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


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.      


Virupa Retreat Centre
EVENT: Saturday Meditation Sessions - Virupa
with Cathy O'Grady
Virupa Retreat Centre

A special opportunity to deepen your Calm Abiding meditation practice at two half day practice and teaching sessions in the conducive surrounds of Virupa Retreat Centre.

Saturday 29th November to Saturday 6th December 2014
Two Saturday Sessions - 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Calm Abiding is the Buddhist meditation of Samatha (or Concentration), including sitting, walking and standing meditation.

Cathy O'Grady, a long time student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, was formerly ordained in the Tibetan tradition and also previously practiced many years in the Theravadin tradition. Cathy will lead the half day practices imparting many helpful teachings as well as giving instructions on walking and standing meditation. This is a unique opportunity to hear a teacher well-versed in both traditions.

Please feel welcome to attend as a beginner, as well as if you have completed the Calm Abiding Meditation 8-week course.

Location: Virupa Retreat Centre
Time: Saturday 29th November to Saturday 6th December 2014
Cost:

Cost: $25 per Saturday, or $40 for both days
Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre, 179 Douglas Close, Carwoola NSW
Date: Saturday 29th November & Saturday 6th December (1pm - 5pm)
RSVP: mail@sakya.com.au or phone 6238 208
Or book online using our secure payment system.

Afternoon tea provided.


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.


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

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”
The Buddha