Wangdrak Rinpoche Returns to Australia

Wangdrak Rinpoche during his first visit to Australia, 2012.

With fond memories still fresh from his first visit to Australia, Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoche has been welcomed back for a second time to the Sydney area and Melbourne – from 24 June to 14 July 2013. On this visit Rinpoche will lead extended meditation sessions and weekend retreats, as an opportunity to deepen the connection and meditation experience of students from Rinpoche’s last visit. For new students wanting to connect with Wangdrak Rinpoche and the Gebchak tradition, now is your chance! Rinpoche will share more stories and insights of the Gebchak nuns in Tibet who are preserving a rare tradition of lifelong yogic practice, in spite of rapid modernization in the world around them.

As a Khenpo and Abbot of Gebchak Nunney, Wangdrak Rinpoche is a wonderful representative of Buddhism in Tibet whose compassion and cheerfulness is a reminder of the inner dharma that transcends all change.

SYDNEY & BLUE MOUNTAINS

The Wisdom of Experience – The Feminine Practice Tradition of Gebchak Gonpa
Friday 28 June 2013 ~ 7pm
Vajrayana Institute
9 Victoria Avenue, Ashfield, NSW 2131
Directions here.

Ground, Path and Fruition from the Perspective of Feminine Wisdom
Saturday 29 June 2013 ~ 10am – 4pm
Yeshe Nyima Centre
49 High Street, Harris Park (Parramatta), NSW 2150

Meditation on Buddha Nature
Sunday 30 June 2013 ~ 10am – 4.30pm

4/52 Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW 2785

The Feminine Practice Tradition at Gebchak Gonpa
Monday 1 July 2013 ~ 7pm
Kunsang Yeshe Centre
61 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath, NSW 2785

MELBOURNE

Ground, Path and Fruition from the Perspective of Feminine Wisdom
Friday 5 July 2013 ~ 7.30pm – 9:30pm

Buddhist Society of Victoria
71-73 Darling Road, East Malvern, VIC 3145
Directions here.

Meditation on Buddha Nature
Saturday 6 July 2013 ~ 2.30pm – 8.30pm

Kagyu E-Vam Institute
673 Lygon Street, Carlton North, VIC, 3054

Meditation on Buddha Nature
Sunday 7 July 2013 ~ 10am – 5.30pm
Kagyu E-Vam Institute
673 Lygon Street, Carlton North, VIC, 3054

Buddhism in Everyday Life
Saturday 13 July 2013 ~ 10.30am – 11.45am

Bao Minh Buddhist centre
321-323 Kingston Road, Clarinda, VIC 3169

The Wisdom of Experience – The Feminine Practice Tradition of Gebchak Gonpa
Saturday 13 July 2013 ~ 2.30pm – 4pm 

Kagyu E-Vam Institute
673 Lygon Street, Carlton North, VIC, 3054

Information: gebchakaustralia@gmail.com
Sydney/Blue Mts – Leona (02) 47877666 or (mob) 0408448739
Melbourne – Sarah (03) 9596 4909

gebchakgonpa.org

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Greeting the Female Water Snake Year

Wangdrak Rinpoche, nuns & the Gebchak temple in snow.

The Tibetan year draws to a close and February 11 marks the start to the Year of the Female Water Snake. Deep in their winter retreat intensives (similar to the one seen in this video), the Gebchak nuns pray for the removal of obstacles from the past year, paving the way for the new one. And, as always, the nuns sincerely pray from the depths of their heart that all beings throughout the globe meet with happiness, peace and all auspicious circumstances.

Temple progress: 2012 brought with it the positive energy of moving forward.  The new Gebchak temple slowly stretches its way to a second story. The short summer season is the only window of opportunity for construction  and nuns not in fulltime retreat helped with as much hands-on building work as they possibly could – inspiring the paid laborers with their example. But for now, the winter snows blanket the landscape, the temple is in hibernation, and construction will resume after the spring thaw.

Our orphans: Finally out of emergency tents which had served as their temporary home since 2010, the Yushu orphans have moved into a rented building for the winter. Thanks to everyone’s kindness, we hope to provide these children with a permanent orphanage in the future.

Orphans receiving shoes & other supplies.

If you are a new reader to our blog, please read here to learn about how the orphans came into the care of Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoche and about his commitment to provide these children the security of an education, a home – and their Tibetan culture. Their future depends on us all – and it will be many years until they reach adulthood. Please view this photo gallery of Winter 2012 to see the orphans in their new home plus the Gebchak nuns in their remote snowy environment.

Australia visit: Wangdrak Rinpoche thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to Australia last September. People turning out to hear his talks included advanced practitioners, inter-sangha members and beautiful gatherings of the curious and interested. An online album of the visit can be viewed here. Many people were struck by Rinpoche’s profound teachings and were enthralled by the illustrative descriptions of the Gebchak nuns in Tibet. Although nothing is set in stone, Rinpoche hopes to return to Australia for a two-week visit at the end of June 2013.   

It is the connection of your sincerity that allows the Gebchak tradition to keep on going. To you – our long-term and new supporters throughout the world – the nuns of Gebchak Gonpa send their gratitude and heartfelt prayers. May the new year be auspicious for you and your loved ones!

On behalf of Wangdrak Rinpoche and the nuns of Gebchak Gonpa, Tibet.

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Gebchak News September 2012

NEWS FLASH – Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoche will make his first visit to Australia in October!  Find his complete public schedule in the regions of Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Melbourne posted here. We request all of you who have connections in Australia to help us forward this information.

