Category Archives: Program

We are Visitors on this Planet

April 28, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

VenGesheLhakdorA public talk by Venerable Geshe Lhakdor, longtime translator for the Dalai Lama. Contemplate our universal responsibility for the well-being of our environment, ecology, society and world peace.

Bookings essential as seating is limited, preferably by emailing us. Otherwise call the Centre on 02 4788 1407.

Contribution: $10

Please note that Registration opens at 6.50pm, so everyone can be seated by 7:00

Level: for everyone.

The Three Compassions

June 29, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

TempleFlowersCompassion is wishing yourself and others freedom and release from every type of suffering and difficulty. Sounds good – but how do we actually develop it? From the Buddhist perspective we can deepen our good heart and empathy into a stable, consistent and equanimous compassion that never runs out or gets tired. Tap into your never-ending wellspring of goodwill and kindness. Course will include in-depth meditation and visualization as well as lecture and open discussion.

Facilitated by Venerable Yonten.

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

Contribution: $55 includes a light 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

Note changed date, originally April 27th

Level: intermediate, for those with background on the structure of the Buddhist path.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

April 8, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm
April 15, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm
April 22, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm
April 29, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Every Tuesday except as notedMeditation Mudra

Mindfulness and Guided Meditations suitable for everyone.

Facilitated by Ven. Paldron

Drop in classes, no booking required.

Contribution: $5.

Level: For Everyone

Saturday Evening Meditation

April 12, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 19, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 26, 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

April 10, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
April 17, 2014
9:15 amto9:45 am
April 24, 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

April 10, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
April 17, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
April 24, 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

April 9, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
April 16, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
April 23, 2014
10:30 amto11:30 am
April 30, 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.

Sunday Series with Venerable Paldron

January 5, 2014
2:00 pmto4:30 pm
February 2, 2014
2:00 pmto4:30 pm
March 2, 2014
2:00 pmto4:30 pm
April 6, 2014
2:00 pmto4:30 pm
May 4, 2014
2:00 pmto4:30 pm

Venerable PaldronThis Sunday afternoon series of lectures and meditation is presented by senior nun Ven. Paldron to enthuse your inquisitive minds and support your current practice of meditation and understanding. Suitable for the beginner and the experienced alike. Bookings essential for these classes.

Dates and Themes:
January 5: An Attitude of Gratitude: exploring our ability to bring engagement and joy to each day.
February 2:  Present Moment, Perfect Moment: mindfulness, awareness & clear comprehension. Formal & mini-power meditation practices.
March 2:  The 8 Worldly Winds: how they constantly blow us off off-course throughout our lives and how we can master them
April 6: Peaceful Shamata: Mindfulness Meditation for everyone
May 4: Freeing Ourselves from Inner Tangles: it’s not what happens to us, but what we make of it.

Venerable Paldrön was Ordained as a nun in 1999. She has more than 40 years experience in Buddhist practice and study, drawing from Masters of Theravada, Dzogchen and Vajrayana traditions. Her rich life experience, including marriage and motherhood, integrated with deep spiritual conviction, offers the listener both a comprehensive and gentle perspective.

Bookings: Call the Centre on 02 4788 1407 or email us.

Course Contribution: $25 ($20 members and concession),  includes afternoon tea and course materials.

Level: For Everyone

Tantrika’s Monthly Discussion Group

May 6, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
June 3, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
July 1, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
August 5, 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.

RSVP required,  call the Centre on 02 4788 1407 or email us.

Level: Advanced (with Tantric Vows & Initiations)

Becoming Bodhisattvas

January 11, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm
February 15, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm
March 1, 2014
10:30 amto12:00 pm
April 19, 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 offered free of charge.

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.

Family Day

January 5, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
February 16, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
March 2, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
April 20, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
May 18, 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’.

Monthly themes:
January: Diversity and Acceptance
February: Zen Quietness
March:
Respecting and Protecting Animals
April:
Being of Benefit
May:
Understanding Anger

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

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