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Study Buddhism

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

  • We offer an extensive Australia-wide seminar program: 2021 SIA Teaching ProgramClick the link to go to the SIA seminar event calendar

In addition we have a range on-going online daily and weekly series:  

See below for more information on each series.

For an archive of previous completed strudy courses click here

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 Nightly Online Readings 8-9 pm 

Every evening except Guru Rinpoche and Dakini days

New Series - Beginning 29 April

A Saint in Seattle
The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche

From the publisher: “In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being forced into exile from his native land by the Communist Chinese. Already a revered master of the teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist schools, he would eventually become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism’s most notable scholars. This is the inspiring and unlikely biography of a modern buddha.

To join the Zoom meetings click here. 

Time: Evenings 8-9 pm AEST (Sydney, Australia time), except Guru Rinpoche and Dakini days To convert to your time zone click here

Cost: By donation

 Our programs, online courses and other activities are largely funded through donations. Please donate according to your circumstances to assist us to continue to offer these services. Click here to donate.
* Ordained Sangha are welcome to attend at no cost.

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     Weekly Saturday Buddhist Studies with Jakob Leschly

Every Saturday 5:30-6.30pm AEST (Sydney, Australia time) from MArch 19
To convert to your time zone, go to  CONVERTOR

Beginning March 19, the online study of Rigzin Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities will be held on Saturdays, 5.30-6.30 pm.

This text is Jigme Lingpa’s great work on the stages of the Buddhist path.

Rigzin Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities with commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche. The Omniscient Jigme Lingpa’s great work on the stages of the Buddhist path. Jigme Lingpa’s own root text is poetic and rich in metaphor and is beautifully clarified by Kangyur Rinpoche in his commentary.

Registration link: click here
Recordingsclick here 

 

Our programs, online courses and other activities are largely funded through donations. Please donate according to your circumstances to assist us to continue to offer these services. Click here to donate.
* Ordained Sangha are welcome to attend at no cost.

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 Weekly Sundays: Living is Dying 
Starting March 20th

March 20th to November 27th.

'Living is Dying' by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Shouldn’t we all try to contemplate the inevitability of our own death at least once this lifetime? Particularly as every one of us will die – itself a crucially important piece of information. Doesn’t putting some effort into processing the inescapable fact of our own death make sense?” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

An invitation to explore through Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s book Living is Dying how an awareness of death benefits not only at the time of dying but also in our day to day living.

We encourage you to be part of this learning experience. Jakob Leschly and a team of speakers involved in the fields of death and dying will lead panel discussions and guided meditations and offer presentation of the practical application of Buddhist practices before and after death.

Click here for more information and link to Zoom sessions

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     Weekly Monday Study and Practice with Jakob Leschly

    New Course - Beginning 16 May

 

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
Informal Discussions on Buddhist Theory
followed by Meditation Practice
Mondays, 5 pm @ Pancha Sirsha, 140 Yankee Creek Road, Mullumbimby

Jakob Leschly will talk on the foundations of Buddhist theory from 5 pm to 6 pm. The talks are followed by a half-hour introduction to meditation from 6 to 6.30, and then a session of practice until 7.15. You’re most welcome to stay for a meal and a chat afterwards.

The program is also offered online. See details below.

Venue: Pancha Sirsha (Five Peak Mountain)
Time: Mondays, 5-7.15 pm. You can come in at any time
Cost: By donation
Contact: Mishaela Simpkins 0438 858 842 or email to mishaelamarie@gmail.com

Directions: Take Left Bank Road 3 kms out of town. Approx. 1 km after the Shearwater School, hang a right down Yankee Creek Road (go slow – potholes!). At the very end of Yankee Creek Road, go through the Balinese gate, up the driveway, take a right at the fork, and continue until you arrive at a large green structure on your right.

Online
To register for the webinar, click here.
To access the recordings, click here

Our programs, online courses and other activities are largely funded through donations. Please donate according to your circumstances to assist us to continue to offer these services. Click here to donate.

* Ordained Sangha are welcome to attend at no cost.

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    EVERY MONDAY:  UNTIL 9 MAY

    Teaching on Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness 5-6 pm AEST followed by Meditation Practice 6-7:30 pm AEST 

    Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso

    The teachings on emptiness enable us to break through our patterns of confusion, opening up a grand vista of luminous insight and freedom. From the Buddha onwards, great compassionate sages have passed on this message of how to cultivate insight and navigate the path to enlightenment.

    Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness is a guide for practitioners who wish to understand and practice the path of awakening. In clear language, it clarifies how to identify and eliminate confusion, and how to understand the nature of insight. This text is based on the teachings of the great master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso (b. 1934), one of the true yogi-scholars in the lineage of the outstanding 19th-century master Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrötaye.

