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SLCD Home | Events | Membership | Contact Us |        November 2012  Number 97


Biographical Series of His Eminence Kyabje Choegye Rinpoche by Lama Choedak Rinpoche >>

Also in this issue:

  • Virupa Retreat Centre - Ten year anniversary celebration >>
  • Khenpo Ngawang Jorden of IBA to tour Australia in 2013 >>
  • SLCD Retreats - Report >>
  • Kalon Tripa visits Australia >>
  • Meditation and Motivation - Teachings by Lama Choedak Rinpoche >>
  • Complete Tibetan Buddhist Canon enshrined >> 
  • Sister Centre News >>
  • Rinpoche's North America Tour - Report and photos >>
  • Eight Names for Buddha - by Venerable Jamyang >>
  • Tibetan Language Intensive 2013 >>

Khenpo Ngawang Jorden of IBA to Tour Australia in March 2013
Khenpo Ngawang Jorden, Director of IBA, Nepal

Dr. Khenpo Ngawang Jorden took up the position of Director of International Buddhist Academy, upon being requested to do so by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and by the founder of IBA, the great scholar, the Most Venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche. Khenpo has the highest professional qualifications as a seminary master as well as an academic scholar and teacher being an advanced graduate of both Sakya College and Harvard.

Dr. Jorden holds the title Khenpo (abbot) for his skill and experience as a professor of Buddhist Philosophy and his personal qualities as a mentor for IBA's brightest scholars. He has a great deal of teaching experience to westerners having been the anchor for IBA's Buddhist Philosophy program every year since 2001. He teaches in fluent english.

Khenpo Jorden's first Australian teaching tour in March 2013 will include a five day retreat at Virupa Retreat Centre over Easter as well as visits to SIBA Retreat Centre, Rongton Buddhist Centre (Brisbane), Padma Buddhist Centre (Hervey Bay), Damcho Dogu Ling (Taree), Manjushri Buddhist Centre (Milton) and Sakya Dolma Choe Ling (Sydney). 

More specific details will follow in the new year or go to the EVENTS section of our website.


Teaching Schedule

For more information about these retreats and other activities go to the Events section on our website

Rongton College, Evatt ACT
Intensive Tibetan Language Course
4 - 18 January 2013

SIBA Retreat Centre, East Gippsland VIC
White Tara Meditation Retreat
22 - 27 January 2013

SIBA Retreat Centre
4-day Calm Abiding Meditation 
7 - 11 March 2013

Virupa Retreat Centre
Ngondro Preliminaries with Khenpo Ngawang Jorden
28 March - 1 April 2013

SIBA Retreat Centre
Nyung Ne Fasting and Purification Ritual 10 - 13 May 2013
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Tibet's Kalon Tripa Visits Australia

Watch Kalon Tripa's address to the Canberra Press Club

On 26 June 2012, the Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay, the recently elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, gave an hour-long address at the National Press Club in Canberra. Greg O’Rourke and Rachel Weiss, representing the Committee of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong, attended.

Dr Lobsang Sangay's speech can be view on YouTube >>

Learn to read, write & speak Tibetan!

Intensive Language Course with Lama Choedak Rinpoche

4 to 18 January 2013


Lama Choedak Rinpoche is one of the finest teachers of the Tibetan language living in the west. He has put together training programmes and has been teaching for more than twenty years including at Australian National University. His Eminence Chogye Trichen honoured with the title "Lochen" meaning Great Translator.

For more information go to the EVENTS section of our website.

Mindah Completes Lamdre Retreat

Fire Puja at Virupa Retreat Centre for the conclusion of Mindah's retreat

Mindah Lee Block concluded a traditional Lamdre three and half year retreat recently. The retreat was successfully carried out in three stages at Virupa Retreat Centre in the purpose built huts.

We congratulate Mindah on her acheivement and thank her on behalf of all sentient beings!

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Virupa Retreat Centre
Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

Watch the tenth anniversary celebrations at Virupa Retreat Centre
Tibetan dancing, movies, blessing of the new Buddhist Canon and lots of lovely people - what a wonderful day! It was great to see many of our Dharma brothers and sisters attend Virupa Retreat Centre’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations, held on the 14th of October 2012. Members and friends from near and far came to rejoice in the Dharma activities that Virupa has promoted since its inception in 2002...

You can watch the highlights on YouTube, view the detailed slideshow of the history of Virupa Retreat Centre that was presentated on the day or read Venerable Jamyang's speech on this truly memorable event.


Biographical Series of
HE Kyabje Choegye Rinpoche

Dharma Activities in Tibet

Nalendra Monastry
Kyabje Choegye Rinpoche was distinguished as a rare master who flawlessly upheld all three sets of vows of the Three Buddhist Vehicles: the pratimoksha vows of the vehicle of individual liberation (Theravadayana), the bodhisattva vows of the great vehicle (Mahayana), and the tantric commitments of the diamond vehicle (Vajrayana).

His devotion to his root gurus and the Lamdre lineage gurus was unparalleled. Kyabje Rinpoche wrote: "I always tried my best to engage in genuine precepts without any pretence. Though I am deprived of any qualities by birth and by learning, as a result of my practice of patience, to the eyes of the beholder, all that see me are pleased. I am satisfied, for I have never created until now a subtle fault in regard to observing discipline of relying upon the master."

