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Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre is situated in the rolling hills of Nelson, New Zealand, on the northern end of the country’s South Island. With the support of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the center was founded in 1999 by Phillipa Rutherford and Bruce Farley, who serve as the center’s co-directors. In this video by Peter Kemp, you’ll have an opportunity to see the center’s beautiful grounds as well as meet some of the center’s residents, including Geshe Jampa Tharchin, who is the center’s resident geshe, and also Ven. Youdon, a resident nun.
Phillipa Rutherford, co-director of New Zealand’s Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, shares news about the successful completion of some of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice:
We would like to let people know we have manifested a 2-meter (7-foot) Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) statue and we are currently filling it and reorganizing the altar to fit it. This is Dusum Sangay Guru Rinpoche, the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche who dispels all obstacles and brings amazing success.
The statue was crafted in Nepal and Ani Fran at Kopan Monastery coordinated the production of it. We are very happy to have fulfilled this wish of our precious Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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From Phillipa Rutherford, director Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre
Nine students at Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, in Richmond, New Zealand, completed their first subject from the Basic Program, passing their exam after studying the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. New resident teacher Geshe Jampa Tharchin began the second subject on August 1, Awarenesses and Knowers, covering the intermediate lam-rim. We have now made it possible to follow the teachings from our web site with online students sending in weekly homework.
Chandrakirti Centre has a new 8-foot [2.4-meter] fiberglass Buddha – a replica of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. We are busy painting and decorating the Buddha and throne, a very majestic and holy presence in the center’s grounds. We send our thanks to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion near Bendigo, Australia, for the Buddha.
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During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s tour of New Zealand, June 9-12, the resident geshes of the FPMT centers in New Zealand had their picture taken during a moment with His Holiness. Geshe Wangdu from Dorje Chang Institute and Geshe Jampa Tharchin from Chandrakirti Centre as well as Phillipa Rutherford, co-director of Chandrakirti Centre, posed for the photo.
About the visit, Phillipa Rutherford shared with Mandala:
His Holiness visited Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland in New Zealand. The main theme of His Holiness teachings was secular ethics – bringing good conduct back into mainstream society – and how we can do this. His Holiness also visited two universities and spoke to hundreds of students.
This photo was taken at 5 a.m. at the hotel in Auckland. As His Holiness was leaving, he gave a short talk to the Tibetans, concluding with telling them to enjoy themselves while in the West.
From New Zealand, His Holiness toured Australia, June 14-23, visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin. While in Sydney, His Holiness participated in the Young Minds conference, organized by Vajrayana Institute, the FPMT center in Sydney. In Melbourne, His Holiness spoke at Happiness & Its Causes, another project of Vajrayana Institute.
For reports on His Holiness’ activities in New Zealand and Australia, visit dalailama.com.
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