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.

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


Rinpoche Gonpa
PUBLIC TALK: Anger Management: A Buddhist Approach - Canberra
Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre

A special public talk by Lama Choedak Rinpoche about how Buddhist teachings can help deal with anger management issues. 

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 7th October 2014

Anger is the root of most of our perceived problems. However, understanding the nature of anger and how it functions empowers us with the ability to overcome it. In this special public talk, best selling author, scholar and Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Choedak Rinpoche will demonstrate effective, time-honoured Buddhist principles and techniques that will empower oneself to manage and overcome negative emotions, and to deal with life's adversities with equanimity.  All are welcome!    

Location: Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
Time: Tuesday 7th October to Tuesday 7th October 2014
Cost:

By Donation.
Book your seats online now!


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 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.      


Grevillea
YOGA: Spring to Life Retreat - SIBA
SIBA Retreat Centre

Rest, relax and rejuvenate with heart felt yoga and meditation practices.

6 p.m. Friday 17th to 3 p.m. Sunday 19th October 2014
Margot Porter has been practising for 16 years and teaching yoga for 4 years. She teaches a contemporary fusion of hatha yoga - moving between flowing sequences and stillness - energising and calming mind, body and soul.

Over the weekend, enjoy both dynamic and restorative yoga, seated and moving meditation, chanting, philosophic discussion and yoga nidra. Take time to rest, walk, contemplate and converse in peaceful and beautiful surrounds.

Margot teaching style is quirky, playful and inclusive. She encourages people to challenge and explore their potential while learning to accept their limits with grace.

Read more 

Location: SIBA Retreat Centre
Time: Friday 17th October to Sunday 19th October 2014
Cost:

$380 Shared accommodation
$510 Single accommodation
$340 Concession - Health Care Card or Full Time student
$310 Camping

The cost for the weekend includes 2 nights accommodation, food and teachings.

Deposit $100 secures your place.

To book your spot contact Margot Porter at prasannayoga@hotmail.com


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.


Quote of the Day

“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
The Buddha