The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.
We are part of a global community, led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala presents the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Tibet through accessible, modern and dynamic teachings. The teachings and practices uncover the compassion, clarity, joy and goodness within ourselves and each other, and connect us to the natural world.
We offer free meditation instruction for beginners and support for experienced practitioners with a range of meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!
Save the date!
Two-week meditation retreat
(including Qigong teachings)
5 January to 19 January 2019
Venue: Kallara Conference Centre in the beautiful Srathbogie Ranges near Euroa, Victoria.
Featuring senior Shambhala teacher Acharya Dale Asrael
More details to follow in late June
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Open House is available via Zoom
The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion
We continue to offer The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion during the afternoons of our regular nyinthun sessions (the third Saturday of the month). The sessions use pre-recorded talks by Acharya Judith Lief to guide us through the mahayana teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Adelaide resident shastri Loretta Geuenich facilities the program.
Each session in this program is a stand-alone teaching, so it is not necessary for you to commit to each session. To learn more about this course, please see Judy Lief‘s video.
We will continue to offer regular half-nyinthuns (sitting and walking meditation) in the mornings of this program.
Lesson 2 Saturday 16 June
Lightning Flashing in the Sky—The Discovery of Bodhichitta
In this lesson, we’ll define bodhichitta—both relative and absolute, or ultimate. What inspires bodhichitta in our daily lives? How do we experience glimpses of openness? We’ll start to grapple with the concept of basic goodness. We’ll also contemplate how joy plays a part in the path of the bodhisattva, even though we are relating directly with suffering all the time.
Lesson 3 Saturday 21 July
Opening the Heart—Working with the Four Limitless Ones
In this week’s lesson, we’ll describe the four limitless ones and contemplate offering them to the six realms. We’ll aspire to offer the four limitless one’s in everyday life, and gently notice our limitations in doing so. We’ll also explore the difference between the four brahmaviharas and the four limitless ones.
Lesson 4 Saturday 18 August
Prajnaparamita—The Mother of All the Buddhas
What is emptiness, and what keeps us from experiencing it in our everyday lives? What is Madhyamika, or the Middle Way? This week we’ll explore these questions as we also learn about two-fold egolessness, the differences between relative and ultimate truth, and how we trap ourselves in relative reality.
Lesson 5 Saturday 15 September
Engaging with the World—Paramita Practice
In this lesson we’ll define the paramitas (or ‘techniques of non-grasping’) and learn to practice deliberate compassion by working with aspiration and intention. You’ll learn the difference between ‘idiot’ compassion and genuine compassion. Together, we’ll explore the ideal of the bodhisattva as one who dives directly into challenging situations.
Lesson 6 Saturday 20 October
Fifty-Nine Reminders to Wake Up—Mind Training and the Practice of Lojong
In this lesson, we’ll practice tonglen—or sending and taking. We’ll use the lojong slogans of Atisha as reminders of how to train the mind. We’ll also consider some benchmarks for whether or not our practice is working.
Lesson 7 Saturday 17 November
A Map of the Journey—Paths and Bhumis
In this final lesson, we’ll reflect on the direction the mahayana path is taking us. We’ll also define the five paths of accumulation, unification, seeing, meditation, and no more learning.
“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.” Chögyam Trungpa