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PANEL DISCUSSION – THE STORIES AND SONGS OF US

PANEL DISCUSSION – THE STORIES AND SONGS OF US
11AM – 12PM SATURDAY 18 APRIL (TURBINE PLATFORM)

To understand Tibet, people must hear directly from Tibetans.  Join Karma Phuntsok and Tenzin Phuntsok Doring, sharing of very personal journey of what Tibet is for them. The Stories and Songs of Us gives an opportunity for the wider Australians to hear the very personal narratives and stories of Tibetan in their own words. These were narratives and reflections that celebrates the Tibetan spirit and real courage. Tenzin Nyidon and Tenzin Choegyal will share a song each for the audiences listening pleasure.

TIBETAN YOGA WITH KUNGA

TIBETAN YOGA WITH KUNGA
9.30AM – 10.30AM SATURDAY 18 APRIL (TURBINE PLATFORM)

Under the guidance of Tibetan yoga teacher Kunga, learn simple yet profound techniques that emphasize the integration of body, energy, and mind. Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before coming to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied the Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga systems under Yoga Master Vijay at the Universal Yoga Centre. At that time he also studied a variety of traditional Tibetan healing practices. Kunga has also completed studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.

MORNING MEDITATION WITH KARMA

MORNING MEDITATION WITH KARMA
18th Saturdat 9.00am – 9.30am (Turbine Platform) FREE


Start your day with a clear and alert mind with Lama Karma Phuntsok’s special meditation experience. Karma will guide us through mantra recitations – energy-based sounds which produce particular positive vibrations.

The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘man’ meaning mind and ‘tra’ meaning to protect or to free from. Karma will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energized.

FILM HOSTED BY HIMALAYAN FILM FESTIVAL

FILMS: THE SWEET REQUIEM and My SON TENZIN

Hosted by the Brisbane Himalayan Film Festival, this session presents the Brisbane premieres of two outstanding Tibetan feature films. The Sweet Requiem, directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, is the story of a young Tibetan woman living in Delhi, as she confronts memories of flight, betrayal and childhood trauma. My Son Tenzin, directed by Tsultrim Dorjee and Tashi Wangchuk, is set in California and tells a story of loss and longing and the clash of two cultures.

FILM: MY SON TENZIN
12.30PM – 2PM SATURDAY 18 APRIL TURBINE STUDIO)

A monk from Tibet arrives in the west on an unlikely mission: to meet his son after more than a decade of separation. The story of loss and longing infused with pathos and, at times, humorous, arising from the clashing worlds of Buddhist heritage, Yellow Cab business, and Oakland’s Homelessness, among others.

FILMTHE SWEET REQUIEM
4.30PM – 6PM SATURDAY 18 APRIL TURBINE STUDIO)

The guiding Buddhist notion of impermanence plays a central role in the story of Dolkar, a young woman who embarked on a perilous trek to India with her father when she was a girl. Now firmly part of Delhi’s large Tibetan community, Dolkar is helping Gompo, a recent arrival fleeing Chinese security forces in Lhasa. Slowly, Dolkar recognises Gompo as the guide who abandoned her group on a treacherous Himalayan path all those years ago. But is this really him?

PUBLIC TALK: LIVING AND DYING WELL WITH HIS EMINENCE LING RINPOCH

PUBLIC TALK: LIVING AND DYING WELL WITH HIS EMINENCE LING RINPOCHE
2.30PM – 4PM SATURDAY 18 APRIL (TURBINE PLATFORM)

Hosted by Karuna Hospice, Festival will once again welcome His Eminence Ling Rinpoche, the reincarnation of HH the Dalai Lama’s senior teacher and root Guru. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about the Buddhist approach to living and dying from a recognised Buddhist Master. Buddhism places a great deal of emphasis on understanding death and the process of dying. Although death is usually seen as an ending, from the Buddhist point of view it can also be a pivotal moment of transformation. Through understanding this we can learn to live more fully, focusing on what is essential in our lives with greater clarity and awareness, and learn to face death with greater courage and compassion. This special talk will be moderated by Tracey Porst Chief Executive Officer of Karuna Hospice.

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The tenth annual Festival of Tibet will be an anniversary event to remember. Two events, to go on-sale in early December, offer something for everyone – discussion, art, music, intrigue and philosophy.

Kicking off in the evening of Fri 27April, Festival favourite, Ama la (the Dalai Lama’s sister, Jetsun Pema) in conversation with author and media personality, Meshel Laurie. After their sold out performance during the Festival in 2015, Festival of Tibet is deeply privileged to have Ama la and Meshel join us again. Enjoy a curious, mischievous and transcendent conversation from two entertaining and inspiring minds.

