Workshops

Take some time out to immerse yourself in meditation and to create some inner peace in your life at our meditation workshops and retreats. These courses examine a particular topic in greater depth than would be possible in a drop-in class.

Our workshops and retreats are open to everyone and are suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.

Introduction to Tantra

Meditation Workshop

Sat 2 Mar

10am – 3.30pm | Doors open 9.30am

Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane | 109 Leichardt St, Spring Hill 4000

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Book Here: $75 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Available to attend online for Centre members. Click here for details about our live-streamed events.

Tantra is very popular, however not many people understand its real meaning, and these days it is not uncommon to find it being misused for worldly purposes.

In this course discover that authentic Buddhist Tantra is in fact a profound spiritual path leading to an extraordinary experience of lasting inner peace and bliss that far transcends the temporary and often dissatisfying pleasures we normally pursue.

Invest in Yourself: Making Time for Meditation

Meditation Workshop

Sat 23 Mar

10am – 1pm | Doors open 9.30am

Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane | 109 Leichardt St, Spring Hill 4000

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Book Here: $50 (includes morning tea)

Available to attend online for Centre members. Click here for details about our live-streamed events.

Whether we are trying to manage our stress levels, or make progress in our spiritual and emotional development, on some level, most of us know we need to meditate. Unfortunately, we often find it difficult to make the time to meditate or go as deep into our meditation as we hoped.

In this workshop we’ll learn the essential tools of meditation and how to integrate meditation into daily life. We’ll be inspired to invest in ourself and make the most of the moments for meditation you have, so that we can keep our mind peaceful and controlled all day long.

Retreats

Silence is Golden

One-day Silent Meditation Retreat

️ Sun 17 Mar

10am – 2.30pm | Doors open 9.30am

Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

Book Here: $65 (includes lunch and refreshments)

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be silent for a period of time? Don’t think it’s possible? Challenge yourself to discover the real freedom to be found in a calm and quiet mind.

On this day retreat, give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the stillness and peace that meditation and silence bring. Be guided through simple meditations that refresh and rejuvenate the mind. Find your inner peace and see for yourself how silence really is golden.

Nyungnay Purification Practice Retreat

️ Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr

6.30am – 3.30pm | Doors open 6am

Bookings for precepts lunch open soon: $15

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Engaging in this retreat is very powerful for purifying negative karma and pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our love, compassion, and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all).

Usually, this practice is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts being taken at the beginning of each day. On the first day, before taking the Mahayana precepts, there will be an introduction to the Nyungnay practice. On both days, having taken the precepts, we engage in three sessions, combining prostrations with chanted meditation.

On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.

 

Beginner One-day Retreats

️ Sun 28 Apr

10am – 2.30pm | Doors open 9.30am | see timetable below.

Bookings open soon: $65 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

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Available to attend online for Centre members. Click here for details about our live-streamed events.

Restore your inner peace and unlock your minds’ potential for lasting happiness. Join us for a relaxing day retreat in a quiet and peaceful environment, providing a rare opportunity to refresh your mind through meditation. Through meditation we can learn how to relax and develop peaceful and positive states of mind.

Everybody is welcome to attend, regardless of experience. These retreats consist of practical teachings and short guided meditations that will give rise to a peaceful feeling in the mind and improve your ability to live a peaceful life. Topics vary and are detailed below.

 

Retreat topic: Meditations to reduce stress

Imagine living without stress and tension; a life free from worry, anxiety and the many daily problems these negative states of mind create. Step away from the busyness of your usual routine and join us for this day retreat in which we’ll learn how such a life is entirely possible. We’ll learn and be guided in simple meditations to help beat stress and be more relaxed, peaceful and positive in our daily life.

Weekend Meditation Retreats

Love Without Pain – Somerset Dam

️️️️️️️️ 10 – 12 May

Fri 6pm – Sun 1pm

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Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

Camp Somerset | 1180 Stanley Pocket Road, Crossdale

Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover the peace of meditation for yourself. Be guided to cultivate greater inner peace and a more positive perspective on life through practical Buddhist teachings and meditations. In between sessions, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the company of like-minded people.
The retreats begin with dinner on Friday night and finish with lunch on Sunday. They’re fully catered with delicious vegetarian food and include accommodation. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place.

Retreat Topic: Love Without Pain

Love can give rise to great happiness but all too often it seems to lead to pain and suffering. This is because we fail to understand the difference between love and attachment. Love is the source of happiness whereas the pain and sorrow in our relationships arises from our attachment.

In this retreat, Gen Kelsang Ani will explain how we can approach our love for our partner, family and friends from a fresh, new perspective by learning how to discriminate clearly between love and attachment. In this way our relationships will become more harmonious, joyful and long-lasting, and function to draw us closer to a state of pure and lasting happiness.

The Venue
Situated to the northwest of Brisbane, near the picturesque town of Esk, is Somerset Dam (also known as Lake Somerset). Overlooking the dam is Camp Somerset.

Accommodation and Fees
Camp Somerset offers simple but comfortable accommodation. Delicious vegetarian meals and refreshments are provided and retreat prices are inclusive of food, accommodation and all retreat sessions.

