Welling­ton Bud­dhist cen­tre to host en­light­en­ment day

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE HOLMES

BE­GIN­NING the month of merit, the Welling­ton Bud­dhist Cen­tre (Tharpa Choel­ing) will host a very spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion this Satur­day (June 2).

‘Saga Dawa’ marks the birth, death and en­light­en­ment of Bud­dha. Lo­cally, the day will fea­ture a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity’s en­joy­ment.

Ven­er­a­ble Jhampa Thubten said they hope to cel­e­brate Bud­dhist tra­di­tions in a friendly and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are hav­ing this open day so that peo­ple can see the cen­tre and en­joy the day.

“We will have things like colour­ing in, ve­gan smooth­ies, yoga and Qigong which is breath­ing and med­i­ta­tion. There will even be a lucky door prize,” Ven­er­a­ble Thubten told Dubbo Photo News.

“We will also have a dis­cus­sion if any­one has any ques­tions, but you don’t have to be a Bud­dhist to come along and it’s not about con­vert­ing peo­ple.”

Tharpa Choel­ing is a for­mer gar­den cen­tre es­tab­lished in 2013 and de­signed to be a place where any per­son could visit re­gard­less of their re­li­gion or phi­los­o­phy.

Ven­er­a­ble Thubten wants to wel­come ev­ery­one to en­joy its tran­quil­lity with fea­tures in­clud­ing the Gazebo Room, the Zen Gar­den Room, the Lama Zopa Tribute Gar­den, Man­dala Gar­den Room, the St Fran­cis Gar­den, Quan Yin Room, the En­light­en­ment Stupa, med­i­ta­tion hall and The Train, a re­fur­bished train car­riage.

“A lot of lo­cal peo­ple helped us to build the cen­tre and we have a lovely gar­den for peo­ple to walk through,” he ex­plained.

“The day is a cel­e­bra­tion of Bud­dha’s birth, death and en­light­en­ment. We don’t want to over­whelm peo­ple. It’s just a good op­por­tu­nity to see what we’re all about. It will be a real fam­ily day.”

The Bud­dhist com­mu­nity has had a pres­ence in Welling­ton for eight years with the cen­tre mov­ing from Simp­son St to Arthur St five years ago. Nowa­days, there is a lot more aware­ness of the re­li­gion in so­ci­ety.

“There is def­i­nitely a lot more in­ter­est out there these days.”

Tharpa Choel­ing also hosts weekly tai chi, yoga and med­i­ta­tion. Visit the web­site tharpa­choel­ing.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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