Green Tara String Mandala of Compassion
And the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa Birthday Celebrations
Monday October 7th through to Sunday October 13th
The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is honoured to welcome back our beloved friends of the Byron Shire the Gyuto Monks of Tibet after their whirlwind tour; including Glastonbury Festival in the UK and the release of their latest CD ‘Chants of Tibet’.
The Gyuto Monks will be joining us with another enriching daily program from Monday October 7th to Sunday 13th.
Saturday October 12th – First Birthday Celebration of the World Peace Stupa
Join the Gyuto Monks and us for this very special day. As we celebrate together the first birthday of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa.
Free entry for all visitors Saturday 12th October
The daily program will begin at 10.30 am and at 4pm, a very special ceremony will begin as we take a sacred walk to the World Peace Stupa for the Dissolution ceremony of the Green Tara String Mandala of Compassion.
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Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February
With the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Sera Mey Monastery in South India
Join us at the Crystal Castle as we welcome the monks from Sera Mey Monastery for the creation of the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala.
“The Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing. He heals not only physical sickness but also mental sickness like anger, pride and jealousy. The mandala is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism and is a sacred form of art used by Tibetan monks & artists, & is translated as ‘circle of harmony. It is a palace, and all of the patterns in the mandala have symbolism and meaning.” Geshe Ngawang Gedun, Sera Mey Monastery in southern India.
Join the monks each day at 10.30am for chanting and meditation to invoke the divine energy of the Medicine Buddha, who resides within the mandala itself. The mandala is, as such, a divine palace of residence.
The monks request the Medicine Buddha's blessings for healing for all beings; for the people who come to see it; for the local community and for the region; for our country and for the world.
Daily Program Monday 11th to Saturday 16th
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm to 4.30pm ~ Dedication prayers
Sunday 17th February
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm ~ Dissolution ceremony of the sand mandala
After the sand mandala is finished you are invited to join the monks and collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world.
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"Build it and they will come"
And come they did as almost 1,500 people filled the Crystal Castle’s amphitheatre for the grand opening of our extraordinary Kalachakra World Peace Stupa. The date was October 27th 2012, determined auspicious by our spiritual guide for the project, Gen Lama of the Gyuto monks of Tibet, and amazingly, exactly 365 days from the day that construction started.
'The sight of so many people filling, for the first time ever, the amphitheatre that we built 8 years ago, was truly amazing.” said Naren. “It seemed as if it had been waiting for this event. It was such a joy to see everyone placing their hands on mother earth as the Arakwals welcomed us all to country.”
It was a rich event, a colourful and peaceful day of ceremony, song and Tibetan butter tea, always overseen by the impressive blue and gold structure of the Stupa itself. Elyjah McCleod was our fabulous MC and there was honouring of the amazing input from so many different people, including hundreds within the local community, who have supported and co-created this wonderful project. The Gyuto Monks, as always, brought their joyful peace and depth of spirit, not to mention their amazing harmonic chanting, and the Kings’ daughter, Ayla, moved many to tears with her beautiful acapella rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.
‘The Kalachakra Stupa is very significant - wherever we build or construct them, these Stupas will bring peace, help in avoiding natural disasters and bring harmony and peace among the people” said Mr Sonam Dagpo, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's representative in Australia as he officially opened the monument. “For Buddhist believers this is a place of pilgrimage, but for the non-believers this is piece of Buddhist architecture to look around and a very good place to have inspiration, peace, and happiness.”
Once the ceremonies were complete people waited in lines to take their turn to walk around the Stupa and spin the beautiful brass prayer wheels, each containing thousands of handwritten prayers to add wings to their peaceful intent.
Sono read out the dedication plaque : “This Stupa is dedicated to love and peace for all beings, to freedom for the Tibetan people and to their sacrifice in the name of peace. The hopes, dreams and commitment of the community have motivated and nurtured the creation of this sacred structure, designed to last for over 1,000 years. May Peace Prevail”.
On Sunday night over 200 people returned for the Full Moon Fire Puja, and the stupa was lit up for the first time, under the full moon, with the yak butter stupa sculpture dissolving in flames over several hours. It was a truly magical night of completion.
Thank you so much to everyone who came and shared your love and goodwill, and if you weren’t able to be there in person, you can get a taste of the magic in this great video created by Sharon Shostak from our local paper the Echo –
There are also lots of photos on facebook now – come and “like” the Crystal Castle and see this colourful, historic day.
Free Entry for all, all day.
Please assemble in the giant Buddha’s amphitheatre by 11.15am NSW time.
Bring a hat, cushion to sit on, wear sunscreen and an umbrella if it is wet.
Limited free bus transport from Mullumbimby High School carpark.
Departures 9.15am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 10.45am and 11.15am
Buses will return to Mullumbimby from 3.15pm onwards.