Directly following the conversation, the Festival offers up the Mystical Tibet concert with the superb Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. This is guaranteed to be an evening of heartwarming enjoyment.

In the following days, Festival of Tibet is excited to announce the appearance of national living treasure, Michael Leunig in an evening performance, 1000 Stories. Leunig’s unique talented artistry and philosophy is simple, soulful and mystical. In 1000 Stories Leunig will be creating several works of art in real time, accompanied by the music and banter of Tenzin Choegyal and friends.

The Festival will continue to offer much more with workshops, exhibitions, Tibetan food and public talks. Through varied and engaging experiences through its mix of free and ticketed events, the festival raises much needed funds for the Tibetan refugee community with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India.

Witness the creation of a superb Sand Mandala from millions of grains of coloured sand, learn to cook Tibetan dumplings, paint, meditate, contemplate and be swept up in beautiful music – the Festival of Tibet looks forward to welcoming you to its special tenth anniversary celebration at the Brisbane Powerhouse!

MORE WORKSHOPS AND FREE EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN LATER DATES.

Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse, Philip Bacon Galleries, Perfect Potion and supported by Tibet Information Office, Chenrezig Institute, Chris Hooper Promotions, Himalayan Film Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Woodford Folk Festival, Good Fortune Trust, BEMAC, Tashi Delek Foundation.

Friends If you can print a poster and put it around your vicinity it will be greatly appreciated.

PRAYER FOR PEACE CONCERT: BRISBANE SINGS FOR TIBET

PRAYER FOR PEACE CONCERT: BRISBANE SINGS FOR TIBET
8.o0pm Saturday 18th April (Visy Theatre) 
 

Festival of Tibet highlight, Prayer For Peace Concert – Brisbane Sings for Tibet, brings together some of Brisbane’s finest vocalists and musicians for a must see-event. Featured artists include: Katie Noonan and Zac Hurran, Ben Ely, Annie and Michael Peterson, Leah Cotterell, Lucinda Shaw, and Karl S. Williams. Curated by Festival of Tibet Director Tenzin Choegyal, in collaboration with the performers, the concert will be themed around a poignant quote by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

When we see photographs of the earth from space, we see no boundaries between us, just this one blue planet, a natural world that supports us all. Therefore we have to see humanity as one family and the natural world as our home. It’s not necessarily somewhere sacred or holy, but simply where we live – so it’s in our interest to look after it.”

QUEER STORIES FROM TIBET IN EXILE

QUEER STORIES FROM TIBET IN EXILE

 

 

FRI 17 APR (Visy Theatre)
In an Australian exclusive, hear from renowned Tibetan filmmaker Tenzin Tseten Chokley, as he shines a light on the ongoing situation in his homeland and the experiences of LGBTIQ+ Tibetans in Tibetan exiled communities.

Best known for his ground-breaking documentary film Bringing Tibet Home, New York based Tseten will also discuss his latest film project.

While attention is frequently paid to social inequalities and injustices, there is very little visibility and awareness for LGBTIQ+ Tibetans and their identities often get forgotten in the dialogue.

Hosted by community arts leader Lenine Bourke, this event will also feature an opening performance by Festival of Tibet director Tenzin Choegyal, accompanied by cellist Katherine Philp.

Free Meditations and Workshops

Free Meditations and Workshops

Wed 30 Jan – Sun 3 Feb 2013

Morning Mantra Meditations with Lama Khedup

Start your day with a clear and alert mind as Khedup offers a special meditation experience employing mantra recitation – energy-based sounds which produce vibrations within the universe.

The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – man meaning “mind” and tra meaning “to protect or to free from”. Khedup will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energized.

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 9am Turbine Platform

Tibetan Dance Workshop

Tibetan folk dance combines both singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by dance master Yeshi and members of the Queensland Tibetan community dance troupe, this workshop teaches basic steps and rhythms used in traditional dance forms.

Tibetans express their history, spirituality, cultural traditions and above all love for their homeland through their traditional dances which are still performed at festivals, weddings and gatherings.

Thu 31 Jan + Fri 1 Feb 3pm Turbine Platform

Kid’s Workshop – Make your own Prayer Flag

Join us for a fun workshop printing your own prayer flag with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world. The prayer flag tradition has a long history dating back to ancient Tibet. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on each prayer flag produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind. The prayers become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from wind and sun.

Thu 31Jan + Fri 1 Feb 2 – 4pm Turbine Platform

Mantra Singing Workshop

Tenzin Choegyal leads a workshop in the Tibetan style of vocal projection and shares his knowledge of stories told through the songs of Tibet’s nomadic people. Participants learn simple Tibetan folk songs and hear about the ancient “Lama Mani” tradition of telling Buddhist parables through song. Such songs were performed by wandering storytellers who travelled from village to village, drawing on their own often humble origins to relate to people from all backgrounds.

