Events

This page has a list of retreats, workshops, public talks and other events that the society conducts at its different centres including SIBA Retreat Centre, Virupa Retreat Centre and Evatt, ACT.

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.

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


H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche
The Visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche
Virupa Retreat Centre

Sakya Losal Choe Dzong is delighted to announce the first visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche to Canberra, who has agreed to bestow the Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessings in Canberra.

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2 p.m. Saturday 10th to 6 p.m. Monday 12th January 2015

The Visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche
10 - 12 January 2015

Sakya Losal Choe Dzong is delighted to announce the first visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche to Canberra, who has agreed to bestow the Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessings in Canberra.

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His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche  is the second son of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok-la and nephew of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. Rinpoche was selected and trained as the successor for the future Abbot of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya tradition. Rinpoche underwent intensive and rigorous training, a common requirement for a Tibetan Buddhist lineage holder. In addition to daily tutelage under the direction of senior Ngor Abbot Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, Luding Khen Rinpoche also received numerous teachings and empowerments from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.


Rinpoche is well versed in all of the common and uncommon collections of teachings of the Sakya tradition. In the category of Tantra teachings, Rinpoche has studied and supremely mastered the precious Lam Dre teaching as well as all the categories of the collections of Tantras and the collections of Sadhanas, which include many rare secret and sacred teachings. Rinpoche diligently completed all the many important retreats required by an authentic Vajrayana Master. Rinpoche is an accomplished philosophical scholar and a graduate of the Sakya College of Higher Buddhist Philosophy in Dehra Dun, Northern India. Here Rinpoche studied under the guidance of the Late and Most Revered Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and the Late Most Venerable Khenpo Mingmar Tsering. As a result, Rinpoche is exceptionally well trained in both the Tantras and the Sutras.


After graduating from Sakya College in March 2000, Rinpoche was enthroned as the 76th Abbot of Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery. Thereafter as the main Lineage Holder, Rinpoche travels far and wide to bestow many Vajrayana teachings and Initiations in India and Nepal and in the West in Northern America, Canada, Europe and Australia as well as extensively throughout South-East Asia. Rinpoche's vast and profound knowledge of the Dharma and precise explanation of the entire Vajrayana teachings is immensely respected by even the most remarkable teachers of our time.


Luding Khen Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini blessings in Canberra. This will be an excellent opportunity for many new students to receive these fundamental empowerments within the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism from a lineage holder. This also provides an opportunity for old students to renew their samayas by attending these events.


As a follow up event to this auspicious visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be giving teachings and detailed instructions on the Vajrayogini practice during our annual Vajrayogini retreat which in 2015 will be held in March. This is an excellent opportunity to thoroughly study and practice the Vajrayogini sadhana under the guidance of an accomplished Vajrayana master. Details about all these events are below.


Saturday - Sunday 10 - 11 January 2015

Hevajra Cause Empowerment

Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre

Time: 2pm - 6pm both days

Cost: $120 (includes both days) / $110 members and concessions

Hevajra is the chief Vajrayana (Diamond vehicle) Sadhana practice through which most of the Indian Mahasiddhas and Tibetan masters attained great heights of enlightenment including Virupa, Naropa, Marpa, Sachen and many others.  In order to do and learn Hevajra Sadhana, one has to receive Hevajra Cause Empowerment from a lineage holder. Hevajra Cause empowerment is a two-day empowerment, and is also a prerequisite to attend Vajrayogini blessings.


Monday 12 January

Vajrayogini Blessings

Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre

Time: 2pm - 6pm

Cost: $80 / $70 members and concessions

Please note that you will need to have received the Hevajra Cause Empowerment in order to attend this event.


Vajrayogini is one of the most famous Tibetan Buddhist deity yoga meditation practices, through which most of the great lineage masters and saints have gained spiritual realization and attained rainbow body. Vajrayogini is an esoteric practice transmitted by the 10th century Indian Mahasiddha Naropa and held together by the Tsharpa lineage of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a practice that has spread to other Tibetan lineages including the Gelukpa lineage. Tsharchen Losal Gyatso (1502-1566) had the most inspiring experience with Vajrayogini guiding him through his spiritual career. Vajrayogini empowerment was given in Australia by HH Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and Her Eminence Jetsun Kusho-la, and the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra has conducted an annual Vajrayogini retreat since 2004. It is very auspicious that His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche is offering this at Virupa Retreat Centre.


Accommodation

The precious Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessings bestowed by His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche on 10 - 12 January 2015 will be held at the beautiful and tranquil Virupa Retreat Centre, located 20 minutes drive from Queanbeyan NSW and 30 minutes drive from Canberra airport.

There are a number of accommodation options available in nearby Queanbeyan, please contact us if you need assistance finding accomodation.

