2018 Siddhartha's Intent Australia Program

Karma - What It Is, What it Isn't, Why It Matters

2 - 16 August 2018



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 This teaching has commenced - on 12 July: Late participants may register for attendance for subsequent sessions, and they will also receive a link to a recording of earlier sessions


A series of 6 weekly one-hour study sessions on Thursdays at 7.30pm , 12 July - 16 August
(Australian Eastern Standard Time - UTC/GMT +10 hours)  Click on this link to convert to your local time.

Understanding karma is understanding the conditions that are basic to our confusion and to the path that can set us free from that. Written with exceptional clarity, free of jargon and with knowledge of the modern world view, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s work offers a thorough introduction to the Buddhist science of reality, and how it is applied practically.

The Buddha’s teaching on karma (literally, “action”) is nothing other than his compassionate explanation of the way things are: our thoughts and actions determine our future, and therefore we ourselves are largely responsible for the way our lives unfold. Yet this supremely useful teaching is often ignored due to the misconceptions about it that abound in popular culture, especially oversimplifications that make it seem like something not to be taken seriously. Karma is not simple, as Traleg Kyabgon shows, and it’s to be taken very seriously indeed. He cuts through the persistent illusions we cling to about karma to show what it really is—the mechanics of why we suffer and how we can make the suffering end. He explains how a realistic understanding of karma is indispensable to Buddhist practice, how it provides a foundation for a moral life, and how understanding it can have a transformative effect on the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings and to those around us.  (From the publishers website.)




Students read the sections of the specific text prior to the online classes during which Jakob unpacks and summarises the text, using a live PowerPoint presentation which is visible on your computer. The online studies format enables anyone to participate regardless of location.

Participants also have an option to download both audio and video recordings of the lesson if they are unable to join in real-time. Participants may review and download any session as often as required.

The text "KARMA: What it is, What it isn't, Why it Matters"  is available for purchase at the following online sites;

REGISTRATIONClick the link at the top of this page to register online.
Upon registration a link and further information will be forwarded to you in regard to the practicalities of setting up your computer in preparation for the webinar.


 ***** NOTE *******

 This teaching has commenced - on 12 July: Late participants may register for attendance for subsequent sessions, and they will also receive a link to a recording of the first session



COST: AUD$60 (non-SIA members $75)

Financial assistance to participate in SIA teaching events is available to approved applicants through the sponsorship fund. Please note applications for sponsorship must be received 4 weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Link to Sponsorship Application form

Purchase of previous Online Studies recordings are now available. Please click here for more information on which topics are available, cost and how to place your order.

For further information email Ari Summa at office@si.org.au 

About Jakob Leschly
Jakob Leschly has been appointed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as his resident teacher in Australia. He began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with great teachers such as Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Jakob completed a three year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator, interpreter, philosophy and meditation instructor. He lives with his family in New South Wales.