Category Archives: Program

Ganden Lha Gyema Review & Practice Day

July 27, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

devotionThe “Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy” -  Ganden Lha Gyema in Tibetan -  is 10 gentle and beautifully written verses.

The text can be used in a number of ways and depths:

  • As a daily practice
  • As a preliminary to other meditations or a long retreat
  • As a remedy for anxiety and depression
  • To connect your mind with your Teacher and all teachers from Buddha Shakyamuni until now
  • As a method of purification & merit making
  • To increase mental sharpness, clarity & wisdom

This practice and review day will be based on the recent commentary on Ganden Lha Gyema given by H. E. Choden Rinpoche. The book is available for purchase online through Awakening Vajra Publications.

Facilitated by Venerable Yonten.

Book now to secure your place, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Contribution: $50($45 members & concession)  includes a light lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as course materials to take home .Half-day, $25 ($20 members & concession.) All of our courses include 2 free attendance places for anyone struggling financially. Please feel comfortable in emailing us with your request.

Please note that Registration opens at 9.50am, so that the first session can start at 10am

Level: for everyone

International Sangha Day

July 31, 2014
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Painting of Buddha's first sermon from Wat Chedi Liem in ThailandLet’s celebrate the Sangha on FPMT’s Twelfth International Sangha Day, Thursday 31st July 2014

  • Show respect for and appreciation of Sangha
  • Generate deeper awareness of the Sangha jewel
  •  Donate to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund

From the early days of the FPMT, monks and nuns have served tirelessly to help bring the benefit of the Buddha’s teachings to the far corners of this planet. Today, the FPMT International Mahayana Institute (IMI) community has approximately 280 monks and nuns who continue to serve throughout the FPMT in many capacities: as registered teachers, directors, spiritual program coordinators, editors and more.
The Sangha, by taking vows of renunciation, living in morality and having the space to focus on the Dharma are an integral part of maintaining the existence of the Buddha’s teachings. It is for this reason that FPMT International Sangha Day is set to fall on Choe Khor Due Chen or Turning of the Wheel of Dharma Day.

Meet the Nuns at Kunsang Yeshe

meetVenTenchoVenerable Tenchö is the Director of KYRC, helping to implement Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision. She also does most of the catering, fundraising and volunteer coordination as well as being an experienced meditation teacher.

meetVenYontenVenerable Yönten is the Resident Teacher at KYRC. She facilitates the main program including meditation, short retreats & philosophy classes as well as organizing monthly advanced discussion groups and family day.

meetVenPaldronVenerable Paldrön is a Meditation Facilitator at KYRC. She runs both
half and full days of Mindfulness Meditation once or twice a month. She also facilitates the weekly Tuesday (on hold during winter months) and Saturday guided meditations as well as offering family day support to parents.

Everyone is invited to show their support and appreciation of our three Nuns by joining them with an offered lunch 1pm – 2pm Thursday 31 July.  Bring along a vegetarian savoury or sweet dish and we’ll have a feast together!  You can informally ask questions about living a Nun’s life during the lunch then join the Nuns in a prayer of dedication.

This special Holy day celebrates the First Teaching given by Shakyamuni Buddha, making it an auspicious day for meritorious activities. Consider offering a small gift to the Nuns – eg. milo, miso soup, nut spreads, natural soaps, tiger balm, herbal toothpaste, socks (brown/maroon/lge/med), small money offerings in envelopes are also appreciated.

Make your booking through bookings@kunsangyeshe.com.au so we can prepare accordingly.

August Practice Days

August 2, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm
1:30 pmto3:30 pm
August 10, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
1:30 pmto4:00 pm

FlameHighest Yoga Tantra Practice Day

Saturday, 2nd August. Two separate sessions, attend either or both and BYO lunch if you are staying all day.

Morning: Yamantaka

Afternoon: Vajrayogini

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

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Contribution: $25 per session if you have your own text ($20 members & concession)

Level: Advanced, please only attend if you have the appropriate empowerment.

cloudReflectionAction Tantra Practice Day

Sunday, 10th August. Two separate sessions, attend either or both and BYO lunch if you are staying all day. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Morning: Medicine Buddha, practices for healing and success.

Afternoon: Green Tara, practices for action and protection

Contribution: $25 per session ($20 members & concession) includes texts and refreshments.

Level: for everyone no experience required.

Guru Puja Tsog

August 6, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
August 20, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

PujaJoin us for a traditional Tibetan Buddhist Practice called Guru Puja (Lama Choepa in Tibetan). Puja days are the 10th and 25th of Tibetan lunar calendar and students with Highest Yoga Tantra initiation commitments are required to perform the practice, however, it is also suitable for beginners to attend. We gather at the Centre twice monthly unless the puja day falls on a Monday when the Centre is closed. Students can do the practice at home on those evenings.

The 90 min practice involves meditation, chanting in Tibetan, visualisation and prayers in English as well as an abundant offering section. Bring along some favourite food or flower offerings for the altar, all of which will be blessed, offered and distributed during the practice. Come along for a taste of ritual practice and strengthen connection to spiritual teachers, the Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas – our means to swiftly realising our potential on this spiritual path.

 July 7th and 21st are Mondays so there will be no practice at the Centre. Senior students are encouraged to practice at home.

