It was a deeply enriching weekend at a special place as the community and the Gyuto Monks came together at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens to celebrate the second anniversary of the building of the World Peace Stupa, writes Candida Baker of Verandah Magazine.
“Noooo. It can’t be two years since the Gyuto Monks blessed the beautiful Kalachakra World Peace Stupa – can it?
Apparently it can be, and was, because some of the Crystal Castle’s most beloved friends, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet have just spent five days at the Crystal Castle and the Shambhala Gardens offering their heart-filled program of chanting, meditations and activities, in order to celebrate the Peace Stupa's second birthday on Saturday October 11, 2014.
For those of us who were there for the blessing of the site back in December 2010, with its beautiful indigenous ceremony and consecration by the Monks, watching the Stupa rise from its foundations to the eight-metre high glorious gold and blue monument it is today, has been an enriching experience. Before the Stupa existed on its large, naturally amphitheatre-styled space, the Crystal Castle and its gardens were still a special place – but the Stupa has brought with it, not just the presence of the monks, but a sense of spiritual peace even when they are not in residence. For me, the ritual of walking clockwise around the Stupa three times, turning the golden metal prayer wheels as I go, has an immediate calming effect, and I drop into a meditative state almost immediately. Click here for the full story.
Naren and Sono and the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens thank everyone who joined us and participated in this ancient custom and powerful ceremony for personal, regional and world transformation.
Photos by Tao Jones
From Wednesday October 8th through Sunday October 12th the Gyuto monks will be offering a beautiful daily program of morning and afternoon chants, meditations and fun and enriching cultural activities.
During their stay the Gyuto Monks will be creating a number of large Mani Stones, which are round, flat stones inscribed across two rows with the syllables of the sacred Avalokiteshvara mantra, Om mani padme hum, carved in Tibetan script, and visitors will be invited to participate. On Sunday, the final day of their visit, these sacred stones will be placed around the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa, forming The Mani Way.
On Saturday 11th October we will celebrate the second birthday of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa with Free Entry to the Crystal Castle for everyone, all day for this special community event.
The monks will perform a universal cleansing ceremony, Theng Khru Yol Khru. This puja to create peace energy and cleanse the Buddhafield will first take in the area the World Peace Stupa sits within, then widen to encompass everything from sea level to the skies. The monks will chant for approximately two hours including an invitation to the Buddhas to join with them in reciting the requisite prayers.
This is a unique opportunity to participate in an ancient custom and a powerful ceremony for personal, regional and world transformation.
We are delighted to announce that Costa Georgiadis, the very popular host of ABC Gardening Australia, will be visiting the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens on Saturday 6th September. He will be giving a talk at 12.30pm in our organic vegie garden about Holistic Gardening, including organics, growing our own food, permaculture, the importance of a healthy soil, composting and worms, and there will be an opportunity for questions afterwards. After his talk he will join us for lunch in the Crystal Castle’s Lotus Café.
Costa is a Landscape Architect and an Environmental Educator, who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people, and believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature's cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.
In his own words: “I really want to drive the importance that for everything we do we’ve got to ask one simple question: is my action building and supporting life or not? Am I eating food that’s going to make me more alive or am I eating processed dead food that’s been transported across the world using a lot of energy and then been infused with all sorts of chemicals to preserve it so that it supports an industry that’s very destructive? It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got six small pots, six square meters or 60 square metres, you can provide health changing nourishment for your body and soul by growing your own simple salad greens that are pretty much bullet proof.
Come and join us for this not-to-be-missed event!
Crystal Castle is proud to be a sponsor of the Byron Bay Whale Festival, held in Byron Bay on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June in Byron Bay. We will be running workshops Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June to coincide with this wonderful event. See Crystal Castle Peace Room Workshop program. Click here
Click here for the full Byron Bay Whale Festival program.
For more information about the event, and Dolphin Research Australia, visit their website. Click here
We are blessed to have Venerable Geshe Lhakdor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long term translator for over 16 years, joining us for four special days of meditation and teachings here at the Crystal Castle.
Venerable Geshe Lhakdor has served His Holiness the Dalai Lama as his translator and religious assistant since 1989, accompanying His Holiness to many important conferences and forums throughout the world. He has translated numerous books by His Holiness from English to Tibetan and from Tibetan to English.
In his highly anticipated visit here at Crystal Castle he will be sharing teachings on Patience and guiding you through insightful meditations. You don’t need to have any previous Buddhist or meditation experience to gain incredible value from this program.
Click here for detailed information, daily program and entry fees.
We are honoured to hold a special movie screening of ‘Rise Of The Eco Warriors’ on Friday 11th April 2014. Join us here within the lush surrounds of the Shambhala Gardens for this intimate screening that echoes something dear to our hearts, saving rainforests and endangered animals.
The movie is about a group of passionate and adventurous young people who leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orangutans. Their task is enormous and the odds are against them.
Click here for more information…
Tickets are only $14 each. Purchase here
When: Friday 11th April
Where: Crystal Castle
Evening starts: 6:00pm
Movie starts: 7:00pm, length 104 minutes, rating is PG.
We will have a few special guests with us for the evening; Kodi Twiner who features in the film will be one of them.
Delicious chai, coffee and sweets will be available for you at the Lotus Café.
The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens in association with Karmapa Australia warmly and proudly welcome back…
The Buddha Relics Tour
Entry is Free for all Visitors to this sacred exhibition and the Crystal Castle from the evening of the 7th through to 9th March 2014.
The Crystal Castle is honoured to host the exhibition's only visit to Northern NSW and invite you all to come and visit this amazing collection as our guests.
This precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha & other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world.
Some of the relics resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals that embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics.
During your visit to Crystal Castle you may be able to participate in a Blessing Ceremony where relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the head as a personal blessing.
No entry fees are required during these dates:
Friday 7th March - Opening Ceremony 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 8th March 10am - 5pm
Sunday 9th March 10am - 5pm
The Maitreya Project is supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who says “The very name ‘Maitri’, that’s loving-kindness. Now in today’s world, we really need the promotion of loving kindness. So this is a huge project, right from the beginning, I simply admire and appreciate all the concerned people really putting in a huge effort”.
We at Crystal Castle look forward to seeing your RSVP on the event Facebook page and sharing this rare opportunity with you.
For more information regarding the Buddha Relics Tour at the Crystal Castle and the Maitreya Project, click here
Date: Sunday 2nd February, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Gates open: 6:00pm
Location: Crystal Castle, 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby, NSW
RSVP: Click Here
A message from Deva and Miten -
"Hi friends - We're very happy to be able to invite you to this free evening celebration of Sacred Chant by the magnificent peace stupa at Crystal Castle.
We've been wanting to do a free event for the community for a long while, and our friends Naren and Sono have made it possible by offering their awesome venue.
We're really looking forward to spending a magical, healing, transformational evening together with you all...and to add the icing on the cake, Manose will be with us, too!
We hope to see you there.
Namaste and love, Deva and Miten"
Come prepared to sit on the grass.
This is an outdoor event in a beautiful natural amphitheatre.
Please bring your own folding chairs, cushions, blankets to put on the grass, torches, and water.
Chai & Sweets will be available for purchase.
We strongly encourage car pooling.
We at Crystal Castle look forward to seeing your RSVP on the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1455101284704084/