Land of Beautiful Vision
What is Sudarshanaloka?
"Sudarshanaloka" means "Land of Beautiful (or Happy) Vision" this Vision is not just about the beautiful view of the hills and water and native bush, "Beautiful Vision" is also about Sangha working together to manifest their shared vision through collective work and practise...not just some abstract unreachable beauty, but the beauty of Sangha.
Sudarshanaloka is a Mandala of different people and activities including the Retreat Centre and resident Community; Lotus Realm Gift and Music shop in Thames; Buddhaloka, the Buddhist Centre in Thames Township (upstairs in the Post office building); Buddhafield, an outreach and Festival team and a network of friendships that spreads across New Zealand and across the World which is the Triratna Buddhist Community
This Mandala grows with each person who forms a spiritual connection with Sudarshanaloka, whether by coming on Retreat, visiting the Community or maybe helping out in some other area. This mandala includes YOU TOO! Sudarshanaloka is all about POTENTIAL and working together to MANIFEST our shared ideals, this IS our Practise! Come and Practise with us.
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WINTER CAN BE A WONDERFUL TIME FOR RETREATING... enjoying the Valley in Winter enjoying Mist and subtle colour changes in the bush, even sitting inside studying, reading or making art while listening to rain on the window can be very nourishing to the soul...
Check if there are any Winter Specials available on selected Cabins
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THE FORD: there was some erosion by the river in the recent storms that swept the country. Any Help and donations at patching this will be warmly received. Thanks to Jayaghosa for coming and helping out the Community.
The Community Huts Project , due to the increasing frequency of Retreats being held in the House there arises the need for the Community to have a self contained living area apart for the House. There are some ideas in the pipeline about how best to achieve this, so that Community can be nearby enough to assist Retreat Organizers, but private enough so as not to intrude upon Retreat situations. If you have an interest in assisting this possible project please email the Community or Sudarshanaloka Management Team at email@example.com and register your interest.
Donations and practical help with labour/ equipment and services are always needed
please call 07 868 5341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bank account details and tax deductible donation receipts.
YOUR GENEROSITY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE!
A reminder that you can purchase copies of Satyadevi's book of poems from LOTUS REALM SHOP in Thames Phone 07 868 5431, or email email@example.com
" Satyadevi’s volume combines threads of the raw energy of New Zealand with her Buddhist reflections on impermanence. Receptivity to the underlying drumbeat of this nation’s painful seismic birth and her awareness that it is all but a splash on the tabula rasa of becoming, imbues her poetry with poignancy, beauty and acceptance." - Navachitta
This poetry not only reflects the Buddha's teachings on Impermanence but also in the symbol of the Stupa and by the wild nature of the elements to be found in New Zealand, a reminder to us all to use our Precious Opportunity.
BHADRACHITTA (Auspicious, Friendly-hearted one) Passed away 1st April 2014, surrounded by tui, bellbirds mountains and Lake Whakatipu… all very aesthetic, for a very aesthetic and beautiful woman who gave of herself unstintingly to further the Dharma in New Zealand. Not only did she work in garage sales, leading classes and generally being kind and generous, she gave shelter to penniless Buddhists when ever they were down on their luck or travelling through. She was kind (very kind) a barrel of laughs, intelligent and very, very beautiful in her heyday. She was in theatre and the media used to refer to her as “New Zealand’s Grace Kelly”. She is survived by her family: Grant, Guy and Amanda and their children, and of course many friends who will miss her very much.
TARANATHA has departed from our lives, but not from our hearts or memories. He relished getting on Retreat in Chetul his favourite Cabin and loved to strike a trail or to discover which native birds were in residence. He also had an intense spiritual connection with the Land at Sudarshanaloka and we can perhaps see reminders of Tara everywhere in the intense greens of the landscape.
Sudarshanaloka literally would not exist in the way it does if Taranatha had not been involved in its very inception. He had a huge influence both in the initial Vision, and then over the many years putting in his own effort, and helping with resources both financial and personal. His Friendship and dry wit, along with his practicality and shraddha will be missed by everyone.
When you are next bushwalking, camping, birdwatching or visiting the Stupa, stop for a moment and connect with a quality of Taranatha, he would be thrilled that we can carry on the work of developing Sudarshanaloka for future practitioners.
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LOTUS REALM EMPORIUM & MUSIC SHOP
Ph 07 868 5341 Fax 07 868 5346
714 Pollen St, Thames
You can help us to support the local community and continue our support of Sudarshanaloka Trust is by doing some VOLUNTEER work in the Shop, Office or Warehouse.
Give us a call on 07 8686 5341 if you think you would like to help out.
Come and see us if you are in Thames!
Posted by mike inman on February 25, 2014 at 15:00