About us

  History of the Buddha-Heart Fellowship of Tasmania

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Beginnings                                                                                                                  

This north west Tasmania based Buddhist group has existed in some form or another since 2006.  Initially it was made up of mostly Vajrayana practitioners, who would meet either in Devonport, or at the Penguin home of Sangye Dorje, a former Rabjung Monk of the Rechung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

By 2009, the group was meeting exclusively in Penguin, and under the guidance of Sangye Dorje it developed a more inclusive, non-sectarian outlook, exploring the richness of the world of Buddhism.

Buddha-Heart Fellowship                                                                                                   In 2011, the Buddha-Heart Fellowship was born, the name chosen so as to be a constant reminder of the potential for Awakening to the True Self that is within all sentient beings, and reflecting the inclusive attitude of our members. Buddha-Heart is the Awakened Heart/Mind of Compassion and Wisdom, which is Buddhahood.

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Affiliation                                                                                                                          2013 saw some major changes.  We became affiliated with CloudWater Zendo, the Zen Centre of Cleveland, Ohio, USA; and our Resident Teacher Venerable Sangye Dorje was ordained as a Ch’an (Zen) Monk of the Nien-Fo Ch’an Order by Venerable Shih Ying-Fa, Abbot of CloudWater Zendo.  Sangye Dorje was given the Dharma name “Shih Jingang” (meaning Vajra Disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha).  Accordingly, the Buddha-Heart Fellowship changed its emphasis to Nien-Fo Ch’an, which are the unified teachings of Ch’an and Pure Land Buddhism.  But we remain dedicated to the ideals of non-sectarianism, and also community service.

Donations of three large Buddha statues and other items for our Altar were made by Nga and Vinh Duong and some other members of the Vietnamese-Australian Buddhist community, including their relatives in the USA.  We have received a large Buddha Shakyamuni statue, and other items from our late dharma sister Etty “Peaceful Heart” De Graaff.  Buddha statues and other items were donated by David Melhuish and Pauline Clayton.  Many books were donated by Sally Marks. BHFT has a growing Lending & Reference Library of donated books available to local students interested in Buddhism. Without the continued help of named and anonymous patrons the work of serving the needs of individual students and the greater community would not be sustainable.

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Since June 2013, Ven. Shih Jingang has been teaching monthly Zen Day Classes in Penguin; and expanded group sessions at  Zen House Studio, 100 Main Road, Penguin to include Tuesday evenings, and the 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month.  Sifu is active in Hospital Chaplaincy, Palliative Care, Funeral Officiating, and is regularly asked to give Dharma talks to community groups, and professional bodies.  He is also a senior Retained Volunteer Firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service; a Co-Patron of (BEWES) Buddhists Engaged with Emergency Services; and is a founding member of (BCCT) Buddhist Contemplative Care Tasmania.

 

Buddha is Name, Name is Buddha, the Awakened Heart our True Home.

 

CONTACT US-                                                                                                              Email: buddha.h.f@gmail.com                                                                                        Tel: +61 3 6437 2645,   Mob: 0417 595 600                                                          Facebook: Buddhaheart Fellowship.

 

Copyright © 2013-2017 – Venerable Shih Jingang

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