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 & 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:
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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 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