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.
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
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.
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!
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!
Stage 2 has three parts which we will be working on over the next year:
- Finish the inside of the Gompa
- Build a toilet and shower block
- Finish around the outside of the Gompa
1. Finish the inside of the Gompa
- Wall framing and panels
- Install insulation in the walls and roof
- Electrical wiring installation
- Lighting and electrical plugs
- Paint the walls
- Put up the plywood ceiling
We want to have this finished before Lama Ole comes in February 2017 to inaugurate the Gompa.
See the photo gallery of how this work is going > Sangha rocks!
2. Build a toilet and shower block – see the separate blog post on this.
3. Finish around the outside of the Gompa
For council sign off we also need to put in disabled parking and we will also put in some retaining walls and paths around the gompa.
Further down the track
We have lots more we want to to after stage 2 such as polishing the concrete floor, getting carpets, mats and cushions for meditation, building an altar, landscaping around the Gompa – that’s just the start. Stay tuned …
Not for Stage 1, this is contracted to Totalspan and they have safety regulations and laws for this. They will do all of this work and for purposes of ACC and insurance, we do not do any of this with them.
However, we’ll be able to visit the site and discuss progress or problems with the project manager. This is in a controlled manner in the interest of the safety of all.
Stage 1 is the building of the Gompa to what we call “lock up stage”. This means that it will be complete but without the lining on the inside and the power connected to it. Storm water drainage from the Gompa to a pit some distance away – this will provide water for new trees below the Gompa.
The design is consistent with most Diamond Way gompas around the world. The plan complies with IL2 building code standards for the local area and with legal conditions which meet government standards for this type of building purpose. This allows for the building to withstand the weather conditions in the area which is at a higher altitude than that required for a lower standard. This includes high winds which are known in this area. At the same time, the plan is for an attractive building. These codes also comply with regulations for it to meet standards for public use.
For stage 1 the building will have a concrete floor with no heating and no wall linings nor insulation apart from a builders thermal break. Included in this is sliding front doors to accommodate bigger courses and the use of a tent to hold more participants, a porch for shoes, coats etc. and this will have double french doors into the Gompa. Lots of windows open for air and light and a side door for the Lama to have a tent off to the side for entering and exiting, toilet, tea facilities or for whatever his needs are.
Dearest friends worldwide,
You have an opportunity to be connected to our precious Glentui Gompa project. We will be putting 5 Bumpa vases in the foundation for Naga offerings.
For this we are collecting precious or semi-precious gemstones in the 5 Buddha colours (red, blue, yellow, white, green) and gold and silver jewelery. Lama Ole will place Bumpa vases & bless the gompa when he comes in February 2016.
Please send your contributions by the end of November to:
Christchurch Buddhist Centre
220 England St
Thank you very much,
Your Glentui Gompa Project team