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2011 Festival



A wonderful documentary which gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience 24 hours in the life of His Holiness the 14TH Dalai Lama.

Directed by Russian filmmaker Vitali Manski, the film follows His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala, India, from his early morning prayers at three in the morning to his bedtime at dusk.

The exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people has said of himself: “Sometimes people call me a living Buddha or a God King, but I always say this is nonsense. I am a simple Buddhist monk. Through this film you will realize, I am a normal human being, nothing special. Just a normal Buddhist monk.”

Featuring an introduction by Lynn Bain – Director of Dalai In Australia Ltd, plus a talk and slide show by Mr Tenzin Norbu, Director of the Environment Desk, Tibetan Government-in-exile, India.

Thu 3rd Feb (8pm) VisyTheatre$15 Phone (07) 3358 8600 or

2011 Festival Overview

We hope you will join us to celebrate the Tibetan New Year, the Year of the Iron Rabbit!

Tibet House US will hold its 21st Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 3rd. Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, Flaming Lips, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, James McCartney, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith and Michael Campbell, and Michael Stipe have confirmed and we are expecting other artists to join the line-up soon so check the Tibet House US website regularly as all new updates will be posted! Concert tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling CarnegieCharge at   212.247.7800  or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue)

Please note: concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US.
Benefit package tickets including concert tickets and entrance to a post-concert dinner party with the honorary chairs and artists are available now online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street).

Dear Friends of Tibet,

Over the last week, I have received quite a few calls and emails from people wondering whether the Festival of Tibet is still on. I would like to reassure everyone that despite the Brisbane Powerhouse experiencing some flooding, it has been cleaned up and the Festival of Tibet is definitely going ahead in high spirits from 3 – 5 February 2011. Please come and support.

Whist challenging, the difficulties we facing in the lead up to the Festival of Tibet are extremely minor compared to the devastation experienced by so many of my fellow Queenslanders. Much assistance is needed still, so please visit http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/ to see how you can help. Festival of Tibet is announcing that all the proceeds from TIBET: Awakened Heart concert will go towards the Flood Relief. So, please book your tickets to help our fellow Qlder’s.

Photo Exhibition Film Panel Discussion Public Talk Workshops Meditation Concerts

The Festival features:

  • a public talk by special guest Ama Jetsun Pema. Widely known as “Mother of Tibet”, for her commitment to Tibetan children’s education, Jestun Pema was the first female Minister in the Tibetan Government-in-exile, a UNESCO Medal winner and is the younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is Ama Jetsun Pema’s first trip to Australia and a real treat for festival goers;
  • the touring photo exhibition ‘A Man of Compassion and Wisdom -THE 14th DALAI LAMA’S JOURNEYdetailing His Holiness’ life and achievements;
  • ‘The Art of Healing’ panel discussion featuring Neljorpa Pemsi (Tibetan Yogi), His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia, Geshe Jamyang from Chenrezig Buddhist Institute and others;
  • The documentary ‘SUNRISE: SUNSETdepicting 24 hours in the life of the Dalai Lama;
  • TIBET: Awakened Heart Concert with Tenzin Choegyal, Taro Terahara, Female Tibetan singer Jamyang Dolma and Tibet2Timbuk2(an award winning world music group)
  • Mystical TIBET Concert Chants and Tibetan Gypsies Melodies with Tenzin Choegyal, Jamyang Dolma and collaboration of Tenzin with Camerata of St. John’s chamber orchestra to create a musical potion.
  • Workshops on Tibetan Thangka painting with renowned artist, Karma Phuntsok, and Meditation with the Nejorpa Pemsi;
  • Many free events suitable for all ages including the creation of the Sand Mandala for Peace happening throughout the Festival.
  • To download the PDF version of the festival postcard and full schedule please click below.
  • Festival of Tibet Postcard – 1.54 MB

Please join us to celebrate the third annual Festival of Tibet

For tickets (including Festival package deals) and info please call the Box Office on (07) 3358 8600

or visit www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Proudly sponsored by the Perfect Potion www.perfectpotion.com.au

Australia Tibet House www.australiatibethouse.com.au

Dva Ragaspace

Brisbane Powerhouse and BEMAC present: PLANET

February 5th 5pm – 7pm

Dva Raga Space

Do you have a taste for the exotic but can’t afford a world trip? That’s ok. We’re bringing the world to you. Join Dva (Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier) as they host our first Planet of 2011, they will be joined by Taro Terahara and Shen Flindell.

