Sunday, December 23, 2007

BLISS

  Thank you to all those kind people who have sent me greetings for Christmas and the New year. I certainly have you all in my heart and in my prayers. This photo is not of the Coromandel in New Zealand, but it is a very good facimile. Wishing you all the best for the new year.........Ven Namgyel
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Retreats....

The Medicine Buddha dates for Kopan have been set and I have added it on to the google calendar 15th to 29th June and then there is a ten day lam rim retreat in July. I would advise anybody wanting to join the MB retreat in June to register early as there is only a limited number of seats available. I like to keep the retreat medium sized.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Tasmania

Medicine Buddha dates have been confirmed for the Tasmanian retreat, 12-19th March and you can check out the accommodation on: www.nichetas.com.au

It looks like a really wonderful venue for the retreat. Only a limited number of places are available, so I would advise you to book early through Lindy and her Email : chagtong@gmail.com

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Delusions.........

Our programme called for teachings on Friday evening and Saturday all day on how to develop loving kindness then Sunday changing venue and dealing with emotions. The weekend seemed to go off very well, people being enthusiastic and asking great questions. Adrienne and Marie were the hosts of the first teachings and then I moved on to Loren's house, which is a working farm, growing export quality flowers. We had 30 people on Sunday, which Lauren said is a good number considering Christmas is fast approaching. Thanks to everybody for organising and for taking care of me so well. Tomorrow we are driving a few hours to Coromandel and the Mahamudra Meditation Centre where we will have a casual Christmas programme, leading up to Ven Choden Rinpoche's arrival by the 27th December.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Beautiful Tara in Bodh Gaya

 
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Movin' on....

After a very pleasant stay, again, with Annie and Sally, off I go south from Auckland four hours, to teach in a country area. This weekend will be busy discussing kindness and how to generate it. Sunday I am at Lauren's house and then moving on to Mahamudra Centre. My time will be at MMC until the end of January. That time I will be teaching LAM RIM, including the 6 perfections and Thought Transformation, for a few days from the 31st Jan. at Dorje Chang Institute. Oh, by the way, it is a very pleasant and sunny 23C in Auckland! Feels hotter than that. See you all soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Whangarei....North Island

There is a joke in this part of New Zealand that the name of the place is not Whangarei it is actually Whanga-rainy! I can attest to that. Having now been here for five days, all I have seen is incessant rain, which comes at you from 45 degrees; the umbrella blows inside out; robes get wet! There is a wind that constantly sounds “Whoooo Whoooo” and fog obscures the view. So, wait until I see all of you who told me the weather in New Zealand is like a warm English day. Or perhaps this is like a warm English day, ha ha! So jokes and weather aside – I am sitting in a nice warm retreat house which belongs to Geshe Ngawang Dhargey, one of the greatest teachers of our time. Geshe Sonam Rinchen (LTWA) will be arriving here soon. They have been building a stupa on the hill above the centre, but due to the weather I haven’t made it up there. The inauguration is on the 24th February – I would like to attend, teaching commitments permitting. On Wednesday the 12th I take the three hour coach back down to Auckland and staying with Annie and Sally (sounds like a film title). I am so fortunate to be staying there, as they are both really good hosts and the house reminds me of a family home. Great views at the back on to the city. 13th driving to Tauranga and Whakatane where I giving teachings on Developing Kindness and Emotions. On to Mahamudra Retreat Centre from the 17th December and my work really begins. So there you have it........hope you enjoy reading about my Dharma life and I sincerely wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2008.

Please remember:
The purpose of life is not to live, it's to cause happiness for all sentient beings.
That doesn’t mean just praying for it to happen, but to go out and try to bring happiness into other’s lives. Try practising random acts of deliberate kindness, please and let me know how you all are and what is happening in your lives........

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Arrival in Auckland

Not warm at all, around 19C and so quite a big difference between here and Singapore. However, the warm face of Sally Barraud at the airport was an auspicious sign and since then she has been really kind to me, taking me out to lunch, sharing her internet connection and helping me with local information. Tomorrow I am on the bus to a retreat centre a few hours from here and will possibly be out of touch for about a week. Thanks to everyone who made my stay in Singapore very enjoyable (especially Valerie, Thomas, Raphael and Patricia) but there were so many other people that I cannot name individually right now. See you all again soon!
If you are in New Zealand anywhere between December-February, we have a fabulous programme of Rinpoche/Geshe's teaching and then there is me. Do come along if you have the time.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Singapore

Arrived safely and feeling good in Singapore, and now staying with friends Valerie and her husband. A beautiful house in the suburbs, not far from the airport, there is a good breeze blowing which means we don't need the a/c - unusual for Singapore. Nice chats, good food and from tomorrow a bit of work, ha ha. Tuesday I visit the new ABC premises and that should be really interesting as I have heard a lot about it from various friends from Singapore. On the 5th, I continue on to the paradise of the pure realms, otherwise known as New Zealand. Hope the build-up I have received about NZ is all true!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The End!

Our wonderful, cohesive and caring group of Medicine Buddhas (aspiring anyway) finished with the MB puja this morning - they set up really nice looking and tasting offerings, which we polished off at lunchtime. Sonam and Hannah worked in the background tirelessly to make sure all the details were taken care of. Jaspal cooked wonderful food and Gonpo massaged away the aches and pains. I would say it was a very successful retreat and wish Medicine Buddha House lots and lots of success in benefiting others. Now I am off to New Zealand and then Tasmania. I must have created some really good karma in one life or another!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Total Inspiration.....

 
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This is a rare photograph of my inspiration, and the inspiration of countless people around the world - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. For those of you who have had the great privilege of listening to His Holiness teach, or even just to be in the presence of His Holiness, you will understand when I say it is such a warm, beautiful feeling of love and compassion that one feels.

Apart from the warmth of feeling that His Holiness naturally emanates, there are those wonderful teachings on wisdom that I barely understand, but make me feel that I need to study more and practice more in order to fulfil one's aim to be of benefit to all sentient beings.



His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche's Main Guru. We are extremely fortunate to be in contact with such rare and Enlightened Beings. Please, if you get the chance to receive teachings from either His Holiness or Lama Zopa Rinpoche, don't even hesitate one second - you will never regret the experience of being in the Presence of True Love and True Compassion and it will OPEN YOUR HEART!

Open Your Heart

Welcome to my new blog, which will be updated periodically as I continue to travel and teach at various Buddhist Centres around the world for my kind and Most Holy Guru, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche of the F.P.M.T.



Presently (October 2007) I am teaching in Root Institute, Bodh Gaya, the Holiest Place on this planet for Buddhists. Quite an honour and a responsibility - as we have had three courses already, in the short time I have been here. Most of the people attending the courses are new to Buddhist teachings and meditations, therefore it is my responsibility to guide them in the best possible way I can, to learn to Open Their Hearts and relate to all sentient beings in a kinder, more patient and more compassionate way. Throw in more than a dash of Buddhist Wisdom and you have a lot of information to impart in a ten day course.



However, the results are there - so many people say at the end of the course that they have been moved very deeply by the meditations and teachings. I also receive a large number of emails daily from people wondering how to continue putting the teachings into practice in their every day life. Thank you for that. It makes teaching more than worthwhile.



My next stop will be Goa, where I shall be leading a ten day Medicine Buddha retreat and then on to New Zealand for three months. You will be able to read all about New Zealand from December onwards. I have never visited there before, although I was living in Australia, so for me, it will be very exciting and in addition I will be working with a dear friend Venerable Bernice, the new director of Mahamudra Centre.