His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Australia

 

Event Information

JUNE 11TH TO 15TH 2008 - SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA
THE DOME, SYDNEY SHOWGROUND, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK


His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama is returning to Australia to deliver five days of teachings at the Dome, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park from June 11-15 2008.

Described by His Holiness as a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures, Kamalashila's classic text Stages of Meditation has been revered by Buddhists of all traditions since its creation.

Presenting the essence of the entire Buddhist Path to Enlightenment in 10 short chapters, Kamalashila's text places particular emphasis on calm abiding meditation and special insight. It demonstrates how carefully structured and conceptually informed meditation sessions serve as the bridge between the philosophical tenets of Buddhism and insight in the mind of practitioners.

Over the course of five inspiring days, by reference to Kamalashila's text, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will demonstrate how the nature of awareness, developed through meditative practices can be transformed into the direct perceptual wisdom necessary to achieve enlightenment itself.

His Holiness will deliver teachings in both morning and afternoon sessions throughout the course, with a special Chenrezig Initiation on the morning of the last day. Meditation and discussion sessions will be conducted around the teachings from early morning till evening each day, so for those wishing to, these five days can be like a retreat.

While anyone would benefit from attending, the course will be an extraordinary opportunity for those who wish to meditate.
This is a rare and important opportunity to understand why meditation is so important to Buddhism particularly and the spiritual life generally and to learn the art and practice of meditation from no less an authority than the Dalai Lama himself.

His Holiness has expressed the desire to make this teaching available to a broad base of buddhisms both in Australia and South East Asia. Tibetan, Mandarin and Vietnamese translations will be available.

In addition to the sessions with His Holiness, attendees will have the opportunity to integrate the teachings in discussion groups, tutorial focus groups and meditation sessions.

TEACHING TIMES

Due to security considerations, please do not bring your bags to the venue.

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE
Doors will be open at 0730 and we would ask that Attendees arrive as early as possible for processing
0930 - 1130 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation
1130 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1600 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation


THURSDAY 12TH JUNE
0930 - 1130 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation
1130 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1600 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation


FRIDAY 13TH JUNE
0930 - 1130 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation
1130 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1600 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation


SATURDAY 14TH JUNE
0930 - 1130 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation
1130 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1600 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation


SUNDAY 15TH JUNE
0830 - 0930 Preparation Prayers
0930 - 1130 Avalokiteshvara Initiation and Long Life Puja
1130 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1600 Teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation 

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