Dharma Teaching Events with Ven. Robina

August 12, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 13, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 14, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 15, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
August 16, 2014
10:00 amto4:30 pm
August 17, 2014
10:00 amto4:30 pm

Ven. Robina CourtinWhen the Chocolate Runs Out
 Three evening sessions, Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th

Based on the book of the same name by the much beloved Lama Yeshe, in this course Ven. Robina will explore the real causes of happiness and suffering as well as how to find inner contentment in everyday difficulties.

Contribution: $25 per session  ($20 members & concession.)

Wild Mind, Big Heart
PUBLIC TALK, 7-8:30PM Friday 15th August

Ego and altruism: how to tame the mind and subdue the ego, cultivate compassion and open the heart.

Contribution: $25  ($20 members & concession.)

Venue: Katoomba Community Hall (Old Library), Katoomba St. Car parking in either Katoomba St. or walk through from Coles car park.

What is Guru Devotion?
Weekend course, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th.

Often misunderstood, this topic will be thoroughly and candidly explored through Ven.Robina’s personal experience and perspective as well as the traditional presentation.

Contribution: $80 ($75 members & concession) Includes light lunch and refreshments.

These courses each include 1 free attendance place for anyone struggling financially. Please feel comfortable in emailing us with your request.

Level: For Everyone

 Please note that Registration opens at 10mins before the advertised starting time, so that sessions can commence promptly.

Bookings essential for all three teachings, preferably by emailing us, otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Ven. Robina will also lead Wednesday meditation and Thursday Buddhist Perspectives that week.

About Venerable Robina Courtin

One of the first wave of Australians to become ordained in the 1970s, Ven. Robina’s life before and since has been a journey of exploration, experience and evolution.

Her ability to meld her experiences into a cohesive understanding of causes, results and possibilities together with her rapid-fire communication style, make her an engaging and inspiring teacher of life and Buddhism.

Thinking about staying in the mountains for Venerable Robina’s visit? See here for suggestions nearby.

The Three Principle Aspects of the Path

August 31, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

The Three Principle Aspects of the Path are the building blocks of Enlightenment. They are crystallized in 14 verses in the famous text by the great Lama Tsong Khapa. Use these precious words to reveal the Awakening Mind, the Middle Way, the way to perfection…

A lotus symbolizing renunciation#1 The Determination to be Free
At this stage the practioner develops the will to be free from being dominated by delusion

The full moon, symbolizing Bodhicitta#2 The Awakening Mind
Here, the practioner develops the open heart & altruistic intention to free others

The sun, symbolizing correct view#3 The Correct View
Finally, the practioner experiences directly the actual nature of reality, cutting delusion at the root.

Lama Tsong Khapa’s text is available for download here

Facilitator: Venerable Lozang Yönten,  KYRC’s Resident Teacher.  She has been ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun since 2003. A long-time Buddhist, Venerable Yönten studied formally & extensively at Chenrezig Institute from 2002 – 2009 and then continued her studies in India, New Zealand & Taiwan before coming to the Blue Mountains in 2012. She has been ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition since 2003.

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

Contribution: $55 includes a light vegetarian lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as course materials to take home. ($45 members & concession. All of our courses include 2 free attendance places for anyone struggling financially. Please feel comfortable in emailing us with your request.)

Please note that Registration opens at 9.50am, so that the first session can start at 10am

Level: For Everyone

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

VajrasattvaA4-2Vajrayogini

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

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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 
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Booking essential for both courses,  
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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.

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

August 5, 2014
6:30 pm

Tuesday evening meditation is in winter recess for June and July, recommencing on the 5th August

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

July 5, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
July 12, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
July 19, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
July 26, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
August 2, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

handsEvery Saturday except as noted

Mindfulness 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

Dzambala Puja

July 10, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
July 17, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
July 24, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
July 31, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
August 7, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am

Dzambala200Dzambala is the Buddha we turn to when our endeavors need monetary and other resources.

This is a wealth‐giving practice that purifies our old miserly habits.

It also creates positive momentum towards any ethical and beneficial project and can be done on behalf of oneself or others.

Build the energy and resources for your new centre!

There is no facility fee for this practice.

Can’t make it to Puja? Offerings of saffron (found in the spice section of the supermarket), chocolate, or money help support this practice.

Would rather practice at home? See Venerable Yönten for a Dzambala “kit.”

Download an audio file of the practice here

Buddhist Perspectives

July 10, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
July 17, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
July 24, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
July 31, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
August 7, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm

Every Thursday  except as noted.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

July 9, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
July 16, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
July 23, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
July 30, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
August 6, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am

Every Wednesday except as noted.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.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice Days

July 6, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
August 3, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm
September 7, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm
November 2, 2014
9:30 amto5:00 pm

Glasshouse Mountains“from the head to the heart”

A new format for Ven. Paldron’s first Sunday series

Learn techniques for focusing awareness and concentration – the tools for enhancing better attention in our everyday life. When practised, these mindfulness strategies lead to a calm, still & quiet mind which can strengthen mental and emotional well-being.
While instructions will be given, the emphasis will be on practising both sitting & walking meditation. Each practice day stands alone whilst offering a continuity of meditation techniques.

The day will be silent, encouraging a deeper personal experience.

Times: The first of the series, on Sunday July 6 will commence at 2pm and finish at 5pm because of the celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday in the morning.  On all subsequent first Sundays, the practice day will commence at 9.30am and finish 5pm.  Registration will be open from 9:20, so that the first session can start promptly at 9:30

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: $25 ($20 members and concession) on July 6th includes afternoon tea. Thereafter,  $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

Note that there is no class in October

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 7, 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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