There are more than twenty centres associated with Sakya Losal Choe Dzong, and most are under the spiritual direction of Lama Choedak Rinpoche. Rinpoche travels around the country regularly visiting these centres giving public talks and empowerments, leading teaching workshops and conducting residential meditation retreats.

These centres vary in size and activities - some have dedicated premises while others are conducted by members who have offered the use of their garages and lounge rooms. Rinpoche encourages all centres to meet regularly for meditation practice and dharma study.

Some of the practices that take place at most centres each week include:

  • Calm Abiding meditation
  • Ngondro preliminary practices
  • Green Tara puja
  • Buddhist Philosophy study (these are teachings given by Rinpoche, also available as recordings)
  • Soor Ceremony to assist the deceased

At most any centre, Calm Abiding meditation 8-week structured courses are facilitated by experienced, trained students of Rinpoche.

In Buddhism the spirit of community is important, and centres like these have been meeting and practising since the time of the Buddha himself. There is enormous merit in supporting dharma centres because by doing so you are causing the Buddha's teachings to flourish, and are directly benefiting others who come to the centres.

 You can contact the centres listed below or visit their websites to find out more.

Australian Capital Territory
Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
Level 2, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601

Contact: Tharchin, Rachel, Pam, Greg
Phone: 02 6238 2088
Fax: 02 6238 2754
Email: mail@sakya.com.au
Rongton Buddhist College at Evatt more >>

is located at 25 Alderman Street, Evatt ACT 2617 and is the centre for the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra.  You can find flyers for all the Society's activities here such as workshops, retreats and all courses.

Regular meditation and philosophy classes are held here every Tuesday of the school term by Lama Choedak Rinpoche; and on most Wednesdays either Rinpoche leads a practice session at 7.00pm or conducts 8 week courses, as advertised in Events.

Other workshops, courses, and practices are also held at Evatt from time to time. For these, please look under Classes and under Events.

WEEK1        SUNDAY 8.00am 9.30am WhiteTara
    9.30am-11.00am Ngondro
    11.00am-12.30pm Meditation & talk
 WEEK 1 WEDNESDAY 7.00pm-8.30pm Chenrezig** or classes (currently Tibetan language classes)
WEEK 2 SUNDAY 8.30am-9.15am      Vajrapani
    9.30am-11.00am Ngondro
    11.00am-12.30pm Meditation & talk
 WEEK 2 WEDNESDAY 7.00pm-8.30pm Chenrezig** or classes
WEEK 3 SUNDAY 7.00am -9.15am Hevajra
    9.30am -11.00am Ngondro
    11.00am -12.30pm Meditation & talk
 WEEK 3 WEDNESDAY 7.00pm -8.30pm Chenrezig** or classes
WEEK 4 SUNDAY 7.00am -9.15am Vajrayogini
    9.30am -11.00am Ngondro
    11.00am -12.30pm Meditation & talk
 WEEK 4 WEDNESDAY     7.00pm -8.30pm Chenrezig **or MedicineBuddha or classes                       



**change to the Sixteen  Arhat puja at full moon















Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra Inc. (Sakya Losal Choe Dzong)
25 Alderman Street, Evatt
(next to Miles Franklin School)
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New South Wales
Virupa Retreat Centre
Contact: Greg O'Rourke and Rachel Weiss
Phone: (02) 6238 2088
Fax: 02 6238 2754
Email: mail@sakya.com.au
Virupa Retreat Centre more >>

Virupa Retreat Centre is owned by the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra and is located at 179 Douglas Close, Carwoola NSW 2620.  It is only a 30 minute drive from Canberra airport and 20 minutes drive from Queanbeyan.

Getting To Virupa Retreat Centre:  Pass through Queanbeyan as if you are heading towards the South Coast on the Kings Hwy (Bungendore Rd) for a few kms and then turn right at the large roundabout onto Captains Flat Road.  Follow Captains Flat Road for 11kms until you reach the Douglas Close turnoff on your right. About 2kms along Douglas Close you will come to 179 on the left: at the fork of the driveway, take the left one.

Virupa Retreat Centre is located on 40 acres of mountain scrub with magnificent peaceful views and a deep sense of quiet. There is a beautiful traditional Tibetan Buddhist shrine room where regular practices are conducted by residents including a daily Green Tara puja and a weekly Soor practice for the deceased. Please call if you wish to join in with a practice, or to request prayers for the deceased.

Group retreats and workshops are also held regularly at Virupa Retreat Centre. Please visit our website for more details under Classes and Events.

