Category Archives: Program

One Day Silent Meditation

4685752392_8759a681c0_z (1)First Sunday of every month (dates below)
9:30 am to 4:00 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.

Dzambhala Wealth Practice

9.45am – 10.15 am Free

dzambalaoptDzambhala meditation and mantra practice helps us to eliminate the karma of miserliness whilst creating the causes for receiving the resources required for a meaningful and harmonious life.

This free practice is suitable for everyone, but it won’t necessarily help you win Lotto!

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.

Tibetan Art Series with Paul Smith

Auspicious Symbols

Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
February 24, March 10 & 24

Contribution: $15/12 concession per session

Endless Knot

endless-knotThe endless knot is one of the 8 auspicious objects of good fortune offered to Buddha Shakyamuni when he attained enlightenment. It is a geometric design representing the interrelated and illusory nature of reality. Having no beginning and no end it represents the endless round of cyclic existence and is also symbol of long life.



Upon attaining enlightenment, the gods made various offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni. The first to appear was Brahma, who offered a thousand spoked wheel or Dharmachakra. It is one of the oldest extant Buddhist symbols dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Originally a symbol of royalty, it is representative of the noble 8-fold path and is offered to our precious teachers requesting them to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma – to continue expounding the Buddhist teachings.


Mindful Calligraphy

Wednesdays 7pm-8.30pm
February 25, March 11 & March 25

Contribution $15/12 concession per session

Mani Mantra

Mantra, meaning “mind protection“, are Sanskrit syllables usually recited with the practice of a particular Buddha. They are believed to embody the very qualities of the deity with which they are associated and can bring benefit to all who see, touch, hear or speak them, bringing clarity & healing.

Paul will teach you the calligraphy of the well known mantra of compassion Om Mani Padme Hum.

We will also investigate various interpretations of the mantra while painting or drawing in colour following the traditional method found painted on ‘mani’ stones in Tibet.

No previous art experience required, open to all levels. Materials list provided upon booking

*Those also participating in the Tara workshops may choose to learn the mantra of Green Tara for inclusion in your painting.


Buddha Tara

Green TaraSundays 10am-4pm
February 8, March 8, April 12

Course Cost: $210 full course

Tara who accomplishes all enlightened activities and much loved Goddess of compassion, holds a special place in Tibetan Buddhism. Using the traditional iconographic methods of Tibetan scroll painting (thangka) we will work towards a completed painting of Green Tara, a particularly special deity who protects from fears and difficulties.

The course requires no previous artistic experience and all levels are welcome.




Weekend 25/26 July, Sunday 23 August, Sunday 27 August

Cost: $280 full course ($260 if Buddha Tara course also attended)

MandalaThe Mandala is the highest expression of sacred Buddhist art. From the Sanskrit, meaning circle or disc, the Mandala in Tibetan Buddhism represents the celestial abode of the deity. In this course Paul will teach you the basic structure common to most mandalas as well as guiding you toward a completed painting of the Mandala of Green Tara.

Those who have completed the Tara course, or who have previous thangka experience will be invited to embark on a painting of the Mandala of Green Tara. Those new to thangka painting, or who have completed the calligraphy course, can work on a mantra garland using your calligraphy as a basis.



Paul Smith

PSHeadShotAfter embarking on a career as a musician, Paul returned to Sydney from Berlin to attend the birth of his daughter. While out for a stroll one warm summer evening, he happened upon Vajrayana Institute, a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Ashfield, Sydney. Having engaged with Buddhism initially through Zen meditation, entering a Tibetan Buddhist centre contrasted to the stark austerity of Japanese Zen.

The vibrant colours and images, at once both dramatic and beautiful, virtually leapt off the walls.

It was in that same Sydney Buddhist Centre that Paul first encountered the master thangka painter Andy Weber, with whom he has studied since. Andy has passed on a wealth of knowledge of traditional materials and techniques learnt over a lifetime of practice and study in the East.


To this Paul brings an understanding of Western materials and techniques developed through classical studies in ateliers such as Julian Ashtons. Paul lives in the Blue Mountains with his young family where he continues to develop his art practice and deepen his understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and iconography.


World Healing & Compassion Day

Sunday 25 January

Contribution: $25/20 BYO Lunch to share, refreshments provided

What the world and its citizens need now is healing & compassion. Join in a day of meditation, visualisation and mantra to help heal and transform your own heart & mind whilst sending prayers and kindness around the world. We’ll use the practices of Medicine Buddha & Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion, to strengthen the shift for harmony, tolerance and understanding.

Suitable for everyone, bookings required.

Discovering Buddhism

Friday 6 Feb – Friday 24 April
10am – 11.30am
Contribution: $15/12concession

dbD.B introduces new-comers to Tibetan Buddhism, exploring some of its fundamental philosophies & concepts – the Mind and its Potential, How to Meditate, Death & Rebirth, Karma and other topics.

Class format uses a 30min DVD followed by discussion, Q&A with Venerable Tencho, Buddhist Nun and Director of the Centre plus a short morning tea break.

Suitable for everyone. Bookings required.

Centre closed January 1 – 17 2015

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

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

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

Buddhist Perspectives

Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Recommences Thursday 22 January
New price $15/12 concession

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: $15/12 concession  includes morning tea.

Level: Intermediate

January 22, 2015
January 29, 2015

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.

January 21, 2015
January 28, 2015

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