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.

RETREAT: Vajrapani Retreat - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

A special Vajrayana solitary retreat in the Sakya tradition.

6 p.m. Friday 18th July 2014 to 2 p.m. Thursday 21st August 2014

Bodhisattva Vajrapani represents the quality of the power of all the Buddhas. His wrathful manifestation is borne out of his altruistic compassion for each and every sentient being and his skilful means to accomplish their benefit.

In the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrapani retreat is the first retreat undertaken by the practitioner as it is said to allay fundamental obstacles on the path and connect with the authentic lineage of blessings.

This is a solitary Vajrayana style retreat. Each practitioner is in individual rooms and supported with meals.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give empowerment and teachings on the first weekend of the retreat and conduct a fire puja to concluded the retreat. It is possible to attend the first weekend (Friday 18 to Sunday 20 July) only to receive the empowerment and teachings.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 18th July to Thursday 21st August 2014
Cost:

Full one month Retreat (18 July to 21 August 2014) - $1000

less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 18 June 2014)
Note: Accommodation for one month retreat is in private ensuite room. Retreat cost includes attendance to weekend teachings and empowerment as well as all meals during the month)

Weekend of teachings and empowerment (18 to 20 July 2014) - $240
less $30 membership/concession
Single Room $360 / Double and twin $300 (per person)
(membership, concession and early-bird discounts are not available for single and twin/double rooms)


White Tara
EVENT: White Tara - Virupa
Virupa Retreat Centre

White Tara's compassion, spiritual vitality and divine confidence are transmitted in this workshop at the idyllic Virupa Retreat Centre.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 26th July 2014

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.This workshop  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 students 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 workshop 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: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Saturday 26th July to Saturday 26th July 2014
Cost:

Cost:  $40 ($30 members or concession) - includes lunch and refreshments.    

Click here to book now online. 


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

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

Monday 28th July to Monday 8th September 2014
Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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 28th July to Monday 8th September 2014
Cost:

$110 ($90 members or concession)    

To make a booking click here. Or contact: 02 6238 2088 or mail@sakya.com.au to reserve a place.     


Lama Choedak
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 29th July to Tuesday 16th September 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.

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 29th July to Tuesday 16th September 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


LCR teaches boy
COURSE: Theory & Practice of Analytical Meditation on the Six Paramitas (Tuesday Night Buddhist Teachings) - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Learn the fundamentals of analytical meditation on the six paramitas, why they are important how meditating on them can clarify our mind.    

 

Tuesday 29th July to Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm Every Tuesday

Continuing with the theme of analytical meditation, Rinpoche will offer Mahayana Buddhist teachings known as ‘Six Paramitas'. As very profound and fundamental concepts, the Six Paramitas are practices most people apply in their everyday life. They are giving, self-discipline, tolerance, diligence, meditation and wisdom. But without the application of the transcendental wisdom, most of these practices become a cause of compassion fatigue, resentment and disappointment. The effective application of the wisdom is crucial, but incorporation of the six sublime qualities is even more important. In this course, you will learn all the secrets of the practices of the bodhisattvas.

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 29th July to Tuesday 16th September 2014
Cost:

Cost:    $120 ($90 members/conc.) 

Venue:  25 Alderman St, Evatt, ACT

Click here to book online now.      


Lama Choedak Rinpoche
TEACHINGS: Various Topics - Tuncurry
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Rinpoche will be giving teachings in this retreat on Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, Death and Dying and a Phowa Transmission.    

6 p.m. Thursday 31st July 2014 to 2 p.m. Sunday 3rd August 2014

I. Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health

Rinpoche discusses how Buddhism understands the mental states of depression and anxiety, how these mental states can arise and how they might ultimately be transformed and overcome.When His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited the West he was shocked by people who experienced depressive feelings and a sense of inadequacy. His Holiness regularly observes that despite extraordinary benefits brought on by material progress and physical health, people can be left feeling vulnerable and insecure dealing with life's ordinary ups and downs.The darkness of depression is experienced by many of us, if not personally, then probably by someone we love impacting on our relationships, families, workplaces and community. A great deal of resources have been directed into raising public awareness around depression but how much do we really understand as to the underlying causes?Buddhist teaching shines light on the causes of mental well-being in order to regain emotional resilience and inspiration. The Buddhist meditation method of mindfulness is respected amongst health workers in the field of depression because it goes beyond just treating the symptoms.In these teachings Lama Choedak Rinpoche offers from his heart, succinctly and with humour, the profound Buddhist understanding of depression and anxiety. Rinpoche takes us through the process of transforming the debilitating grip of these mental states into fulfilment, appreciative joy and confidence.