Vajrayogini Retreat with Lama Choedak Rinpoche

Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre

When: 6pm Friday, 20 March - 4pm Monday, 23 March 2015

Cost:

Retreat + Vajrayogini Blessings with His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche $400 / Retreat alone $360

Members and concession rate: Retreat + Vajrayogini Blessings with His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche $340 / Retreat alone $300

Please note that you will need to have received Vajrayogini Blessings in order to attend this retreat.

The annual Vajrayogini retreat usually held in June is scheduled earlier this year so that students who are fortunate to receive the Vajrayogini blessings from Luding Khen Rinpoche can deepen their knowledge and experience of this sacred practice. This is also to avoid clashing the retreat date with HH Dalai Lama's visit in June. Lama Choedak Rinpoche will offer comprehensive teachings and commentary in this retreat and lead the Sadhana meditation practice.  Accommodation and meals are included.

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Saturday 10th January to Monday 12th January 2015
Cost:

As advised above. Please note that some details about this event have changed and are different to previous advice that was circulated regarding this event:

- The cost for the Hevajra Empowerment is $120/$110 members/concessions for both days.
- The camping option is no longer available for this event. If you require accommodation, there are a number of options in nearby Queanbeyan, or you can contact us if you need assistance.

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


Family Retreat Dec '07
Family Week at SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Summer at SIBA is a relaxing time for families to learn, share and play together.

6 p.m. Wednesday 21st to 2 p.m. Monday 26th January 2015

Family Week at SIBA is for making a time and place to be together mindfully with our families, taking care of ourselves and each other, sharing and offering. SIBA is a place to naturally relax and enjoy yourself in the space and freedom, just being here is a unique healing experience to give to ourselves.

It's a fun week where kids can get involved in plenty of supervised activities, and parents have the opportunity to participate in yoga and meditation classes. This is a great way to introduce your family to the teachings of Buddism that are of lifelong value.

The beautiful retreat centre of SIBA, set in the Snowy River Country of East Gippsland, Victoria, is perfect for family summer recreation in a Buddhist community that is founded on a spirit of harmony, respect and generosity.

This years retreat will be held alongside the annual White Tara Retreat conducted by Lama Choedak Rinpoche.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Wednesday 21st January to Monday 26th January 2015
Cost:

Ensuite Room - $750
Camping - $600

Price is per family and includes all meals, accommodation and activities


White Tara
RETREAT: 26th Annual White Tara Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

White Tara is a beautiful meditation for developing kindness and compassion, increasing spiritual vitality and overcoming fears. 

6 p.m. Wednesday 21st to 2 p.m. Monday 26th January 2015

White Tara is a beautiful meditation for developing kindness and compassion, increasing spiritual vitality and overcoming fears. She represents the feminine energy of the Buddhas. She is said to have originated from the tears of the deity Avalokiteshvara when he wept about the extent and intensity of the suffering experienced by all beings.

The Annual White Tara meditation retreat provides an opportunity for new students to receive the empowerment and learn the practice, and for experienced students to progress. There are group practice sessions to help the student familiarise themselves with the technique and Lama Choedak Rinpoche gives a remarkably thorough explanation of the symbology of the practice as well as its everyday relevance.

All basic Buddhist meditation techniques are included in the practice, with special emphasis placed on the creative visualisation meditations of Vajrayana Buddhism. Lama Choedak Rinpoche's realisation, dedication and experience are transmitted through the heartwarming atmosphere of which this retreat is conducted as well as the joy and humour he brings, particularly in the question and answer sessions.

The practice and teachings of White Tara will be valuable in everyday life and can help bring greater clarity, calm and inner-joy. Students who receive the empowerment and undertake the practice of White Tara will increase their spiritual vitality, intensify their capacity for compassion, and overcome fears, including the fear of death.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Wednesday 21st January to Monday 26th January 2015
Cost:

Shared Room - $550
Camping - $450 (per person)
less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 24 Dec '14)

Single room - $825
Twin/double room - $700 per person
(membership, concession and early-bird discounts are not available for single and twin/double rooms)
Note: prices include accommodation, all meals and teachings.

BOOK NOW using our secure online retreat registration and payment system.


Calm Abiding Meditation
RETREAT: 9th Annual 4-day Calm Abiding Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

'A life of only a single day spent in meditation conjoined with wisdom is better than living a hundred years unbalanced and confused' - Buddha (Dhammapada)

6 p.m. Thursday 5th to 2 p.m. Monday 9th March 2015

Meditation has a proven record in its ability to improve health, awaken happiness and give a clear perspective on life. To learn to meditate you need an experienced teacher and a well defined path. Calm Abiding Meditation can help you become relaxed, focussed and peaceful. It enables you to identify the real causes of unhappiness and recover from stress, anxiety and tension.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche has committed his focus on the fundamental authentic Buddhist practices that are most effective and relevant to the Westerners that he teaches. The practice of Calm Abiding meditation remains one of the most popular Buddhist meditation methods. Rinpoche has taught this technique to tens of thousands of people over the past 25 years having developed a practice and teaching programme that is unique in its depth and lucidity. Interpreting traditional scriptural teachings, this is more than just meditation but an introduction to Buddhism.

