We are so happy to invite you to Lama Ole’s 2016 Great Seal course at Glentui, where Lama Ole will also inaugurate our new gompa – an historic event not to be missed!
Registration is now open at http://diamondway.org.au/glentui_great_seal_course_2016.
The course will kick off on Wednesday 17 February with talks by Dharma teachers and guided meditations, followed by four days of precious Great Seal teachings and meditations with Lama Ole. The course finishes on the evening of Sunday 21 February.
This is the first big course with our new gompa and the Sangha has been super busy building a café, installing water filtration and waste water management, putting in new electrical connections, leveling ground, getting council permissions, managing the gompa construction, renting a commercial container kitchen and portable hot showers.
But there is still a lot to do, so we welcome anyone to come early to help build up the course, to help during the course, and be part of the joyful energy.
During the course we will be camping at on the retreat land where we have plenty of spots with great views. There is limited dormitory accommodation at the nearby Glentui Meadows Conference Centre. However, we encourage all New Zealand and Australian Sangha to bring their tents to allow overseas travelers or families with small children to register for the dormitory accommodation as capacity is limited.
There are also a few recommended hotels and bed and breakfasts a short drive away if you are planning to rent a car. Due to council regulations, parking on site is restricted to vehicles needed to run the course but we have arranged for extra parking at the conference centre down the road.
Shuttle buses will run between Christchurch Airport and Glentui at the start and end of the course.
Fantastic news that the now Gompa has council consent and construction can proceed, its a great milestone.
Thanks everyone right from the start of the vision of the Gompa for a course with Lama Ole through to the Lord of the Mind and all other ways we spread the word, the fundraising, the proposal to work with Australia, getting the Foundation and NZ Trust on board, the design of the Gompa, the quotes, then the contracts and most recently following up Totalspan and the Waimak council!
Its been almost 2 years just for this part and then there’s the years of managing Glentui and all the idealism that lead up to this point. Amazing, idealistic work.
And now we are working through the biggest NZ/Australian co-project we’ve ever done to make the building and inauguration of the Gompa during a course at Glentui with Lama Ole that will be an event to remember!
Well done to everyone who have supported and worked hard on this. It’s of real, long term benefit – continuing joyful work and setting up the conditions for us all to get enlightened for the benefit of all!
Dear friends around the world,
We would like to share with you a short movie about what is happening at our AUS&NZ Retreat Land in Glentui.
We presented this recently during the Summercourse at the Europe Centre – many different countries presented short videos about their centres and events. It was a great night full of inspiration and insight into the amazing activity worldwide.
Please see the link below and ENJOY!
This morning at 7.20 AM AUS time & 9.20 AM NZ time Totalspan began cutting the ground, to start excavating the land set aside for our Precious Glentui Gompa. With a check by Chris to ensure the position of the Gompa was correct, the digger made the first cut into the ground.
A light rain turned heavier for a few moments & great joy was felt to see our united AUS/NZ project, really begin! Lama Ole had been informed by email that it would all happen at this time. With so many friends supporting and enabling us to get to this point, we are very grateful! It was topped off by having Manfred, the founder of Buddhism in New Zealand, there in person, after his very recent spinal surgery. We will keep you all informed.
” I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.” Gandalf
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” Lady Galadriel
Q: How much money have we raised and how much do we still need to raise?
A: We have raised about $160,000 and we need to reach $170,000 in total to complete Stage 1. Additional funds will need to be raised to complete Stage 2.
Q: Where did the money come from?
A: With fundraising such as “The Lord of the Mind” screening, generous monthly ongoing donations from Australia and NZ Sangha plus one off donations from Australian, New Zealand & some worldwide Sangha members, a $NZ35,000 donation (from Australia national group) and a $NZ35,000 loan from Australia National group – to be paid back annually over 3 years. Further fundraising continues in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
Q: And how can I contribute now?
A: We offer links to a variety of ways to contribute. This includes credit card, ‘Give a little”, direct bank transfer and joining the ‘fellowship’ for making regular contributions. You can screen the movie The Lord of the Mind in your centre for example during the course or after meditation. To get the link please contact us.
Let’s get connected, it’s easy. Thank you very much for all your support and efforts!
May all beings reach enlightenment!
We are very thankful to all our friends around the world who have helped us to spread the awareness about the Glentui Gompa Project with screening of the movie The Lord of the Mind. Cheers, folks!