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.

Easter Health and Wellness retreat
RETREAT: 8th 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 17th to 2 p.m. Monday 21st April 2014

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
  • Craniosacral Therapy

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

Click here to view the complete profiles of all the practitioner.

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 17th April to Monday 21st April 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $440
Camping - $360 (per person)
less $50 membership/concession
less $50 earlybird discount (full payment before 17 March 2014)

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.

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


lamrim
RETREAT: LAMRIM - Graduated Path to Enlightenment (a Popular Tibetan Buddhist Retreat) - Virupa
Virupa Retreat Centre

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will teach directly from Bodong Panchen's Lamrim text and lead Ngondro meditation practices.

Thursday 17th April to Monday 21st April 2014
7.00pm Thursday – 4.00pm Monday

‘Lam-rim' means graduated path to enlightenment. Recently 30,000 people attended Lamrim teaching given by HH the Dalai Lama in South India. The 1st Tibetan to write the original work on ‘Lamrim' is Bodong Panchen Chokle Namgyal. Over-shadowed by other writings, Bondong Panchen's work has not been well known. As HH the Dalai Lama encouraged the restoration of the Bodong lineage, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will teach directly from Bodong Panchen's Lamrim text and lead Ngondro meditation practices. Come and learn all about LAMRIM in a safe environment without having to travel overseas! All are welcome!

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Thursday 17th April to Monday 21st April 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $400 or $360 members/concession (per person).

To make a booking, click here. Alternatively, contact us at 02 6238 2088, or email us at mail@sakya.com.au to reserve your place. **Please note: due to catering considerations, online bookings will cease for this course on Monday 14th April, please contact us if you would still like to attend the retreat and we will make arrangements for you.

Note: prices include accommodation, all meals and teachings.    

 


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 April to Monday 16th June 2014
Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm (excluding 9 June).

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.
 
The class runs every Monday night from 28 April - June 16 (7 weeks) 6:30 - 8:30pm;

*Please note: Mondey 9 June is excluded from this teaching schedule. 

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Monday 28th April to Monday 16th June 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 April to Tuesday 17th June 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 April to Tuesday 17th June 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


calm abiding path
COURSE: Theory & Practice of Analytical Meditation (Tuesday Night Buddhist Teachings) - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Learn the fundamentals of analytical meditation, its purpose and how it can clarify our mind.

Tuesday 29th April to Tuesday 17th June 2014
Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

There are two types of meditation in Buddhist teachings. One is single pointed meditation which requires one to sit quietly and focus on the simple object of meditation. This is usually taught as calm abiding meditation. With analytical meditation, the subject of meditation cam change from each session to the next, and the purpose is to investigate the relationship between the way things actually are (or ‘true existence’), and how one perceives or conceptualizes their apparent reality.

 

Half of each of the sessions taught in this course will be theoretical teaching on the subject which will be then followed by a guided meditation. This is a very useful way for people to become familiar with the concepts and process of analytical meditation intellectually but it also allows some time to experience the understanding on a deeper meditative level.  The subject covered through the term will be based on topics of meditation drawn from the sutras - all taught by the Buddha, the fully enlightened one. All are welcome!


Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Tuesday 29th April to Tuesday 17th June 2014
Cost:

Cost: $120 or $90 members & concessions

Bookings Essential - Book Online here.

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


chenresig
COURSE - Theory & Practice of the Ngondro & Chenrezig Sadhanas - Canberra
with Mindah-Lee Kumar
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Learn the theory and practice of both the Ngondro and Chenrezig practices in this 8 week course on Thursday nights.

Thursday 1st May to Thursday 19th June 2014
Every Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm

The Ngondro practices are a skilfully designed set of practices that involve our entire being (body, speech and mind). Using meditation, mantra and visualisation it can bring about a comprehensive inner transformation. 

Ngondro form the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism; yet can be the complete path to Enlightenment for sincere practitioners. Essentially about changing one's heart, they're designed to eliminate not only our obstacles to Enlightenment, but also our obstacles to present-day happiness. Each stage of the Ngondro practices are specific in their aims and have identifiable benchmarks to see how one is progressing.   

Join Mindah as she explains the five stages of Ngondro, their significance and application to everyday life, recounts her own retreat experiences, and leads you through parts of the sadhana practice each week so that you will be able to do the entire sadhana with understanding and confidence by the end of the course. This course will also explain in detail the Chenrezig sadhana, a profound practice embodying the compassion of all the Buddhas.