Newcomers to meditation will find the instruction clear and meaningful while experienced practitioners discover new tools for engaging with their meditation practice that they did not have before.

Meditation is a tool to help change undesirable habits, improve self-confidence and to add a touch of dignity and sacredness to your life. You will be able to integrate a sense of calmness into everyday activities, and transform negative situations into something positive.

Come and enjoy learning a time-proven skill that will bring you lifelong happiness.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Thursday 5th March to Monday 9th March 2015
Cost:

Shared Room - $440
Camping
- $360 (per person)
less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 5 February 2015)

Single room - $660
Twin/double room - $560 per personNote: prices include accommodation, all meals and teachings.

Our secure online retreat registration and payment system will be in place shortly. Please email us in you are interested in registering for this event


Easter Health and Wellness retreat
RETREAT: 9th Annual Easter Health & Wellness - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Enjoy relaxing and nurturing yourself and your family in the beautiful serenity of this tranquil, dedicated place of healing with yoga, meditation and treatment from alternative health care professionals.

6 p.m. Thursday 2nd to 2 p.m. Monday 6th April 2015

Relax and nurture yourself and your family in beautiful, green, tranquil surroundings at a friendly and peaceful dedicated place of healing in the Snowy River Country of East Gippsland.

Keep an eye on this website for more information about the practitioners and what they will be offering.

This residential retreat offers a choice of workshops, seminars and individual consultations with alternative health care professionals. This includes:

  • Shiatsu
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Japanese acupuncture
  • Bach flower remedies
  • Effective soft tissue therapy

There will also be daily classes in the Buddhist art of healing meditation as well as yoga sessions.

Gain from the knowledge and expertise of experienced health care practitioners. Revitalise your mind and body with clean air and healthy vegetarian food in a friendly and peaceful Buddhist community.

Families are welcome.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Thursday 2nd April to Monday 6th April 2015
Cost:

Shared Room - $440
Camping - $360 (per person)
less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 2 March 2015)

Families - please contact us

Single room - $660
Twin/double room - $1120 (this ticket is good for two attendees. Please list the name of both attendees in the additional information when booking online. 

Membership and concession discounts are not available for single and twin/double rooms.

Note: The retreat cost includes accommodation and all meals as well as attendance to all workshops, yoga classes and meditation sessions as scheduled above. In addition to this, inclusive in the retreat cost, you receive a single one-hour private consultation with any one of the health practitioners. Additional consultations may be booked at the rate of $55 per one-hour session.

Our secure online retreat registration and payment system will be set up shortly. Please email us if you are interested in registering for this event.


Medicine Buddha
RETREAT: 9th Annual Medicine Buddha Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Discover the connection between wholesome thoughts, your health and happiness.

6 p.m. Friday 24th to 2 p.m. Sunday 26th April 2015

Sickness is a common suffering of all living beings.  However, according to Tibetan medicine, most illnesses are psychosomatic.  Ill health that is generated by one's unwholesome attitude cannot be cured by conventional medicine alone.

This residential retreat will help you understand how certain mind states can contribute to ill health, and to learn how to apply the appropriate antidotes.  Discover the connection between thoughts, behaviour and speech, and the positive and negative effects they have on your health.

At this workshop Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give the empowerment of Medicine Buddha's meditation and impart the transmission of the healing mantra passed down through an unbroken lineage since the time of the Buddha.

This weekend provides a complete training in practical as well as theoretical session on how to do the Healing Buddha's meditation.  You will also learn how to use it to assist friends and relatives who may be ill or dying.  This profound meditation technique will compliment any form of medical treatment.  This practice can reduce the side effects and increase the effectiveness of any medication.  It is especially recommended for health professionals and those who are interested in learning self-healing.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 24th April to Sunday 26th April 2015
Cost:

Shared Room - $240
Camping - $180 (per person)
less $30 membership/concession

Single room - $360
Twin/double room - $300 per person
(membership and concession discounts are not available for single and twin/double rooms)
Note: prices include accommodation, all meals and teachings.

Bookings Essential. We will have our secure online payment facility set up shortly. In the meantime you can also email us if you are interested in registering for this event.

 


Quote of the Day

“Life is an illusion, a dream, a bubble, a shadow. Nothing is permanent. Nothing is worthy of anger. Nothing is worthy of dispute. Nothing”
The Buddha