Break time at Virupa Retreat CentreBuddhist communities called Sangha have existed since the time of the historical Buddha 2,600 years ago.

Sakya Losal Choe Dzong, the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra, is a harmonious community of ordained and lay sangha whose togetherness exists primarily because of their common bond and affinity with the Dharma.

Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Society with the knowledge that you are continuing to help preserve the precious teachings of the Buddha. 


As a member, you are entitled to -

  • voting rights as well as standing for nomination to the Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting;
  • discounts on retreats, classes and workshops;
  • you will receive, by email, several editions a year of the society's newsletter, Clear Mind, and
  • an annual hard-copy journal containing articles, teachings and reports of events.


Membership fees go towards production of the Society's newsletter as well as general administrative costs and other overheads. Membership fees are:

  • General - $100
  • Concession - $50 (full time student, unemployed or in receipt of a social security pension or benefit)
  • Family - $150
  • Life - $1500

General, Concession and Family membership is valid for one year. Membership is no longer due on 1 March each year but can be taken out at any time of year for the full twelve month period.

Membership onlineHow to register/renew your membership


The preferred method of taking out or renewing membership is by using our secure online membership payment facility. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Post or Fax

Download the Membership printable form (PDF 176 KB) and send it to us with your credit card details, cheque, money order, or EFT remittance. Please send the form "Attn: The Secretary, Sakya Losal Choe Dzong" by fax (02 6238 2754) or post (PO Box 3430, Manuka ACT 2603).

Please advise us if your membership details change by emailing the Secretary or by downloading the membership form and sending it.


The objectives of this Society shall be to endeavour by all lawful means:

  1. To promote peace and the nonviolent Buddhist way of life.
  2. To promote social harmony and mutual understanding among all people by establishing and maintaining interreligious dialogue.
  3. To preserve and promote the Tibetan culture in general and the teachings and practices of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism in particular.
  4. To facilitate in schools, colleges and universities the study of Buddhist philosophy, the study of the Tibetan language and the translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts.
  5. To construct an institution for the study of the Buddhist way of life and the Tibetan language, culture and history.
  6. To offer assistance in educating and otherwise nurturing Tibetan refugee children through sponsorship programs.

The Society is a registered not-for-profit organisation under the Associations Incorporations Act 1991 of the Australian Capital Territory.

The governing body of the Society is it's members. The Spiritual Director, Lama Choedak Rinpoche, serves as an Advisor to the committee but does not formally vote.


The Executive Committee is elected from amongst it's members at the Annual General Meeting, usually held around the end of May each year. Members are notified in advance of the date of the meeting, in writing, and are welcome to attend and are eligible to vote and nominate for positions on the Committee.

The new Executive Committee was successfully voted in at the Annual General Meeting held on 21 May 2014.

The Executive Committee for 2014 is:

  • President - John Economopoulos
  • Vice President - Venerable Jampal
  • Treasurer - Rachel Weiss
  • Assistant Treasurer - Venerable Jamyang
  • Secretary - Greg O'Rourke
  • General Member - Venerable Jamyang, Kath Boswell, Jaki Forbes, Lidija Trajkoska, Deborah de la Roche, Belinda Hellyer, Joerg Bednarik, Joseph Frawley, Anthony Sun

The committee meets regularly to discuss the affairs of the society and members are welcome to attend and contribute.


We welcome volunteers. The society functions through the goodwill of all those directly and indirectly helping its activities. Please let us know if you can help with -

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • IT
  • Administration
  • transcribing and editing
  • Maintenance and buiding
  • gardening
  • or any other skills.

SIBA aerial shot from templeBuilding Fund

Tax-deductible financial contributions can be made to our school building fund. Projects such as SIBA Retreat Centre have been the beneficiaries of such donation.

Download the Building Fund printable form (PDF 176 KB) and post or fax it to us with your credit card details, cheque or money order.

The Society wishes to acknowledge the generosity of those members who contribute to the centres' operating costs and the Building Fund as well as those who kindly donate towards the sponsorship of Tibetan nuns and monks.


Quote of the Day

“Our dual appearances do not bind us to suffering but it is the conceptualisation that binds us”
Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin