Category Archives: Program

The Joy of Meditation

4685752392_8759a681c0_z (1)First Sunday of every month (dates below)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

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.

(no class in January 2015)
February 1, 2015
March 1, 2015
May 3, 2015

DSC_0131[1] (2)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.

Child Naming Ceremony

4pm Monday 22 December

Babies – Teenagers

namingGive your child the gift of spiritual aspirations in this Tibetan Buddhist Naming Ceremony. Each child will be introduced to their potential of wisdom, kindness & compassion and given a spiritual name to remind them of developing their qualities and help them draw on enlightened energy through-out life. Parents & Carers also undertake a commitment to guide, nourish and support all the children you meet in life. The Ceremony is conducted in our Meditation Room, runs for 30 minutes and you are welcomed to take photos to commemorate the event. Certificates with name meaning are also given to each child along with a blessing string from the Dalai Lama. The Ceremony is by donation, whatever suits your budget at the time. Please contact with your child’s full name & DOB.



Centre Closed December 24 & 25 2014

The centre will be closed on Xmas eve and Xmas day.

Annual Vajrasattva Retreat: Clearing Negative Karma

Saturday 27- Wednesday 31 December

10am – 4pm daily

Final day Wednesday 31 concludes 1pm with shared lunch

VajrasattvaVajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. Clear your mind of negative habits & karmic baggage using visualisation, mantra recitation and meditations on forgiveness & compassion. Enter the new year with clarity, a positive lightness of mind and the determination to take advantage of your human potential.

You can attend a single session, half or full day throughout the daily retreat schedule. No experience of the practice is necessary, each session is explained and guides you along the path of clearing obstacles.

1st session: 10am-11.15am

2nd session: 11.30am-12.45pm

3rd session: 1.30pm-2.30pm

4th session: 2.45pm-4pm


Single Session Contribution – $15, Half-Day Cost – $25, Full Day Cost – $45, Full Retreat – $200

BYO Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Refreshments Provided


This is a very popular annual retreat so please contact to secure your place.

New Years Eve Light Offering

8.30pm – 9.30pm

lightsLighting candles with a prayer for inner peace, world peace, harmony and prosperity is a universal practice that shapes our heart & mental attitude of gratefulness and compassion. Join us as we gather around our Stupa to light candles, recite prayers and make silent aspirations for yourself and others.

Bring along the family and some tealight candles to create a vast vision of wishes for 2015

Centre closed January 1 – 17 2015

The centre will be closed during this time, 1-17 January, 2015.

Understanding Loss & Bereavement

Sunday 18 January, 10am-4pm

All transitions have the potential for collapse or growth.
What dictates which direction our personal process will take?

wendyLoss is a part of life, from relationship separation, redundancy at work, ageing and death.
The topic of death and dying remains relatively taboo in Western society, which often makes the grieving process more difficult.

Lack of extended family also means that there is less support for coping with the overwhelming emotions which often accompany loss.

This workshop will explore the experience of loss and its emotional impact.

It will provide an opportunity to understand how we are affected by grief and how we can help ourselves and others in the grieving process.

The workshop will include simple meditation techniques for relaxation and peace.

Contribution is $60/50 members includes light lunch & refreshments.

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

About Wendy Laughlin

Wendy has a background in nursing, counselling and education. She has been a Bereavement Counsellor for ten years in UK and has run courses in Understanding Loss and Bereavement at Bristol University and Montfort College in Bangalore.
She has an open, informal teaching style, encouraging questions and discussion.

Saturday Evening Meditation

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Dates below

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


November 15, 2014
November 22, 2014
November 29, 2014

December 6, 2014
December 13, 2014
December 20, 2014

February 7, 2015
February 14, 2015
February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015

Buddhist Perspectives

Every Thursday
Note new times: 10.30am-12.30pm
Dates below.

imagesBuddhist 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.

Drop in class, no booking necessary.

Contribution: $10  includes morning tea.

Level: Intermediate

December 11, 2014
December 18, 2014

February 5, 2015
February 12, 2015
February 19, 2015
February 26, 2015

Wednesday Morning Meditation

hqdefaultEvery Wednesday.
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Dates below.


Mindfulness and Guided Meditations suitable for everyone.

Drop in classes, no booking required.

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.


December 10, 2014
December 17, 2014
December 24, 2014

January 21, 2015
January 28, 2015

February 4, 2015
February 11, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 25, 2015