In the beginning……

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 | 2 comments

Hello and welcome to LTC Gold Coast Buddhist Group, the FPMT hotspot on the Gold Coast!

FPMT stands for the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Teachings, and we are thrilled to be able to make our contribution to this inspiring goal. See our page about FPMT for more information about this incredible global organisation.

The group started out when we, Pearly and Jordan, long-time members of FPMT’s Langri Tangpa Centre in Brisbane, were driving back to our new Gold Coast home after an amazing evening of teachings with the wonderful Tibetan lama, Geshe Tenzin Zopa. Jordan said – “We must bring Geshe-la here to the Gold Coast to teach!”

As is often the way with these things, we simply had the inspiration, then the blessings of the Buddhas took over. We made our request, discussed the nescessaries with Miffi, the marvelous spiritual programme coordinator at Langri Tangpa Centre, and the path was laid beneath our feet. Yes, it was a lot of hard work, but that hard work was easy to do, knowing that we would be introducing Geshe-la to a whole new population.

We held our first event in the gorgeous Tallebudgera Community Hall, whose beautiful grounds look like a pure land, in May 2017. Even though it was a week night, the crowd came out of the woodwork, including ordained sangha from Sydney and the Sunshine Coast! We went from being new arrivals in the city of Gold Coast, knowing next to no-one, to instantly gaining 60 new friends. Geshe Tenzin Zopa gave a fabulous talk, answered everyone’s questions and generally blessed the whole environment with his gentle, lively wisdom.

Geshe-la encouraged us to run a regular group to explore the Dharma and gave us a lovely little text of his own teaching. From then on, we have held a discussion group every second Tuesday night all through the rest of 2017 and we have just started the 2018 term. It is a small core group that attends every week to read and discuss Geshe-la’s text, and is most enjoyable.

Later, in September we also had the good fortune to bring Langri Tangpa Centre nun, Venerable Lhagsam, to teach the group for 2 evenings. Venerable Lhagsam is a humble, knowledgeable teacher and she gave a wonderful “Buddhism in a Nutshell” type outline of the whole Buddhist path. All who came to the 2 evenings really enjoyed it and became more comfortable and familiar with the foundations of Buddhism.

Hot on the heels of Venerable Lhagsam we were blessed with the return of Geshe Tenzin Zopa in October. Geshe la gave an inspiring and in depth talk and we requested that he return to us as soon as possible.

We are very excited looking ahead in 2018, busily planning all the different things we can incorporate into our regular fornightly meetings. We will have meditation classes, more teachings with fabulous ordained sangha and other guest teachers. Our fingers are crossed – and our malas are spinning with mantras – that we may be able to bring Geshe Tenzin Zopa back to teach again, most likely in the second half of 2018.

We have another VERY special guest teacher up our sleeves for later in the year, so make sure you stay in touch!

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Very best wishes to you all,

Pearly & Jordan


 

2 Comments

  1. Looking forward to engaging more on this website.

    Really enjoying our fortnightly discussion groups and loved the meditation.

  2. I agree Rose. Really excited about our path. Meditation was divine. _/\_

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