadri Bodhi Monastery Inc. and sent to

PO Box 37 Bonnyrigg NSW 2177

Or deposit directly at St. George Bank Limited

Kadri Bodhi Monastery Inc. (Kagyu Monlam Fund)

BSB: 112 879

ACC: 488 336 084

For assistance with making donations, please send us an email at kdbm2015@gmail.com