What To Bring To Workshops:

  • Layers of warm, comfortable, loose clothing suitable for meditation as well as slippers/thick socks to wear indoors.
  • Slip-on shoes and walking shoes.
  • Meditation cushions are provided. You are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion and mat if you prefer. There are also chairs available for those that find it difficult to sit on the floor.
  • Pen and paper for taking notes.
  • Cash - to make an offering to the teachers or you may want to buy something at the dharma shop.

For overnight stays/retreats:

  • Bed linen (sheets and a pillow slip), doonas and pillows. For those travelling interstate or by public transport we will have linen and bedding to provide for you.
  • Towel, toiletries and other personal items eg ear plugs.
  • Torch and an alarm clock.
  • If you are attending a retreat, please bring your own retreat manual from previous retreats


179 Douglas Close, Carwoola NSW 2620.

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Contact: Sandra Downing
Phone: 02 6456 7222
Email: sans@snowy.net.au
Snowy Mountains Meditation Group
PO Box 731
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Contact: Sylvia and Donald Johnson
Phone: 02 9801 3209
Fax: 02 9874 7942
Email: info@dolmabuddhistcentre.org.au
Sakya Dolma Choe Ling more >>
7 Alexandria Av, Eastwood, Sydney NSW 2122
PO Box 3790 Marsfield NSW 2122

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Contact: Donna Nelson
Phone: 02 4344 7718
Email: nelson38@optusnet.com.au
Tsechen Samten Ling - Central Coast Meditation Centre more >>
5 Haynes Avenue
NSW 2257
Marpa BC Shakyamuni statue
Contact: Peter Morgan
Phone: 02 6555 7167
Email: pandjmorgan@ozemail.com.au
Marpa Buddhist Centre Inc (Damcho dugo Ling) more >>

Our centre takes in Taree, Forster district and hinterland.  We invite Lama Choedak Rinpoche for visits at least annually, enjoying the company of the Port Macquarie group on these retreats.

Marpa BC Meditation Programme:Weekly Calm Abiding Meditation -

Every Tuesday evening 6.30 till 8.00pm

at 22 Tulloch Rd Tuncurry (in the shed next to the house).

What to bring: comfortable clothes.

Cost: by donation.



Weekly Green Tara Pracitice -

Every Friday morning 7.30am till 9.00am

at 22 Tulloch Rd Tuncurry (in the shed next to the house).

What to bring: comfortable clothes.

Cost: by donation.




Weekly Chenrezig Practice -

Second Sunday of each month 10.00am till 12.00pm, usually followed by Soor practice for the deceased.

at 22 Tulloch Rd Tuncurry (in the shed next to the house).

What to bring: comfortable clothes.

Cost: by donation.


All of these sessions are open to all.
15 Delore Cr
Tuncurry NSW 2428

PO Box 335 Taree NSW 2340

March 10 & 11 2012, Tuncurry
teaching on "The Four Immeasurables"
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Contact: Peter Rodgers 0422 237 588
Phone: 02 6585 5588
Email: peter@directadvisers.com.au
Nesar Choe Dzong
11 Nasus P
Bonny Hills NSW 2445

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Contact: Alison McKay (Secretary)
Phone: 0411 085 971 (after business hours only)
Email: mbcmilton@gmail.com
Manjushri Buddhist Centre

Manjushri Buddhist Centre was named and consecrated by Lama Choedak Rinpoche on the 21st of October 2007. For many years before that, and since our inauguration we have been actively promoting Dharma activities in and for the local community by:


- hosting Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe (Drogmi Retreat Centre) and other visiting teachers, to give public talks, teaching and conduct workshops.


- The 8 week Calm Abiding Meditation course has been facilitated regularly since 2004


- Buddhist scripture classes at the local primary schools have been offered since 2005


- weekly meditation sessions (see Centre Schedule)


bi-annually, since 2003, hosting the Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World (Tibetan monks from Sera Je Monastery India, spending a week making sand mandala)


The Centre is situated in the picturesque historic village of Milton, just north of Ulladulla on the south coast of N.S.W. There is plenty of great accommodation and camping available  - not to mention great beaches and tranquil bush walks. 


With the steady progress of Manjushri Buddhist Centre we will continue to offer such activities and hopefully offer more for locals and visitors alike. 


If you would like to be kept informed, simply send an e-mail requesting to be added to our contact list.