This senior Gebchak nun helped rebuild Gebchak Gonpa in the 1980's. Now in 2012, she helps build again.

Nuns build temple – meditation in action! Gebchak Gonpa has been bustling with construction of the new main temple – an enormous project. The old mud-brick, wooden temple at the centre of the nunnery was torn down last year. It was unstable and dangerous in an earthquake-prone region. Building materials are transported from the city of Xining, a 35-hour drive away. The contractor is from Sichuan, and the laborers were initially reluctant to travel up the steep road to the very remote Gebchak. Skilled stone masons have come from Lhasa and are doing excellent work, but with the short building season at Gebchak (summer only) they will not finish in time for the wood work to begin this year. Completion of the first floor will have to wait until next spring.

Nevertheless, patience and quality is the name of the game at Gebchak. The hearty Gebchak nuns have also contributed to construction work, carrying materials by hand and mixing cement. Wangdrak Rinpoche is very pleased with the quality of the construction so far, and though it is a long, hard endeavor the new temple will be well worth the wait in the long run. The estimated cost of the remaining construction is USD$500, 000 – though that is expected to rise quickly as costs do in China. Have a look at recent photos of the temple construction here.

Please help build the temple!
Any amount gratefully accepted.

A happy orphan at a back-to school picnic.



Our orphans: Two years after the earthquake, Yushu city is still an expanse of blue tents, though civic infrastructure is starting to take shape again. Because of your kind support, Wangdrak Rinpoche’s orphans have enough food, clothing and care to continue their education at the local school. However, the children are still living in emergency tents after two years, which does not allow for the stability of home and supervision they require in their formative years. A permanent orphanage building is urgently needed.  A orphanage building would provide them a nurturing environment, as well as permanent guardians and teaching staff.  An orphanage building with dormitories, kitchen and classrooms, along with purchase of land, is estimated to cost USD$220,000.

In early July, the orphans enjoyed a back-to-school picnic after their one-month school break for the annual “cordiceps” harvest. Cordiceps (known in Tibetan as “yartsa gunbu”, དབྱར་རྩྭ་དགུན་འབུ་) is a high altitude herbal medicine that is harvested and sold by Tibetans as a mainstay of their economy. Tibetans, young and old, go to the hills at that time of year to collect this herbal medicine. The children are now back in school and bracing themselves for the winter season ahead. The first snowfall of the year already came last week! Photos of the back-to-school picnic can be seen here. Recently the older orphans were issued good results on last semester’s exams. Rinpoche is delighted as this determines they will stay in Yushu where he can continue their care.

Any amount gratefully accepted towards creating a stable home, community, guardianship and tutorials for each of these dear orphans.

Tribute: An elder Gebchak nun, Takme Wangmo, passed away in July with all the signs of a highly-accomplished meditation practitioner. She was one of the few remaining senior nuns that re-built Gebchak after its total destruction during the Cultural Revolution. Please read more on this new website page – Tribute to Takme Wangmo.

 

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Wangdrak Rinpoche: Visit to Australia

Wangdrak Rinpoche in Nangchen, Tibet.

We are very excited to welcome Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoche on his first journey to Australia. This is a friendship visit to both the Sydney and Melbourne regions where wonderful opportunities have been organized. Rinpoche will share stories and images of the Gebchak nuns plus give teachings on how we can meditate on our own true nature – our Buddha nature.

Wangdrak Rinpoche is a Khenpo and abbot of Gebchak nunnery in the remote region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet. Gebchak Gonpa is renowned for the accomplishments of its nuns in profound meditation practice and in their joyful expression of compassion and wisdom.  Rinpoche’s care for these devoted women is a living example of deep compassion.

SYDNEY & BLUE MOUNTAINS

Media presentation & Talk plus Q&A on Gebchak nuns
Thursday 11th October 2012 ~ 6.30pm for 7pm 

YHA, 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
$10 – there are free places if money is an obstacle.
Refreshments available.

Human Nature—Buddha Nature
Friday 12th October 2012 ~ 6.30 pm for 7pm 
4/52 Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW 2785
$10 – there are free places if money is an obstacle.

Media presentation & Talk plus Q&A on Gebchak nuns
Sunday 14th October 2012 ~ 6.30pm for 7pm 

Vajrayana Institute
9 Victoria Avenue, Ashfield, NSW 2131
$20/15 – let us know if money is an obstacle
Tickets at the door. Refreshments provided.
Meditation on Buddha Nature
Monday 15th October 2012 ~ 6.30pm for 7pm 
Buddhist Library
90‐92 Church St, Camperdown, NSW 2050
$15—let us know if money is an obstacle.
Tickets at the door. Refreshments provided.
MELBOURNE
All Melbourne talks are FREE of charge.

Human Nature ‐ Buddha Nature
Friday 19th Oct 2012 ~ 7.30pm ‐ 9.00pm 
Buddhist Society of Victoria
71‐73 Darling Road, East Malvern

Living a Good Life
Sunday 21st Oct 2012 ~ 2.00pm ‐ 3.30pm
Tieu Dao Meditation Centre
5 Rolex Court, Noble Park

Meditation on Buddha Nature
Monday 22nd Oct 2012 ~ 7.30pm – 9.00pm 
17 Grandview Road, North Brighton
(Please ring the Melbourne contact below if you will be attending this session)

Information: gebchakaustralia@gmail.com
Sydney – (02) 47877666 or 040844873
Melbourne – Sarah (03) 9596 4909
www.gebchakgonpa.org

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