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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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Origins-Centre-Coorain-Balingup/172852212767547

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

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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….

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Water Dance

These photos were shared by Brigit Cosgrove and Family. Anthony Regan dancing for water and the Yarragadee Aquifer at the Mullalyup Art Gallery, and Winjana Greybrook blessing a Mandala at Origins Centre made with the same intentions in mind.

Wonderful to remember these moments, if you have any more information regarding these photos, or want to add your own, please get in touch!

Emu at the Waterhole

Dancing for rain, and it starts to rain.

Winjana and the Mandala

 

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Moments to Share

Here are some photos shared By Jess Connor, partner Adam and our own Romy. Hover the mouse over each photo to read captions. Cheers guys and thanks for contributing!

Fire preparation during the Nannup rd Fire Feb '09Rotunda and friends

Womens Retreat 2009, get in touch to add your name to the caption!

Rotunda and friends

Medieval Carnival 2010

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Wednesdays

Origins Wednesday Work and Pot luck are a fixture on the calendar. The day begins with Puja and sit in the rotunda and then busy bee around the Centre, all helping out with those tasks that need doing to keep the place looking great. This is followed by the famous Origins shared lunch, a smorgasboard of wonderful food.

its a great day, with locals and guests, old friends and new, all joining in to support the Centre and share yummy food.

P.S The call is still out for anyone with photos or stories they would like to share! Get in contact with Dolma at coorain@sctelco.net.au.

 

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Medieval Carnival

This years Balingup Medieval Carnival was a fantastic success, raising $2,100 for Coorain. Huge thanks to those who devoted time and energy in supporting the stall in so many different ways: from baking, making or spruiking.

And Romy who made it all happen!

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