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

Kids Group /Discussion Group/Garden Bee and Memberships

Annual Memberships Now Due - 30 June 2020 till 30 June 2021.

Please make sure your membership is up to date when booking for events to receive the discounts.  Your contributions go towards helping keep our beautiful centre operating and we greatly appreciate your support.  Annual Family membership $70  Single membership $50  Single Concession membership $40.Try Booking link:   For Lifetime Membership: Try Booking link:   for Lifetime single membership $1,000   Lifetime Family membership $1,500.

Childrens Group:

The next kids group will be run face to face on Saturday 1st of May at 10am. No April group as 10 day retreat is on.  If you would like to participate with your children please email Rinchen on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and advise if you will be attending in person. Suitable for ages 2 to 10 years, cost is suggested donation of $5 per child to cover the cost of craft materials.

Please bring morning tea to share and water bottle. We will follow the COVID -19 protocols as best we can. Session starts with prayers, mindful movements, lying down meditation, walking meditation, followed by a craft activity, morning tea, then storytime and dedication.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register for the monthly session.

Discussion Group

The next discussion group has been moved to Sunday TBA after Meditation. We will be starting back face to face in the new year.  If you would like to attend via Zoom please email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   We are currently looking at the teachings on the 7 Point Mind Training.  Cost for session is suggested $10 donation.

Garden Bee: You are invited to join our monthly garden bee. Next one TBA.

We generally meet on the first Saturday of each month, starting at 6am in summer, 6.30am in winter. We usually work for around 2 hours and have a shared breakfast afterwards, COVID-19 permitting. You can arrive later and leave earlier if they want. The jobs vary, weeding, some hedge/bush trimming and other jobs such as mulching, general tidy up etc.

Please wear sturdy boots, gloves & a hat. If you have any favourite tools, bring them along, although we do have a collection of tools at the Centre. If you would like more information or to be on the contact list, please contact Lindsay on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Note: being on our email list doesn't mean that we expect you to attend! And, you can "unsubscribe" at any time).  Thank you. 


Tuesday Evening Guided Meditations


Guided Meditations will resume on Tuesday evenings as of the 4 May to 22 June 2021 from 7pm to 8pm - Bookings are essential as numbers are limited for personal attendance. For those choosing the zoom option there is no limit.

Venerable Rinchen will be leading guided meditation sessions weekly from Tuesday 4 May till 22 June 2021. Each week we will go through the different Shamatha and Vipassana practices, there will be some instructions and Q/A and we will finish with a heart practice such as Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy or Equinimity.

You have the option of attending either in person or via Zoom and bookings are essential for both options. If you choose the zoom option, the link will be sent out on the day of the evening session you have booked for. Cost for each week is $10.  Those attending in person will need to bring a towel or sarong to put over cushions/Chair each week and numbers will be limited so that we can maintain social distancing.  Please do not attend if you have any cold or flu like symptoms. Thank you.

To book weekly click on the Trybooking link:



Open Way Zen Group


 Quentin Gen Shu from Open Way Zen will resume teachings  from  Wednesday 27 January at 6.30pm - 2021

Wednesday evening Meditation practice and Dharma discussions will resume this Wednesday at KYLBC. Sessions commence 6.30pm to app 8.30pm. Cost is suggested donation of $10 per week, the money goes to support both Open Way Zen group and Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre with running costs.  


Please email Quentin on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be included in his weekly email regarding topics for discussion and meditation.


Master Senshin

Cairns Teachings - 21 to 23 May 2021


Public Talk: What is Zen? Friday 21 May 7pm to 9pm by donation - no bookings required.

Everyone is inherently endowed with Buddha nature – but how many of us have realised this? What is there to realise and who is doing the realising? Zen training offers students a Way to experience who we are before a single thought or feeling arises. Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), and Koan study (process of enquiry), are more than practice techniques; they are opportunities to spontaneously experience our huge and vast Mind. This Mind is intellectually inconceivable and yet is clear and bright. With and through our great Mind, wisdom and compassion naturally flows. This is what Zen training is all about – to be of service to all beings as we actualise our Great Bodhisattva Vows.

Saturday: Introduction to Zen Workshop - 9am to 4pm:  In this workshop, we will hear about and practice the main formal techniques of our Zen tradition: Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Sutra (ancient texts) chanting, and Koan study (process of enquiry). An emphasis on breathing awareness will be central throughout the day. Specific instruction will be offered on practices involving following the breath, which is not just central to each of our practices but also crucial to our very existence. By bringing our attention directly into the pure experience of exhaling naturally and fully, the mind aligns, all by itself. We stop thinking about breathing, and become the breath, and the breath breathes us into a truer and clearer way of being.

Sunday: Mini-Sesshin 9am to 4pm:  A Sesshin is a time of committing ourselves to turning inward and looking deeply into who we truly are. After the Dharma Talk, or exhortation on practice, we will remain silent for the entire day. Together, we will focus solely on the practice of Zazen, Kinhin, and Sutra chanting, while carefully observing the breath. Through our single pointed-focus on our exhalations, our "Tanden" or energy garden will begin to strengthen and the non-stop extraneous thoughts will begin to dissipate, thereby allowing awareness of our immediate experience.

Additionally, one-to-one interviews will be offered. Interviews are an opportunity to meet, mind-to-mind, with our teacher, which is a way to encourage us to deepen in our experience of the moment. It can also be a time where we test our clarity so that we know, for ourselves, where and how we need to renew our efforts.

Cost for the two day teachings are:  Members: $100 non members: $120, concession price for the two days is $60 and if you would like to do one day, it must be the first day, cost for this is: Members: $50, non members $60 and concession $30. Includes light vegetarian lunch and refreshments. You can book and pay via Trybooking link:

Zen Master Senshin (Soen Sa Nim) has been the Guiding Teacher of the Queensland Zen Centre since 1996. Her training began in 1978 in New York City when she became a student of the founding teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen, Zen Master Seung Sahn. In 1996, she received Inka from Zen Master Seung Sahn, and after his death in 2004, Dharma Transmission from Zen Master Dae Gak, Abbot of the Furnace Mountain Zen Centre in Kentucky, USA.

Since 1999, Zen Master Senshin has continued training with Shodo Harada Roshi, Abbot of Sogen-ji Monastery in Okayama, Japan.  Zen Master Senshin is the author of Essence of Mind, a book containing a selection of her Dharma Talks given during the first years of her Brisbane residency.  For more information see their website:



Vesak Celebration

Wednesday 26 May at 6.30pm - 16 Arhat Puja (Ceremony)

the buddha

Celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha 

We will hold a 16 Arhat Puja at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26 May with Quentin from Open Way Zen to celebrate this most  auspicious day in the Buddhist Calendar.  We will do chanting, meditation and Quentin will give a short Dharma talk, this will be followed by circumambulation and offering of light and incence to our beautiful Bodhi Tree.  Please bring an offering for the shrine and some vegetarian food to share for supper afterwards. 

No bookings required, but you will need to sign in using the Check in Qld App for COVID compliance, thank you.


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