The Legend of Lakshmi

Tuesday 17 May 2016

During your visit, one of the sacred statues you will visit as you wander through the Shambhala Gardens is the beautiful goddess Lakshmi. 

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity, wisdom and fertility, generosity and courage. She is the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

She is always shown with the lotus. Rooted in the mud, but blossoming above the water, completely untainted by the mud, the lotus represents purity and spiritual perfection that rises above worldy contamination.

Lakshmi’s four hands symbolise dharma (the path of right living, the root of which is compassion), karma (desires), artha (wealth) and moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).

Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families and a favourite of women.
In Hindu tradition, Diwali, the festival of lights, is a particular time to honour Lakshmi.
People will put small oil lamps outside their homes in the hope that Lakshmi will come to bless them.

In Bengal, Lakshmi is worshipped during the brightest night of the year, a night in Autumn when the moon is full. It is believed that she showers wealth on this night.

She descends to earth on her mount, the great white owl, and takes away the darkness of poverty, stagnation, anger and laziness from our lives.

The story of Lakshmi’s birth begins when the minor gods were racing the demons to find the nectar of immortality (amrit). They decided to churn the oceans for the amrit. In the midst of the waves a sublimely beautiful goddess appeared.

Lakshmi emerged standing on a fully blossomed lotus, wearing a lotus garland and holding a lotus in her hand.

She was smiling and all who looked upon her were astounded by her radiance. The sages began reciting hymns in praise of her. The elephants sprinkled sacred holy Ganga water on the goddess and bathed her.

As soon as the gods saw Lakshmi, they fell in love with her beauty and grace.
Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her consort, adorning him with her lotus garland.

Lakshmi embodies all the beautiful and bountiful aspects of nature and serves to remind us of the abundance of life’s blessings.

Take a moment to feel the presence of Lakshmi's qualities and visualise drawing them into yourself and your life. Take them with you as you walk through your day. 

Blessings from the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens Team. 

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Buddhist monks of Tibet

from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery

are visiting the Crystal Castle

from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th January

From Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th of January, we are blessed to have three Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery visiting. They have been brought to Australia by dear friend of the Crystal Castle, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal.

Geshe Jampa, Phintsok and Tsundue will be holding a chanting meditation each morning from 10.30 am - 11 am. Then throughout each day they will create a sacred sand mandala, one of the most beautiful artistic creations you can imagine watching unfold.

Come and be touched by the peaceful presence of the monks!  

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Special Guest Tenpa Dugdak visits Crystal Castle

on Saturday 12th December 2015

for an intimate chat & presentation of his book

'Dear Dalai Lama: Letters from Australians'

11:30am to 12:30pm

'Dear Dalai Lama: Letters from Australians' is a beautiful book lovingly conceived and compiled by Tenpa Dugdak as a special tribute for His Holiness' 80th birthday this year.

The book was published in association with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies on the occasion of His Holiness’ 80th birthday (celebrated on 6 July worldwide) and was officially launched at NSW Parliament on 4 August by former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown. Tenpa presented the book to His Holiness and gave a profound and historical speech in Dasa recently.   

Tenpa Dugdak was born in the town of Sok in Kham province, twelve hours north-east of Lhasa. When Tenpa was four his mother decided to flee Tibet to be with his father, who had escaped the year before. It took 30 days to cross the Himalayas and they travelled mostly in the darkness to avoid being seen by the Chinese troops.

At the age of six he was sent to a Tibetan Homes boarding school in Mussoorie, India and was taught the Tibetan language, Buddhism and the history Tibetan culture. His mother died when he was a little boy. Tenpa moved to Australia with his father and his two sisters in 2002. He now lives in Sydney. With his partner, Karen, he started ‘the Tibet effect’ movement, to document and further the positive impact of the Tibet movement on humanity on every level.   

