Tendar was born in the Kham district, Eastern Tibet. He became a monk at the age of twelve at Dego Somdupling Monastery in the Mahayana tradition. In Lhasa Tendar studied at Gyuto Ramoche Monastery for seven years, learning the ancient art of Tibetan tantric chanting, prayer and meditation. Tendar later attended the Tenzin Gang Gyuto monastery and studied at the Gyuto Tantric University for a further 14 years. Here he qualified as a teacher of sacred Buddhist art.
In 2000 Tendar commenced traveling to various European countries as Chant Master with the Gyuto monks. Tendar came to Australia for the first time in 2001, traveling extensively with the Gyuto monks, chanting, making sand mandalas, butter sculptures and teaching deep meditation.
Returning to Australia in 2003, Tendar now resides in Melbourne, teaching meditation, Tibetan language, sacred art and chant. Tendar became an Australian citizen in June 2005.
Tendar travels across Australia to teach meditation at various centres and retreats, performing blessings, sacred rituals and Buddhist ceremonies and also participating in community cultural programs.
Find out about Tendar's Medicine Buddha Tantrayana Meditation Centre.
LAMA TENDAR'S SPECIAL SERVICES:
Lama Tendar is available to perform wedding blessings. The ceremony is very heart-felt, that focuses on the couple and helps them connect to the deeper meaning of what sharing their lives together means. Lama tendar cannot legally marry couples as he is not a wedding celebrant. This is purely a spiritual blessing.
On request, Lama Tendar can offer a ceremony called "Powa". This is the transference of consciousness. This practice is performed on behalf of those who have recently died, usually within forty nine days of their passing. After a person dies and before they take their next rebirth, there is an opportunity to guide the person to a good rebirth, through the power of compassion, intention and prayer.
Also on request, Lama tendar, who is qualified, can perform the forty nine days Bardo prayers for the deceased, who are now in the intermediate state between death and rebirth. These prayers are said daily each morning by Lama Tendar for forty nine days from the passing of a person. The Bardo prayers protect the deceased from fear whilst they are in the Bardo (the intermediate state).
TEACHER and HEALER:
In western culture, teaching and healing are often seen as two distinct applications of knowledge, whereas in Buddhist practice such distinctions dissolve. The mind is itself the source of much sorrow and illness which can be healed when we learn to apply the Buddha's compassion to others and to ourselves.
Tendar has helped many people. Tendar sees helping and healing the community as a substantial part of his teaching. He will help anyone who asks!
Rather than attempt to further describe what Tendar does, below are some words of thanks from people who have benefited from Tendar's assistance.
I attended a Compassion Retreat in June 2016 with Lama Tendar Lobsang. Lama Tendar imparted great knowledge to help use our minds to our benefit. We learnt that the suffering we experience eg anger, jealousy, pride, envy, etc., is in our minds and our responsibility and means our minds are disturbed and we are not being compassionate.
We think everything in external circumstances is causing us to react with negative emotions,this is not true. External circumstances come and go,and are temporary, if we don't react to them, if we don't get attached to them, we help ourselves and others. If we react and attach to negative emotions, or circumstances and not forget them and revisit it again and again, we are torturing ourselves and that is dangerous to our minds.
For example; If we react with anger then the other person reacts with anger and we are building and getting more anger in our lives. If we think compassionate thoughts we see beyond the emotion the person is presenting us to their fear, anxiety etc., to their deep suffering and we can have compassion for them.
When we are being compassionate we think thoughts of joy, peace, happiness, patience, tolerance and generosity and we not only subdue any negative emotions in our mind but we give benefit to others too. No one forgets when you have been truly compassionate to them. As Buddha said, "You are your own friend or your own enemy".
When we use our minds correctly and with compassion to all beings then our inner peace will come and we can inspire and benefit others by bringing compassion and peace wherever we go. We maintain this state by practicing meditation every day, even if it's only for 5-10 minutes, as long as it is everyday to quiet our minds,to bring deep inner peace and calm to our minds, our bodies, to open our hearts then our speech and actions will be based on love and compassion.
This retreat has truly changed my mind,thoughts and actions, I feel like a new and different person and much happier and calmer.
Jules, Sydney NSW, 2016.
I attended the Chenrezig retreat held at Iluka in March (2006). This was my first residential retreat and my experience of the weekend was immense. I was very fortunate to be able to attend a week long (daily) retreat with my Yoga teacher prior to the weekend and I feel that this helped me prepare for the intensity and strength of Tendar's retreat.
Tendar's presence, knowledge and teaching is something that no words can give justice to and it seems futile to try and describe. Suffice to say that the safe haven he created allowed me and others to look at ourselves honestly with openness and compassion. This at times was incredibly painful and confronting however, with the compassion of Chenrezig with me I felt able to undertake this examination.
I made valuable connections with a number of people attending the retreat and I intend to nurture these friendships with love and compassion. How privileged I feel to have been a part of this weekend and even though I live quite some distance away, I have deep respect and feelings for the sense of community created.
Much Metta - Sue (NSW)
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Tendar whom I met in "Living Now" Exhibition April 2006. He gave me the healing which has made me feel better in just one day by now. When I came to him, I had been unable to sleep for weeks and my chest was very heavy. After the healing yesterday, I had a great sleep this morning and the depression has been reduced a lot. It is so real that I can feel it in every hour. My mind is better. My heart is at peace. I was unable to forget my sadness before, but today when I went out, I felt fresh and motivated a lot. Please send him my sincere thanks and I will visit the place in the near future.
- Tran (Vic)
Tendar works from the Heart in all he speaks, his actions, teaching from the mind and spiritually towards all he meets. I have been honoured to have gentle healing and feel blessed to have been offered such a treasure. What a gift we all have in having this man in our presence in Australia. To learn so many healing tools from this gifted person will flow through all who have encountered being with this sacred spirit.
Thankyou and Blessings to you Tendar from my heart to your heart,
sincerely Judith (Vic)