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

What Meditation Really is

We all want to be happy but often the relentless pace and challenges of modern life make it impossible to know where to look for happiness.

Through the wisdom of meditation, however, we can find peace and contentment. To our amazement, we discover a profound stillness that is always with us, beneath the turbulence of all our thoughts and emotions.

When we allow our mind to settle, quietly, in its own natural peace, then what happens is quite extraordinary.

This is a 10-week course and beginners and continuing students are welcome.

When: Tuesday evenings 9th of May to 11th of July 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: 77 King William Street, Kent Town, 5067

Course fees are $160 full/$90 concession

Course registration and payment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that the pricelessness of the teachings is not reflected in the course fees. There is a recommended cost for this course but this is negotiable depending on your financial circumstances.

Recommended reading for this class is the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Copies are available to purchase at the centre for $25 or $30 (2 different editions available).

 

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.