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

Guided Sessions, Children's group and Discussion Group

The next Children's group is Saturday 16 March 2019. The children's group starts with prayers, mindful movements, lying down meditation, walking meditation, followed by a craft activity, after this we have morning tea which is usually bring a plate to share, then storytime and dedication.  Cost for children's group is a suggested donation is $5 per child, this money goes towards books, art and craft materials.

Tuesday Evening Guided Meditation Sessions with basic meditation instructions $10 per session. The Guided sessions will resume in the New Year from Tuesday 5 February 2019. These sessions will be an ongoing instruction class with guided meditations for beginners and those who prefer to be guided from 7pm to 8pm. 

Buddhist Discussion Group:  The next discussion group will be Sunday 31 March, 2019 at 11.30am after meditation. Our discussion group will be focusing Four Noble Truths and 8 Fold Noble Path.  For those who still wish to continue listening to Alan Wallace podcasts, this is the link:  Cost for the talks is by donation, suggested donation is $10/$5

Annual Memberships - 30 June 2018 till 30 June 2019.

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.

Try Booking link: for annual Family membership $70  Single membership $50  Single Concession membership $40 and this Try Booking link:   for Lifetime single membership $1,000   Lifetime Family membership $1,500


Mindfulness Day

Saturday 30 March from 8.30am to 4pm


A wonderful way to bring a little calm and peace back into your life, join Venerable Rinchen for a day of silence and mindfulness meditation practices, a great way to deepen an already existing practice.  The day is suited for those who have some meditation experience or have attended one of the meditation courses and would like to take a day out to further develop and deepen their practice. There will be some guided sessions and some walking meditation.

Cost is $60 members/concession $65 non members.  Vegetarian Lunch included please bring a yoga mat if you have one as we do some meditation lying down.  Numbers are limited, bookings close on Wednesday 23 March.

Bookings are essential.  To book click on the Trybooking link:



5 Day Easter Silent Meditation Retreat

A Peaceful way to spend Easter              

Starting 9.30am Easter Friday 19 April to 11.30amTuesday 23 April

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 9.30am Good Friday 19 April and finish on Tuesday 23 April at 11.30am, the costs will include all meals and accommodation.  All meals will be vegetarian.  Please bring a yoga mat if you have one as some of the sessions will be lying down.

Please be aware that a commitment to attend all sessions is expected of participants.

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 and $380 -  members/concession

Non residential Costs: includes all meals and refreshments, $320 non members  and  $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 14 April.

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.


His Holiness 42 Kyabgon Gongma Trizin - April 2019

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche


We have the good fortune to be able to host a visit from His Holiness in April/May 2019. This is a rare privilege to be able to receive teachings and empowerments from such a qualified master.

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin). He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin the prestigious Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters.

On March 9, 2017, His Holiness accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru, in his new capacity as the 42nd Sakya Trizin or throne holder of the lineage. In doing so, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha's teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.

His Holiness will arrive in Cairns on Monday 29 April and the centre will advise everyone of the time so that we can meet and greet at the airport, which will be followed by a welcome ceremony back at the centre.

Interfaith, Multicultural Celebration for Peace and Harmony - Monday 29 April at 7pm in St Monica's Cathedral

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Foley has allowed us to use the beautiful, sacred space of St Monica's Cathedral to hold this special interfaith community event.  The evening will comprise of a representative or group from each Spiritual tradition offering a short prayer, hymn, recitation for peace and harmony within our community and the world.  We have requested that His Holiness bestow a blessing for everyone as part of this event and we hope that as many people as possible join us for an evening celebrating spiritual diversity, peace and harmony. This is a free community event.

His Holiness be teaching on "Clear Mirror of Cause and Effect" Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May, 9am to 5pm

This is a comprehensive teaching on the theory of the Law of Karma, which was composed by Drogon Choegyal Phagpa (1235-1280), the 5th Sakya Master. He wrote it at the request of the Yuan dynasty Mongol prince Jimgim. This forty-verse text is famous for its conciseness and brevity on the topic.  A classic introduction to the law of Cause and Effect - Karma and given by a fully trained master and lineage holder, which is extremely rare and precious opportunity.

Cost for the 2 days is: Members/concession $90, Non members $100, there is also the option to do just the first day.  Bookings are essential, and cost includes morning and afternoon tea, byo lunch.  Please follow the link on our Trybooking system:

Vajrasattva Empowerment - Wednesday evening 1 May,  Time 7pm (time still to be confirmed)

His Holiness will bestow the powerful purifying Vajrasattva 100 Syllable Mantra which has the power to purify our mindstream of the negativities that we have accumulated through our unskilful actions of body, speech and mind.  This empowerment has a long history of helping sentient beings to overcome disease, obstacles and all manner of negative circumstances.

Cost is:  Members/concession $25 non members $30.  The Empowerment will be held at the centre and the Trybooking link is:

Dress code for all events with His Holiness: dress modestly and no shorts please.


Master Senshin

Cairns Teachings - 24 to 26 May 2019


Public Talk: What is Zen? Friday 24 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 or sitting meditation, Kinhin (walking meditation), and Koan study are more than practices; they are opportunities to experience our huge, vast Mind spontaneously. Our huge Mind is intellectually inconceivable and yet is clear and bright. To know this Mind is Zen. Through our great Mind, wisdom and compassion flow naturally. This is what Zen training is all about.

Saturday: Introduction to Zen Workshop - 9am to 4pm:  In this workshop, we will learn and practice the main formal practices of our Zen tradition: Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Sutra chanting, and Koan study. Instruction will be offered on practices involving following the breath, which is not only central to each of our practices but crucial to our very existence. By bringing our attention directly into the pure experience of exhaling, the mind aligns, all by itself. We stop thinking about breathing and become the breath, and the breath breathes us into a true and clear 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 practice Zazen, Kinhin, and Sutra chanting, while carefully observing the breath. Through our single pointed-focus on our exhalations, extraneous mind-chatter will gradually ease, and our Tanden or internal energy will grow.

Additionally, one-on-one interviews will be offered. Interviews are an opportunity to meet, mind-to-mind, with the teacher, which is a way to encourage us to deepen in our experience of the moment. It is also a time where we can 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 Center in Kentucky, USA.  Since 1999, Zen Master Senshin has continued her 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 first years of her Brisbane residency.  For more information on Master Senshin you can see the website:


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