Butter Lamp Offering Ceremony Sunday Evening At 7pm
The Crystal Castle and the Café will remain open from 5pm to 8.30pm, (it's Free Entry from 5 pm).
Come anytime and enjoy the Full Moon Fire Puja with Giant Butter Lamp Offering, the final ceremony with the monks for the stupa opening.
Please gather at the Discovery Room at 7pm for the procession to the stupa.
Kalachakra World Peace Stupa
Thursday 18th – Sunday 28th October 2012
After two years of physical and spiritual effort and many years of hopes and dreams, the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa will finally be completed in a huge Blessing Ceremony.
As usual there will be much to do to prepare for this momentous occasion and the monks will be in residence for 10 days preparing and putting the finishing touches to their great work.
The Stupa Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday October 27th.
The Ceremony and will begin at 11:30am lead by HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia, Mr Sonam Dagpo.
The Gyuto Monks and and members from the local Arakwal family will assist in the rituals which will include a Welcome to Country ceremony, a procession to the stupa, chanting by the monks and blessing of the land.
This will be a truly auspicious event, not to be missed!
Free Entry all day to the Crystal Castle for everyone.
All guests are welcome to participate in the ceremony at any point throughout the day. Please bring a blanket or cushion to sit on during the ceremony.
The monks will offer a daily public program from Thursday 18th, including special preparations for the completion of the stupa.
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Kalachakra World Peace Stupa Update
August has seen another important stage of the World Peace Stupa come to fruition. It has been a time of consecration ceremonies and the final sculpting on the Stupa itself followed by painting in rich blue and gold.
The Long Life Ceremony “Tsewang” for the sponsors of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa and the whole community was the close for the monks August visit with over 600 people attending.
The culmination of two years of physical and spiritual effort, many years of hopes and dreams, the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa will finally be completed in October during a huge Blessing Ceremony. As usual there will be much to do to prepare for this momentous occasion and the monks will be in residence again for 10 days prior preparing and putting the finishing touches to their great work.
Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th October
Consecration Ceremonies For The Completion Of The Stupa
October is a time to fill and consecrate the statues destined for the benefactors of the Prayer Wheels to be placed around the Stupa. The monks will perform all the traditional rites associated with filling, sealing and consecrating the Buddha statues.
It is also a process of honouring the concept of community and inviting their participation and involvement. Calling in all the Buddhas to a state of ‘Auspicious Co-incidence’, the aim will be to create a Buddhaverse, a universe of Buddhas through the blessing of 1000 Buddhas known as ‘Sangye Tong Ku’.
In the Discovery Room at the Castle, much chanting will take place, the monks will paint, that is, gild, the faces of the Buddha statues, many large torma statues will be created, coloured thread will be woven to connect the sacred objects and all will be gathered together for transportation to the Stupa area where the ceremony is to be conducted.
Meanwhile Crystal Castle principal sponsors will guide the ritual attendant to the energy points of the whole property by buggy and he will duly identify them with the sacred Memory Mirror – these areas will ultimately be revisited by the monks during the Blessing Ceremony and prayers chanted, sacred saffron water sprayed in the key areas and grains of rice thrown, symbolizing prosperity and long life.
All of Byron and surrounding areas will be dedicated as a Buddhafield as the monks, in yellow hats circumambulating the stupa conduct the ultimate dedication of this great monument to World Peace on Saturday October 27.
Stay tuned for more details !
Did you know… The World Peace Kalachakra stupa being built at Crystal Castle is not only the first in the southern hemisphere, but it is also the most readily accessible in the western world….
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Don’t miss out on the...
Long Life “Tsewang” Ceremony
at the Crystal Castle for the sponsors of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa and the whole community!
This Sunday, 12th August
FREE ENTRY up till 11:30am for all!
There is also a unique opportunity for your own Buddha statues and altar at home to become connected and a part of the large altar of peace being created for Byron and the region. By calling in all the Buddhas to a state of ‘Auspicious Co-incidence’ the aim will be to create a “Buddhaverse”; a universe of Buddhas through the blessing of 1000 Buddhas known as ‘Sangye Tong Ku’.
First, the statues need to be cleansed; then the monks will perform all the traditional rites associated with filling, sealing and consecrating the Buddha statues. After the cleansing this week, take them home again for the 6 week drying period, then bring them back during the October monks program for them to be filled with rolled mantras (prayers) and sealed; thereby consecrating your statues which will then sit in your home or on your altar to become part of the great peace altar of the Byron region.
We invite you to bring your personal Buddha statues with you this Sunday (or prior if you can’t make it) to begin the process. You’re welcome to bring any type of Buddha, however it does need to be hollow for the traditional rites of mantra filling to be completed. If you don’t have one, or you would like a traditional style Tibetan Buddha (traditionally Tibetan Buddhas have a pure gold face), we have some stunning statues available for purchase in our Gallery.