 

II. Death and Dying and Phowa Transmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dying is one of the most peaceful experiences of life, yet it is a subject of fear and grief. Death is not only inevitable but it can happen at any time. Planning to die helps one start living by healing the past and reconnecting with loved ones. Death is one of the most important subjects in the Buddhist teachings. Knowing death and dying helps one to let go of all things that are transient. The profound Phowa transmission is an important meditation practice to help one to plan to die well and guide the consciousness at the time of death. It also helps the dying to choose a suitable rebirth and allows the survivors to actively participate in a spiritually constructive process to let go and help the dead. This four day residential retreat on the topic is a rare opportunity offered as few teachers are qualified to give these teachings.

"Neither children, best friends, wealth or fame can help at the time of inevitable death.It is only the practice of Dharma which will rescue me."- Shantideva

Lama Choedak Rinpoche is an accomplished Sakya Tibetan Buddhist master and a gifted communicator. He is the founder and director of many centres across Australia including the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra. He is one of few Tibetans masters living in Australia who has completed trainings in all 24 esoteric yogas including Phowa practice. He will give teachings, transmission of Vajradhara Phowa by Rongton and lead the meditation sessions throughout the retreat. All are welcome!           

Location: -
Time: Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August 2014
Cost:

For further details about this retreat please contact Damchoe Dugo Ling on (02) 6555 7167 or Email: pandjmorgan@ozemail.com.au    


Greg O'Rourke
Meditation Classes in Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong Community Centre, the Balcony Room

The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra will now be offering meditation classes at Tuggernong Community Centre.

7 p.m. Monday 4th August 2014 to 8:30 p.m. Monday 22nd September 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering meditation classes at Tuggeranong Community Centre, starting on the 4th of August.

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 4th August to Monday 22nd September 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


Lama Choedak Rinpoche
RETREAT: Calm Abiding Meditation - Adelade
The Monastery

Learn the fundamentals of a foundational meditation practice in this three day retreat in Adelade. 

6 p.m. Friday 8th to 2 p.m. Sunday 10th August 2014

"We all have an instinct to be calm and have calm. There is never a time when we do not wish to be calm. Calmness is in our nature; it is in the hearts and minds of every one of us. Calm abiding is the safest way of being; it is in fact active peace."   - Lama Choedak Rinpoche, from his bestselling book ‘Healing Relationships'


In this special retreat, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give in-depth teachings on the simple yet transformative practice of Calm Abiding Meditation.  This meditation technique helps our minds to become relaxed, focused and peaceful. Developing this peaceful state then enables us to recognise the causes of our unhappiness and to recover from stress, anxiety and tension. Learning to have calm abiding as a way of being helps us to remove undesirable habits, improves our confidence and adds a touch of dignity and sacredness to our life. This retreat serves as a full explanation of the practice, and is a special opportunity for current students of meditation to deepen their understanding of this fundamental Buddhist method for peaceful living.

Location: The Monastery
Time: Friday 8th August to Sunday 10th August 2014
Cost:


For further details about this retreat please visit the Non Sectarian Buddhist Group's website at www.tsechen.org.au/ansbg/index.php


Lama Choedak Rinpoche in gompa
ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Calm Abiding Meditation - Virupa
Virupa Retreat Centre

"We all have an instinct to be calm and have calm. There is never a time when we do not wish to be calm. Calmness is in our nature; it is in the hearts and minds of every one of us. Calm abiding is the safest way of being; it is in fact active peace." - Lama Choedak Rinpoche, from his bestselling book ‘Healing Relationships'

In this special one day workshop, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give in-depth teachings on the simple yet transformative practice of Calm Abiding Meditation.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 16th August 2014

In this special one day workshop, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give in-depth teachings on the simple yet transformative practice of Calm Abiding Meditation. This meditation technique helps our minds to become relaxed, focused and peaceful. Developing this peaceful state then enables us to recognise the causes of our unhappiness and to recover from stress, anxiety and tension. Learning to have calm abiding as a way of being helps us to remove undesirable habits, improves our confidence and adds a touch of dignity and sacredness to our life.

