“There is only one problem - distraction. And therefore only one solution - mindfulness.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


The Practice of Meditation

The foundation of Buddhist meditation consists of the physical aspect of sitting still, and the psychological aspect of grounding the mind in the present moment –what is known as mindfulness, or shamatha. Sustaining presence of mind enables us to experience the world directly without conceptual entanglement. This wider perspective -or vipashyana is the core of all Buddhist paths. The unified practice of shamata and vipashyana establishes a peaceful space of presence and inspires compassionate engagement and interaction with our world.

In addition to the informal meditation sessions, SI Australia offers workshops both for those with a general interest in Buddhism, and those specifically following the teachings and instructions of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche run under the umbrella called the Gate of Knowlege

  • To find a regional center near you that offers regular shamatha/vipashyana practice, as well as details of our teaching program– please go to your Location Page to view the current calendar.
  • Siddhartha’s Intent Australia also offers several Vipashyana retreats a year in different locations around Australia.
  • A personal retreat hut is available for bookings of 1 week to 3 months. Situated in the uniquely beautiful Bellinger Valley on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia, this meditation hermitage was built to provide a place for students to practice on their own without the usual distractions of daily life. More information is available at the bottom of the Bellingen Location Page