The Friday Sacred Art and Theatre Days are going strong, with a core group of dedicated people. The last couple of Fridays have involved exploration of the practice of Chenrezig (Tibetan Archetype of the embodiment of Universal Compassion), and various aspects described within the text.

Here are a few photos of recent Chenrezig exploration .We do the wongkur, then discuss the text from the point of view of one of the different aspects of compassion raised in the text. The top group photos consider compassion in relationship to the healing of ignorance within the bounds of animal nature. The major colour/mood is sky blue. The bottom group of photos reflect the compassion which is needed for the healing of doubt and desire, which is said to afflict humanity. The major mood/colour is gold.
It seems to be getting to the point where the exercise is quick and has a flow to it, a collective endeavour.

Please comment and let us know your thoughts! If you are wanting to be involved in the Sacred Art Explorations in Balingup or Perth, you can contact Dolma or Coorain directly (details provided on this site).








COORAIN UPDATE 16 August 2011

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SPRING appears to have started. The birds are dressing for the season; the first nests are being made; the lettuces are coming up too and, of course, the grass is growing!

Dean has made a stone foundation for the new composting dunny for the sheoak cabin and he will soon make a new stairway across from the front door of Coorain. Its sure great to have a mason onside! Thank you Dean.

FRIDAY’S SACRED ART & THEATRE : These sessions are really fruitful. The sadhanas are opening to the creative process and each Friday results in an installation around a theme. We are working now on Chenrezi and the expression of compassion according to the six needs. Last Friday was in relation to dullness and stupidity; this Friday is about deep greed and compulsive desire (the preta realm). Sessions go from 7AM to 1PM followed by potluck lunch. Wongkur is at 9:30AM. Please join us if you like. Contact Anne at Coorain.

COORAIN WEEKEND 27th & 28th AUGUST: Puja 7:00AM and AMITAYUS WONGKUR at 9:00AM, then discussion on the Wongkur with hands on sacred art and theatre. All welcome, although you can just attend the wongkur.

PLAINSONG: Each Tuesday, Thursday and friday at 7AM there is chanting for an hour at Coorain. Soon an extended ‘Choir’ chant will start as a part of the sacred art and theatre exploration.

MELBOURNE: Chimé is teaching in Melbourne on the 17th & 18th of September. The Saturday is in the city and the Sunday will be at Phil Rebakis’ family home in Rye (1 Michael St.) on the Mornington Peninsula. You are welcome to come. Please contact Chimé or Anne here at Coorain. The Saturday venue will be announced shortly. All by donation.

INDIA AND SRI LANKA: On 13th FEBRUARY, 2012 Chime, Kim, Tobias and Saya will be going to Sri Lanka and India to check out volunteering at Dharma related NGO’s as well as visiting the nuns and the Gyaltshens in Sikkim. This will be quite a focused trip, meeting people and planning further involvements. We used to frequent Sri Lanka and now that Bev has reopened friendships there, it would be good to return.We will also visit Nagpur where the Ambedkar organisation has a training centre. Chimé will speak there on the subject of activism and the teachings. To inquire or register interest contact Coorain.

LAMA CHOEDAK: Unfortunately, Lama Choedak cannot come to Coorain. We sincerely hope that he can return to us one day.


CHENREZI WONGKUR Wednesday August 31st at 7:30PM

This wonderful celebration of compassion enriches the imagination. It is at Usha’s Yoga Moves Studio, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (opposite the lake). It is a teaching wongkur open to all. Please be on time. Chimé will give the wongkur.

PERSONAL DIALOGUE: Chime will be in Perth on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. Contact Anne at Coorain.


This great project is really doing well. It is now in the next phase of planting, paths and planning. We are determined to have a rural classroom or perhaps a social business to finance the ongoing work, year after year. That’s the thing: it’s each week forever and that seems to be what’s needed. I guess we do live in Australia and human care is essential in our environment.

Tintuppa, (THANK YOU!), a local nursery, have contributed 300 local plants and we have masses of mixed local seed to sow into the ash beds.

