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Torma Making Workshop

January 15, 2022 - January 16, 2022

- $40

Torma-making workshop with qualified Torma maker Happy Ho

Torma making

Tormas are traditional food offerings (usually made of marzipan or fondant) that are offered to the Buddhas in various ritual practices and prayers such as empowerments, retreats and chanted prayers. Representing an offering of great bliss, tormas can range from very simple to exquisitely beautiful.

This course will allow each student to create their own tormas and then in the future create tormas for various puja’s and events at their Centre. This is a great opportunity to become a qualified torma maker. This workshop consists of practical sessions with experienced torma maker Happy Ho. Everyone is welcome.

 

The Teacher

Happy is known for her light, joyful manner promising to make this weekend a very pleasurable event. Happy will share her skills and experience of making qualified tormas gained from running torma making workshops throughout Australasia.

 

Timetable

Saturday
9.30am-12.oopm: Training with Happy
12.00pm -1.00pmpm: Lunch provided
1.00pn-4.00pm: Training with Happy

Sunday
9.30am-12.00pm: Training with Happy
12.00pm-1.00pm: Lunch provided
1.00pm-2.30pm: Training with Happy

Cost & Booking

$40 for whole weekend, cost includes materials and lunch. Please note: due to the nature of this course, places are strictly limited.

Details

Start:
January 15, 2022
End:
January 16, 2022
Cost:
$40

Venue

Losang Dragpa Centre
36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Day Courses

 

Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.

 

 

 

What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso