Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre is a place of peace and practice. The centre is under the patronage of and has been blessed by, both His Holiness Sakya Trizin and the late His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. It is of the lineage of the Tsarpa sub sect of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism but welcomes all traditions and teachings.
The centre is facilitated by it's resident nun, Venerable Rinchen, a fully ordained Australian nun in the Tibetan tradition. The centre is open to all interested people who are seeking to know more about Buddhism or meditation. We offer regular practices and Buddhist teachings.
This daylong will be an opportunity to deepen and explore meditation and mindfulness. We will look at the two essential elements of meditation: concentration and experiential enquiry. We will cultivate mindfulness through awareness practices using the breath, the body, listening and feeling tones. We will explore these tools of mindfulness and their application in our daily life. We will also look at the obstacles we might find in this practice as well as the elements that can be supportive.
Cost for the workshop is $140 or $120 member/concession. To book click onthe following link. http://www.trybooking.com/EDQU
This day of reflection and meditation will explore how Buddhist practice can facilitate a fully integrated ethical, contemplative and philosophical life without any need for metaphysical beliefs.
Cost is $140 or $120 member/concession, to book click on the following link: http://trybooking.com/EDQV
A Secular Buddha
What is distinctive about the Buddha's teaching that sets it apart from mainstream Indian religious tradition? Through exploring this question, we will try and recover the radical, non-mystical core of Siddhattha Gotama's vision. By discarding metaphysical beliefs, we will envisage a thoroughly secular Buddhism, which is focused entirely on responding to the suffering of this world.
Cost is $25 of $20 member/concession, to book click on the following link: http://www.trybooking.com/EDQW
Stephen and Martine Batchelor are writers and teachers based in France. Stephen is the author of Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Martine is the author of Meditation for Life and Let Go. Her latest book is The Spirit of the Buddha.
Please bring a light coloured t shirt for printing on, we will use a traditional carved woodblock for printing. Cost for children's group is by donation and a suggested donation is $5 per child, this money goes towards books, art and craft materials.
We will be holding a monthly discussion group on the last Sunday of the month after Meditation at 12.30pm. A different topic will be presented each month followed by open discussion. The next one will be Sunday 30 March and the topic will be The Second Noble Truth, the noble truth of the cause of suffering. By donation, suggested donation $10/$5.
Senior member Deirdre will be running the sessions. Cost is by donation, a suggested donation is $10/$5 per person, costs go towards the mortgage and running costs of the centre.
Friday Night Public Talk 9 May at 7pm Topic to be advised
Cost $15 and $10 members/concession. No Bookings required
Weekend Teachings on "The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva"
The basic structure of these practices is the complete path of the Bodhisattva. The first 2 verses are the traditional ones which express homage to a deity, the embodiement of enlightened qualites and then state the purpose for writing the text and the author's commitment to do so. The main body of the text deals with the causes that give rise to bodhichitta (the mind of awakening). The mind training of a superior individual is discussed in the second part of the text, where the central topic is how to engender supreme Bodhichitta. In this section there are 5 main divisions that give advice on how to develop Bodhichitta and how to keep it from degenerating. First one should realize the equality of self and other and learn how to exchange one's own happiness for another's suffering. Secondly the text shows how to bring all situations of worldy life, including obscuring emotions and mistaken views onto the path, or how to integrate them into one's practice. The third is how to practice the six perfections. The fourth describes how to work with one's negative side and failures, and finally, there is a summary and dedication. While The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva contains a few stanzas on the progressive stages of meditation on emptiness, the text deals primarily with meditation on the relative. Khenpo will bring his wisdom and insight to these classic teachings and guide us towards a deeper understanding of this most profound path.
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe has been a monk for over 35 years and has been teaching in Australia and overseas for over 15 years, he studied and taught at Sakya College and has a wide knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practice. For more information about Khenpo and his centre in Sydney you can visit their website on: www.drogmi.org
Dates: Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11
Time: Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Cost: $160 non members or $140 members/concession includes lunch and refreshments. Bookings are essential by 1st May.
To celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha
Come along and join in an evening of chanting, meditation and walking meditation to honour this most auspicious Buddhist event. We will start the evening off with the 16 Arhat puja (ceremony) which calls on all the Buddha's disciples to help the teachings of the Buddha flourish. The Arhat's made a promise that they would always come if their names were called to help the teachings prosper. The teachings are all about bringing a wise heart and mind into our world with compassion and kindness. We cultivate these qualities with our meditation and mindfulness.
Bring a plate to share afterwards. No Bookings required
Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre, 348 Severin Street, Paramatta Park
"The Heart Sutra" is one of the most famous and revered of the Buddha's teachings. It is one of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, and is expressed in the style of a brief conversation between two of Buddha's main disciples, Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra, during the course of which the meaning of emptiness, the ultimate way of being of everything that exists, is gently revealed. Brief yet profound, it contains the very essence of all the Buddha's his teachings.
By understanding the meaning of emptiness, which is that everything comes into being dependently, so that nothing exists intrinsically, independent of anything else, we can slowly loosen the grip of ego-grasping and begin to develop our marvelous potential for clarity, contentment, love, and the many other qualities that are innate within us. Besides, the power of our afflictive emotions will vanish. And all this will help us develop the wisdom of what to adopt and what to discard, making our life more peaceful and meaningful.
Recitation of the Heart Sutra is often recommended by the lamas for growing wisdom and to remove obstacles in our daily life and in our spiritual development.
Join Venerable Robina for a weekend teaching on the Heart Sutra focused on the preliminaries and actual practices that generate insight into emptiness and karma.
Australian-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Robina Courtin travels the world teaching Buddhist psychology and philosophy and helping those in need. Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in Australia and the US, including inmates on death row, Robina's life and work is the subject of Amiel Courtin-Wilson's award-winning film Chasing Buddha (2001) and ABC's Key to Freedom (2008).
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