If you have an interest in this sort of work, please get in touch – perhaps you could help. Erin, a cartographer, has set us straight for future mapping. Does anyone have some spare binoculars?

We are trying to raise some more funds, say $10,000, to get us through this next phase. Chim will be seeing TAFE soon about our offering training for skill sets.

RETREATS: Kate has just finished a much appreciated week here at Coorain. We have one cabin available if you want…

Friends from NZ will be here soon to do retreat also.


Sarva Mangalam

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photo by Dean

Both Chime and Dolma are traveling to India to visit old friends and make new connections in the coming months.

Chime will be in India from February 13th to the 29th to build connections within the Dr. Ambedkar organisations; to visit the nuns and our dear friends in Sikkim and to visit an NGO called Sarvo Daya, in Sri Lanka. Chimes trip will be concentrated, on the move and business like.

Dr Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, and a revolutionary. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution. Born into a poor Mahar (considered an Untouchable caste) family, Ambedkar spent his whole life fighting against social discrimination, the system of Chaturvarna — the categorization of Hindu society into four varnas — and the Hindu caste system. He converted to Buddhism and is also credited with providing a spark for the conversion of hundreds of thousands of untouchables to Theravada Buddhism. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1990.  (Thank-you Wikipedia)

For more info on Dr B.R Ambedkar click here.

Dolma will be in India for December and January, to attend the Monlam world peace prayers underneath the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya with the nuns and our friends within the wider Karma Kagyu community. The Prayers will be held from the 14th to the 20th of December and lead by His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje. More info on Monlam HERE

Dolma will then travel up to Sikkim and spend time with the nuns, while in Bodhgaya the festivities will continue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving the Kalachakra Tantra teachings from 31st of December to 10th of Jan (a wonderful opportunity, don’t miss it!, Kalachakra website HERE. Some of our friends from Australia will be in Bodhgaya for this. Dolma will also spend some time in Dhera Dun with the Drikung Kagyu where she was ordained.

You are welcome to join any part of these trips, so please get in touch!

To join Chime, please call Coorain: (08) 9764 1275

To join Dolma, please email: drol.lu@yahoo.co.in

Stay tuned for further developments…

Pam, Dolma and the Mahabodhi Stupa (the tree is above Pams head), Feb 2011

Dr Ambedkar

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Mindfulness Practice Weekend 13-14 August with Chimé. Two sessions 9:30am and 3:30pm both days. People can stay on longer if they wish to keep practicing. Bookings and enrollments are preferred, but informal attendance is welcome. Classical Mindfulness is a non-sectarian, universal tool for human welfare. The method is understandable and useful. It combines both calm and insight. Meditation is well supported by mindfulness practice.

Origins Centre 28th Birthday 20-21 August A special time for friends to gather, share food, plant some native foods, and tour the developing OC parkland. Please come and enjoy.

30 July – 1 August: Coorain Weekend with Dolma

13-14 August: Mindfulness Training Weekend

20-21 August: Origins Centre’s 28th Birthday celebration

27-28 August: Coorain Weekend with Chimé

2-4 September: Lama Choedak Retreat. Contact Jeremy Ball (08) 6191 0011 for enquires and info.

10-11 September: Mindfulness Training Weekend

24-25 September: Coorain Weekend

8-9 October: Mindfulness Training Weekend

29-30 October: Lama Tarchin Teaching. Contact Usha on 0438 828 587 for enquires and info.

12-13 November: Mindfulness Training Weekend

3-4 December: 10th Anniversary of World Peace Pagoda celebration.

Caretaker Needed. Staff – From time to time long and short term staff are needed. There is almost always an opportunity to help Origins and pursue your own interests too! Contact Robyne at the centre for enquiries.

Lavanya has joined us as temp staff
Dean has joined us as our Caretaker – Welcome to you both!

Peter and Lou for bricks!
Balvinder, Gurpreet and Neesha for a wonderful evening of music in the rotunda.
Toby for his fine cooking and companionship.
Paul Carter + Isis for offering us one of their computers!


