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Introductory Classes


How to Make Life Meaningful Every Day

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 11 November, 10am – 12pm

The attitude that we carry with us can significantly effect our experience of each day, as well as our reaction to what we encounter. Geshe-la will share some Buddhist tips for cultivating a skillful, positive attitude each day, as well as some suggestions of easy practices and thought training techniques that we can use to make our daily life meaningful wherever we are, whatever we are doing. Everyone is welcome.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

Short Meditations for Busy People

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 18 November, 10am – 12pm

Are you busy? Do you wish you had more time to meditate? This Sunday Geshe-la will explain some short, simple but very meaningful meditations that can easily be incorporated into a busy schedule. With some flexibility and know-how anyone can include a short meditation or two in their day. Would you like to experience some of the benefits of meditation now and in the future? Come along and find out more.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)


Happy Family, Happy Society

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 25 November, 10am – 12pm

“The real way we’re going to become happy individuals, living in happy families and communities is to become more warm-hearted towards each other. We need more loving kindness.” – HH the Dalai Lama

This Sunday Geshe Wangchen will emphasize the key elements we need to cultivate in order to create the causes for a happy family and a happy society. Everyone is welcome.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)


Life Story of Lama Tsongkhapa

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 2 December, 10am – 11.30am

Today is the Anniversary of the Founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Tsongkhapa. Come and learn more about his inspiring life story.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

Lama Tsongkhapa Day Schedule 2 December:

5am Eight Mahayana Precepts (if this is your first time receiving these precepts please register no later than 26 November); There will be a lunch for those taking precepts this day by RSVP only by 28 November for the lunch. Please register if you are taking the precepts and wish to stay for the precept lunch.

10am Life Story of Lama Tsongkhapa

12pm Precept Lunch only for those taking precepts this day who also RSVP for the lunch by 28 November. Lunch sponsorship is welcome.

6pm Community Circumambulation and Turning the Prayer Wheel for World Peace with Geshe Wangchen

6.30pm Guru Puja with Tsog Offering


Last Teaching of 2018: Rejoicing and Gratitude

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 9 December followed by a potluck lunch (check online calendar on program page for time confirmation)

This will be our last class of the 2018 program. We invite you to bring your khatag (traditional Tibetan offering scarf) if you would like to offer to Geshe-la as a thank you at the conclusion of teachings today. Today Geshe-la will give a talk on rejoicing, gratitude and dedicating all of our positive actions and Dharma practice of 2018. By rejoicing in our positive actions, no matter how small, the positive karma created increases! That’s right, it is strengthened and increased. And when we rejoice in others positive actions, we too create good karma and causes of happiness. Not to be missed! Everyone is welcome. Teachings will be followed by an end of year community potluck lunch – please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)


Sunday Mornings with Geshe-la

Sunday mornings, from 10am – 12pm, our Resident Teacher, Geshe Wangchen, gives introductory Dharma talks and classes on a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome. The topics will be posted on this page and on our Google Program Calendar closer to the time. If there are any changes to this class they will be noted on our calendar.



Recently Completed Classes


Meet the Nalanda Masters

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 2, 9, 16 & 23 September and 7, 14 October (extended) 10am – 12pm

“It is quite clear,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasizes, “that [Tibetan Buddhism] derives from the pure lineage of the tradition of the Nalanda Monastery. The master Nagarjuna hailed from this institution, as did many other important philosophers and logicians…” His Holiness commissioned a thangka painting of seventeen of the most learned and accomplished masters of Nalanda and composed a prayer that, His Holiness mentioned, “expresses my heartfelt reverence for these most excellent learned beings,“ entitled “Sun Illuminating the Threefold Faith.” Over the first four Sundays in September and the first two Sundays in October (now extended), Geshe Wangchen will introduce this heartfelt prayer and also give a biographical introduction to each of these seventeen panditas. Come and learn more about the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Class Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee is free)

Optional $10 materials fee for a colour card of the 17 Pandits, a copy of the prayer, and a copy of a short bio of each.

Guided Compassion Meditation

led by Ven Carolyn Lawler

Sunday 28 October, 10am – 11.30am/12pm

Enjoy a morning of guided compassion meditations!

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  ― His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

Everyone is welcome. No need to register.
Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors‘ facility fee is free)

Compassion Meditations for Enhancing Joy in Daily Life

led by Ven Carolyn Lawler

Mondays, 7.30pm, 13 August – 10 September 2018

Excellent for all levels! Join at any time. No need to register.

This series of guided meditations aims to offer a variety of practical meditation techniques to help us develop our compassion starting from where we are now.

