Welcome to Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group

Uplift your heart and mind through meditation

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 regular meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!   See Upcoming Programs and Regular Events highlighted on this page.


Upcoming events 

Open House talk: “Communicating from the Heart”
Featuring visiting senior Shambhala teacher Bozica Costigliola.

Monday October 30th (see calendar for details). 

Through open listening and mindful speech, we can express ourselves in a genuine, truthful and fearless manner, straight from the heart, with directness and a lack of hesitation as well as with gentleness, tenderness and delight. Communicating in this way awakens basic goodness in ourselves and others. 

Birth of the Warrior  (Level II)

A weekend retreat with senior visiting teacher
Henry Chapin. 

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Friday evening November 3rd to Sunday afternoon November 5th
(see calendar for details and registration)

The baggage we carry into each moment is often fraught with fear and worry, confusion and struggle. In Level II we learn to see what we do to make ourselves miserable, and how to begin to free ourselves from old habits of thought and emotional patterns. We learn we can experience greater clarity, aliveness, fearlessness, and peace of mind.

In the Birth of the Warrior, we use meditation practice to observe more directly how our habitual fear and anxiety can lose its power when confronted directly, in an atmosphere of gentleness. We begin to appreciate the power and richness of the present moment.

Level II builds on the foundation of meditation practice that was introduced in Level I, The Art of Being Human, and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in.

This weekend includes individual and group meditation instruction, teachings by a Shambhala senior teacher, group discussions and a concluding reception.


Summer Retreat with Achyara Sampten Kobelt

5 January – 3 February 2018, including one, two or four week options

A dathün, Tibetan for “moon session” is an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.

Dathüns also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness — that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey where by we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

From this point of view, meditation is not a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities. Rather, it is a direct path to connecting with our fundamental wisdom. As the daily meditation practice and routine of this retreat unfolds, we will discover an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

This retreat includes; sitting and walking meditation, individual meditation instruction, talks by senior teachers, study periods and silence practice. The dathün will take place at a peaceful residential retreat centre outside of Euroa, Victoria, 1.5 hours north-east of Melbourne at the foot of the Strathbogie ranges.

Participants may attend the first week, the first two weeks, or the full retreat. This retreat fulfills the dathün practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

About Acharya Samten Kobelt

Samten Kobelt grew up near Zurich, Switzerland where he again resides since 2013. In 1984 he met the Shambhala teachings at Naropa University and started practicing. He met Trungpa Rinpoche in Germany in 1985 and became his student. Samten spent 10 years at the major Shambhala land centers in North America where he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Samten has been interested in the mind-body connection and its application in society since he started meditating. He is practicing and teaching Contemplative Dance Practice, developed by Barbara Dilley; Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) transmitted by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche; Bugaku (Japanese Court Dance) from Togi Sensei through Arawana Hayashi; and Qigong in the lineage of Eva Wong.

Registration now open!

More information and registration via the Melbourne Shambhala website: https://melbourne.shambhala.info