Large (2.5x4m approx) thick rugs for the rotunda – plain gold, or maroon, red, or earth colours.
New tea towels
Set of queen size sheets and 2 single sets of sheets (good quality second hand ok)
Pillow slips

NOTICE: Does anyone have a trailer in Perth that could be borrowed for a few days to transport bricks down to OC? Contact Robyne.

Amnesty on returning our tupperware! No questions asked….(sheesh, think I shall look in MY cupboard!)


Bush Parkland – stage two is well and truly underway with invasive weed control, planting, paths and habitat. We should be able to access funding next year but still require some bridging finance for the rest of 2011.

Donations – so much thanks and appreciation to all who support the centre in this way. Every little bit makes a huge difference: If you would like to support OC financially, the Origins Centre bank details are as follows: Account Name: Origins Centre BSB 066504 and Account Number: 10017993.

Lama Choedak : Calm Abiding Retreat 2-4 September Contact Jeremy Ball (08) 6191 0011
Lama Tarchin : October 29th and 30th. Contact Usha 0438 828 587 Tarchin established the wangapeka in NZ and is a dear friend who teaches in our lineage network.

FAMILY KINDY Kindy continues each Monday from 10am to 2pm and is growing with 3-4 families now traveling from Nannup, Bridgetown, and locally of course. Contact Fiona for more kindy details on 97641806

SUNDAYS: 3:30PM Mindfulness Practice in the rotunda with Anne. Open to all, experience not necessary.

WEDNESDAYS: 9AM Puja in rotunda; 12:30PM shared pot luck lunch. If you would like to help with odd jobs in and around the centre Wednesday mornings is the time to come. All welcome, it’s always lovely to socialize and eat yummy food!

Mondays at 5:45pm – 6:45pm. Ailsa and Dolma’s house: 19 Wellington Street, Mosman Park.
For more info, contact Dolma 0405 456 863

Usha offers teaching and other classes at Yoga Moves

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Anne here sitting at Coorain. Today started with -2 degrees, clear, bright and a frost all about – winter is here, our outdoor water shrine is frozen!

Chimé who is teaching in New Zealand sends his best wishes to all. It has been a busy and successful visit. He arrives in Christchurch today for a short stay, then Auckland. Happy travels Chimé and a safe return.


Sacred Art and Theatre: A committed group explore our Friday’s Sacred Art and Theatre. This is a rich day of exploration and fun. If you can commit to this day then please do join in.

Puja (plainsong chants) is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 AM. All welcome to join in. Texts are available at Coorain.

Coorain work mornings are Thursdays until 11 AM. Why not come to puja and breakfast first?!

Coorain Weekends: The next ‘Coorain Weekend’ will be with Dolma on July 30 and August 1. Starting with the Wongkur of Maitraya at 9:30AM Saturday.

The last ‘Coorain Weekend’ went well, the topic was Refuge and a Sakyamuni Wongkur (see our blog for photos) with Dolma.

Coorain Retreats. We have two cabins available for short and long term retreat/study. Some instruction time for discussion can also be arranged.

Brian continues with the physical care, planting, pathways and weed control between Coorain and OC. A big thanks – such a beautiful project evolving. We have had some precious rain so have been able to proceed with plantings. Thank you to Tintuppa Nursery for the gift of local plants collected from seed in the upper section of the Balingup Brook. This will be at the end of August and for immediate planting. If you would like to help dig holes please join us!

Any donations to this ongoing vital and important work can be made to: Origins Centre Inc, Coorain. A/c # 066 504 10056415.

This project which supports the Karmapa’s Nunnery in Rumtek, Sikkim, is really worth supporting. It has been cared for by Marina for 13 years now, with all funds taken by hand to the Nunnery. So if you know of a good venue for incense sales then please let us know. Or you could buy a few yourself. There will be a trip to visit the nuns later this year so we are hoping to sell a few more tubes before then.

Sarva Mangalam

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You may have noticed a few new categories of links to the right hand side of our home page. Origins is in such a unique position to have connections with many people, groups, ideas, places and things going on locally and globally, that we have listed a few here for you all to be able to see the vibrant community we are all a part of. This list and its categories is by no means finalized, so if you feel we have left something out, or perhaps there is something we should know of, please get in touch and keep the list alive!