Taro Terahara is great command of sur (tuning) and lay (timing), with the ability to compose innovative taans and tihais on the spur of the moment. His music both engages the mind and touches the heart.

Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players, and is also very active in the thriving Indian music community of Japan. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment. They both to take you on a spiritual journey to start the year.

TIBET: Awakened Heart for Qld Flood Relief Concert

Tibet2Timbuk2 is an award winning fusion of African, Indian and Tibetan sounds which transcends cultural boundaries. Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell take audiences on a journey from the joyous to the meditative and back. With guest artist Taro Terahara, master Bansuri (Indian classical flute) player and Jamyang Dolma a renowned Tibetan female Vocalist.

Sat 5th Feb (8:00 pm start) Visy Theatre $30 (Con$25) Phone (07) 3358 8600 or 

http://www.tibet2timbuk2.com/ http://www.tenzinchoegyal.com/

Jamyang Dolma was born in Kham in the east of Tibet. Her family were farmers and she learnt traditional mountain songs and epic stories from her grandmother. In 1985 she left the difficult situation in Tibet and arrived in Dharamsala in northern India where she joined the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. She has performed extensively in Europe. She has performed solo in television appearances in Japan and concerts in Paris and London. She also participated in the filming of “Kundun”, the Martin Scorcese film about the early life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and her songs were featured in a documentary about the making of this movie. Her powerful voice expresses the traditional culture and beliefs of the Tibetan people with emotion and spiritual affinity. Jamyang’s songs include prayer chants, traditional folk songs from eastern Tibet and songs from the King Gesar epic, a famous ancient Tibetan tale. She is very happy to sing for you today.

Mystical Tibet Concert

The Mystical Tibet Concert creates a perfect musical potion through the combination of Brisbane’s Camerata of St. John’s chamber orchestra, Tenzin Choegyal (Tibet), Jamyang Dolma a beautiful female Tibetan singer and Taro Terahara (Japan). Taro is a master bansuri (Indian classical flute) player and disciple of bansuri master, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Tenzin’s expressive vocals and musical talents draw on his Tibetan traditions and he creates original and authentic musical compositions which express his devotion to his cultural lineage.

Fri 4th Feb (8:00 pm start) Visy Theatre $30 (Con$25) Phone (07) 3358 8600 or

http://www.camerata.net.au http://www.tenzinchoegyal.com/

Meditation : Breath and it’s essence

Join Neljorpa Pemsi (Tibetan Yogi) Dzogchen practitioner for a morning meditation. Practicing meditation which calms the mind involves the elimination of inner and outer distractions and overcoming afflicting emotions. In a state of calmness the mind is capable of achieving equanimity, peace and clarity and with practice the potential for these capacities is limitless. The ultimate purpose of meditation is to understand and experience the true nature of our mind.  There are many methods used by different religions, with breathing practice being one of the most effective.
Neyjorpa Pemsi explains, “Breathing invokes in us the Loong (wind) element which is the energy that gives life to mind. So, by controlling the breathing, we can control the mind. And through Mindfulness we progress to  see Emptiness which is the true nature of our mind.”
This session will offer a general understanding of effective breathing meditation which creates a mind which is stable, calm, alert and clear.
Fri 4th Feb and Sat 5th Feb  (10:00 to 11:00 am) Free

Tibetan Painting Workshop

Spend some time with master painter Karma Phuntsok and learn some simple techniques used in Tibetan Painting. The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist Art.

The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.

