World Peace Stupa Update

Saturday 18 August 2012

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.


 

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At the end of March the stupa was filled with all the precious items and sealed. At that point, the monks had completed the sculpting on the top half of the stupa. They are returning to the Crystal Castle on Friday 3rd August to do their program, while continuing the sculpting and painting of the bottom half of the stupa.

 

The Gyuto Monks Of Tibet Return To Crystal Castle

Towards Completion Of The Kalachakra World Peace Stupa

'Penultimate Stage'

Friday 3rd August – Sunday 12th August -  Pure Peace – Acceptance Of Difference

CONSECRATION CEREMONIES: Over 10 days, the monks will institute the necessary steps to help the Stupa last for 1000 years bringing peace to the Byron Shire. It will be a time for the final sculpting to be completed on the Stupa itself followed by the painting in rich blue and gold.

It is a time of preparation, of readying the environment for the Stupa and for the community to come together in a pure sense, empty of all animosity dedicating the whole area as a suitable area in which to house the stupa.

The monks will conduct the requisite preparations by cutting and rolling Mantras, washing and scenting statues, cutting and grinding juniper, crushing incense and gathering ingredients such as herbs, spices, gold, silver and precious metals.

Some will be sculpting on the stupa while others will be working with the community in the Discovery Room preparing the necessary ceremonial materials for encasement in statues as a prelude to the major blessing consecration of the stupa and community’s Buddha statues in October.

During the preparations the monks will conduct a daily program of:

Friday 3rd - Sunday 12th
10.30 - 11.00 Morning Meditation
11.00 - 12.00 Culture for Kids
12.00 - 1.00 Meditation Series ‘Finding Pure Peace’
By request Personal Pujas may be arranged throughout the days.

Friday 3rd – Monday 6th Special events with Gen Lama Thupten Phuntsok  

2.00 - 3.00 Public Talk Series ‘ Acceptance Of Difference
Friday 3rd - Identity ‘ I am Unique’
Saturday 4th - Generational Resistance
Sunday 5th - Embracing Connectivity
Monday 6th - Same Same but Different

Sunday 5th 3.15 – 4.15 Jab Khru Ceremony
A powerful ceremony for effecting change in one’s life. By appt. & offering.
 

Sunday August 12th

Free Entry for all up to 11.30am

Long Life Ceremony “Tsewang” 11.30am - 2pm

A Long Life offering ceremony ‘Tsewang’ for sponsors of the Kalachakra Stupa and the whole community will be held, with everyone attending traditionally invited to dress in their finest clothes as per Tibetan tradition.

 


The Final Stage

Consecration Ceremonies For Completion Of The Stupa

Thursday October 18th –Sunday 28th

The culmination of 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.

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 know as ‘Sangye Tong Ku’.

Thursday October 25 - Consecration Ceremony The community are invited to bring their statues to be blessed, either physically or metaphorically in this special consecration ceremony.

Stay tuned for more details !

Saturday October 27 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.


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Gyuto Monks Of Tibet

‘Standing For Peace’ The next stage of the World Peace Stupa

Thursday March 29 To Sunday April 1

Come and be part of history, helping to bring peace to our world.

Gates open 8.45 am this Thursday 29th & Friday 30th March

Free Entry both days until 10 am!

Join the monks in a historic event !

An extraordinary milestone in the completion of the World Peace Stupa will take place this week.
Thursday will see most of the body of the monument erected in one amazing day.

On Friday work continues and on Saturday at 6pm, join the monks in a remarkable Harmonic Chanting Performance, an evening fundraiser for the stupa. Pre-book your evening ticket here

The monks will continue their wonderful program right through Sunday April 1st

Click here for the full program.

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Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st August 2011

The Gyuto Monks are returning to Crystal Castle to continue preparations, with an emphasis on creating the stupa treasury. Activities will include the painting and writing mantras on the Tree of Life, centre piece for the 8 metre Stupa. The tree was found, blessed and felled in a dawn ceremony last May. The much maligned camphor laurel was chosen for its durability, strength and long lasting protective scent.

The monks will also be inviting the community to join in the making of tsa tsas (clay Buddha statues) and rolling mantras, both important items for the stupa.
You may also join the monks for Morning Meditation (10.30am) and Meditation Class (12.30pm) each day.

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The ground is ready!

In the next exciting step in creating the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa at the Crystal Castle, ground was broken this week at the stupa site. If you peek to the left of the path as you walk down towards the castle, there, behind the Water Pourer pond you will see the red earth where the stupa will stand. Sloping banks of grass will provide a place to sit and marvel at this extraordinary sacred monument. You can also glimpse a winding path that will take visitors around the stupa and across to the Rainforest Walk creating the opportunity to circumambulate the monument. This is considered a most auspicious activity by the Tibetan Buddhists.

Blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (as well as the Byron Shire Council who have approved its DA), the unusual spherical structure of the stupa has been engineered to last a thousand years. Like a physical and metaphysical time capsule it will be a powerful statement of our collective intentions for the future of humanity. The project is being managed and built by locals, Alok Eggenberger of ExpanDesign and Chris Brown of Domeshells Australia.

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Contribute your precious items.

The community now has the opportunity to participate by bringing particular items to be prepared for inclusion in the Stupa treasury.
These objects will reflect the future survival and prosperity of humanity.
Items to be donated should have value and meaning for the giver and be offered with pure intention for the good of all.

Please bring your precious items to the Monks in the Discovery room, between 13th – 21st August.

These are the items which are needed:

Dried and cut juniper & sandalwood.
Pots and pans, agricultural implements,
Guns, arrows (even toys guns as they are all symbols of disarmament),
Precious items - jewellery, gold and silver, coins, silk,
Grain - unhulled rice, barley,
Wool, cotton cloth,
Fine ceramics or china,
Paintings.
Good quality pure gold paste for painting the Tree of Life and fine artists paint brushes.

The items, chosen at the monk’s discretion, will be prepared and sealed in the 'time capsule' of the stupa in a consecration ceremony in October.

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Water from the snows of Mt Kailash.

Four Byron Shire residents, Robert Dhiraj, Sarvo, Gagan Smith and Melonie Zyla, have just returned from a gruelling 21 day expedition to Tibet. They crossed a 5,000 metre pass before trekking around Mount Kailash to collect sacred water for inclusion in the stupa's treasury.

Mt Kailash is the most revered mountain for a number of faiths including Tibetan Buddhism and it is considered highly auspicious to have water from its snows.

Prayer wheel update.

Since May last year, Nepalese craftsmen have been hand beating the 54 brass prayer wheels that will surround the stupa. Over the past six months, at the Gyuto Monastery in India, monks have been chanting mantras and hand rolling an incredible half a ton of prayers destined for the monument.
 

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