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. Lama Choedak Rinpoche will bestow both the Vajrasattva and Chenrezig empowerments during this course to the participants.  


Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Thursday 1st May to Thursday 19th June 2014
Cost:

$110 / $90 members & concessions

Click HERE to use our online booking service

OR ph. 02-6238 2088

OR mail@sakya.com.au     


mandala
AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: Dream in Buddhist Psychology - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will introduce the understanding, role and use of dreams in Buddhist psychology.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 4th May 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: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Sunday 4th May to Sunday 4th May 2014
Cost:

$40/$30 members (includes afternoon tea).

To make a booking, click here.  Alternatively, contact us at 02 6238 2088, or email us at mail@sakya.com.au to reserve your place.    


vajrasattva
EVENT - Vajrasattva Empowerment - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Receive the empowerment to practice the powerful cleansing Vajrasattva meditation. 

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 22nd May 2014

The Vajrasattva meditation is an unsurpassable method for purifying negative deeds, mental obscurations, faults, downfalls and the breaking of various commitments. Diligent practice of this cleansing meditation is essential for proper undertaking of the preliminary practices, but can also be of immense benefit to aid all other meditations. 

In order to practice this meditation technique properly, an empowerment from a qualified teacher must be performed. Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be giving the empowerment and explaining the meditation with his characteristic wit, humour and insight. 

All are welcome!

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Thursday 22nd May to Thursday 22nd May 2014
Cost:

Free.


Yoga in the Golden House
RETREAT: Queen's B'day 3-day Yoga & Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Yin yoga - Hatha Yoga - Meditation - Chi Kung - Chanting in the peaceful surrounds of snowy river country

6 p.m. Friday 6th to 3 p.m. Monday 9th June 2014

An invigorating and energising way to spend the June long weekend. A great way to welcome winter in the beautiful and cozy Golden House.  

Kate McAnergney has been teaching Yoga for nine years. She teaches a mindful, often flowing style of Yoga focusing on the integration of sound, breath, movement and internal awareness. Kate approaches asana (physical yoga) practice with a sense of curiosity and playfulness.

An intuitive and down to earth teacher, she encourages her students towards finding a sense of contentment and peace of mind through embracing the body in all it’s potential whilst accepting it’s limitation.

Kate will be teaching several asana classes over the weekend - introducing students to the practice of Yin Yoga as well as explorations based on her own outlook on the Hatha Yoga tradition. Kate will also be offering sessions of chanting and kirtan (devotional singing) in the evenings.

Joel Orenstein grew up in a Tibetan Buddhist community and has practiced meditation for much of his adult life. He believes that through regular practice all people can develop greater awareness and clarity to experience calm in their lives.

Joel has been teaching meditation classes, workshops and retreats over the past five years. A long-time student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Joel will be working in tandem with Kate to introduce meditation and other mindfulness practices, including chi kung, over this weekend.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 6th June to Monday 9th June 2014
Cost:

Shared Room - $440 per person (concession $400)

Camping - $370

Single Room - $590

 

Registration is essential. Deposit of $100 secures your place.

Note: prices include accommodation, all meals and teaching/practice sessions.

To register of for more information email Kate or ring 0403 929818 or go to the blogsite
 


Vajrayogini 1
RETREAT - Annual Vajrayogini Retreat - Virupa
Virupa Retreat Centre

All Vajrayogini initiates of the Naropa Lineage are encouraged to attend the annual Queen's Birthday Weekend Vajrayogini retreat. This retreat will include the Vajrayogini Drub Choe.

6 p.m. Friday 6th to 3 p.m. Monday 9th June 2014

 Do you remember receiving the Vajrayogini empowerment from His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Ludhing Khenchen Rinpoche, or Her Eminence Jetsun Kusho Chime Ludhing or a Gelugpa lama? If so, This is an important opportunity for all initiates to renew their samaya.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will preside in all sessions, and give detail teachings on the Vajrayogini sadhana, and conduct the Vajrayogini Drubchoe.

Attendees are requested to book early to ensure all materials are prepared.

 

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 6th June to Monday 9th June 2014
Cost:

 

$360 non-members or $300 members or concession (includes accommodation and meals).

