Classes

His Holiness Sakya Trizin giving teachings at SIBA's Golden House

Calm Abiding Meditation courses and Buddhist philosophy classes are held each school term at 25 Alderman Street, Evatt as well as other venues from time to time (see details below). Lama Choedak Rinpoche's regular classes are on Tuesdays evenings through the school term.

Sunday Meditation sessions with Senior Students are held at 11am every Sunday followed by a Dharma talk (on Buddhist philosophy) at 25 Alderman Street, Evatt. Everyone is welcome to these drop-in classes, and no experience is necessary. We are grateful for donations for these sessions to contribute towards the running costs of the centre ($5 is recommended). 

Chenrezig and Ngondro Practice, Wednesdays, 7pm: Rinpoche and a regular group of students practice a combination of Chenrezig and Ngondro weekly on Wednesdays on most weeks of the school term. Medicine Buddha or the 16 Arhat Puja are also occasionally practiced around important days in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.

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Meditation Classes In Carwoola
with Greg & Rachel O'Rourke
Virupa Retreat Centre

Learn the foundations of Meditation in Carwoola on Monday mornings.

Monday 13th October to Monday 17th November 2014
Mondays 11am-12pm

Greg and Rachel O'Rourke are experienced practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism and will be offering a series of meditation classes in Carwoola on Mondays this term. Come and learn to meditate in the relaxed atmosphere of Virupa Retreat Centre, where Greg and Rachel will guide you in tools and techniques to bring about a more peaceful and happy mind. 
 
Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre

Address: 179 Douglas Close, Carwoola, NSW (30 minutes from Canberra)

About Greg and Rachel

Rachel WeissRachel has been practising meditation for over 18 years, during which time she learnt a number of secular and Buddhist techniques.  Rachel is also a student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra, and has studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy with him for over 8 years. 

Rachel's special interest is in how calm-abiding meditation can assist people afflicted by trauma, illness and pain.  She is happy to be able to teach these meditative techniques, which can bring people greater peace and relaxation. 

Greg O'RourkeGreg has been a meditation practitioner for 9 years, and has undertaken studies in the philosophy and meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism since 2008. A senior student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Greg is currently Secretary of the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra and is also coordinator of Virupa Retreat Centre, the Society's local retreat centre. Greg is also a keen student of Tibetan Language and has even tried a bit of traditional Tibetan dance. Greg is passionate about Tibetan Buddhism and how the wisdom contained in this tradition can solve the many problems in our life, large and small, through it's skilful teachings and authentic practices. Greg is particularly interested in bringing the essence of the Tibetan tradition to a contemporary Western audience, as he believes that it can help with the particular issues faced by so many in these modern times. From anxiety and depression to interpersonal relationship difficulties - the compassionate and wise teachings of Buddhism has the potential to help people from all walks of life.

 

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Monday 13th October to Monday 17th November 2014
Cost:

Cost: $100 ($80 members and concession) - includes meditation manual
Bookings: Contact 02-6238 2088 or mail@sakya.com.au to reserve your place (Online bookings are not available for this course.


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COURSE: Introduction to Buddhism - Canberra
with Mindah-Lee Kumar
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

This course, designed for beginners, will teach you both how to meditate and also explain the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy and how it can be applied to your daily life.    

Monday 13th October to Monday 24th November 2014
Monday nights, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the West. Its philosophy and meditative techniques have the ability to transform people's lives. This course will teach you how to meditate, and explain the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy and how it can be applied to your daily life.
 
This course is specifically suited for beginners. Topics covered include: the life of the Buddha, The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Origination, karma, the differences between Buddhist schools (Theravadin, Mahayana and Vajrayana), and why the symbolism behind Vajrayana practises are proving to be highly effective methods of self-transformation. The first part of each lesson will involve instruction and practice of Calm Abiding meditation.
 

This course will be led by Mindah-Lee Kumar - a former Buddhist nun who spent three years doing solitary meditation retreats within the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Monday 13th October to Monday 24th November 2014
Cost:

Cost: $110 ($90 members or concession)
Bookings: Click here to make a booking online!
Contact: 02-6238 2088 or mail@sakya.com.au


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Meditation Classes in Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong Community Centre, the Balcony Room

Due to popular demand, The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra will again be offering meditation classes at Tuggernong Community Centre.

Monday 13th October to Monday 1st December 2014
Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm

Meditation has a proven record in its ability to improve health, awaken happiness and give a clear perspective on life. It enables you to identify the real causes of unhappiness and recover from stress, anxiety as well as manage pain.

There are many styles of meditation and in these classes we learn how to focus with single-pointed concentration on the breath as taught in all Buddhist traditions. This technique of mindfulness is a natural process and a fundamental life skill to help you to focus better on ordinary tasks.