This workshop serves as a full explanation of the practice, and is a special opportunity for current students of meditation to deepen their understanding of this fundamental Buddhist method for peaceful living.    

 

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Saturday 16th August to Saturday 16th August 2014
Cost:

Cost: $80 ($60 member or concession) for one day - includes lunch and refreshments.

Bookings Essential 

To book online please click here

Or contact us at mail@sakya.com.au, (02) 6238 2088 to reserve your place.


Medicine Buddha
RETREAT: 8th Annual Medicine Buddha Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

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

6 p.m. Friday 22nd to 2 p.m. Sunday 24th August 2014

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 22nd August to Sunday 24th August 2014
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 - Click HERE to book now.

You can also contact us at mail@sakya.com.au, or call us (02) 6238 2088 to reserve your place.

 


Rinpoche Gonpa
RETREAT: Calm Abiding and Vajrasattva - Mt Spec (via Townsville)
Gumburu Environment Education Centre - Paluma, Mt Spec

Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Choedak, will conduct a three day Calm Abiding Meditation and Vajrasattva Retreat at Gumburu Education Centre, Mt Spec, 80 km north of Townsville.

6 p.m. Friday 5th to 2 p.m. Monday 8th September 2014

Calm abiding meditation is the most fundamental of all Buddhist meditation practices, and Lama Choedak Rinpoche has been teaching this technique to Western students for over 25 years.. Using the tool of mindfulness one learns to bring a sense of stability and clarity to the mind. An increase in emotional stability and a decrease in mental confusion will help negotiate more helpful responses when confronted with life problems. Meditation is ultimately about experiencing the opening up of our heart and mind to compassion and to wisdom.

In this year's retreat, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will also be giving teaching on, and transmission for, the practice of Vajrasattva meditation, a profound Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique that is used for the purpose of cleansing the mind and body from illness, and is used daily by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.People of all faiths are welcome.    

Location: Gumburu Environment Education Centre - Paluma, Mt Spec
Time: Friday 5th September to Monday 8th September 2014
Cost:

Venue: Gumburu Environment Education Center ~ Paluma, Mt Spec

  • Heated dormitory accommodation
  • Delicious vegetarian meals (includes dinner on Friday evening & lunch on Monday)

Cost: $480.00 Regular or $430.00 Concession/Tharlam members

$30.00 Early Bird discount for payment before 21st August.

 

For registration and details, please contact Phil:Tel ~ 0499 026 184 or email ~ pheang@bigpond.net.au     


mandala
AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: Dream in Buddhist Psychology - Blue Mountains
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Lama Choedak Rinpoche will introduce the understanding, role and use of dreams in Buddhist psychology.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 13th September 2014

Dream is a state of mind, where consciousness is without the influence of gross sensorial perception. Dreams are the secret letters sent from the pure consciousness revealing the invisible world of one's karma-ledger. It shows us what is happening in the unconscious world. In general, there are five basic assumptions about dreams: 1) that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness; 2) they can tell the dreamer what he or she should know; 3) that the dreamer may not know what meanings a dream may hold; 4) that there is no one dream with only one meaning; and 5) that all dreams speak a universal language, a language of metaphor and symbol. In Buddhist psychology, the sutric teaching says that the images of dreams themselves are empty and false; but if properly understood, they can serve as another door to bring good changes and even liberation. In Tantric teaching, recognition and use of dreams is one of the sacred meditation practice to avert confusion and misery in life and especially bardo after death. You will learn special mantra meditation that one should do before going to bed to cause premonitory dreams and avert bad dreams.

Location: -
Time: Saturday 13th September to Saturday 13th September 2014
Cost:

For more details about this retreat, please contact the Sakya Trinley Ling Centre on 0425 226 062 or visit their website, www.sakyabluemountains.org    


Hevajra Retreat 2011 at VRC
RETREAT: 13th Annual Hevajra Retreat - Virupa
Virupa Retreat Centre

A practice and study retreat on the Hevajra sadhana with Lama Choedak Rinpoche.