Continuing the series of excerpts from a new biography of His Eminence Choegye Trichen Rinpoche more>>


16th Annual SIBA 10-day Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat
There has been two major retreats at SIBA Retreat Centre recently, the 10-day Calm Abiding Meditation retreat and Medicine Buddha retreat. Both we lead by Lama Choedak Rinpoche
You can click here great photos of the retreats as well as the reports from those who took part including this years Training the Trainer.

Go to the EVENTS page on our website for a list of retreats including:
  • Intensive Tibetan Language Course  4 - 17 January 2013 Canberra 
  • Family Week  9 - 13 January 2013 SIBA 
  • White Tara 22 - 27 January 2013 SIBA
  • Yoga 22 - 24 February 2013 SIBA
  • 4-day Calm Abiding Meditation 7 - 11 March 2013 SIBA
  • Ngondro Preliminaries 28 March - 1 April 2013 Virupa
  • Easter Health & Wellness 28 March - 1 April 2013 SIBA
  • Tai Chi & Meditation 13 - 17 April '13 SIBA
  • Nyung Ne Fasting and Purification Ritual 10 - 13 May '13 SIBA
Meditation and Motivation
Teaching by Lama Choedak Rinpoche

Lama Choedak Rinpoche at SIBA Retreat Centre
"...Our way of being in meditation carries over to the rest of our life, but it requires concerted effort to do this all the time.  Try to relate better to those around you.  This means we operate with good will and carefulness and try to be mindful of others.  This means we take the carer AND the cared for into consideration.  Nagarjuna said that one who is heedful is happy and one who is not is not.  There is no certainty that happiness comes from what one does unless it is done with good motivation..."

This is a teachings extract written by Lama Choedak Rinpoche. Go to the website to read the full article.

Complete Tibetan Buddhist Canon Enshrined at Virupa Retreat Centre
The complete Tibetan Buddhist canon was unveiled at Virupa Retreat Centre on the day of the 10th anniversary celebration held there on 14 October.  

Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the SLCD said, "The unveiling of these books is a really significant event for Australia. This special library edition of 238 volumes of the Kagyur and Tengyur is a complete collection of the Buddha's teachings, and is the only one of its kind to be housed in Australia. It is a valuable treasure for the Tibetan Buddhist community to have this edition in Australia."

Complete Tibetan Buddhist Canon Enshrined on the new bookshelves at Virupa Retreat Centre
The canon is written in Tibetan, the only language that has fully protected and preserved the original Buddhist teachings for over 2,500 years ago. Tibetan language is considered very important for the understanding of Buddhist thought as most of original texts in Sanskrit were lost. 

Rinpoche teaches directly from these during his meditation and philosophy classes at the Society's Canberra centre at Evatt. To date, less than 10% of these works have been translated into English and Rinpoche explained the benefit and appeal for the wider community.  

"Non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike can gain enormously from the teachings in these books. There are many opportunities for people to increase their knowledge as the canon's subjects include medicine, linguistics, botany, psychology, metaphysics and Buddhist philosophy.  Modern science is only now catching up on some of the things the Buddha taught thousands of years ago."

The Tibetan Buddhist canon will serve as an excellent reference for keen Tibetan language students who wish to study and translate the texts. Rinpoche, who teaches Tibetan language is eager to form a team of translators to engage in translation of these works. Some students have been translating these works already.

The books have been arranged in the specially ordered bookshelves. 

SponsortextSponsoring the production of scriptures is regarded as one of the most meritorious deeds. You can sponsor a small amount or individual volumes by clicking here.

Sister Centre News

Padma Buddhist Centre
Padma Buddhist Centre - Formal Opening of new premises for Hervey bay

Padma Buddist Centre in Hervey Bay has fantastic new premises that were officially opened and blessed by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and State MP for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen. Rinpoche also did a blessing of the local dragon boats while he was there. more >>

Ananda Buddhist Centre, Rockhampton gets Tibetan Kangyur

Rockhampton had it's dharma centre made more complete with the arrival of the Tibetan Buddhist canon recently in the form the Kangyur more >>


Damchoe Dugo Ling Parting From the Four Attachments 18-19 August
Damchoe Dogu Ling settled into new premises in Forster

"...We took up tenancy of two lower floor rooms six months ago. There is plenty of light from a large window fronting the main street through which you can see our shrine. At night it looks great as The Buddha is lit up and there are heaps of pictures of lamas and teachers from the Sakya school. Prayer flags and auspicious hangings abound.  We’ve a little shop and there is room for 15 to 20 people to meditate though I’m sure we could double that if we had to. We painted all the walls white which helps give a feeling of light with the two large old fashioned flouro lights.... especially good for remedying dull abiding. The space is shared with a local yoga group which runs Friday mornings making for a real community effort." more >>


Rinpoche Tours North America

rainbow bodyRinpoche spent several weeks in July and August touring the USA and Canada giving public talks and leading meditation retreats. He also met with many teachers there from the Sakya Tradition as well as other traditions of Buddhism.

Read Rinpoche's report and see photos of his visit by clicking here


Eight Common Epithets for Buddha


Venerable Jamyang Tsultim takes a look into the various names by which Lord Buddha was known, as is preserved in the sanskrit text Mahavyutpatti

"Coming from the Sanskrit root budh-, Buddha simply means ‘woke’; hence, ‘Awakened one’... 

more >>


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