“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, founded in 1986 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, is member of the international collective under the Siddhartha’s Intent umbrella. 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. SIA offers a number of opportunities for study and practice including weekend workshops, online studies, and vipashyana retreats. See the menu above for details of our programs.


Nightly Reading: The Life of Dezhung Rinpoche

After being forced into exile Dezhung Rinpoche become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism’s most notable scholars

Monday Evenings "Introduction to Buddhism"

Jakob Leschly will talk on the foundations of Buddhist theory from 5 to 6 pm. Followed by an introduction to meditation from 6 to 6.30, and then a session of practice until 7.15. Join online or at Pancha Sirsha, Northern NSW.

Online Buddhist Studies - Saturdays 5.30-6.30 pm

Jakob discusses Rigzin Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities. This text is Jigme Lingpa’s great work on the stages of the Buddhist path. *No study June 18. There will be a study on June 25. Jakob is away and the study postponed in July & August

Online Wednesday Mipham's Sword of Wisdom 9-10 am

Mipham's Sword of Wisdom is a profound yet clear introduction to understanding, and experientially integrating knowledge of relative and ultimate reality on the Mahayana and Vajrayana paths.*Jakob is away and the study postponed in July & August


Download your copy of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new book, Poison is Medicine, written in response to the misunderstandings and misapprehensions about the Vajrayana that were exposed by the Vajrayana guru-related scandals of the 2010s.

Letter from Rinpoche about Instructors

Read about Rinpoche's appointment of some new SI instructors together with his encouragement to senior instructors to continue their work to propagate the dharma.

Latest News

Rinpoche's advice to those planning to attend the Drubthab Kuntu cycle

5 June 2022

Rinpoche's gives his advice on considerations in attending these tantric teachings & initiations. Details of these teachings to be confirmed. October/November in Bir.

‘Living is Dying’ online each Sunday 5.30-6.30 pm AEST

2 June 2022

An ongoing exploration through Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s book Living is Dying of how an awareness of death benefits not only at the time of passing but also in our day to day living. Led by Jakob Leschly; with panel discussions by guest speakers involved in the fields of death and dying and guided meditations. Recording of session with guest speaker Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal How does a dementia death look like for a Buddhist practitioner? is now available

Recording available of Dughal Mills's discussion of the Extended Seven Line Supplication Prayer

1 June 2022

SIA Instructor Dughal Mills will leads a discussion on the extended length versions of the Seven Line Supplication Prayer to Guru Rinpoche.  Discussion includes Khyentse’s past incarnations and how this all relates to our daily practice.

Online Tsok, Anniversary & Wheel Day Practices

17 May 2022

Click above to see the calendar of dates and times for upcoming online Tsok practices as well as Anniversary & Wheel Day Practices, up to February 2022.

Recording available of conversation with Larry Mermelstein

16 May 2022

Recording now available of Jakob's talk with Larry Mermelstein on the 15 May 2022.  Larry Mermelstein is a close student of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, executive director of the Nalanda Translation Committee and consulting editor to Shambhala Publications.

Support for those affected by flooding disaster

22 March 2022

Many residents, including a number of Sangha, are experiencing devastation and immense losses due to flooding in the Northern Rivers area, NSW. Many people have asked what they can do to help those in need.

Recording available of conversation with Sam Bercholz

29 January 2022

Listen to Jakob's conversation with Sam Bercholz about founding Shambhala Publications, about being a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and about bringing the Dharma to a modern audience.

Event Program

12-Week Online Study: Glimpses of the Profound - Part 1

1 September - 6 October 2022 at Online

Sydney - Ngondro Workshop

2 - 4 September 2022 at Sydney

Bellingen Seminar - The Heart of the Mantra Path

9 - 11 September 2022 at Bellingen

The Blue Mountains Duntun Retreat

24 September - 1 October 2022 at Blue Mountains

Approaching Vajrayana Practice: Vajra Wisdom (Restricted)

24 September 2022 at Online

Melbourne Seminar - The Heart of the Mantra Path

7 - 9 October 2022 at Melbourne

12-Week Online Study: Glimpses of the Profound - Part 2

27 October - 8 December 2022 at Online

Sydney Seminar - The Heart of the Mantra Path

28 - 30 October 2022 at Sydney

Canberra Seminar

31 October 2022 at Canberra

Northern Rivers Seminar - The Heart of the Mantra Path

4 - 6 November 2022 at Northern Rivers

Approaching Vajrayana Practice: Vajra Wisdom (Restricted)

10 December 2022 at Online