There are various accommodation options available. For each of these you will need to bring your own linen, including a pillow and a towel.
* Camping $330 per person – bring your own tent & camping equipment
* Powered Caravan Site $330 per person – bring your own caravan
* 4-Person Shared Room $350 per person (Early bird price is $300 if you book by 10 March 2024)
* Twin Room $350 per person – with two single beds
* Single Room $450 per person – with two single beds
* Offsite $285 per person – all meals except breakfast are provided.
Getting There
Camp Somerset is approximately 1.5 hours by car from Brisbane, Toowoomba & the Sunshine Coast.

weekend meditation retreatThe Healing Power of Meditation – Glasshouse Mountains

️️️️️️️️ 14 – 16 Jun

Fri 6pm – Sun 1pm

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Teacher: Gen Kelsang Ani

Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge | 198 Barrs Road, Glasshouse Mountains

Escape the stress and busyness of life and dish cover the peace of meditation for yourself. Be guided to cultivate greater inner peace through practical Buddhist teachings and meditations. In between sessions, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Glass House Mountains and the company of like- minded people. These retreats provide a wonderful opportunity to unwind, relax and gain a more positive perspective on life.

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday night and finishes with lunch on Sunday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings, taking in views of the Glass House Mountains. The retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian food, and includes accommodation. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place.

Retreat Topic: The Healing Power of Meditation

Our mind has the potential to be our greatest healer. Discover how, through the healing practice of taking and giving, we can transform personal problems, relationships and the world. By familiarising our mind with this ancient meditation practice, we will experience true peace, deepen our compassion, increase our mental strength and grow our capacity to heal and transform mental pain, sorrow, loss, physical suffering and sickness.

The Venue

Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is located 70 kilometers north of Brisbane in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. This unique property at the base of Mt. Tibrogargan – a huge monolith which is higher than Uluru and 23 million years older – has beautiful gardens, which are a sanctuary for wildlife. The accommodation offers flexible configurations – enjoy a room to yourself, share with a friend or partner, or come as a small group of three or four.

By Car

Take exit 188 off the M1 and head along Steve Irwin Way for about 8.5km. Turn left onto Barrs Connection Road, and immediately left again into Barrs Road. Follow Barrs Road for 2.5km and the Ecolodge is on the righthand side of the road. There is ample parking onsite, however, carpooling is encouraged.

By Train

Trains run several times each morning and afternoon from Brisbane to Glasshouse Mountains station on the Nambour/Gympie North line. The Ecolodge is 3 km from the station and we will be running a pick-up and drop-off service from Glass House Mountains Train Station, which you can add at the time of booking.

Fees & Booking

Prices start from $540 per person for a single booking; or for those sharing a room prices start from $400 per person. If there are three of you who wish to share a room, prices start from $350 per person. (Prices are all-inclusive, further details on the booking form).

 

We also offer day retreats in Brisbane city Click Here for Day Retreats

Beerwah Room

One queen bed and one single bed, ensuite bathroom. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Orchard Room

One queen bed, ensuite bathroom. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Family Forest Room

One queen bed and one bunk bed, ensuite bathroom. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Train Carriage

One queen bed, ensuite bathroom, kitchenette. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Mt Tibro Room

This room is perfect to share with a friend or two. One queen bed, two single beds in separate rooms (one mezzanine), shared full bathroom. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Bungalow

One queen bed, full bathroom, kitchen and living room. Reverse cycle air conditioning. Price includes retreat fee and all meals – if sharing your room, please book each additional person as a ‘roommate’.

Special Events

Meditation and Buddhism for Kids

️ Sun 19 May •  Sun 26 May • Sun 2 June

9.30am -10.30am

Book here (May 19, 26, & June 2): $30 per block

These classes include simple Buddhist teachings and meditations that revolve around children’s everyday experiences. They are designed to help them see things in a way that makes them calmer and happier. Classes also include a craft activity based on that day’s topic. In these classes, children learn simple meditations, as well as methods to calm their minds and deal with negative feelings. Suggested age range is 5-11 years. Children are to be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required.

National Festivals

Each year, as well as many other special events and retreats, Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia hosts the Australian Festival around the new year and the Australian Dharma Celebration around Easter. These special national events gather people from all over Australia together to enjoy meaningful spiritual holidays.

Join us at this year’s Australian Dharma Celebration where Gen Kelsang Rabten will grant the empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and give teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness. Amitayus means an immeasurable life span. When we open our hearts to Buddha Amitayus’ guidance, he will help us increase our wisdom, our merit and, most importantly, he will help us protect our most valuable possession — our precious human life.

This special ceremony will help us deepen our connection with Buddha Amitayus, giving us the confidence that we can make our human life truly meaningful by using it to progress on the path to enlightenment.

Following the blessing ceremony, Gen Rabten will give teachings on the book ‘The New Eight Steps to Happiness’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, offering practical insights into Buddhism’s beloved text ‘Eight Verses of Training the Mind’ by Tibetan Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Enjoy this spiritual getaway and special opportunity to connect with the Australian Sangha.

Event Location : Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia | 25 McCarthy Road, Monbulk VIC

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Bookings open 10am, Friday 23rd February 2024.

International Festivals