We offer an extensive programme of Buddhist teachings, meditation, retreats and conferences. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for people to transform their minds and hearts into their highest potential for the benefit of others.
with Tania Duratovic
For many of us, our pets are important members of our families. Although we may love our pets, it is easy to hurt them through ignorance. This course will provide an overview on caring for your pet. These are basic guidelines only as there are many different types of breeds of animals with specific and unique characteristics. You will learn how to choose a pet, what care is required in relation to their housing, nutrition and health maintenance, and what to do in an emergency including how to apply basic first aid techniques and provide Dharma, creating a lasting bond that will benefit both you and your beloved pet.
Date & Time: Saturday 23 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: $85/$75 VI member (includes handouts)
About the Facilitator
Tania is a fauna ecologist and veterinary nurse. She has been rescuing and treating animals since she was a child. She is also the Director of Australian charity, Tree of Compassion. Together with her husband, Phil, she is the project coordinator of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary in Nepal & FPMT's Enlightenment for the Dear Animals.
Read Tania's blog here.
Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an evidence-based training program for working with our emotions that also incorporates ancient mindfulness techniques. The goal of the CEB training program is to train participants in the skills for reducing destructive emotional responses and enhancing positive states of compassion, empathy and altruism.
VI is the only centre offering CEB in Sydney.
Corey Jackson is our accredited CEB trainer. He is also the Tibetan interpreter at VI and majors in Psychology and Sanskrit at the University of Sydney. He recently received a Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies at Sydney University for his work in Sanskrit and Psychology.
Course 1: Sat-Sun 23 & 24 Aug (intro); Sun 31 Aug; 7, 17, 21 Sep 2014
Cost: Full program is $595/$545 Vi member; introductory weekend $220/$195 VI member
More information here.
Read Corey's blog here.
27 & 28 October 2014
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone meditating in the Himalayas as featured in the international best-selling book Cave in the Snow.
B. Alan Wallace, an inspiring teacher and leading scholar of Eastern and Western scientific, philosophical and contemplative modes of inquiry.
More information here.
This is a wonderful opportunity to visit many of the amazing holy sites associated with the Buddha's life. VI's main resident teacher, Geshe-la, will be your guide on a trip that promises to renew and strengthen your connection with the Buddha and his teachings.
Dates: 10-25 January 2015 (15 days & 14 nights).
Cost: $2,850 twin share per person - single supplement $800. A deposit of $500 is required on booking and final payment 60 days prior to departure.
Download the itinerary here.
Download the booking form here.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has kindly accepted the request of his centres and many students to offer a long life puja at the end of his Australia retreat on 23rd October.
This is truly a time to rejoice in the presence of such a wonderfully kind and precious teacher, to thank him for all his kindness to us, and for us to create the merit to have him stay and teach us for a long time to come. Lama Zopa Rinpoche also mentions regularly that offering long life pujas is a cause for one’s own long life.
|Fri Aug 22 @10:00AM - 11:00AM|
|Sat Aug 23 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM|
CEB (Course 1)
|Sat Aug 23 @10:00AM - 04:00PM|
Looking After Your Pet Workshop
|Sun Aug 24 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM|
CEB (Course 1)
|Mon Aug 25 @ 4:00PM - 04:30PM|
Meditation for Kids
|Mon Aug 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM|
DB: Death and Rebirth
|Mon Aug 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
BP: Mind and Cognition
|Tue Aug 26 @10:00AM - 11:00AM|
Meditation for Parents with Bubs
|Tue Aug 26 @11:00AM - 12:30PM|
A Morning of Meditation
|Tue Aug 26 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM|
Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas