“Everything we encounter and perceive in our daily life is a product of our imagination, but because we believe in the illusions we create, they become such deeply rooted mental habits that we completely forget they are little more than fantasy”

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. Starting 9 January 2019

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. Starting 20 January 2019

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. Starting 7 January 2019

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

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 and Chile from December 2018 to January 2019. Topics include "Is it Possible to Attain Happiness?" to "Being Savvy at Following the Guru"


Save the dates: Ngondro Gar Retreat 30 March-6 April, 2019

12 January 2019

Ngöndro Gar Retreat and Teachings with Jakob Leschly, Sat 30 March- Sat 6 April 2019, Bellingen. This program is open to those enrolled in Ngöndro Gar or anyone who wishes to learn about or start practicing Ngöndro.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche - Vimalakirti Sutra Teachings

1 January 2019

Recordings are available from Rinpoche's 8-12 November teachings on the Vimalakirti Sutra in Bodgahya. Each of the 5 days of teachings is available as a separate YouTube video

Teaching Program

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

1 - 3 February 2019 at SIA Sydney Practice Room.

Canberra: Evening talk

4 February 2019 at Canberra

Online: Contemplating Reality

7 February - 14 March 2019 at Online

Northern Rivers seminars: Nature of Reality & Pure Perception

16 - 17 February 2019 at Northern Rivers

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

Adelaide Vipashyana Retreat

18 - 22 April 2019 at Adelaide