Buddha-Heart Fellowship of Tasmania

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Buddha-Heart Fellowship of Tasmania
Main School Mahayana
Sub School Chan, Pure Land
Affiliation CloudWater Zendo; the Zen Centre of Cleveland; Ohio; USA.
Founded 2011
Teacher(s) Venerable Shih Jingang
Contact Infotmation
Address 100 Main Road
Tasmania 7316
Country Australia
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Phone (03) 6437 2645
Mobile 04 17 595 600
Website http://buddhaname.org
Email buddha.h.f@gmail.com


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.


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) Priest of the Nien-Fo Ch’an Order, by Venerable Shih Ying-Fa, the 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 some members of the Vietnamese-Australian Buddhist community, and 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. A Baby Buddha statue, and other items were donated by David Melhuish. BHFT also has a growing Lending & Reference Library of donated books available to local students interested in Buddhism.

Since June 2013, Ven. Shih Jingang has been teaching monthly Zen Day Classes in Penguin, and elsewhere (on request); and expanded group sessions at our newly named Zen House Studio, 100 Main Rd, Penguin, to include Tuesday evenings, and the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month. Sifu is also 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.