Vajrayana Institute

A place to fully realise your potential

We offer an extensive program of teachings, meditation, retreats, counseling, healing and social work. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for people to fully realise their potential, transforming their hearts and minds for the benefit of all beings.

VI is a non-profit incorporated association that is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a grouping of over 150 meditation centres worldwide. FPMT was established in the 1970s by Lama Thubten Yeshe and the current spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Our teachings are in accordance with the philosophy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Visit our centre, located at 9 Victoria Square, Ashfield.

Special Events

His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that Compassion is the practice most needed at this time in the world. Charles Darwin said as humans we are hardwired for compassion. Lama Zopa Rinpoche...
It's a commonly held misconception that spiritual practice and activism conflict. In fact, the logical consequence of successful practice is action for the sake of others; it just naturally follows. But...
We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from "out there". Even more fundamentally, we assume that we are the handiwork...
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says there is no better practice than purification. During this residential retreat you will learn how to purify negative karma with the powerful practice of Vajrasattva in...
This year Vajrayana Institute is bouncing into spring with a Fete at its Open Day. For young and old, it will be a fun-filled day bringing the community together! Face...

What’s on this week

August 20, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Class

Monday (August 20, 2018)
Pujas & Practices 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Guru Puja - Tsog - withSenior Students
A puja is a special ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas or different manifestations of...
Buddhism 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Death and Rebirth - withAlan Marsh
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to...
Tuesday (August 21, 2018)
Classes with Geshe Samten 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Nagarjunas Precious Garland - withGeshe Ngawang Samten
Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality.  In the Precious Garland Nagarjuna describes the cause & effect sequences...
Wednesday (August 22, 2018)
Art Classes 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Weekly Art Class - withPaul Smith
Students will learn the meaning and practice of drawing and painting traditional Buddhist art in the Tibetan style,...
Meditation 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meditation for Kids - withJacqui & Lesta Coughlin
This half-hour introductory program for primary school aged children (5-12 yrs old) will include a simple meditation, with...
Meditation 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Drop in Meditation - withAlan Marsh
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join Alan...
Buddhism 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Happiness Through Wisdom: Exploring Emptiness - withVenerable Jampa Dekyi
The root cause of all our suffering, is our mistaken understanding of reality. We are suffering not because...
Thursday (August 23, 2018)
Classes with Geshe Samten 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sublime Continuum with Geshe Samten - withGeshe Ngawang Samten
'I bow to the one who, with no beginning, middle or end, has a serene stillness and is...
Friday (August 24, 2018)
Meditation 10:00 am - 11:00 am Drop-in Meditation - withAlan Marsh
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join Alan...
Yoga 11:15 am - 12:30 pm Yoga - withTony Steel
Yoga works with the body and the breath to still the mind. Through regular practice, achieve a sense...
Saturday (August 25, 2018)
Buddhism 10:00 am - 4:00 pm The Heart of Wisdom Sutra - withJampa Jaffe
From a Buddhist perspective, we continue to experience disappointment, frustration and dissatisfaction because we have a limited point...
Sunday (August 26, 2018)
Pujas & Practices 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Vajrayogini Self Initiation - withSenior Students
Who is Vajrayogini? She is the ultimate flowering of the female energy that lies within all of us,...
Meditation 10:30 am - 11:30 am Drop in Meditation - withVenerable Jampa Dekyi
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join Alan...
Pujas & Practices 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Medicine Buddha Puja - withSenior Students
A puja is a special ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas or different manifestations of...
Monday (August 27, 2018)
Buddhism 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Death and Rebirth - withAlan Marsh
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to...

August 20, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Geshe-la was born at Panchamari, MP, India. At the age of nine, he entered the Sera Monastic Institute and took the vows of monk ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Geshe-la completed his studies and attained his Geshe degree at the highest level of a Lharampa, the equivalent of a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. He taught as a lecturer in the Gelug tradition at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath. Since 2003, Geshe-la has been the main resident teacher at VI.

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