Greg O'Rourke, experienced meditator and long time student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche wil be leading this course. All welcome!

 

Location: Tuggeranong Community Centre, the Balcony Room
Time: Monday 13th October to Monday 1st December 2014
Cost:

Cost: $135 / $105 members & concessions - includes meditation manual.

You will need your own meditation cushion to bring to these classes - if you need to purchase one you can do so whilst making a booking online or otherwise contact us to arrange.

<<For online bookings, click here>>

You can also email to mail@sakya.com.au or ph (02) 6238 2088


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COURSE: 8-week Calm Abiding Meditation - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

This popular course is expertly led by meditation master Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who will thoroughly explain the tools and techniques of calm-abiding meditation. This traditional and well-tested practice will bring more peace and happiness to your mind.

Tuesday 14th October to Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This popular course is expertly led by meditation master Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who will thoroughly explain the tools and techniques of calm-abiding meditation. This traditional and well-tested practice will bring more peace and happiness to your mind.

*Course now includes a copy of a new meditation manual by Lama Choedak Rinpoche.

* The second half of this course will be taken by experienced meditation teacher Jaki Forbes.

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 14th October to Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Cost:

Cost: $135 / $105 members & concessions

For bookings, click here.

You can also email to mail@sakya.com.au or ph (02) 6238 2088

 


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COURSE: The Four Seals: Buddhism in a Nutshell (Tuesday Night Buddhist Teachings) - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

In this special short course, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will explain the Buddhist teachings on the "Four Seals". 

Tuesday 14th October to Tuesday 4th November 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm Every Tuesday

This short course with Lama Choedak Rinpoche will offer a succinct and practical use of some of the central Buddhist thoughts and ideas that goes beyond Buddhism as a religion. When honoured and applied, the four seals empowers the individual to make a spiritual breakthrough in possessing an enlightening philosophical view, that opens the heart towards all sentient beings.    

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 14th October to Tuesday 4th November 2014
Cost:

Cost:    $80 ($60 members/conc.) 

Venue:  25 Alderman St, Evatt, ACT

Click here to book online now.      


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COURSE: The Wonders of Bodhicitta - Canberra
with Venerable Jamyang
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Ordained Western Buddhist monk Venerable Jamyang's teachings on the importance of cultivating a mind that is intent of gaining Enlightenment for the benefit of others.

Tuesday 11th November to Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30pm

"The supreme thing to know is bodhicitta. The supreme thing to learn is bodhicitta. The supreme thing to practice is bodhicitta. The supreme thing to meditate on is bodhicitta." 
- Khunu Rinpoche

‘Bodhicitta' is the central theme of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and its ideal of universal compassion to all beings has inspired countless Buddhist philosophers, writers and practitioners over the centuries.  Through this course, ordained Western Buddhist monk Venerable Jamyang will be teaching on the importance of cultivating bodhicitta from Shantideva's classic eighth century text ‘The Bodhisattva's Way of Life' as well as Khunu Rinpoche's mid-20th century work ‘The Jewel Lamp: a Praise of Bodhicitta'.

Venerable Jamyang is a long-term student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche and has been ordained as a monk for over ten years. He assists Rinpoche in the translation of Tibetan Buddhist literature, and has completed a major in the academic study of Sanskrit. 

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 11th November to Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Cost:

Cost:    $80 ($60 members/conc.) 

Venue:  25 Alderman St, Evatt, ACT

Click here to book online now.      


Lama Choedak Rinpoche with Kagyur
Annual Summer Intensive Tibetan Language Course
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

This two-week Tibetan language course is suitable for complete beginners through to intermediate and advanced students. It includes both spoken and classical Tibetan.

9:30 a.m. Tuesday 30th December 2014 to 5 p.m. Wednesday 14th January 2015

Beginners are encouraged to take the plunge to learn this special language.  You will be amazed at how quickly you will learn the Tibetan alphabet, start speaking some Tibetan and be able to construct simple sentences.  More advanced students will be able to engage in translation work, all under the expert guidance of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, a renown Tibetan scholar, author and translator.

Accommodation is available at Virupa Retreat Centre ($135/wk excluding meals) 45 minutes from the venue; otherwise visitors will need to find their own to suit.  Please contact us regarding any accomodation bookings. Car pooling and lifts will be available.

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 30th December to Wednesday 14th January 2015
Cost:

$300 for the full course or $30 per day, payable on the day by cash or money order.

<<Click here to make a booking online>>

Contact us at mail@sakya.com.au or ph 02 6238 2088.


Quote of the Day

“We must therefore develop a sense of responsibility for each other's condition, we must see that hurting someone else, or inflicting pain on other people , cannot bring happiness or peace of mind. ”
The Dalai Lama