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

The next children's group will be Saturday 13 February  2016 at 10am.

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 groupt will be Sunday 7 February at 12.30 after Meditation.  By donation, suggested donation $10/$5.


One day Introduction to Shamatha Meditation

with Venerable Rinchen 

Saturday 20 February from 9.30am to 5pm

The day is suitable for anyone who wants to gain greater clarity of mind and reduce the level of stress and tension in the mind and body.  The day will be a combination of teaching and practice in a relaxed and conducive environment.  Whilst the teachings are derived from the Buddhist philosophy a commitment to Buddhism is not required.

The course will be facilitated by Venerable Rinchen who is the resident nun at the centre, she has been running meditation courses for over 13 years.  Rinchen has completed the 2 month silent Shamatha Retreat in Phuket with Dr B Alan Wallace.  Dr Wallace is one of the foremost teachers of this practice in the west for the western mind and trained under the guidance of many great masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This practice is a great way to cultivate a wonderful sense of well being and mental balance.

Course cost is $60 and includes a meditation booklet, refreshments, if you have a yoga mat please bring it along as we will do some of the meditations lying down.  Please bring your lunch.  Numbers are limited so book and pay to secure your place.

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If you book and decide not to attend please advise so that someone else can have your place as there is often a waitlist.


5 Day Easter Silent Meditation Retreat

A Peaceful way to spend Easter              

Starting 9am Friday 25 March to 2pm Tuesday 29 March

This is a silent residential/non residential meditation retreat that will be a combination of teachings and practice on Shamatha Meditation.  It is preferable that people who wish to attend have some meditation or retreat experience but not essential. The retreat will focus on the basic principles of training the mind in Shamatha meditation to create a relaxed, peaceful and contemplative countenance. The evening sessions will focus on the heart practices of the Four Immeasureables, Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equinimity. The retreat will commence at 9am Friday 25 March and finish on Tuesday 29 March at 2pm, the costs will include all meals and accommodation.

The retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to gain greater clarity of mind, increase their mindfulness and reduce the level of stress and tension in the mind and body. Whilst the teachings are derived from the Buddhist philosophy a commitment to Buddhism is not required.

The retreat will be facilitated by Venerable Rinchen who is the resident nun at the centre, she has been running meditation courses and retreats for over 14 years. Rinchen completed the 2 month silent Shamatha Retreat in Phuket in 2011 with Dr B Allan Wallace and several other shorter retreats under his guidance, Alan's book the Attention Revolution is recommended reading.

Bookings are essential, please email the centre to register on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before paying for the retreat. A registration form will be sent to you and you will need to fill it out and email back before the bookings will be accepted.

Residential Costs: Includes all meals and shared accommodation for the 5 days:

$420  - non members

$380 -  members/concession

Non residential Costs: includes all meals and refreshments

$320 non members

$280 - members/concession

For residential participants: you will need to bring, linen, pillow, towel and all toiletries, rooms are airconditioned.

Bookings and payment to be made by 20 March

Booking and payment via our Trybooking system:

A cancellation fee will be applied if you decide not to attend, cancellation must be made at least 5 days prior to the event to avoid this fee.


Venerable Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe


  Cairns 29, 30 April and 1 May 2016

   Friday Night Public Talk 29 April at 7pm

Buddhism in everyday life

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


Khenpo will give a one day teaching on introduction to Tantra on Saturday 30 April from 9.30 to 4.30pm

Sunday will be teaching and instrution on the practice of Vajrasattva, the practice and mantra for purification.  9.30am to 4.30pm

Costs and more details to follow.

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:


Living and dying well

With Venerable Robina Courtin

Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May at 7pm


Venerable Robina has agreed to come back to our centre to give some valuable talks on how to approach death and dying not only for our loved ones but for ourselves as well.  As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in his latest book about how to help others through the dying and death process, "Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it's at death that the next rebirth is determined."

But before we're qualified to do that, we need to know how to be ready for our own death, our own rebirth.

During these evening discussions we will go through the crucial teachings and practices that prepare us for this natural event so that we can accept it and face it without fear, but with confidence and contentment that our life has been lived in the most fruitful way, thus perfectly preparing us for our next life.

The book will be published in 2016 by Wisdom Publications, but meanwhile the MS is available as a free PDF from

Australian-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Robina Courtin travels the world teaching Buddhist psychology and philosophy and helping those in need. Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in Australia and the US, including inmates on death row, Robina's life and work is the subject of Amiel Courtin-Wilson's award-winning film Chasing Buddha (2001) and ABC's Key to Freedom (2008). Ordained since the late 1970s, Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide network of Buddhist centers and activities. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism.

Robina was born in Melbourne and brought up as a Catholic. She studied classical singing until her early twenties. In 1967 she traveled to London where she lived for four years and became actively involved in the radical left, working mainly with a London-based support group for black and Chicano prisoners. In the early seventies she became a feminist and returned to Melbourne to work with other radical feminists. In her quest for a spiritual path Robina began studying martial arts in 1974, and moved to New York where she studied karate. She continued karate in Melbourne until 1976, when she attended a Tibetan Buddhist course in Queensland given by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She traveled to Kathmandu the following year and ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery.

Cost for the 3 talks is:  $90 or $75 members/concession

Payment online via our Trybooking link:


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