Category Archives: Program

Introduction to Cultivating Emotional Balance – Mindfulness & Emotions

October 4, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm
October 5, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

A happy and rewarding life is within our grasp and achieving it is a skill we can learn. Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an evidence-based training that blends ancient techniques for developing qualities such as mindfulness and compassion with ground breaking scientific understanding of emotions. The course has proven to reduce people’s destructive emotional episodes and enhance their living a constructive and happy life.

Focusing on both theory and practice, CEB aims to give a genuine experience of ancient techniques made relevant to a modern lifestyle. This unique program was developed by Dr. Paul Ekman, a world renowned psychologist within the field of emotions and Dr Alan Wallace, a highly respected meditation teacher and scholar of contemplative traditions. It was developed in response to the year 2000 Mind and Life conference that became the subject of Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, Destructive Emotions.

This introductory course will explore some of the key elements of CEB, introducing some of the core concepts, and practices of what is a unique and comprehensive training.

Course contribution: $185/170 members & concession includes lunch & refreshments


Corey Jackson picCorey Jackson left his career as a jazz pianist in Toronto in 2003 to study Buddhist philosophy, meditation and Tibetan language in India. Inspired by the benefits that meditation had on all aspects of his life, he became involved in the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) in 2011. This perfectly facilitates his passion for using ancient wisdom in a thoroughly modern context, and he regularly teaches CEB in Sydney and around the country. Corey is the Tibetan/English interpreter at Vajrayana Institute and is majoring in Psychology and Sanskrit at the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the 2013 Khyentse Foundation award for excellence in Buddhist studies.

Shamata Meditation Day with Wai Cheong

October 19, 2014
10:00 amto4:30 pm

An Almost Effortless Approach to Meditative Absorption!

In this 1 day workshop we will explore the process of settling the body and mind into meditation. Learn about the mental qualities we experience during meditative concentration and how to:

- Discover the benefits of a calm, focused mind in a settled, relaxed posture
- Work with hindrances in meditation
- Develop stillness, focus and relaxation

This workshop is ideal for working with our habitual tendencies and cultivating positive attitudes towards the challenges in daily life. It consists of four sessions, each combining explanation, guided meditations, and time for questions & answers or discussion.

Suitable for beginning and seasoned meditators.

Course contribution: $70/55 members & concession includes lunch & refreshments

Wai-picWai Cheong Kok is a senior resident teacher at Vajrayana Institute, our sister FPMT centre in Sydney. He has completed the first 7 year FPMT Masters program at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy followed by a four month retreat in New Zealand and so is fully versed in Buddhist philosophy, both sutra and tantra. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since 1996, with a special interest in making available the benefits of meditation to a wider audience.

The Joy of Meditation

August 3, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm
September 7, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm
November 2, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm
December 7, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm


First Sunday of every month

  • Are you controlled by old habits?
  • Like to improve awareness?
  • Like to turn off the chatter in your head?

Mindfulness meditation could be the answer.

Join our monthly mini retreats to learn easily applied techniques including:

  • how meditation can lead to greater happiness
  • how to apply mindfulness in meditation and in day-to-day situations
  • how to develop a peaceful mind an increase concentration
  • how to skillfully deal with stress and anxiety

The day will include several sessions of meditation, with regular breaks.

Facilitator: Venerable Paldrön
Ven. Paldrön was ordained as a nun in 1999. She has more than 40 years experience of Buddhist practice and study. She offers the listener a perspective that is both comprehensive & gentle.

Booking essential, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Course Contribution:  $55 ($45 members & concession) includes a light lunch and refreshments. All of our courses include 2 free attendance places for anyone struggling financially. Please feel comfortable in emailing us with your request.

Level: For Everyone, suitable for beginners and experienced meditators

Note that there is no class in October

Renunciation: Letting go as the basis of the Path

October 26, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

JetsunmaTenzinPalmoA special event, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo’s first visit to Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre.

Please come early to find parking and organize your seating. This special event will be held outside (in case of rain, alternative venue will be announced) BYO blanket & cushion – Tibetan picnic style!

Contribution: $25 ($20 members & concession.) Funds go towards an offering to Jetsunma and offsetting our costs

Booking essential, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

For more information about Jetunma, visit her nunnery’s website

Meditation: Experiential Instruction

November 13, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

WangdrakRinpocheWangdrak Rinpoche is returning to present this special event.

Please come 10 – 15 minutes early to find & settle into your seat.

Contribution: $25 ($20 members & concession.) Funds go towards an offering to Rinpoche and offsetting our costs

Booking essential, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

For more information about Rinpoche, see his nunnery’s website Information about his tour schedule is here at Gebchak Rigpa Har-Sey and you can listen to audio files of last year’s visit here.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

November 4, 2014
6:30 pm
November 11, 2014
6:30 pm
November 18, 2014
6:30 pm
November 25, 2014
6:30 pm

Meditation MudraMindfulness and Guided Meditations suitable for everyone.

Facilitated by Ven. Paldron

Drop in classes, no booking required.

Contribution: $5.

Level: For Everyone

Saturday Evening Meditation

September 6, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
September 13, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
November 1, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
November 8, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

handsMindfulness and guided meditation explained and experienced. Methods to get at the root of problematic behaviours and ways of thinking – unlock your mind’s potential for kindness, clarity and insight.

Each session stands alone so join at any time. Presented in an accessible style these sessions are suitable for everyone whether Buddhist or not!

Drop in class, no booking necessary.

Facilitated by Ven. Paldron

Contribution: $5

Level: For Everyone

Family Day

July 13, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
August 24, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
September 14, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
November 9, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm

This group invites parents and children to join each other on a monthly basis to connect, support each other and discuss compassionate parenting skills.

Class will begin at 11am with a short meditation. Children aged 3yrs and older will continue with Story-time and Craft Activity around a theme whilst Adults (with younger children) will hold a separate discussion around the same theme in the main house.

At 12 noon both adults and children come together to prepare a light lunch in the kitchen and discuss what they learnt during their respective ‘class’.

July: Cooperation
August: Overcoming scary emotions
September: Confidence
November: Becoming Buddhas

ParVenerable Paldronents Facilitator: Ven. Paldron

Venerable Paldron was ordained as a nun in 1999. She has more than 40 years experience in Buddhist practice and study.

Kids Facilitator: Ven. Yönten

Venerable Yönten has been ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition since 2003. She is Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre’s Resident Teacher.

This monthly get-together is offered freely; no charge at all.

BYO light vegetarian plate for shared lunch. Please bring something your kids will definitely eat.

Level: For Everyone

Note that there is no Family Day in October