Study & Practice Program

Rigpa offers a broad program of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to modern men and women of all ages, and from all walks of life.

For those new to Buddhism, there are introductory foundation courses, which explain how to meditate and give a general introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

We also offer a complete and graduated training in the Buddhist teachings and practice. The ultimate goal is to guide and support students so they can receive the highest teachings in the Tibetan tradition, the teachings of Dzogchen, that lead to the direct realisation of enlightenment.

Students receive these wisdom and compassion teachings through audio and video recordings, and sometimes live streaming from Sogyal Rinpoche, a world-renowned meditation teacher from Tibet and author of the highly acclaimed "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying". Classes are also held by Rigpa Instructors and Facilitators.

 

Current Courses

Rigpa offers access to the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings as openly and as widely as possible, to be of service to people everywhere, of any background or faith. Accordingly, there are two distinct programs.

Starting out - Public Program

For students interested in meditation, compassion and wisdom as a means to improve themselves and their lives we offer a variety of courses.

One of several courses suitable for those who are exploring meditation for the first time, the What Meditation Really Is (WMRI) program provides a comprehensive introduction and grounding in meditation, providing a broad range of skilful methods and knowledge so that we can develop the ability to meditate in any situation.

Introduction to Meditation: Peace, Mindfulness and Awareness is a drop in class on the first Saturday of each month. It provides instructions on meditation, time to practice and teachings on different topics.

A variety of classes with more public appeal are provided and more are being developed. If you would like to be informed of new study and practice opportunities as they arise you may be interested in joining our mailing list, please go to our subscribe page.

To book your place on any of our courses, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deepening the Path - Sangha Program

For students who wish to follow the spiritual path, we offer the Sangha Program, which is open to those students who have completed a year of the Public Program.

These courses are designed for those who wish to continue their practice of meditation and study of Tibetan Buddhism.

The sangha program builds on the foundation of meditation, study and practice. Should you wish to continue to deepen your understanding then an instructor may help you to choose a course.

 

Courses available in 2017

The Art of Compassionate Living

“To evoke compassion in yourself is harder than we often imagine, because the sources of love and compassion are often hidden from us, and we may have no ready access to them. Fortunately, there are several special techniques that the Buddhist “training of the mind” in compassion has developed to help us evoke our own hidden love”.
Extract from: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

People have a variety of reasons for wanting to learn about and cultivate compassion, but in some way, we are all suffering—be it from pain, loss, frustration, dissatisfaction, or an unfulfilled desire for happiness.

However, we are not powerless in the face of our circumstances. It is possible to consciously cultivate positive states of mind, and diminish negative states of mind, and so transform our experience and our reactions to life’s circumstances and the people around us. In this way, it is possible to change our lives, and bring about change in the world.

In this 10-week course students are introduced to a complete picture of what compassion is; why it might be beneficial to us and the world around us; the possibility of training in a more wholesome way of being and how we can go about that training.

The class has been developed from the ancient tradition of Buddhist practitioners. However, there is no need and certainly no expectation that students undertaking the course should be or become Buddhist. There is no sense of conversion, nor any sense that this class is a ‘preparation’ stage for joining the Rigpa Sangha (although, of course, that is an option for those who wish to at a later stage.) The techniques, skills and knowledge learnt in this class can be used to enhance people’s own beliefs (be they spiritual, religious or secular). As the Dalai Lama says: “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.”

When: Begins Thursday 12th October 2017, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Where: Rigpa Adelaide, 77 King William Street, Kent Town

Fee: Full $160, Concession $90

Registration: To register & pay, email Rigpa Adelaide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Introduction to Meditation: Peace, Mindfulness and Awareness "A Drop In Class" First Saturday morning of Every Month (except January)

While there are many forms of meditation offered in Adelaide these days, Rigpa Adelaide offers authentic meditation practices drawn from the centuries-old Tibetan tradition and helps us to discover their relevance to our busy modern lives.

Peace, mindfulness and awareness in the modern world offers:

  • an introduction to how to meditate
  • time and space to practice calm abiding, mindfulness and awareness
  • discussion of how we can bring the benefits of meditation into every aspect of our daily lives
  • a teaching from Sogyal Rinpoche on a different theme or topic each month

These mornings are for newcomers to Buddhism and meditation, as well as those who already have some experience with meditation and wish to deepen their understanding and practice. This is not a course so feel free to come along to any session that suits you. No need to register, just drop in.

Where: Rigpa Adelaide, 77 King William Street, Kent Town
When: First Saturday morning of each month
Time: 9.30am to 12 noon
Fee: Full $15, Concession/Student $10
Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 8362 5888

List of topics to be covered this year:
Topics may change and new ones be added.

  • February 4: Mastering the mind, opening to fundamental goodness and love
  • March 4: Turning the mind away from depression
  • April 1: How to be happy and find stability
  • May 6: Working with Anger
  • June 3: Experiencing the natural freedom of the mind
  • July 1: Healing Low Self Esteem
  • August 5: Awakening the compassionate mind: The human potential for empathy, compassion and altruism
  • September 2: Overcoming fear and anxiety
  • October 7: Transforming uncomfortable situations
  • November 4: Preventing Burnout and Exhaustion
  • December 2: Truth, Love and Relationships
 

Loving Kindness "A Drop In Class" Third Saturday of Every Month (except January)

These sessions include time to watch short teachings, discuss in a small group setting, and learn some compassion meditation practices. The course covers:

  • The action of altruism
  • Learning to love ourselves
  • The power of invocation
  • Compassion in working with ourselves
  • The radiance of love and compassion
  • Overcoming emotions
  • Overcoming indifference
  • Transforming hatred and resentment.

These sessions are for newcomers to Buddhism, as well as those who already have some experience with meditation and wish to deepen their understanding and practice.

This is not a course so feel free to come along to any session that suits you.

No need to register, just drop in.

There is a recommended cost for these classes but this is negotiable depending on your financial circumstances.

Time: 9.30am to 12 noon

Where: Rigpa Adelaide, 77 King William Street, Kent Town

Fee: Full $15, Concession/Student $10

Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 8362 5888

 

Course Fees

Rigpa Adelaide is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. All income supports the operation of the centre.

Course fees and donations enable the ongoing study and practice of authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings, but at no stage do we wish to exclude anyone experiencing financial difficulties.

If you would like to participate in one of our courses but feel you are unable to afford to do so simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your situation and we will make an alternative arrangement for you.