Khacho Yulo Ling in Cairns

Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre is a place of peace and practice. The centre is under the patronage of and has been blessed by, both His Holiness Sakya Trizin and the late His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. It is of the lineage of the Tsarpa sub sect of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism but welcomes all traditions and teachings.

The centre is facilitated by it's resident nun, Venerable Rinchen, a fully ordained Australian nun in the Tibetan tradition. The centre is open to all interested people who are seeking to know more about Buddhism or meditation. We offer regular practices and Buddhist teachings.

Upcoming Events

Children's Group and Discussion Group

The next children's group will be Saturday 9 May 2015 at 10am.

Our next children's group will be on Saturday 9 May. We start the session with prayers, mindful movements, lying down meditation, walking meditation, followed by a craft activity, morning tea, storytime and dedication.  Cost for children's group is by donation and a suggested donation is $5 per child, this money goes towards books, art and craft materials.

Buddhist Discussion Group - Last Sunday of the Month

The next discussion group will be on Sunday 26 April at 12.30pm.  By donation, suggested donation $10/$5.

Garden Bee - First Saturday of the Month from 6am to 8am

All welcome, the next one will be 9 May which is the second Saturday due to teachings the weekend before, bring gloves and implements and breakfast to share.


Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Quentin "Genshu" from Open Way Zen

Starting Wednesday 25 March 2015

Quentin "Genshu" will be starting the "Four Foundations of Mindfulness" teachings at Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre from Wednesday 25 March at 6.30pm for 8 weeks. 

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness teaching of this Sutta of the Pali Cannon is the basic teaching for Mindfulness Meditation in the Buddhist literature. It teaches meditation on the body, feelings, perceptions and mental states and is the basis for the present day 'Mindfulness' practices. Each week we will focus on one part of the teaching and practice the corresponding meditations and discuss them.

A donation of $10 per session would be appreciated, the money will be split between the Buddhist centre here and Quentin's group in PNG.  No Bookings required.


Venerable Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe


  Cairns 1, 2  and 3 May 2015

   Friday Night Public Talk May 1 at 7pm

"The Four Immeasureables, Loving kindness, compassion, joy and equinimity"

  Cost $15 and $10 members/concession. No Bookings required


 Weekend Teachings on Nargarjuna's "Letter to a Friend" Part 2.

The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (first–second century A.D.) wrote his celebrated poem "Letter to a Friend" as a gift of advice to a South Indian king, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition.

Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers the whole Mahayana path, combining a practical approach to daily conduct with a theoretical exposition of the different stages leading to enlightenment. It has thus been an ideal source for many of Tibet 's great scholars seeking a scriptural authority to enhance their own descriptions of the Buddhist path. It is addressed to anyone, whether an ordained monk or nun or a lay person, who sincerely wishes to practice the Buddha's teaching as a means to become free from samsara. Nagarjuna is generally considered to be one of the most important figures in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. Acknowledged as the father of Madhyamika and as a principle abbot of Nalanda University, he contributed significantly to the Buddhist doctrine and benefited many sentient beings throughout his life.  These teachings are essential for anyone who wants to understand the Buddhist path and Khenpo will go through the text and commentary to help us gain a greater understanding of the path.  This weekend will continue on from the teachings in September on this profound topic.

Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe has been a monk for over 35 years and has been teaching in Australia and overseas for over 15 years, he studied and taught at Sakya College and has a wide knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practice.  For more information about Khenpo and his centre in Sydney you can visit their website on:

Dates: Saturday 2nd May  from 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 3rd May from 9.30am to 4pm.

Cost:  $160 non members or $140 members/concession includes lunch and refreshments.  Bookings are essential by April 27

Read more: Venerable Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe


Making friends with Death

A creative workshop exploring death and dying

Saturday 30 May 10am to 4pm

In this workshop Venerable Rinchen will help us to explore our fears around death and dying by opening up the conversations we need to have about it, openly and honestly.  The day will include looking at our own death, the death of loved ones, creating our own funeral, our own service, taking care of all the practical things so that we can then look at the spiritual aspect of dying. We will look at how we can learn to live with death using it as a timely reminder that we are but just temporary visitors and our life will surely end, how then to make it meaningful so that when we look back as we are leaving this earth, we can look back without regret.

The day will include, discussion, meditation and some creative exercises. At the end of the workshop their will be a special Tibetan ritual for the deceased.

Venerable Rinchen has been working within the palliative care area as a volunteer and spiritual carer for those who are dying/facing death, she brings a light touch to a subject that is often heavy and uncomfortable.  Bring your tissues and your sense of humor, both are needed on this journey towards facing our own death.

At the end of the workshop Rinchen will do the special Soor Practice for the deceased for those of you who would like to stay behind to participate.  The practice will be done for those recently deceased and especially all those who have died in the recent earthquake.

Please bring your own lunch, we will provide some dessert and refreshments.

Cost is $70 or $60 members/concession.  To book and pay click on the trybooking link:


Meditation with the Gawlers

Learn       Practice          Experience

A highly experiential 2 Days of Meditation in Cairns


with Drs Ruth and Ian GAWLER

Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 June from (arrive 9.30am) to start at 10am till 4pm

Bookings essential by 10 June on our Trybooking system:  

Many people these days have had some introduction to a range of mindfulness and meditation practices.  Ruth and Ian Gawler are both long-term meditation practitioners who have learnt from many of the world's great meditation teachers.  They have been teaching meditation and leading meditation retreats for decades.

This unique weekend workshop provides the opportunity for you to learn directly from two world authorities, to meditate with the benefit of guidance and their presence, to have your meditation questions clarified and to enter into a deeper, more profound experience of meditation.

Dr Ian Gawler:  OAM, BVSc, MCounsHS, is the author of several international bestselling books including, Meditation - an Indepth Guide  and The Mind that changes everything.  Ian has played a major role in pioneering and popularizing meditation and other Mind-Body techniques in the Western World.

Dr Ruth Gawler:  MBBS, MGPPsych, FASPM, is a General Practitioner specialising in Intergrative Medicine and psychiatry, meditation and yoga. Ruth is currently President of the Australian Meditation Teachers Association.

A Relaxing, regenerative meditation intensive

Designed for both experienced and less experienced meditators.  Meditation is the greatest gift you can give yourself or someone you care for.

Venue:  Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre - 348 Severin Street, Cairns

Info:  email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cost:  $230 or $190 members/concession, includes morning tea, please bring your own lunch, to book click on our Trybooking link above to register and pay.



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