Face to face seminar series led by Jakob Leschley at the Sydney Practice Centre

Face to face seminar series led by Jakob Leschley at the Sydney Practice Centre

Study Buddhism

Siddhartha's Intent Australia offers a range of different opportunities to study Buddhism:

FACE-TO-FACE STUDY Program - We offer an extensive Australia-wide face-to-face seminar program:


ONLINE STUDY Program - SIA has a range of ongoing online study series:

  • Online Seminar Series - 6 week seminar series presenting various Buddhist texts. The next upcoming series commences on March 5 2020 is on Trungpa Rinpoche's The Future is Open 
  • Weekly Sunday evening webinar focuses on Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind, by Longchenpa.
  • Weekly Monday evening webinars cover a wide range Buddhist themes and is combined with a meditation session.
  • Weekly Wednesday morning webinars for practitioners of Vajrayana, currently focusing on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Mindfulness in Action 

     See below for more information on each series.


 Online Seminar Series 

Siddhartha's Intent Australia offers three 6-week Online Seminar Series throughout the year. Each Seminar is conducted as a series of 1 hour-weekly classes and held over a period of six weeks.

  • Mar 5-Apr 9: The Future is Open - Trungpa Rinpoche on Karma
  • May 21 -Jun 25: Desire by Traleg Rinpoche
  • Sep 10-Oct 15: Pure Perception by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


 Upcoming Seminar:  

The Future is Open

An Online Study of Trungpa Rinpoche's The Future is Open
Karma has become a popular term in the West, often connected with somewhat naive or deterministic ideas of rebirth and reincarnation. It is also often equated with views of morality and guilt. In The Future Is Open, Chögyam Trungpa unpacks this intriguing but misunderstood topic. He viewed an understanding of karma as good news, showing us that liberation is possible and that the future is never predetermined. His unique approach to presenting the Buddhist teachings lends itself to an insightful and profound view of karma, its cause and effects, and how to cut the root of karma itself.

 Thursdays, March 5 to April 9, 2020
A series of 6 talks each Thursday evening 7.30 - 8.30 pm AEDT 


Practical aspects of online courses:
Students are requested to read sections of the text prior to the scheduled class. During the session Jakob unpacks and summarizes the text using a live PowerPoint presentation which is visible on the participant's computer. This 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.


 Weekly Sunday Buddhist Studies with Jakob Leschly

Every Sunday 5:30-6.30pm AEDT

Study text:  Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind, by Longchenpa

The spotless dharmakāya, luminous and clear,
Is the buddha nature of all beings,
Yet through their ignorance and clinging,
They wander in the cycle of existence.
In the wilderness of karma and defilement
They stray in weariness.
Today I will bring rest to their exhausted minds.

"Rest is what we lack most. Even more agonizing is that we don't know how to do it; in fact, we don't even understand what it means to rest. Who but Longchenpa can and will make absolutely sure that we finally understand what rest is." Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.

"This sacred volume embodies the entire Buddhist path - from how to inspire our wild mind toward the Dharma to how to fulfill the needs of all by awakening the nature of the mind, innate Buddhahood, as it is." Tulku Thondup.

This study presumes familiarity with classical Buddhist themes such as karma, rebirth, and the possibility of enlightenment through the practice of the path. The webinars are held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as instructor. Jakob has served Siddhartha’s Intent since 1993.

Text available from:

Registration:  This course is by donation. If you would like to make a donation please click on this link.

Please register by clicking HERE.

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. 

Click to donate to support Siddhartha's Intent Australia activities

You can access the audio and video recordings of each webinar here.


 Weekly Monday Study and Practice with Jakob Leschly

EVERY monday 5:00-7.30PM AEDT

These weekly Monday evening programs are studies of texts that clarify the Buddhist view and practice as taught by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters.

  • Abhidharma Class from 5 to 6 pm. Abhidharma is one of the three principal baskets of the Buddha’s teaching. It looks at our consciousness, the conditions that shape who we are, and our experience. Specifically, it looks at how to penetrate the confusion that drives the cycle of samsara.
  • Meditation instruction 6 to 6.30 pm- Meditation Practice 6.30pm to 7.30pmBuddhist meditation offers a framework and method for experiencing natural peace and clarity.

Venue: Living Yoga Sangha (or online, complimentary for members).
63 Stuart Street (1st floor)
Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW

Cost is by cash donation ($5 minimum) at the door for evenings in Mullumbimby.

Contact: Stephen Teather 0425 316 151

Registration for Members:
If you are registering for the first time please contact Ari office@si.org.au with your details. You will be provided with a webinar invitation and log on information. If you are unsure if your membership is up to date or for information on how to become a member please click here.


     Weekly Wednesday Vajrayana Study with Jakob Leschly

    Every Wednesday 9-10 am AEDT

    Non-Thought and Samadhi:
    Mindfulness in Action by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
    Non-thought is the foundation for all samadhis, like a properly cultivated field.
    Chetsün Senge Wangchuk

    An online study course of Mindfulness in Action, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s instructions on meditation.

    As we work with the path, it is essential that we have an actual experience of open space and non-thought that is not ruled by our thoughts and habitual psychological material. Meditation frees the mind and facilitates the radical shifts in our perspectives, motivation, and experience that are the objectives of the preliminary and main practices.


    Registration:  This course is by donation. If you would like to make a donation please click on this link.
    To register for this program, click here.
    If you cannot attend in real-time, there is an online archive here.

    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.