Please note that all classes, practices, pujas and events are now held in the new gompa at Escarpments Estate
We’re on the move and picking up speed! The next step is to transfer everything that we’re keeping from the house to the new premises, cleaning & closing rooms as they’re cleared.
Can you help?
Whether you can load the heavy stuff or wrap delicate china, drive a ute or drive a vacuum cleaner, for an hour or a day, we’d love to see you!
We have assigned both this Saturday and Sunday (23rd and 24th of March) to make the move but we may be finished on the Saturday depending on how many able bodies put up their hands to help!. If so we have some cleaning to do on the Sunday so any help would be much appreciated!
Many thanks – we look forward to seeing you!
Thank you from the depth of our hearts Wow! - what an amazing night. Thank you to everyone that came and your incredible generosity and kindness. We raised $10,000 for the move! - thank you to all the incredible donations and support - we can now move and do everything we planned plus more. Your love, compassion and support of the Centre is so appreciated and allows the good work to continue. Thank you, Thank you! Please join us in April for the Grand opening and come and see the beautiful new Gompa and Dharma park. A big thank you to all the amazing volunteers that made the night possible - to our wonderful Tibetan friends - thank you!
Settle your heart
On the move.....
... and very excited about it! The Centre's new home is to be at Escarpments Estate, formerly the Katoomba Golf Club, just a couple of blocks down Narrowneck Road from the present house.
The five year lease provides for a large new gompa that will also house the library, secure storage, parking and use of the cafe/seating area and delightful outdoor dining terrace adjacent to our area. The whole looks out over the tranquil vista of the former course. A section of the grounds beside the building will be developed into a Peace Garden that more fully realises Geshe Zopa's design of the garden at the existing Centre. This is where the stupa and later the Yellow Tara statue will be located.
For many years Kunsang Yeshe has operated from a series of flats and houses. With each expansion of the Centre and its activities the use of residential premises has become more problematic until it is no longer feasible. Securing this long, commercial lease is hugely advantageous and we have every hope this will be our second last move, that from here we will leave only when we settle into a home of our own.
We were so fortunate to have three days of inspiring teachings from Geshe Tenzin Zopa in February. Please listen to his closing remarks about our move.
Geshe Tsundue Joins the Kunsang Yeshe Community Yet another piece of wonderful news: in April Geshe Tsundue will be based at the Centre. Geshe-la, who was already an acknowledged ritual master, graduated from Sera Jey as a Geshe last year. He has strong ties to the Tibetan community, which he will maintain.
Although Geshela will not be our 'resident' Geshe we are so privileged to have Geshela in the Blue Mountains. He will in due course be visiting other FPMT Centres and will make his home base here with us, which will greatly benefit all of us.
Precious offering of Kangyur and Tengyur texts
Within hours of final decision to relocate being made, we received a complete set of Kangyur (words of the Buddha) and Tengyur (commentaries by the Indian masters)!! The incredibly precious texts of Kangyur are considered to be an emanation of the Buddha himself. The presence of Kangyur and Tengyur is a blessing indeed.
“In essence, the Kangyur is the root of our dharma, the source of our teachings, and the true guide of what to do and what not to do.”
- H. H. Karmapa
This particular set was donated by His Holiness Dalai Lama for Choden Rinpoche's Balmain teachings. Rinpoche instructed his students that they were to be used in the establishment of a gompa and now they have come to us through the immense kindness of Kirra Givanni, a student of Rinpoche's, who contacted us to offer them for our gompa.
Precious offering of prayer wheels
During these teaching two extraordinarily generous donors who prefer to remain anonymous offered us a remarkable set of eight antique prayer wheels in the traditional Tibetan style, 3m long and 1.5m high. Placed beside the gompa entrance they will provide a focal point for Kunsang Yeshe's presence at our new home.
Geshe Zopa is returning in April, watch for teaching dates around the second weekend as well as a gala opening of our new premises
Venerable Yonten is back in the second half of August, with two teaching weekends planned, so keep checking the calendar.
Geshe Sherab will be here from 9th - 12th November - save the dates, details will appear shortly. General news
Thank you Geshela! What a wonderful 3 day retreat with Geshe Tenzin Zopa - thank you so much for visiting us and your patient and kind teaching!. We are so fortunate and so grateful! - We are so excited to have started the 'Bodhisattva's way of life' and look forward to many more visits as we progress through this precious text.