Thu 3rd  Feb (1:30 to 2:30 pm), Fri 4th Feb (11:30 to 12:30 pm & 3:30 to 4:30 pm) and Sat 5th  Feb (3:30 to 4:30 pm)  $25

Phone (07) 3358 8600 or 


Materials for Students:
Required:      A3 Stretched canvas  (16×20 inches)
Paint Brushes        (1, 2,3)
Pencil            (1 soft, 1 hard)
Drawing Paper    (A4 x 1)
Acrylic Paint        (red, blue, yellow, white, green, black, orange)

Optional:    Right triangles        (2 recommended)
T-square or Ruler
Tracing Paper (A4 x 1)

Sand Mandala Workshop

In these workshops, participants learn about the meaning and history of the Tibetan art of the sand mandala.  Learn the traditional technique using the small metal funnel known as the chak phur to create designs with coloured sand, allowing everyone to experience the beauty and challenges of the art form. Time: All 3 days – check the program -Free

Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

Sand mandala making is a remarkably fine, intricate process, requiring patience, devotion, skill and creativity. For the experienced and proficient mandala maker, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.
Mandala (kilkhor) he Sand Mandala is regarded within Tibetan Buddhism as sacred and, until 40 years ago, was rarely seen outside the monasteries.

Panel Discussion : The Art Of Healing

Join Mr Sonam Dhakpo, Representative of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Australasia,  Neljorpa Pemsi, traditional Tibetan Healer, Mr. Tenzin Norbu, Head of the Environment Desk, Tibetan Government in Exile, India and Geshe Lobsang Jamyang from Chenrezig Buddhist Institute, for an entertaining and informative discussion about Tibetan approaches to healing.  Meditation, use of medicinal herbs, incantations, mantras and blessings are still used by Tibetans to address a variety of physical and psychological ailments.  The panel will discuss the  application and effectiveness of these traditional methods and their appeal around the world.
Sat 5th Feb (11.30 – 1pm) Free close up
Geshe Lobsang Jamyang was ordained at the age of sixteen and after eighteen years of study attained the highest degree in Buddhist Philosophy.  Geshe la was a member of Sera Je Monastery in South  India for many years and has also spent time studying at Gyume Tantric Monastery where he mastered practice and rituals of the tantric tradition. Geshe Jamyang joined Chenrezig Buddhist Institute on the Sunshine Coast in 2005 and is the resident teacher.


Mr. Tenzin Norbu was born in India and went to TCV school. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Education from India. He served TCV school for 5 years as a Science and Math teacher. He also worked as a research associate at Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) for over 5 years after earning his Master’s degree in the field of Environmental Technology from the same Institute. He is now serving (since Dec 2008) at the Central Tibetan Administration at Dharamsala in the Environment Desk under the Department of Information and International Relations. Since then, he has participated in various regional and international conferences (COP 15, APGN 2010…) raising issues related to the environmental situations and concerns on the Tibetan Plateau.

In Conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema and Mr Tenpa Tsering- Moderated by Sandy McCuthcheon


Widely known as “Mother of Tibet”, Ama Jetsun Pema is the former President of the Tibetan Children’s Village School (responsible for educating thousands of Tibetan refugee children), the first female Minister in the Tibetan Government-in-exile, UNESCO Medal Winner and younger sister of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Jetsun Pema la talk about her life long commitment caring for children in the exile community on this, her first ever visit to Australia. Mr. Tenpa Tsering, The Chief Representative of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama will join Jetsun Pema on stage.

‘Others before self: educating children in exile’ and WHY TIBET ?

Sandy McCuthcheon with be moderating this “In Conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema and Mr. Tempa Tsering”.

Sandy McCuthcheon is one of Australia’s great treasures. As presenter of Australia Talks Back on Radio National, he probably knows better than anyone how Australians think and what’s important to them. He’s not only a broadcaster – he’s also a highly acclaimed playwright, novelist and poet.


Sat 5th Feb (1:30 to 3:00 pm) Visy Theatre $25(Con$20)  Phone (07) 3358 8600 or