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There are many wonderful Buddhist teachings and events available to us here in Australia over the coming months. 2011 is going to be a great year to participate in these profound Teachings, Conversations, Celebrations and Community Events.

Man of Compassion & Wisdom
His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
Australian Visit 2011

Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth

His Holiness will commence his Australian visit on the Queen's Birthday long weekend on the 11th June 2011. Over the course of the long weekend, His Holiness will be giving teachings on Shantideva's text "A Bodhisattva's way of Life". On the Saturday afternoon, His Holiness will also engage in a Public Conversation "On Happiness Life & Living - Karma & Reincarnation". Tickets for both these events are now on sale. Platinum tickets to the Melbourne Public Conversation have sold out and there are only a handful of A Reserve tickets left, so please don't delay if you wish to secure the best seats available.

After leaving Melbourne, His Holiness will then travel to Canberra, Brisbane and Perth.


Tuesday 14th June
A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Happiness, Life and Living
Love and Forgiveness


Wednesday June 15th
Youth Event

Thursday June 16th

Special visit to Chenrezig Institute & talk with school students

Friday June 17th

Attendance at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference
Business Lunch
A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Happiness, Life and Living
Happiness and Compassion


Sunday 19th June
A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Happiness, Life and Living
Spirituality in the Modern World
Rock for Tibet Concert
His Holiness will offer a short talk

Tickets to the Canberra, Brisbane and Perth Public Conversations will go on sale on Wednesday, 23 February 2011. Please let your friends know about these wonderful events.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche Retreat & Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be leading a retreat in April 2011 at the the Atisha Centre in Bendigo, Victoria

The Atisha Centre, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery and the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Bendigo, Australia will be jointly hosting a month of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's precious teachings. Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara - the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life will be taught during weeks one and two, followed by the transmission of the rare Rinjung Gyatsa Initiations during weeks three and four.

The three neighbouring centres are located a 15 minute drive North West of Bendigo in Central Victoria, a former rich goldfields area.

We anticipate over 250 people will attend the retreat. Early registration is recommended, as places will be limited. EASTER and WEEKLY bookings NOW AVAILABLE

For further details, please go to for information, registration and bookings.

Rinpoche will give teachings at Vajrayana Institute in late May - further details on this from Vajrayana Institute

Choden Rinpoche - Australia Tour March 2011

Venerable Choden Rinpoche will give teachings and initiations in March 2011 at the FPMT centres in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Venerable Choden Rinpoche is an eminent lama and scholar, who is recognised as a skilful teacher in the Mahayana tradition.

For tour dates and details of teachings and initiatioins, please click here.

Sogyal Rinpoche's 2011 Australian Tour

Sogyal Rinpoche is in Australia and events will be in the following cities:

Melbourne - 18th February
Brisbane - 16th March (Date to be confirmed) Sydney - 21st March

For tour details, please click here.

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu 

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu is visiting several places around Australia, New Zealand and Asia. For the full details and information, please click here.

"The Dzogchen Teachings are a direct path of self liberation, for discovering one's own condition and true nature"

Losar Celebrations (Tibetan New Year)

"Losar" is the Tibetan word for 'new year'. "Lo" roughly translates to 'year' or 'age' and "sar" translates to 'new' or 'fresh'. "Tashi Delek", which Tibetans also use to greet each other, has a positive meaning - wishing for goodness and happiness for the other person.

The Tibetan New Year marks the beginning of a period when Tibetans ring in the new year by making extensive offerings and doing special prayers and practices to eliminate obstacles. It is a time for both celebration and renewal. 2011 is the year of the Iron Rabbit.

In Sydney, the Tibetan Community are holding their celebration at the Cromer Community Centre, Sunday 6th March 11am - 3pm.  For further information, please visit

Why not contact your local Buddhist Centre and find out what's happening in your area.  If you go to and click on BUDDHIST GROUPS at the top of the home page, you can search all the groups in your state.


The Buddhist Council of NSW is holding the Buddhist Expo in May this year. The theme of the Expo is Buddhism in Practical Life and the objective is to showcase that the Buddha's teachings have much to offer every individual.

The Expo will be held in two locations in Sydney, one in the Inner West and the other in the South West. The dates are 7th & 8th May and 14th & 15th May 2011. For further details please contact of visit

There's More!

The events listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of everything that is happening around Australia. There are several other events listed in the What's Happening section of our website.

If you are organising a relevant event that you would like listed in our What's On section, then please contact

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