6 p.m. Thursday 18th to 4 p.m. Tuesday 23rd September 2014

This will be a study and practice retreat on the middle-length sadhana of Hevajra (The Beautiful Six-limbed Ornament by Ngorchen Konchok Lundrub). There are two teaching sessions on the sadhana each day, and there are three to four full practice sessions (including torma offering once or twice a day). All teachings are directly in English from Lama Choedak Rinpoche. 

Those who wish to attend the retreat must, at least, be recipients of the Cause Empowerment of Hevajra.

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Thursday 18th September to Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $360 non-members or $300 for members/concession

Note: prices include accommodation with meals, and teachings.

$90 non-members or $70 member/concession for single day (accomodation not included)

Click here to BOOK ONLINE using our secure online booking service,

or contact us on 02 6238 2088 or mail@sakya.com.au 

 


Calm Abiding Meditation
RETREAT: 18th Annual 10 day Calm Abiding Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Meditation helps change undesirable habits and improve self-confidence, adding a touch of dignity and sacredness to our lives. This one of the most popular meditation retreats held annually in Australia.

6 p.m. Friday 26th September 2014 to 2 p.m. Sunday 5th October 2014

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.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will give the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion and impart the instruction on this daily sadhana practice and the recitiation of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM.

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.

 

Watch the YouTube clip of the 2012 SIBA 10-day Calm Abiding meditation retreat.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 26th September to Sunday 5th October 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $900
Camping - $765 (per person)
less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 26 August 2014)

Single room - $1350
Twin/double room - $1145 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 credit card registration system


OM MANI PADME HUM
RETREAT: 7th Annual Ngondro Preliminaries weekend of teachings and empowerment - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Teachings and empowerment on the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism

6 p.m. Friday 24th to 2 p.m. Sunday 26th October 2014

The practice of Ngondro is undertaken as the skilful means for purification of gross negative karma and the accumulation of merit, without which the accumulation of wisdom, emphasised in the Vajrayana path, will not be accomplished. Ngondro is a Tibetan word for preliminaries and is a foundational Buddhist practice suitable for all. These techniques are a compete practice in themselves for stabilising the practitioner on the path.

The retreat will focus on providing the meditator with the empowerments and instructions for the practice of ngondro including:

  • Refuge and Prostrations
  • Generation of Bodhicitta
  • Vajrasattva Empowerment and mantra recitation
  • Mandala Offering
  • Guru Yoga

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be leading this weekend retreat which is the beginning of a two-week Ngondro practice retreat from Sunday 26 October to Sunday 9 November 2014 (see below).

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 24th October to Sunday 26th October 2014
Cost:

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

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


Boudhanath Stupa
RETREAT: Two-week Ngondro Retreat - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

A practice orientated semi-solitary retreat on the preliminary purificatory and devotional practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.

6:30 p.m. Friday 24th October 2014 to 2 p.m. Sunday 9th November 2014

The retreat will primarily be practice orientated with group, as well as solitary sessions. Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be conducting the first few days of the retreat and imparting essential teachings and empowerments then senior lay and ordained practitioners will lead the remainder of the retreat group practice and study sessions.

SIBA is the perfect location for extended residential retreat with all the necessary support prerequisites including experienced residents. This retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to gain some intensive experience in the special meditations of Vajrayana Buddhism.

The Ngondro Preliminaries Weekend of Teachings and Empowerments (see above) at the beginning is this retreat is an essential prerequisite to a successful retreat and is include as part of this two-week retreat cost.

Daily Schedule

6.00 am

Green Tara Puja in Gonpa

 

OR

 

Private practice session in room

7.30

Breakfast

9.00

 

Group practice session in gonpa

11.00

break

11.30

Private practice session in room

1.00 pm

Lunch

2.30

Group study session in gonpa

4.00

Break

4.30

Group practice session in gonpa

6.00

Dinner

7.00

Group practice session in gonpa

9.00

Sleeping Yoga

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 24th October to Sunday 9th November 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $700
Camping - $580 (per person)
less $100 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 24 September 2014)

Note: prices include accommodation, all meals as well as first weekend of teachings and empowerment with Lama Choedak Rinpoche.


