Welcome to Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group







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!


Registration now open!

Meditation in Everyday Life is a 5-week course that teaches mindfulness-awareness meditation. It shows us how this practice can enhance our daily lives in the most practical sense. In this course we experience what happens when we stop avoiding ourselves, and the present moment, and practice simply being with whatever is going on in our lives.

We learn to cultivate courage and stability amidst the complexities and demands of jobs, responsibilities, relationships, and the everyday series, concerns and uncertainties we all face. The stability and wisdom we cultivate through this practice strengthens and expands so that we end up benefiting not only ourselves, but the world around us.

Meditation in Everyday Life combines technique and view in a setting of gentle support and community. It will provide you with all the tools you need to establish a strong and consistent meditation practice or strengthen your existing practice.

Five Thursday evenings (6.30 – 8.00pm)
23rd August to 20th September,
Venue: Cancer Care Centre, 76 Edmund Avenue, Unley SA

For more information follow this link….


Understanding current events in Shambhala

In response to allegations of sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Shambhala’s Halifax-based leader), Shambhala International has announced a number of steps. A Transition Task Force, consisting of several respected leaders from our international community, will soon appoint an interim Board of Directors to oversee fiduciary and legal responsibilities and a Process Team to look at a new approach to community leadership in Shambhala. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has stepped aside from teaching and administrative duties … Continue 


Registration now open!

Meditation & Qigong Retreat

near Euroa, Victoria

5 January to 19 January 2019

Venue: Kallara Conference Centre in the beautiful Srathbogie Ranges near Euroa, Victoria

Shambhala Australia is pleased to offer a two-week meditation retreat, a half-dathün, in January. A half-dathün (Tibetan for ‘moon session’) is an in-depth introduction to, and deepening of, the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. This practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns. The half-dathün also explores the Shambhala principle of basic goodness — that we are, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey whereby we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

Each retreat day will consist of a full schedule of sitting and walking meditation, qigong exercise, Buddhist chants, talks, contemplative meals and a short work session.


Featuring senior Shambhala teacher Acharya Dale Asrael

Dale was a student of the founder of Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is now a student of his heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is an associate professor at Naropa University and the Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International. She is a practitioner of the ancient contemplative body-mind practice of qigong and has been appointed to teach in two qigong lineages.


Participants may attend the first week or the full two weeks. The retreat is open to both new and experienced meditators. If you are new to meditation, you will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher or meditation instructor before the retreat to find out more about what to expect.

For more information and registration, please to the
Melbourne Shambhala website:


If you would like to keep up to date with programs such as this, please join our mail list (to the right-hand side of this page) and you will receive regular updates.


Open House is available via Zoom

If you would like to join us online for Monday night Open House, you can log-in via  Zoom software (similar to Skype). Click on the link around 6.45, install the simple software and join us at 7.00.
The Zoom link for Open House https://zoom.us/j/543306845

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.

The program

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