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

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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.

Tibetan Art with Andy Weber

September 9, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
September 10, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 11, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 16, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
September 17, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 18, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 19, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 20, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
September 21, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm

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7:00-8:30, 9th; 9:00-5:00 10th & 11th Sept

Course
 Cost: 
$90, 
including 
lunches 
and 
refreshments.

Level: This 
course 
is 
for
 those 
with 
Highest 
Yoga 
Tantra 
Empowerment 
only.

Vajrasattva

7:00-8:30, 16th; 9:00-5:00 17th – 21st Sept

Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification, inner transformation and ultimate healing. His right hand holds a vajra/dorje symbolizing the  method aspect of the path to enlightenment –the ideals of compassion, love and enlightened action. His left hand holds a bell symbolizing the wisdom aspect of the path –the correct view that
understands reality free of elaboration and projections. Together, these ideals lead to full Buddhahood.

Paint the embodiment of perfection and in so doing, ripen the potential for perfection in yourself. Learn the sacred symbolism of this iconic Buddhist deity and how to use this knowledge on your spiritual path and daily life.

Course cost: 
$220 
including 
lunches and 
refreshments.

Booking essential for both courses,  
with 
half
 cost 
deposit 
by
 Monday
 September 
1st. 
 Material 
list 
provided 
on 
booking 
confirmation. Preferably book by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Level: 
No 
experience 
necessary, this 
course 
is
 open 
to 
everyone.

Andy Weber, Australia 2006About Andy Weber:
Andy is highly respected not only by the growing number of Western Buddhists but also by Tibetan Lamas.
His thangka paintings (Tibetan scroll paintings) can be seen in Buddhist centres throughout the world. His in depth training and decades of experience offer attendees of his course more than just a lesson in art, they offer a way to connect to themselves and their potential.

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

Buddhist Perspectives

September 4, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
September 25, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm

 (No class 11 & 18 due to Andy Weber Art Retreat)Gompa

Buddhist Perspectives is a weekly forum for discussing Buddhist ideas and how they relate to both personal practice and daily life.

Each week has a different topic from within the Buddhist tradition on which the discussion and meditations of that day are based. The topics stand alone as well as building on one another week to week so
feel free to join us at any point.

Participants will receive a summary and/or guided meditation on the topic of the day to take home. Make “Buddhist Perspectives” part of
your routine or pop in sporadically – all are welcome regardless of religious affiliation etc.

Drop in class, no booking necessary.

Facilitated by Ven. Yonten

Contribution: $10  includes morning tea.

Level: For Everyone

Wednesday Morning Meditation

September 3, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
September 24, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
October 1, 2014
10:30 am

Every Wednesday except as noted (No Meditation Sept 10 & 17 due to Andy Weber Art Retreat).Zen garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto.

Mindfulness and Guided Meditations suitable for everyone.

Drop in classes, no booking required.

Facilitated by Venerable Yönten

Contribution: $5.

Level: For Everyone

Remember: Blue Buddha Kitchen is open in the main house every Wednesday after Meditation 11.30am – 1.00pm. Weekly menu includes a delicious savoury dish, fresh chai latte, organic plunger coffee, and a special home baked cake/tart or slice, all at reasonable prices.

Proceeds support Tibetan Health Services, an FPMT project.

Tantrika’s Monthly Discussion Group

August 5, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
September 2, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

kalachakra_sand_mandala-160First Tuesday of every month.

This monthly group is designed only for those students who have received Tantric Vows & Initiations. Discussions will focus on aspects of practice and vows.

Facilitated by Ven. Yonten.

By donation, RSVP required, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Level: Advanced (with Tantric Vows & Initiations)

Note that the group will not meet in October

Becoming Bodhisattvas

July 12, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm
August 23, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm
September 6, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm

Statue of a Bodhisaqttva

This monthly forum for discussion and debate will now be exploring reality via the famous text by Lama Tsong Khapa, A Praise of Dependent Arising.   Drawing from traditional and modern commentaries on the text, this group will divide the 50+ verses over several months.

The main text we’ll be using is the modern commentary by Geshe Samten, resident teacher at Sydney’s Vajrayana Institute. Join us for a great opportunity to learn how to bring the infinite possibilities of emptiness into your meditation practice and daily life.

Facilitated by: Ven. Yonten

This monthly discussion group is by donation.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Copies of Geshe Samten’s commentary are available for purchase at the Centre for $20. Alexander Berzin’s translation of the root text is available here free of charge and to get a sense of the text, audio of Geshe Samten’s recent weekend course on the subject can be found here – Day 1 and Day 2.

Note that there is no forum in October

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’.

Themes:
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

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