“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

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

16 February 2019

Join us in welcoming and studying with a great scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Sydney 21st May-1st June, Northern Rivers 9th-23rd June

2019 Losar Message from Rinpoche

5 February 2019

Watch Rinpoche's video message with advice for welcoming the Year of the Earth Pig!

virtuous and wholesome thing that we can do is to admire, to like, and to love this being called Siddhartha Gautama, the BuddhaRinpoche suggests that to celebrate Losar we do something virtuous like admiring, liking, living " ...this being called Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha". Click to see his short video message.

Recordings of Rinpoche's teachings in South America, Dec 2018-Jan 2019

21 January 2019

Recordings are now available of Rinpoche's recent teachings during his visits to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina. Chile and Colombia from December 2018 to January 2019. Topics include "Is it Possible to Attain Happiness?" to "Being Savvy at Following the Guru"


Teaching Program

Online: Contemplating Reality

14 February - 14 March 2019 at Online

Melbourne seminars: Delusion of Ego; Nature of Reality; Pure Perception

8 - 10 March 2019 at Melbourne

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

Online: The Logic of Faith

23 May - 27 June 2019 at Online

Bellingen seminars: Delusion of Ego; Nature of Reality

31 May - 1 June 2019 at Bellingen

Blue Mountains Vipashyana Retreat

5 - 10 July 2019 at Blue Mountains

Canberra: Evening talk

10 July 2019 at Canberra