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Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra

Rinpoche Visits Padma Buddhist Centre, Hervey Bay

By Peter Leney on 18th March 2017, 15:57

Celebrating their 20th anniversary and bestowing the White Tara practice

Padma Buddhist Centre (Chogye Padma Choe Dzong) has been bringing Buddhism to Hervey Bay since 1997. Lama Choedak Rinpoche has been giving teachings, practices and Public Talks at Padma for 20 years since then.

From Friday 10 February until Sunday 12 February 2017 Rinpoche gave an Empowerment and Teachings on White Tara at the Padma Shrine Room at 6 Holiday Parade in Scarness. On Saturday 11 February he gave a Talk at the Urangan Community Centre to over 50 members of the public on the subject "How to use Doubt and Faith in Meditation."

The Padma Buddhist Centre was established in 1997 by Elizabeth Knight under the guidance of Lama Choedak Rinpoche. Meetings were originally held at the Hervey Bay Bridge Club until 2005 when Elizabeth established a Shrine Room at her home in Urangan. When Elizabeth moved to Brisbane in 2007 the Shrine Room moved to Point Vernon, the home of Peter Leney who is now a Life Member of Padma.

When Peter turned 80 in 2012 the Shrine Room moved to the home of President Harry Threlfall in Scarness where it remains. Harry has undertaken many improvements to the centre over the last 5 years including the installation of a Prayer Wheel outside the Gompa.

The Padma Committee meets quarterly and conducts regular Courses in Calm Abiding Meditation. Practice Sessions for members are held on Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. May Padma Buddhist Centre continue for many years to come!

~ Peter Leney

For more information about Padma Buddhist Centre, visit