"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.
Colour is a universal, cross-cultural language that holds memories, feelings and develops the imagination. Indulge your senses as Julie guides you on an experiential personal journey using the language of colour.
Explore colour in a deeper way, through visual meditation and creativity through colouring. Connect with your colours, express through feelings, intuition and then colour your own 'visual meditations' or 'doorways' to your unique expression.
Experience special meditation techniques using colour and imagery to learn about the language and vibration of colour, as it connects to us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Using Julie's Journey in Colour cards, you will be given insights into your purpose and creativity, develop your intuitive awareness and balance emotions to discover a playful way to the spirit!
These processes can be useful as tools to use in our personal and professional lives and also for Art therapists and Counsellors.
When: Saturday 24th November
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: $159 ~ Includes lunch, coffee or tea, entry and your own set of Julie's Journey in Colour Cards to use for future inspiration.
Online booking facility is now closed. You may still book in on Saturday 24th in person at the Crystal Castle. Please ask for Jo at 10am sharp.
Facilitator ~ Julie Pretyman
Julie became a school teacher in 1975 and taught for 15 years before exploring her interest in art. This led her into creating very expressionistic, colourful paintings which then led into the most exciting journey of her life!
As she 'tuned' into the vibration of colour, the paintings became meditations and tools for spiritual awareness. The 45 Kaleidoscope cards were created and became part of programs for both adults and children.
Julie has taught both adults and children in workshops in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
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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Come and be part of our inspirational team!!
Love the wonderful gardens and rainforest here? Want to learn about gardening in the sub-tropics?
Come and be a part of the Crystal Castle team and culture, learn about the gardens, the crystals and the statues.
Work together and feel connected to Mother Earth. Enjoy tea, coffee, cake and lunch "on the castle".
Relax or meditate to absorb and appreciate the beauty and peace of the magical Shambhala Gardens.
Our next volunteer program begins Thursday 4th October and runs for four Thursdays.
8.30am to 3pm. Morning tea and Lunch is on the Castle.
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Here is what one of our recent Shambhala garden volunteers had to say about her time here….
An amazing experience! All the staff are super friendly and educating. Awesome environment!
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….
Learn more about the Peace Project
Sacred Sound Journey Workshop with Lyz Cooper (UK)
Sound has been used for healing and meditation for thousands of years. In this experiential workshop we will explore how sound can be such an effective tool for deep inner healing and raising consciousness.
Throughout the day we will experience sound baths using crystal bowls, voice and Himalayan bowls. The aim of these sessions is to enable you to discover more about yourself as the sound facilitates a dialogue with the different levels of your being. Identify and help release energy imbalances that may have held you back for lifetimes and come away with many different techniques you can use to explore your inner and outer universe.
No experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners to advanced sound practitioners.
When: Saturday 25th August
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: $149 - Includes lunch, coffee or tea and entry.
Spaces are limited, and bookings essential
Book before the 17th August and receive a $25 voucher to spend on crystals at the Crystal Castle.
Lyz Cooper was the first person in the UK to offer professional training courses in sound therapy. The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) was formed in 2000 following many years of research and development. Lyz is a published author and specialises in bringing together ancient knowledge and teachings with cutting edge science such as quantum physics, psychoimmunology and neurology to help explain why sound is such an effective transformative tool.
Lyz travels all over the world presenting her work and is delighted to be bringing the BAST methodology to Australia.
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.