“If you come to me and say "Rinpoche, I can't meditate at all, my mind is going everywhere: here, past, present, future" I should give you a medal. Finally you are meditating. The whole purpose of this instruction is to make you realise you cannot concentrate.
(Buenos Aires, Jan 2019)”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Siddhartha’s Intent Australia originally named Siddhartha’s Intent Southern Door was founded in 1986 by its Spiritual Director Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. SIA was the first centre established in the international collective of centres known as Siddhartha’s Intent. SIA shares the collective vision of SI to create an environment which facilitates connection with the wisdom of the Buddha through the Khyentse lineage and the Rime (non-sectarian) tradition.

Siddhartha’s Intent Australia offers numerous opportunities for study and practice. There are weekend workshops, online studies, meditation and discussion groups as well as Vipashyana retreats and regular Tsok practices. SIA also aspires to foster and support an engaged and cohesive sangha community.

Details of our programs can be found in the menu above.

Photo by Pawo Choyning Dorji


Wednesday Vajrayana Study with Jakob Leschly

9-10 am Wednesdays. The series begins with Jigme Lingpa’s Steps to the Great Perfection which presents the Seven Mind-trainings according to the Great Perfection. This content is basic to all the Dzogchen teachings.

Sunday Buddhist Studies with Jakob Leschly

From 20 January on each Sunday (5:30-6.30 pm) Jakob will present a discussion of Longchempa’s Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind. “Who but Longchenpa can and will make absolutely sure that we finally understand what rest is." Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Monday Study and Practice with Jakob Leschly

Jakob's regular Monday Study and Practice sessions for SI Australia members commences this 7 January examining the The Sutra of Dependent Arising, which contains the core of the Buddha's teaching.

Latest News

Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: Freeing of lives ceremony, Sydney Thursday 21 March

18 March 2019

Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche has very kindly agreed to attend a freeing of lives ceremony picnic in Centennial Park on Chotrul Dechen (the special day celebrating the Buddha's Display of Miracles), this Thursday 21st March

Save the Dates May-June, 2019: Teachings with Khenpo Chöying Dorjee

7 March 2019

Join us in welcoming and studying with a great scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Sydney 21st May-2nd June (events to be held at Sydney practice room, Surry Hills), Northern Rivers 9th-23rd June (venues TBC)

Wordpress designer/developer wanted

6 March 2019

Siddhartha's Intent in currently looking for an experienced Wordpress developer and/or designer to assist with a large-scale website development project. 

Teaching Program

Bellingen seminars: Faith, The Guru & Dawn of Vajrayana

29 - 31 March 2019 at Bellingen

Bellingen - Ngondro Gar Retreat

30 March - 6 April 2019 at Bellingen

Brisbane seminar: Delusion of Ego; Pure Perception

3 - 4 May 2019 at Brisbane

Sydney teaching - Khenpo Choying Dorjee

21 May - 2 June 2019 at SIA Sydney Practice Room.

Online: The Logic of Faith

23 May - 27 June 2019 at Online

Northern Rivers teaching - Khenpo Choying Dorjee

9 - 23 June 2019 at Northern Rivers

Blue Mountains Vipashyana Retreat

5 - 10 July 2019 at Blue Mountains

Canberra: Evening talk

10 July 2019 at Canberra

Sydney seminars: Age of Me; Rebirth; Happiness & Suffering

12 - 14 July 2019 at Sydney