    About the Author:
    An ascetic and wandering yogi in his early adult life in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, Khenpo Tsultim Gyamtso began teaching after leaving Tibet in 1959. He was appointed Khenpo by the 16th Karmapa, and Geshe Lharampa by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He served as principal for the monastic college at Rumtek, the Karmapa’s seat, for many years and also established nunneries in Bhutan and Nepal. Since the late 1970s, Khenpo has taught and trained western students, and Progressive Stages emerged in the course of presenting the view of Buddhist meditation to these students.

     At 6 pm the program will continue as usual with meditation instructions and meditation practice.

    Registration: You can register here.

    Time: Mondays 5 - 7 pm AEST (Sydney, Australia time)  To convert to your time zone, go to  CONVERTOR

    You can access the recordings here.

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     Weekly Wednesday Study with Jakob Leschly

    EVERY WEDNESDAY 9-10 AM AEST (Sydney, Australia time)

    To convert to your time zone, go to  CONVERTOR

    Mipham's Sword of Wisdom -
    The Nyingma Approach to Valid Cognition

    With commentary by Khenchen Palden Sherab

    “O monks, just as a goldsmith tests gold by rubbing, burning, and cutting before buying it, so too, you should examine my words before accepting them, and not just out of respect for me.”
    - The Buddha in the Sutra of Dense Array

    The Buddhist teaching on valid cognition, pramana, welcomes critical thinking as essential to gaining genuine and deep faith in the Dharma. The Sword of Wisdom is a profound yet clear introduction to understanding, and experientially integrating, a valid knowledge of relative and ultimate reality on the Mahayana and Vajrayana paths.


    "The great scholar and advanced spiritual master Jamgon Mipham's Sword of Wisdom is a classic work that explicates valid cognition. I am happy to see it now available in English with commentary and scholarly appendices that will be very helpful for serious students in understanding this profound and important text."
    -His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

     About the Authors

    Khenpo Palden Sherab (1938-2010) was born in Eastern Tibet, became highly respected as a scholar, and was a key figure in preserving the Nyingma teaching in India in the 1960s. In the 1980s, at the request of his teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Khenpo Palden Sherab moved to the United States, where he founded and taught at the Padmasambhava Buddhist Centre in upstate New York.

    Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912) was an exceptional master who greatly influenced the modern study of the Sutra and Mantra teachings in both the Nyingma and Kagyü schools of Tibetan Buddhism. A student of Jamgön Kongtrul, Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo, and Patrul Rinpoche, Mipham Rinpoche was blessed by Manjushri at an early age and swiftly came to master all branches of Buddhist and secular learning. Like the Omniscient Longchenpa, his writings are said to have arisen from the expanse of wisdom and offer a clear vision of the united intent of all the Buddha's teachings.

    *Note: We will be changing from AEDT to AEST (Sydney, Australia time) on Sunday 3 April.

    To register and receive reminders for this program, click here.

    You can access the online archive by clicking here.

    Our programs, online courses and other activities are largely funded through donations. Please donate according to your circumstances to assist us to continue to offer these services. Click here to donate.
    * Ordained Sangha are welcome to attend at no cost.

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     Approaching Vajrayana Practice: Vajra Wisdom (Restricted)

    Bi Monthly in 2022: Janurary 22, MArch 19, April 30, June 11, September 24, December 10

    FOR ANYONE PRACTICING SADHANA & TSOK -  WITH JAKOB LESCHLY

    A two-hour session from 10 am to 12 pm on a Saturday morning where we will study two manuals on Vajrayana development stage practice, one by Shechen Gyaltsap, and one by Dodrup III, Tenpey Nyima.

    Restricted to persons who have received Vajrayana empowerment.

    We want to be clear on how Vajrayana fits in with our own journey to enlightenment, and how exactly Vajrayana enables integrating the truth and power of Dharma within our psychology and everyday life. The discussion will cover the ground of Vajrayana and nature of its path, its relationship to the general logic of the Buddhist path, and the difference between the gradual and resultant vehicles. We will allocate plenty of time to questions and answers.

    Sessions on  Janurary 22  March 19, April 30, June 11, September 24 and December 10 at 10am to 12pm AEDT or AEST (Sydney, Australia time) depending on time of year -  To convert to your time zone, please click here for the link.

    To join the Zoom meetingclick here.
    Meeting ID: 845 6085 5669
    Passcode: 218066

    Recordings of these sessions can be accessed by clicking here.

    Our programs, online courses and other activities are largely funded through donations. Please donate according to your circumstances to assist us to continue to offer these services.   Click here to donate   
    Ordained Sangha are welcome to attend at no cost.


    Ngondro Gar Q & A for Regions 1 and 2

iN 2022: JANURARY 30-31, MARCH 20-21, may 22-23, august 28-29, october 16-17, DECEMBER 17-18

Two-hour sessions for two regions as Ngondro Gar students are across the planet. Region 1 is from 7-9 pm Sydney time; Region 2 is 10 am-12 pm, also Sydney time.
Links for registration and recordings are on the Ngöndro Gar website.

On Mar 20 2022, we will pause this study to begin the Living is Dying program.