Contact: drol.lu@yahoo.co.in


Chime is currently touring New Zealand, connecting with old friends and meeting new. Some wonderful connections have been made with news to come. Here are some images from the Amitayus Sacred Art and Theatre teaching at the Wangapeka  study and retreat Centre ( http://www.wangapeka.org/ our friends in the global network of Namgyal Rinpoche)



Amitayus Shrine


Amitayus Shrine, living Room


Chime is now teaching in Queenstown, at the Queenstown Dharma House (click on the link for Chimes teaching schedule and more info regarding our friends at the centre). People are welcome to come and do retreat!


Its cold and beautiful.



Since the beginning of last year, a day a week has been set aside for Sacred art and Theatre exploration, Fridays at 9.30 am. The day has begun with a Wongkur, and then a class on the Archetype, followed by a discussion in the afternoon unlocking the universal themes from the mornings work. A thread is then chosen and expressed with the group building a universal shrine to the principle together. This has proved to be a wonderfully enriching and stimulating experience for those involved, a way of exploring the archetypal world that is difficult to define and universal.

This last month has seen a change in the format, with the group taking a universal theme that they would like to explore, rather than beginning with a traditional Tibetan Archetype. The Coorain weekends at the end of June and July will follow the old format, over the Saturday and Sunday.

In the gallery below you can view the shrines from the new format (Neighbour) and the June Coorain weekend (Refuge) as well as shrines from this last year of exploration.

(When viewing the gallery, use your mouse to hover over each photo to reveal a little more info for each image.)

More photos of the Friday explorations can be viewed on the Origins and Coorain Facebook page:


For more information contact Anne at Coorain: 08 9764 1275, coorain@sctelco.net.au

Chime and Brian have finished the slashing and burning of both Origins and Coorain properties. A mammoth effort, comprising 24 hrs work per week , from the first week of November 2010 until the first week of May 2011. As you would imagine, this is only the first stage, with weed control being ongoing (Chime whipper snipped both properties last week to keep the new emerging blackberry shoots down.). The three main problems are Blackberry, Phalaris grass and Bridal creeper.

I’ve posted a 360 degree panoramic shot taken from the Bibbulman track fence line on the Coorain block (just below the dam), and looking uphill towards Coorain so that you too can appreciate the amount of effort that has been put into the land.

Landcare View

Note the wall of Blackberry and Phalaris on the Brook boundary. Most of the property was like this.

Here is a photo taken (in around the same spot) about 3 years ago, at the last tree planting and enviromental art festival at Origins.

Note elbow high Phalaris

Thanks to Chime and Brian, we now have a fire safe property, and a managed forest.

Stay tuned for more Landcare reports on new nesting boxes for the woodland, Transects and how they are useful for us, new ideas on weed control and more….

Hi Everybody,
Sorry for the large gap in time between posts. There has been a few changes and great new happenings at Coorain and Origins, and lots of coming and goings.

This first post is to highlight the new format of O.C online. The next post will be an update of new adventures in the non-digital world.

Firstly, Origins and Coorain are now on Facebook (in the Facebook search field type “Origins Centre and Coorain, Balingup”). Get live updates of upcoming events and photos of happenings. Click on ‘Like” and you will automatically join the O.C and Coorain newsfeed, comment, connect and reconnect. You must be a member of Facebook to join this.

Secondly, the website is now a place to access those important bi-monthly updates and minutes of board meetings. As our secretary is away in the northern hemisphere we cannot continue to email the updates directly.
This is a great new feature. Sign up to have the updates emailed to you.
The site now has a person dedicated to its upkeep (thanks Rachel!).

Thirdly, with all this online activity, the blog will continue. Weaving these streams together, and a place for the online Origins and Coorain community to congregate. We recognise that not everyone wants to join Facebook!

And Remember to hit the RSS feed button at the top of the page to receive automatic notifications when we update the blog,

Looking forward to reading your Comments!