Come to a single day of teachings for $90 members or $70 members/concession (accomodation not included).

Please advise of any special requirements, and if you need a lift from Canberra.

Click HERE to book using our secure online payment system. **Please note: due to catering considerations, online bookings will cease for this course on Tuesday 3rd June, please contact us if you would still like to attend the retreat and we will make arrangements for you.

OR phone us on 02 6238 2088 or email us at mail@sakya.com.au

chenresig
EVENT - Chenrezig Empowerment - Canberra
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt

Receive the empowerment to practice the Chenrezig sadhana, which increases loving-kindness and compassion.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 12th June 2014

Buddha gave many teachings on how to increase loving-kindness and compassion, including many different meditation techniques.

Through an unbroken lineage of meditation masters, the Chenrezig sadhana involves merging our mindstream with Avelokitesvara, the enlightened being of compassion.

This practice also involves taking refuge in the triple gem, mantra recitation, an understanding of the emptiness of phenomena, and dedicating the benefits of the practice for the benifit of all sentient beings. 

In order to practice this meditation technique properly, an empowerment from a qualified teacher must be performed. Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be giving the empowerment and explaining the sadhana with his characteristic wit, humour and insight. 

All are welcome!

Location: Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt
Time: Thursday 12th June to Thursday 12th June 2014
Cost:

Free.


Boudhanath Stupa
RETREAT - Nyung Ne Compassion Meditation - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

A popular and powerful traditional Tibetan Buddhist fasting and purification ritual.

6 p.m. Friday 20th to 8 a.m. Monday 23rd June 2014

The practice of Nyung-ne is a fundamental traditional Buddhist practice that combines discipline and meditation to help us purify our negativities and develop wise compassion. In the Buddhist context, compassion is a positive response based on a deep understanding of suffering and the causes of suffering.

The basic aim of the practice is to purify negative karma by abstaining from (1) killing, (2) stealing, (3) sexual activity, (4) telling lies and (5) drinking or taking any intoxicants. These are the five precepts. In addition to these five, one also abstains from (6) eating meat and eating after midday, (7) singing, dancing, playing music, wearing perfumes and (8) sitting on high seats. Noble silence is also observed even though it is not one of the precepts.

Mahayana stresses the importance of dedicating one's fasting and prayer for the benefit of all sentient beings. When Vajrayanists observe the eight precepts for two days, together with the meditation of Avalokiteshvara practice, they call it 'Nyung-ne'.

In skilfully combining devotional practices with the eight precepts, Nyung-ne accentuates the effective restoration of wholesome qualities and purification of unwholesome deeds. One takes the precepts in combination with twelve or more hours of devotional practices of prostrations, meditation and chanting of Dharanis of Avalokiteshvara. In terms of the three remedies taught by the Buddha, observing the eight precepts is the discipline component; meditating in the form of Avalokiteshvara is the meditation component; and coming to understand the merit in following these practices is the wisdom component.

One complete Nyung Ne is done over two days. There is a popular Tibetan tradition of completing eight sets of Nyung Ne (ie 16 days) to honour the most holy day in the Buddhist calendar, Saga Dawa (Vesak).

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will preside over the retreat including giving the necessary empowerment of 1,000 Armed Avalokiteshvara on the Friday evening, 20 June. The first set of Nyung Ne finishes on monday morning, 23 June, after the last session of Nyung Ne before breakfast.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be staying this year to complete four sets of Nyung Ne which will go until monday 30 June. There will a group of practitioners continuing with the Nyung Ne practice for a further four sets. Those taking part in the first Nyung Ne set (20 - 23 June) may stay on the complete more sets of the Nyung Ne or all eight.

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 20th June to Monday 23rd June 2014
Cost:

This event is free but you must register to attend.


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)


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.

 


Calm Abiding Meditation
RETREAT: 17th 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.

Training the Trainer Programme

Those who complete the Ten-day Calm Abiding Meditation retreat are invited to take part in the annual Training the Trainer which immediately follows on from the Ten-day retreat. This three day programme is an intensive training for those with some experience with meditation to facilitate 8-week Calm Abiding Meditation Courses. Hundreds of students of Lama Choedak Rinpoche have lead these 8-week course all over Australia and New Zealand and taught the benefits of meditation to thousands of people. For more information click here.

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


Quote of the Day

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
The Buddha