Wellington Buddhist centre to host enlightenment day
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.