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“Sydney’s Vajrayana Institute (VI) hosted Choden Rinpoche for one week in March, along with his wonderful translator, Voula Zarpani,” shared Kathy Graham, Vajrayana Institute’s communications manager. ”During this blessed time, students received a number of teachings and initiations from the great master including a general teaching on the Eight Verses of Mind Training, a commentary on ‘taking the three bodies into the path,’ and a conferral of the action tantra form of Vajrasattva.
“Choden Rinpoche also very kindly presided over an ordination ceremony for new monks and nuns, among them Liberation Prison Project’s Ven. Gyalten Drolkar (formerly, Kylie Plunkett), and offered the eight Mahayana precepts on what was an auspicious Buddha Day, when the merit of taking precepts and other virtues multiplies 100 million times. Plus, a number of lucky students got to accompany Rinpoche on a visit to Sydney Wildlife Zoo.
“The center also hosted the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist masters touring Australia, and exhibited at VI on the weekend of March 28. The event was a huge success. More than 200 visitors attended the opening ceremony alone, which featured chanting by monks, prayers, a presentation by the tour team about the relics, and a talk on ‘The Power of Loving Kindness’ by Jonathon Fisher of the Wake Up Project. All told, around 1,000 people viewed the relics with many receiving personal blessings – along with their beloved pets.
“Then to top off what’s been an amazing few months at VI, Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) was our special guest last weekend, April 11-13. Visitors filled the gompa on Friday night to hear her public talk ’How to Develop Wisdom and Compassion’ and attend her weekend teachings ‘What Can Buddhism Bring to Your Daily Life – Whether You’re Buddhist or Not.’ We feel very fortunate here at Vajrayana Institute!”
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