40 Wason St,
Milton NSW 2538
Contact: Rev. Robyn Stewart
Phone: 02 6424 8077
Email: staff1@bigpond.com
Jangchub Meditation Group
Phoenix Park, Nethercote Rd, Pambula NSW 2549 and
"Eas-Waramma Sai", 156 ruggs Rd, Nethercote NSW 2549
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New Zealand
Phone: 08 3294 108
Email: phunstokchoeling@gmail.com
Phunstok Choe Ling

Visit www.phuntsokchoeling.co.nz for all of our latest news and events.

Regular Events at the Centre:

Saturday mornings  9.30am - 11.30am Ngondro practice
  11.30am (for approx 30 mins) Shamatha meditation session

Wednesday Evening

5.15pm Ngondro practice
  6.00pm (for 50 mins) Chenrezig practice
  7.00pm Silent meditation sit
Each Full moon 7.00pm 16 Arhat Puja offered for spreading the dharma
1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 4.30pm Green Tara Puja
2nd & 4th Sunday of each month 5.30pm Napier Insight Meditaion group

10 Herschell St, Hawkes Bay, Napier 4140 NZ
Contact: Dan Waterhouse
Phone: 0409 631 124
Email: mail@meditationcq.org
Ananda Buddhist Centre
Central Queensland Meditation society
PO Box 5938
Contact: Mr Bill Venn
Phone: 4770 8580
Fax: 07 4770 8582
Email: gumburu@tsv.catholic.edu.au
Gumburu Environment Education Centre - Paluma, Mt Spec more >>

Paluma is a mountain-top village nestled in the heart of World-Heritage listed rainforest, at an altitude of 1000m.

Access to Paluma is via the Bruce Highway, heading north from the city of Townsville. Access is restricted to cars or small buses.

The Paluma turn-off is approximately 67 kilometres north of Townsville. The Paluma village is located approximately 18 kilometres from the highway turn-off, via a mountainous range.

Short Road, Paluma QLD 4816
Contact: Peter Leney
Phone: (07) 4124 2980
Email: info@padma.org.au
Chogye Padma Choe Dzong

Hervey Bay is a beautiful subtropical location adjacent to Fraser Island, 3 hours drive north of Brisbane. Padme Buddhist Centre is a not-for-profit community organisation whose members are inspired by the example set by H E Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and Lama Choedak Rinpoche, and who wish to support Tibetan Buddhist practice in Hervey Bay and the surrounding region. Anyone wishing to be more involved with our activites is most warmly welcome. All of Padma's work is done voluntarily.

We receive biannual visits from Lama Choedak Rinpoche as well as from other visiting teachers. Our group meets each Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm for practice, meditation and teachings (except during the school holidays) at the Padma Shrine Room in Point Vernon, a suburb of Hervey Bay.

 Our regular practices include Calm Abiding Meditation, Manjushri, Green Tara, and Medicine Buddha. As well, study and discussion on Buddhist topics forms part of our evenings.

Regular courses introducing Calm Abiding Meditation are held throughout the year by students who have been trained by Lama Choedak Rinpoche.

Visit us on www.padma.org.au

PO Box 7366 Urangan QLD 4655

7 Berna Court
Point Vernon
Hervey Bay Qld 4655


Tsultim at SIBA 1
Contact: Venerable Lekshe Tsultim
Phone: (07) 3352 4730
Email: rongtonbrisbane@gmail.com
Rongton Buddhist Centre, Qld. more >>

Rongton Buddhist Centre is an incorporated not-for-profit association in the Brisbane suburb of Newmarket, and is part of a national network of centres established in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Choedak Rinpoche as its spiritual head. Established in 2004, RBC was named after the celebrated 15th century Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator Rongton Sheja Kunrig, who founded the renowned Nalendra monastery outside of Lhasa.

Our centre regularly offers an 8-week Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation course, in addition to Introduction to Buddhism classes for those who wish to discover and develop their inner potential. Regular weekly centre practices include calm abiding meditation sessions (for those who have completed the introductory course or those who have some experience), Chenrezig practice sessions, Green Tara and white Tara practice sessions, Medicine Buddha, and Ngondro. Our centre also regularly performs Soor to aid the deceased, as well as performing the 16 Arhat Puja on full moon days.

Rongton Buddhist Centre hosts retreats, teachings, and public talks by Lama Choedak Rinpoche throughout the year, as well as hosting visits by other highly qualified teachers within the Sakya tradition. We also warmly welcome teachers from all Buddhist traditions.

