The Visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche
10 - 12 January 2015

H.E Luding Khen RinpocheSakya Losal Choe Dzong is delighted to announce the first visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche to Canberra, who has agreed to bestow the Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessings in Canberra.

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His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche  is the second son of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok-la and nephew of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. Rinpoche was selected and trained as the successor for the future Abbot of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya tradition. Rinpoche underwent intensive and rigorous training, a common requirement for a Tibetan Buddhist lineage holder. In addition to daily tutelage under the direction of senior Ngor Abbot Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, Luding Khen Rinpoche also received numerous teachings and empowerments from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.

Rinpoche is well versed in all of the common and uncommon collections of teachings of the Sakya tradition. In the category of Tantra teachings, Rinpoche has studied and supremely mastered the precious Lam Dre teaching as well as all the categories of the collections of Tantras and the collections of Sadhanas, which include many rare secret and sacred teachings. Rinpoche diligently completed all the many important retreats required by an authentic Vajrayana Master. Rinpoche is an accomplished philosophical scholar and a graduate of the Sakya College of Higher Buddhist Philosophy in Dehra Dun, Northern India. Here Rinpoche studied under the guidance of the Late and Most Revered Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and the Late Most Venerable Khenpo Mingmar Tsering. As a result, Rinpoche is exceptionally well trained in both the Tantras and the Sutras.

After graduating from Sakya College in March 2000, Rinpoche was enthroned as the 76th Abbot of Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery. Thereafter as the main Lineage Holder, Rinpoche travels far and wide to bestow many Vajrayana teachings and Initiations in India and Nepal and in the West in Northern America, Canada, Europe and Australia as well as extensively throughout South-East Asia. Rinpoche's vast and profound knowledge of the Dharma and precise explanation of the entire Vajrayana teachings is immensely respected by even the most remarkable teachers of our time.

Luding Khen Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow Hevajra Cause Empowerment and Vajrayogini blessings in Canberra. This will be an excellent opportunity for many new students to receive these fundamental empowerments within the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism from a lineage holder. This also provides an opportunity for old students to renew their samayas by attending these events.

As a follow up event to this auspicious visit of His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will be giving teachings and detailed instructions on the Vajrayogini practice during our annual Vajrayogini retreat which in 2015 will be held in March. This is an excellent opportunity to thoroughly study and practice the Vajrayogini sadhana under the guidance of an accomplished Vajrayana master. 

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Upcoming Saturday Workshops

on Calm Abiding Meditation Practice

Two special half-day practice and teaching sessions with experienced practitioner, Cathy O'Grady

1pm - 5pm on two Saturdays,
29th November & 6th December 2014
At Virupa Retreat Centre

A special opportunity to deepen your Calm Abiding Practice in the conducive surrounds of Virupa (only 15 min out of Queanbeyan, a short distance from Canberra). Calm Abiding is the Buddhist meditation of Samatha (or Concentration), including sitting, walking and standing meditation.

Cathy, a long time student of Lama Choedak Rinpoche was formerly ordained in the Tibetan tradition and also previously practiced many years in the Theravadin tradition. Cathy will lead the half day practices imparting many helpful teachings as well as giving instructions on walking and standing meditation. This is a unique opportunity to hear a teacher well-versed in both traditions. Please feel welcome to attend as a beginner, as well as all who have completed the Calm Abiding 8 week course. All are welcome!

Afternoon tea provided

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Date: 29th November & 6th December 2014
Venue: Virupa Retreat Centre, 179 Douglas Close, Carwoola NSW
Cost: $25 for one day; $40 for both days PH (02) 6238 2088


Nagajuna's Letter to a Friend

with Lama Choedak Rinpoche

Nagarjuna is one the most celebrated Indian Buddhist teachers who propagated the Buddhist doctrine of the Middle Way through his famous writings. 'Letter to a Friend' is a succinct, simple, profound and practical guide to the understanding of Buddhist philosophy. more >>

Interview with Lama Choedak Rinpoche

This three part interview with Lama Choedak Rinpoche was conducted in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong - Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra. more >>

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You can view the latest Clear Mind Newsletter #99 with articles on Kyabje Choegye Rinpoche, an excellent teaching on Refuge and news from our Dharma brothers and sisters in Tibet (and lots more!) by clicking here.

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Go to the EVENTS section of our website to find out more about this and other retreats for 2014

  • Tai Chi Retreat 12 - 16 Apr '14 SIBA
  • Easter Health & Wellness 17 - 21 Apr '14 SIBA

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Dealing with 
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