Boudhanath Stupa
PILGRIMAGE: to Nepal and India
with Lama Choedak Rinpoche and Venerable Jampal
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Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be leading another pilgrimage to holy sites in India and Nepal at the end of this year.

Monday 10th November 2014 to Wednesday 10th December 2014

Pilgrimage was greatly encouraged by the Buddha as an effective means to cleanse and purify one's karma and deepen one's spirituality.

The beginning part of this year’s pilgrimage will be led by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and the rest will be led by Ven. Jampal-la, who has done this trip many times with Rinpoche. This year’s pilgrimage will  start in Dehra Dun, north of Delhi where we will visit Sakya Centre, the seat of His Holiness Sakya Trizin in exile. This place is where most Sakya Tibetan monks spent time after they arrived as refugees in the early sixties. Doon Valley is a cradle of Tibetan Buddhism, where the seats of Sakya, Ngorpa, Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma-pa lineage are all based. It also has a bonpo monastery. 

We will participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Sakya Centre. We will participate and make offerings at the Annual Sakya Monlam Prayer Festival in Lumbini, Nepal.

Below is the tentative itinerary:

 

  • 10 November arrive New Delhi
  • 12-16 Dehra Dun 
  • 17-22 Dharamsala/Tso Pema/Dzongsar Monastery, Bir
  • 23-25 Varanasi and Sarnath
  • 26-28 Bodh Gaya
  • 29-30 Nalanda/Vaishali
  • 1 Dec Kushinagar
  • 2-4 Lumbini, Nepal
  • 5-7 Pokhara 
  • 8-10 Kathmandu
  • 10 December depart Nepal

 

See below for information of cost.

As is the tradition with Buddhist pilgrimage the Four Holy Sites that were indicated by the Buddha as places to honour him will be taken in. These are:

 

  • Lumbini - birthplace of the Buddha (Nepal close to the border with India); 
  • Bodhgaya - where the Buddha attained enlightenment (Bihar province and home of the Bodhi Tree); 
  • Sarnath - where Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma (Uttar Pradesh Province, on the outskirts of the ancient holy city of Varanasi (Benares) on the banks of the Ganges), and; 
  • Kusinagar - the site of Buddha's passing into Mahaparinirvana (Uttar Pradesh Province).

 

Other places that are included:

 

  • Sakya Centre in Dehra Dun, Northern India is the home of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. 
  • Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandhu, and the monastery and holy relics of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche as well as IBA (International Buddhist Academy).
  • Rajgriha (Vulture Peak) and Nalanda Monastery in Bihar Province, India

 

Click here for a detailed report on the 2008/2009 pilgrimage.

The tours are always excellently organised by local guides, and accommodation is usually of a very good standard. Transportation is mostly in private air-conditioned buses and domestic air flights are taken where there is good advantage in doing so.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche's pilgrimage tours are very popular, and will be offered to those who join the pilgrimage early.  As there will be a limit to the size of the group, those who are interested should make their arrangements as soon as possible.

Pilgrims buy their own flight tickets but some help and advice can be given with this and there may be a group ticket that that may be offered. There may be one off payments for domestic flights where appropriate. Breakfast meals costs are often included in the accommodation costs while lunch and dinner usually not included. This has been found to be the best way to keep costs down for participants.

 

Now is the time to express your interest in taking part in this years pilgrimage so that bookings can be tentatively arranged.

Location: -
Time: Monday 10th November to Wednesday 10th December 2014
Cost:

Estimated cost of the pilgrimage, excluding international airfare, is $2500 for a shared (twin) room. Single rooms will be more expensive. You will need to organise your own flight and visa to India and Nepal.

More details of the cost and itinerary will be made available nearer the time.

Joining Fee

Anyone who wishes to join this pilgrimage will need to pay the joining fee of $300 per person. This is done using the same online event booking facility we use for other events the Society holds. This fee is non-refundable except in the unlikely event that the pilgrimage needs to be cancelled. Any profit from the proceeds of this fee will be donated to the Nalendra Fund. When you book you will need to provide your passport details and other information. You will also need to indicate if you wish to book a single room (and pay the additional surcharge).

Pay the $300 pilgrimage joining fee by clicking here

Please contact Venerable Jampal siba@sakya.com.au or phone 03 5155 0329 if you have any queries.

 


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“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