Introductory Calm Abiding Meditation classes with Venerable Jamyang begin February 7, 2012, Tuesday 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
This 8-week course provides a complete intorduction to help you establish a daily meditation practice. Experienced meditators will learn the finer points of the Buddhist approach to single-pointed meditation.


28 Farm Street, Newmarket Qld 4051
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Contact: Ani Dolma
Phone: 07 5522 5664; 0419 791 696
Email: s.aryatara@hotmail.com
Arya Tara Serling (Gold Coast Buddhist Centre Inc)

Daily Green Tara Puja and weekly teachings from ordained sangha. www.aryatara.info

14 Aringa Way
Tallebudgera QLD 4228
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Dharmottara Group 2009
Contact: Jac-Aileen Peterie
Phone: 0431798235
Email: tenzinlhamo@yahoo.com
Dharmottara Buddhist Centre

Dharmottara BC is located on the town limits of Nanango, gateway to the South Burnett region.  We are  2.5 hours' drive north west from Brisbane, and the same distance from Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast.  We are only 1.5 hours from Toowoomba and 3 hours from the Gold Coast. 


Our centre strongly promotes the practice of Calm Abiding meditation skills.  We have also been very blessed by Rinpoche and His Eminence Chogye Trichen, for the empowerments of Vajrasattva, Ngondro, Sinamukha, Medicine Buddha and Chenrezig teachings and practice.


Our regular practice night is Thursday 6.30 - 8.30 pm. 


Regular Calm Abiding meditation courses continue locally and in Kingaroy - contact Jac-Aileen for details. 



38 George St
Nanango Qld 4615
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Tharlam Ling Buddhist Centre Inc.
Contact: Phil Heang
Phone: 07 4773 4223
Email: pheang@bigpond.net.au
Tharlam Ling Buddhist Centre Inc. more >>
13 Gill St
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Contact: Helene Rankin
Phone: 07 4758 1730
Email: helene11@bigpond.net.au
Magnetic Buddha Dahrma
27 Wansfell St, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island, Qld 4819
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South Australia
HH Sakya Trizin visits Tsechen Thubten Choe Ling
Contact: Patrick Moran
Phone: 08 8443 8823
Email: info@tsechen.org.au
Tsechen Thubten Choe Ling more >>

Adelaide Non-Sectarian Buddhist Group

Established in 1996, Adelaide Non-Sectarian Buddhist Group, provides a platform for teachers from all traditions of Buddhism to deliver their message to the people of South Australia.

The group of dedicated volunteers has hosted the visits of many Buddhist teachers. The group formally invites Buddhist teachers from interstate and overseas to teach in Adelaide. We also petition the organisers of the national and international tours of Buddhist teachers to include South Australia on their teaching schedule.

On the 27th of June 2001, during his visit to Adelaide, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche formalised the group by giving the name Tsechen Thubten Choe Ling on his official paper bearing his personal crest with his donation for the group to purchase a representation of the Buddha. The word "Tsechen" is the Tibetan word for the Sanskrit "Mahakaruna". Tsechen Thubten Choe Ling translates as "Great Compassion Dharma Garden of Buddhadharma".

Adelaide Non-Sectarian Buddhist Group is one of the founding members of the Buddhist Council of South Australia. The group has been a member of the Council's Management Committee since the BCSA's inception and has served as the Council's Treasurer and Secretary.


PO Box 573, Glenside, SA 5065
Temple at SIBA
Contact: Venerable Jampal
Phone: (03) 5155 0329
Email: siba@sakya.com.au
SIBA Retreat Centre more >>

SIBA (Sakya International Buddhist Academy) is a beautiful retreat centre in the Snowy River Country of East Gippsland Victoria. Formerly ONTOS, SIBA was founded by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and formally opened and consecrated by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in 2006. At this time His Eminence bestowed the dharma name of Tsarchen Choeling (Great Dharma dwelling of the Tsarpa Tradition).

Throughout the year, SIBA has a programme of group residential retreats conducted by Lama Choedak Rinpoche, visiting lamas or SIBA residents. SIBA is also perfectly set up for individual retreats .

SIBA is set in 108 hilly forested acres, and is maintained by a community of volunteer residents.

If you would like to spend some time at SIBA, whether as part of a formal retreat or not, please contact us

2592 Gelantipy Road, W Tree, (near Buchan Caves), East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 3885
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Western Australia
Contact: Peter Wales
Phone: (08) 9336 2389
Amitayus Centre


20 Hillier Crescent, Hamilton Hill WA 6163