Thu 31Jan 11.30am Turbine Platform

Why Tibet? Grassroots Workshop

Ever wanted to take action for Tibet but don’t know where to start? Hosted by the Australia Tibet Council, this session addresses ways to promote human rights and democratic freedoms and encourage a peaceful and lasting solution to the Tibetan situation. Come along for an opportunity to meet others who care about Tibet and consider some of the ways we can all support the Tibetan community and help to create a better future.

Sat 2 Feb 3pm Park Mezzanine

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Fri 1 Feb 2013

Tibetan Calligraphy with Phuntsok Choegyel

Learn the fundamentals of Tibetan script with Brisbane community member Phuntsok Choegyel, master in Tibetan calligraphy. Phuntsok teaches the formation of Tibetan script which is commonly used to write mantras and prayers and traditionally practised as a daily meditation.

Tibetan calligraphy can be appreciated purely for its aesthetic beauty and, at the same time, for the profundity of Tibetan philosophy expressed by simple strokes of a bamboo pen.

Materials for Students:
Required: ink calligraphy pen/s.

Graffiti Room  1:30 pm start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb,
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 60mins

Chakra Healing Workshop

Chakra Healing Workshop
Fri 1 Feb 2013

Chakra Healing Through Aromatherapy Workshop with Sal Battaglia

Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. Chakras represent the major energy centres of our bodies and are connected to our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Subtle aromatherapy draws on the energetic or vibrational qualities of the essential oils which can be used in restoring harmonic resonance. Learn from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Perfect Potion founder and managing director Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop.
Park Mezzanine  11:30 am, Fri 1st Feb
$25 (con$20)

Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

All proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Tibetan Painting Workshop with Master Karma Phuntsok

Tibetan Painting Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 2013

Paint your own Buddha with Karma Phuntsok

The practice of drawing the Buddha is like a meditation, helping to purify negativities of body, speech and mind. Spend time with master painter Karma Phuntsok and explore your own creative skills while following a traditional grid to create an image of the historical Buddha. Karma expertly teaches the basic techniques and principles of Tibetan drawing and explains historical conventions for the creation of traditional images.

Suitable for everyone, including beginners.

Tibetan Painting Workshop Materials:
Required: (1, 2,3)
Pencil (1 soft, 1 hard)
Drawing Paper (A4 x 1)
Optional: Right triangles(2 recommended)
T-square or Ruler Compass
Tracing Paper (A4 x 1)

Graffiti Room  9:30 am start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb, Sat 2nd Feb
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 90mins

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness
Sat 2 Feb 2013

Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Geshe Lobsang Jamyang of Chenrezig Institute discusses the essence of Tibetan culture which is deeply rooted in the ideal of compassion and loving kindness.

He explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation with Geshe la, he will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer expression to discover the true paths to happiness.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world
Sat 2 Feb 2013

An important tenet of Tibetan Buddhism, Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence toward all living things and above all, to do no harm. But in a world of hostility, we humans still find this task almost impossible, in spite of a wealth of information on cultivating world peace. How then, in the face of unending violence are Tibetans around the globe still able to practice Ahimsa when their country is experiencing one of the darkest periods in Tibetan history under the PRC? This promises to be a challenging and thought-provoking conversation.

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Panel members: Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Tenpa Dugdak (Tibetan Activist), Sonam Dagpo (HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s representative in Australasia) and Kyinzom Dhongdue (Australia Tibet Council). Tsewang Thupten (Tibetan student activist) will Moderate the panel discussion.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 11:30 am – 1:00 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr 30mins

The State Oracle of Tibet (Film) Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup

Special evening FILM Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup
Thu 31 Jan 2013 *not to be missed

The outstanding feature of this year’s Festival touches on the little-known tradition of Tibetan oracles.

An important part of the Tibetan way of life, oracles act as mediums between the physical and the spiritual realms and can be called upon as protectors and healers as well as to foretell the future. The most highly revered of these is the tradition of Nechung, the State Oracle of Tibet, whose spirit enters a Buddhist monk to give guidance to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

A film about the State Oracle of Tibet will be followed by an extraordinary opportunity to discuss the tradition of Nechung with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup himself, who is the present Nechung medium of the Chief Oracle of Tibet based in Dharamsala, India. Don’t miss this rare, never to be repeated event.

Powerhouse Theatre  Thurs 31st Jan 7:o0pm $25(con$20)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

Duration: 2hrs