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.

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 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 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 13th October to Monday 24th November 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.     


Greg O'Rourke
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.

7 p.m. Monday 13th October 2014 to 8:30 p.m. Monday 1st December 2014

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


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 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


bodhi tree
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.      


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
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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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

 


shantideva
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.


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.


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