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Bhutanese Cultural Festival with H. H. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche (from Bhutan)

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Bhutanese Cultural Festival with H. H. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche (from Bhutan)

Saturday 13 April 2024 | 9.30AM for a 10 am start to 5.00Pm AEDT

Location: In person at the Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Auditorium or Online (Zoom link below)

Entry: Free  

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Metta Centre, Kuenphen Dharma Centre Australia and the Buddhist Council of NSW invite you to experience the spiritually deep culture of Bhutan. Travelling from Bhutan in an Australia-wide tour is His Holiness Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche, traditional Bhutanese performers and translators for His Holiness. The event will include translations of His Holiness’ talks into English and Mandarin Chinese.

Join us for a day of immersion into Bhutanese culture and wisdom teachings from the revered H.H. Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche. An opportunity to experience Bhutan in Sydney whilst deepening your understanding of the Dharma! The day will feature wisdom teachings from His Holiness, long life initiation Buddha Amitayus prayers led by His Holiness, cultural performances including the sacred mask dance of Bhutan called Drametse Ngacham, and food stalls from various Buddhist cultures!


9.30am – Stalls open
10am – Welcome from Kuenphen Dharma Centre Australia, Buddhist Council and Metta Centre
10.15am – Welcome dance
10.20am – Dharma talk by HH Gangteng
11.30am – Lunch
1pm – Wrathful Sacred Mask Dance
1.10pm – Peaceful Sacred Mask Dance
1.20pm – Long life initiation Buddha Amitayus prayers, blessings & scarves offerings
2.30pm – Break
3pm – Bhutanese Traditional Performances
3.20pm – Q&A session with HH Gangteng
4.30pm – Finale performance
4.40pm – Dedication of Merits
5pm –  Closing

Note : We encourage participants to bring their own cups, plates and utensils to minimise waste


About the speaker: His Holiness the Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche is an eminent figure in the Pema Lingpa tradition and the Abbot of Bhutan’s renowned Gangteng Monastery. He also oversees 35 spiritual centres in North America, Europe and around Asia. Rinpoche, acknowledged as the body incarnation of the revered spiritual master Pema Lingpa, also upholds the teachings of other Nyingma and Kargyu Vajrayana Buddhism lineages. Identified early by prominent Buddhist leaders like H.H. Karmapa and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s life has been dedicated to embodying and sharing the wisdom of Pema Lingpa, a key figure in the establishment of Vajrayana Buddhism across the Himalayas. Born in 1955 in central Bhutan, Rinpoche received comprehensive spiritual training from some of the most respected Vajrayana masters. Rinpoche has played a pivotal role in spreading Vajrayana Buddhism around the world, particularly the teachings of the Pema Lingpa lineage teachings.


About the performances: there will be Traditional Bhutanese performances including the famous Bhutanese mask dance called Drametse Ngacham. This is a sacred mask dance, originally exclusive to the Drametse community, and now recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. You can read more about it here (https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/mask-dance-of-the-drums-from-drametse-00161). This is a very special opportunity not to be missed!


Hybrid event: Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session in person or online by clicking on this link to access the session: https://uws.zoom.us/j/81634098434. Alternatively, you can dial in from your telephone (call charges apply): +61 2 8015 6011 | Meeting ID: 816 3409 8434.


Western Sydney University, Parramatta South campus
Sir Ian & Nancy Turbott Auditorium Western Sydney University, Victoria Rd
Rydalmere, NSW 2116 Australia
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