These meditations, principally from Thupten Jinpa’s inspiring book, A Fearless Heart, are closely connected with what we face in daily life and offer a realistic route to a more joyful daily experience. All levels are welcome.

Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors‘ facility fee is free)


Looking Perfectly Into Reality: Nagarjuna’s Heart of Dependent Origination

taught by Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 5, 12 & 19 August, 10am – 12pm

This three week class will explore reality by examining the Buddhist concept of dependent origination. Everyone is welcome.

Class Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee is free)


How to Purify Negative Karma

with the Practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas

taught by Geshe Wangchen

Sundays in July (4 Classes: Sundays, 1, 8, 15, 22 of July, 10am – 12pm; 1 Retreat Day: Sunday 29 of July, 10am – 4pm)

Excellent for all levels!

By learning how to effectively purify our past negative karma we can free ourselves from having to experience the suffering results of those actions in the future. The practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas was one of the main preliminary practices performed by Lama Tsongkhapa and contains many powerful ways to help purify negativities, stop bad habits, and accumulate very strong merit.

In this practical Sunday series (4 classes + 1 retreat day) Geshe-la will introduce and show us how to get the most from this practice (which can be done in both brief and extensive ways). When we know how to make the practice potent, so much purification can happen so quickly! Everyone is welcome!

Class Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee is free)
Materials Pack $10 one-off (optional – includes large colour card of the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas as visualized; text of the practice and helpful supplementary materials.)
Retreat Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee for the retreat is $20) On the Retreat Day, the lunch will be done Potluck Style, so please bring a Vegetarian dish to share at the Retreat Day Potluck Lunch.
No need to register for the classes but please register for the Retreat Day by 26 of July. Thank you.

The Happiness Dilemma & The Need for Dharma

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 17 June, 10am – 12pm
How happy are you? How do you get your happiness and sustain it? How mentally resilient are you? How do you respond to problems? It is vital that we check up on these questions. Why? Because day and night we wish to be happy, however often it can elude us. The encouraging news is that Shakyamuni Buddha, through his own experience saw that it is possible to recognize and cease our suffering; it is possible to recognize true happiness and develop the causes for it and experience it for ourselves. The teachings and realization of those teachings is the Buddhadharma. However, if we do not ask ourselves these questions, there is the risk of missing our chance for experiencing reliable happiness. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

How to Think and Act as a Genuine Dharma Practitioner

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 24 June, 10am – 12pm

Practicing Dharma is not a matter of just saying all of the right Dharma words, attending all of the right pujas or even of having read all of the right texts or having sat in all of the right retreats. We also cannot tell for sure by looking at the outside of a person whether they are a genuine Dharma practitioner or not. So what does it mean to really practice Dharma? How can we train in this and how can we check up on ourselves to see whether we are genuinely practicing Dharma?

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)


Why Meditate?

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 10 June, 10am – 12pm
Why take the time to meditate in our busy lives? What is the purpose of Buddhist meditation? Come and find clarification and encouragement for the important and meaningful practice of meditation.Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

Four Applications of Mindfulness

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 8, 15 and 22 of April, 10am – 12pm  In Shakyamuni Buddha’s most detailed teaching on mindfulness, the Buddha taught four domains or aspects of mindfulness: mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and phenomena. Everyone is welcome to come and learn what these are and how to practice them. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

The Path to Enlightenment

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 29 April, 6, 13 and 20 May 10am – 12pm This four Sunday series (29 April, 6, 13 and 20 May) on the path to enlightenment will introduce all of the key topics for meditation and practice along the path to enlightenment. This class will be followed by a One Day Meditation Retreat on 27 May (register separately for this Retreat Day). Everyone is welcome to come to this class! Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come! Everyone welcome. Beginners Welcome! (Retreat facility fee is separate)

Discovering Buddhism: How to Meditate

with Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 12 March – 23 April (6 weeks – no class on Easter Monday)

Excellent for all levels! Understand and explore basic meditation techniques. Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles to meditation. Whether you are a total beginner or have already been meditating, this class can help clarify, develop and deepen one’s experience of meditation. Everyone is welcome to this course.

Facility Fee $10 per session (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free)

Materials Fee $20

Discovering Buddhism is a fourteen-module series developed by the FPMT Education Department that gives the student a solid foundation in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Mind and Its Potential is the first module in the series. Developed by the FPMT, this series is both accessible for newer students and also very helpful for students who have already studied Buddhism for a while, but wish to have a more solid foundation. To read more about this FPMT program and what the topics of the fourteen modules are click here

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