Making history! The first weekend course and 8th Karmapa retreat took place at Glentui on the weekend. Such a special time and incredible place to meditate at.
This October, join us for a weekend of meditation and teachings with Sarah Primus from Australia at our Glentui Retreat Centre.
To register, click here.
About the Course:
Sarah’s teachings will focus on what is commonly called Ngondro or Preliminary Practices. This is a series of four meditations that develop a deep understanding of the goal and the way; purify the mind from heavy imprints left as a result of former harmful actions; and create countless positive impressions, which make a basis for the practice of Mahamudra, or the Great Seal.
This course is for students of Lama Ole Nydahl and regular practitioners of a Diamond Way Buddhism city centre.
About the Teacher:
Sarah met Lama Ole in Perth in 1996 when she was 17 years old. After graduating from a Bachelor of Psychology & Indigenous studies, she started a seven-year period of traveling to different Diamond Way centres and teaching English overseas from Nepal to Europe. Now based in Perth, she is a busy working mum and continues her involvement with both local and international Diamond Way projects. Lama Ole asked her to start teaching in 2012.
We are very excited to launch our blitz fundraising campaign to finish the gompa floor and entrance.
You can donate a square metre of the gompa floor and foyer for $108. We have 160 square metres on offer!
1. Foyer: First, we will enclose the foyer so that it protects the entrance from the volatile weather
we experience at Glentui.
2. Floor: Next, we will sand and polish the concrete floor to have a marble effect – smooth enough
to do prostrations straight on it! The concrete will also act as a heat soak, keeping it warm in the
winter. Beautiful, practical and cost-effective.
We will engage a private company to do the floor and complete the foyer ourselves. The floor will
cost $11,000 and the foyer, $6000. Therefore, our total fundraising goal is $17,000.
We will fundraise between now until the end of October 2018 – that way we will be able to finish
the project by the time Lama Ole heads to this part of the world again.
Lots of ways! Donate a square metre or more yourself, get your sangha together and host a dinner
or movie night – much like space, the possibilities are endless…
You can transfer your donations to the following accounts:
Diamond Way Buddhist Trust,
SWIFT code: BKNZNZ22
Reference: Donation Gompa
Buddhism Diamond Way East
Account No.: 1051 4631
Reference: “Glentui Gompa”
Diamond Way Buddhism
Bank: Commerzbank AG
BIC (SWIFT-Code): COBADEFFXXX
IBAN: DE20 2004 0000 0628 808805
Purpose: New Zealand / Glentui
We would love to inform you that the shower & toilet block has been finished!
Check this out, the Gompa is almost done!
Also a platform for the shower block is ready..Hooray!
We are so happy that Lama Ole came and inaugurated our gompa at Glentui! A wonderful occasion that completed a two-year project to create a solid foundation for our ongoing activities at our retreat land. Thank you to all the friends, team and, of course, Lama Ole for making this such a successful development.
November brought to Glentui retreat centre a great wave of activity and workforce from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. We spent two weekends working, meditating and eating together, enjoying beautiful weather and peaceful land in Glentui, disturbing it just a little bit with ongoing works on the gompa and outdoors.
The gompa ceiling is now emerging in it’s final beautiful design and Stage 2 – building the shower and toilet block is coming soon! We are now just about to sign a building contract and let it happen!
Hāngi is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. It is still used for special occasions. To “lay a hāngi” or “put down a hāngi” involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before uncovering (or lifting) the hāngi.
To ensure the Gompa is fully functional, we have been working on plans for a toilet and shower block. This is a complex mission and at this stage we have quotes for the parts that need specialists such as a ‘lock up shell’ building, waste water system, plumbing and drain laying. The Sangha will do the finishing the rest as we are doing with the Gompa.
At the same time we have been fundraising for this project because even through its a small building it’s quite expensive – around $NZ120,000. We’ve had many generous local and international donors and have applied to charities funding organisations to help get enough money to finish this work. We hope this building will be finished by the time Lama Ole visits in 2018.
Progress of Stage 2 – the Sangha rocks!
The wall framing – DONE, insulation – DONE, power cables for lights – DONE, first top coat of paint – DONE, two more coats to go and then we can start on the ceiling. Thanks to everyone for your support and hard work with smile on your faces! Enjoy the pictures below