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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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.
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!
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LOTUS REALM EMPORIUM & MUSIC SHOP
Ph 07 868 5341 Fax 07 868 5346
WE HAVE MOVED to 714 Pollen St, Thames!
WE BUY, SELL AND TRADE Musical instruments...trade-in, trade up, or donate!
THREE TABLES FULL of Lotus Realm Volunteers and Friends Celebrate a busy year!
We have a some lovely new items in the Shop for Summer, including Living Light Candles, vege wax made in NZ with native flower fragrances. We have lots of prayer flags, singing bowls, tingshas and are expecting a new lot of Buddha rupas to arrive soon! There are also nice range of Womens and Mens Indian cotton shirts, pants etc and our usual selection of incense, soaps, giftware and some nice Indian textiles...
We accept good quality donated items to sell in the shop, so remember us next time you are having a spring-clean! We may even be able to pick up stuff so give us a call.
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 Andrea Gill on September 22, 2012 at 13:16