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.
9am Friday 27 December to 3pm Tuesday 31 December
This is a silent 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 retreat will commence at 9am on Friday 27 December and finish on Tuesday 31st December at 3pm, 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 10 years. Rinchen completed the 2 month silent Shamatha Retreat in Phuket in 2011 and recently did a 7 day silent retreat in Sydney with Dr B Alan Wallace.
Michael Katz Psy.D. (1951 - ) is a psychologist, former Yantra Yoga instructor, author, photographer, and long time student of contemporary masters of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. He is best known as having authored the introduction and edited the popular book Dream yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light (1992). Snow Lion Publications.
The original and second editions of Dream Yoga have been translated into more than ten languages.
The book "Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light" emphasizes the importance of using the time spent asleep and dreaming for spiritual or trans personal purposes. The book also offers specific exercises to develop awareness within the dream and sleep states associated with the Dzogchen tradition of Buddhism. It also describes the relationship between the "practices of the night " including "Dream Yoga" and the passage through the Bardos of Death and Dying. (information from Michael's website www.dreamyoga.net)
Public Talk on Friday Night January 24 at 7pm: cost is $25 or $20 members/concession. To book and pay for the Public talk click on this link: Public Talk
Two day workshop Saturday and Sunday January 25 and 26 from 9.30am to 5pm. Cost is $280 or $240 members/concession light lunch and refreshments are included on both days. Bookings and payment are essential by 16 January. To book and pay for the workshop click on this link: Dream Yoga Workshop
Here's what Michael suggests to bring along to the workshop...
"Participants should bring writing materials, sun glasses, a small hand mirror and some props for psychodrama of dreams. What I mean by props is that sometimes when we have a powerful lucid dream we may choose to dramatize the dream and act it out. In order to do this we should have props such as fabrics, masks, sacred objects etc. if people bring a few things we will have enough for any possibility."
Stephen and Martine will be visiting Cairns and giving two workshops and a public talk, we will have more information regarding times and costs soon. Below is some information regarding their teachings and views on Buddhism.
Stephen and Martine Batchelor are writers and teachers based in France. Stephen is the author of Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Martine is the author of Meditation for Life and Let Go. Her latest book is The Spirit of the Buddha.
Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist Dharma teacher, writer and translator known for his secular views and his bestselling book Buddhism without Beliefs. He was a monk for 10 years, first studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism and then Korean Zen. He travels widely, teaching regularly in North America and Europe, leads pilgrimages to Buddhist sites in India, and is currently working on a book for Yale University Press.
Martine Batchelor is also a writer, translator and meditation teacher. She is the author of The Spirit of the Buddha, and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She was a Buddhist nun for ten years studying Zen in Korea, Taiwan and Japan and she now lives with her husband Stephen in France and teaches worldwide. Her books also include Women in Koren Zen, Principles of Zen and the illustrated Meditation for Life.
Friday Night Public Talk 9 May at 7pm Topic to be advised
Cost $15 and $10 members/concession. No Bookings required
Weekend Teachings on "The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva"
The basic structure of these practices is the complete path of the Bodhisattva. The first 2 verses are the traditional ones which express homage to a deity, the embodiement of enlightened qualites and then state the purpose for writing the text and the author's commitment to do so. The main body of the text deals with the causes that give rise to bodhichitta (the mind of awakening). The mind training of a superior individual is discussed in the second part of the text, where the central topic is how to engender supreme Bodhichitta. In this section there are 5 main divisions that give advice on how to develop Bodhichitta and how to keep it from degenerating. First one should realize the equality of self and other and learn how to exchange one's own happiness for another's suffering. Secondly the text shows how to bring all situations of worldy life, including obscuring emotions and mistaken views onto the path, or how to integrate them into one's practice. The third is how to practice the six perfections. The fourth describes how to work with one's negative side and failures, and finally, there is a summary and dedication. While The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva contains a few stanzas on the progressive stages of meditation on emptiness, the text deals primarily with meditation on the relative. Khenpo will bring his wisdom and insight to these classic teachings and guide us towards a deeper understanding of this most profound path.
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: www.drogmi.org
Dates: Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11
Time: Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Cost: $160 non members or $140 members/concession includes lunch and refreshments. Bookings are essential by 1st May.