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Day of the Dead 2015

Monday 26 October 2015


The 9th annual Day of the Dead celebration

will be held on Sunday 8th November

at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

Free entry to the Crystal Castle from 3.30pm on the day

The Natural Death Care Centre is delighted to be holding its annual Day of the Dead event at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens again this year. After such an extraordinary day last year, everyone who participated in the organisation from both sides feels it is perfect for this popular and meaningful local community event, now in its ninth year.   

“We offer this event as part of our ongoing cultural change, to bring death, dying and loss back into our own hands and hearts. As individuals and as community we are all touched by loss, and we see the need for people to honour and remember those they have loved who have died, recently or a while ago, without the shock or the rawness of the funeral. We offer this day towards healing and acceptance. Death is the natural and sacred end of our lives, and those we love are always a part of our lives as they live on in our hearts.” 

Click here for full details of the event. 

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Special Guests for Peace Weekend

Wednesday 16 September 2015

This weekend we'll be honouring International Peace Day at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens 

with three days of workshops and presentations to inspire and enrich your spirit. 


Saturday 19th September to Monday 21st September 

Featuring special guests Ruth Rich & James Aspey, aka Voiceless:365

Saturday 19th September 


12.00pm The Magic of NOW

~ for Children 8 - 12 years ~


1.30pm Everyday Meditation - The Simple Path to Happiness

~ for adults ~

Facilitated by Ruth Rich


3.10pm - Peace Experience featuring Music of the Plants

Facilitated by Matty Rainbow


Sunday 20th September


1.30pm - "Increase the Peace"

presented by peace activist James Aspey, aka Voiceless:365


3.10pm - Peace Experience featuring Music of the Plants

Facilitated by Matty Rainbow


Monday 21st September


11.00 am Peace Meditation & Collective 'Kora'

at the World Peace Stupa


1.30pm - "Increase the Peace"

presented by James Aspey


3.10pm - Peace Experience featuring Music of the Plants

Facilitated by Seriya Cutbush

Click here for full workshop and presentation details...

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What an enriching week we've just had at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, with the visiting Gyuto monks once again creating magic with their inspiring teachings and workshops, and an incredible day of celebrations for the 3rd birthday of the World Peace Stupa! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this amazing event. 

Click on the picture below for a Glimpse of the Gyuto Monks at work at the Crystal Castle this week,

filmed by Toby King..


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Ignite - Rebuild Nepal

Monday 27 July 2015

Crystal Castle owner Naren King and his film-maker son Toby have now landed in Nepal to help distribute money raised at our recent Rebuild Nepal benefit concert, with Toni Childs and friends. They are travelling with Toni, filmmaker and musician Mik Lavage and photographer Renae Saxby.

Click on the picture below to view Toby's first short video report and read more below about how your generous donations are helping ...

Naren says "It's hard to describe the situation here after only a few short days. Many people are traumatised from the disaster and the shocks continue. Late last night the great mother earth shuddered, with a 4.6 aftershock, epicentre here in Kathmandu, sending people running into the streets. A potent reminder of both the aliveness of the earth, and the destruction that can result...

Since arriving here in Kathmandu we have been meeting with different people and groups on the ground doing relief and rebuilding work. There are those we are calling Guerilla Volunteers, mostly people who found themselves in the middle of the earthquake disaster and stayed on to help. They have been mobilising together with Nepalis to do whatever they can.

Click here to read Naren's full report. 

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After a recent tour to Nepal Toni Childs and her crew flew out just 36 hours before the earthquake hit.

We now invite you to come together as a community to help Nepal with 100% of the funds raised going directly to organisations and people on the ground in Nepal....

Please join us on 30th May from 3pm to 7pm at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

for the

Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert

with Toni Childs & Laura Targett + Special Guests.

Donation - $25 + booking fee

Gates open at midday.


All ages welcome!

Please note this is a drug and alcohol free event.

The event will be held in the Shambhala Gardens at the Peace Stupa so
bring a cushion or rug to sit on and an umbrella.



Click here for more detailed information. 

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