Tharpa Choeling, Wellington Buddhist centre was founded by Gelupa lineage western sangha, following the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We take seriously the 43 ordination vows as given by our ordination master, Geshe Thubten Dawa plus the main Boshisattva vow which incorporates 18 root vows and 46 subsidiary vows. We are not a cultural centre and as such our main focus is study of the Buddhas teachings; the three turnings of the dharma wheel, which we are always happy to share with others. We give service to the community such as workshops in meditation, stress free living, forgiveness and many more, also dharma gifting, yoga, tai chi, prison visiting etc. by ordained western practitioners. This is a totally not for profit organisation run by the dedicated sangha and with donations from other members. Our teacher Genla Venerable Thubten Tenzin was instructed to create a centre for the study of the mind from a western perspective. Please visit us or ring the centre on 68 45 4661.  We look forward to seeing you!
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

By Lama Tsongkhapa
 
Verse Nine

Without the wisdom realizing ultimate reality,
Even though you have generated renunciation and the mind of enlightenment
You cannot cut the root cause of circling.
Therefore, attempt the method to realize dependent arising.
Verse Ten

One who sees the cause and effect of all phenomena
Of both cyclic existence and the state beyond sorrow as forever unbetraying,
And for whom any object trusted in by the grasping mind has completely disappeared,
Has at that time entered the path pleasing the Buddhas.
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Venerable Thubten Tenzin's latest book

Suggestions for Evolution
The Power of Words to Transform the Mind
From the introduction

This book using the English language is just another attempt to put into words the Path to Enlightenment according to the profound teachings of the Buddha who lived more than 2,600 years ago.
Buddha talked about the mind, how to relieve the suffering of the mind and how to bring peace to the mind, for, "All experiences are preceeded by mind having mind as their master, created by mind" (Dhammapada).
HUMAN VALUES

A New
Free Book by
Venerable Thubten Tenzin

An Excerpt

"Developing empathy helps us to understand that we are all in this together, and that we all become dissatisfied or unhappy with certain parts of our lives, or our situations in general. Empathy and compassion will develop into the ability to transform unhappiness to happiness, this is a necessary component for all of us living through our many experiences especially in this modern age."
 
Human Values was compiled from a series of workshops given in Western NSW and is intended to help those who are interested in development of our shared human qualities, not as a guide to any particular spirituality. As Buddhist practitioners, we firmly believe that to evolve the very best qualities and attributes, we begin in the here and now, using what we have to benefit as many beings as we can, because they are the cause and we are dependent on them for our highest happiness.
 
What people have said about Suggestions for Evolution

"A beautifully written book outlining the stages of the Path to Enlightenment according to Lord Buddha.  To me this book is written in text book style which is very accessible to the newcomer and to all practitioners of Buddhism where one is able to refer back to it time and time again to gain an understanding of the Buddhist path, our own spirituality and how our actions of body, speech and mind affect our future development.  Venerable Thubten Tenzin allows us to explore different aspects of the Buddhist path according to our own capabilities and enables us to take responsibility for our own enlightenment.  It is not only inspirational but motivates the reader to ultimately follow the Bodhisattva path."
Susan Kirkwood
“Subconsciously we are lured by the expectation that we will reach a stage where we don’t have to fix anything ever again. One day we will reach “happily ever after.” We are convinced of the notion of “resolution.” It’s as if everything that we’ve experienced up until now, our whole lives to this moment, was a dress rehearsal. We believe our grand performance is yet to come, so we do not live for today.”
― Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.
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