Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Visits Armidale and Rocky River – January 2011

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Thurs 13th January
Public Talk – Mindfulness Meditation – A discourse by the Buddha
7pm for 7.30pm start
Legacy House – 89 Faulkner St.
Donation: $10 or $5 concession

VAJRA LING, Rocky River
Fri 14th to Thurs 20th January – Lama Je Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Initiation and Retreat – $350 or $50 per day
Fri 21st January –
Black Manjushri Initiation – $50
Sat 22nd January –
White Mahakala Initiation – $50

CONTACT: for bookings or more information
Maxine Ross – (02) 6778 5038
Pedro Sousa – (02) 6771 3016 or 0438 249 493 or email:

Lama Je Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga – This is a practice to increase wisdom, memory, compassion, patience and to ward off negative energies and utilise the power of the Buddhas to further your practice. With this practice, one makes a connection to Maitreya Buddha. It is simple, complete and effective for today’s modern individual.

White Mahakala

The White Mahakala deity is the wrathful aspect of both the Four Armed Chenrezig and the Thousand Armed Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the bodhisattva of Compassion. The main role of the White Mahakala is to help people overcome diffculties and hardship (particularly in this degenerated time) so as to assist them to attain enlightenment within a short period of time. !is is important for those sentient beings facing short life spans. The White Mahakala protects one from fear of death and from pain and fear at the time of death and in the bardo state. He can magnetize wealth to those in need, provide assistance to the helpless and food to those who suffer in hunger.
He can eliminate all obstacles in our lives and all enemies to the development of our spirituality. The White Mahakala is the most widely revered of all wealth deities for its effectiveness and blessings.

Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering that arise due to sickness or problems; it is also a powerful antidote against the harm and disturbances caused by negative astrological influences.It helps us to confront and deal with the negative emotions, such as anger, depression, fear and denial, which arise when we are challenged by such diseases or when we are confronted with problems in our daily life.

Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche 2008

Karma Lhundrup RinpocheHi All,

Following is the schedule for Karma Lhundup’s teachings in Armidale. It would be lovely to see you all there. It seems we are in auspicious company with Rinpoche only visiting a handful of places whilst he is here. He will be visiting Melbourne after Armidale? where a number of students also hold Zasep Rinpoche as their heart Guru – so we seem to be? travelling? well together. If you are interested in attending the public talk please bring a plate to share afterwards. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to give either myself or Michael a call.

Karma Lhundup Rinpoche
Public Talk: Transforming emotions into compassion (Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig)
When: Friday 11th July 7:30pm
Where: Armidale Community Buddhist Centre
211 Beardy St (Next to Chinese Mandarin Restaurant)
Cost: $5 donation
Contact: Ruth or Michael 6772 1106

Karma Lhundup Rinpoche
Teaching: Healing Empowerment (Ta-Chag Khyng-Sum – three healing deities)
When: Saturday 12th July 10am – 5pm
Where: Armidale Community Buddhist Centre
211 Beardy St (Next to Chinese Mandarin Restaurant)
Cost: $50 (or $80 for both Sat & Sun)
Bring lunch to share, morning and afternoon teas provided.
Contact: Ruth or Michael 6772 1106

Karma Lhundup Rinpoche
Teaching: Transferring consciousness at the time of death & Chod
When: Sunday 13th July 10am – 5pm
Where: Vajra Ling, Rowbottoms Rd, Rocky River
Cost: $50 (or $80 for both Sat & Sun)
Bring lunch to share, morning and afternoon teas provided.
Contact: Ruth or Michael (02) 6772 1106

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche 2008

Zasep Tulku RinpocheHere is the Retreat and teaching schedule for Zasep Tulku Rinpoche’s visit to Uralla in 2008 at Vajra Ling, Rocky River unless stated otherwise

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January

10am-5pm – Calm Abiding with Special insight Practice – $50 per day
“When you see reality, no illusions can confuse you;
when you develop stability, things cannot shake it or take it away.”

Only by combining the heightened state of concentration known as calm abiding with special insight into the nature of reality can liberation from cyclic existence be attained. Calm abiding forms the basis for special insight. The great Indian master Atisha also points out that for Bodhisattvas the attainment of a calmly abiding mind is essential in order to develop the different kinds of extra-sensory perception that allow them to work more efficiently for living beings.

Tuesday January 29th

Public talk on Mindfulness meditation for ” Healing Trauma and Spiritual Awakening” CWA Hall, Rusden Street, Armidale – 7pm for 7.30pm $10 donation

Thursday January 31st – Children’s Blessing

Friday February 1st – 7pm -9.30pm

Long Life White Heruka Initiation – commitments – Bodhisattva, Tantric Vows and daily recitation of White Heruka mantra $25

This is an Annutarayoga (Highest Yoga) Tantra initiation. Bodhisattva and tantric vows, as well as a daily mantra commitment, will be given according to tradition.

There was a series of teachings given to Lama Tsongkhapa from his direct communication with Manjushri, these teachings are called the Kadam Emanation Scripture. The initiation and its special instructions for practice are the very essence of those teachings that Je Tsongkhapa and Lama Umapa received from the Wisdom Buddha, Manjushri. It contains many secret instructions that were only handed down orally from Guru to disciple. Yanchen Drupai Dorje composed this sadhana from the oral instructions he received from Ngulchu Dharmabhadra. This is the most profound method for prolonging life, dispelling obstacles and increasing one’s merit that Manjushri himself had to offer.

Saturday 2nd and Sunday3rd February 10am – 5pm

Very Special teaching and practice on Bodhicitta and great Compassion – $50 per day

“There are many different philosophies, but what is of basic importance is compassion, love for others, concern for others’ suffering, and reduction of selfishness.” HH Dalai Lama

  • Please note spaces are limited please book ahead and reserve your place

  • For more details or to book in contact Maxine Ross 02 6778 5038 or Pedro 6771 3016 or email me at

Teachings with Geshe Dawa (Translated by Lama Rigzin)

Geshe DawaFriday September 15th: Public Talk on ‘The Principles of Buddhism’
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue: CWA Hall, Rusden St (Next to Armidale Wholesale Fruit Market)

Suggested Donation: $5.00

Saturday September 16th: Teachings on the ‘Heart Sutra’ and the ‘Refuge Vows’
9.30am – 5pm

Venue: Vajra Ling, Rowbottoms Rd, Rocky River

Cost: $50.00 per day or $80.00 for both Saturday & Sunday

Bring a plate to share for lunch and a meditation cushion

September 17th: Four Armed Chenrezig Initiation
1pm – 5pm
Vajra Ling, Rowbottoms Rd, Rocky River

Cost: $50.00 per day or $80.00 for both Saturday & Sunday

Bring offering, meditation cushion, afternoon tea to share

Please note that spaces are limited for the teachings on Sat & Sun so bookings and a deposit are desirable

For further information and bookings please phone Dianne on (02) 6772 6674 or Jenny on 0421645103

About Geshe Dawa

Geshe Dawa has studied extensively in both Tibet and India since taking ordination at the age of nine. After leaving Tibet in 1959, Geshe-la, together with several hundred other monks, helped to establish a branch of Sera Monastery in south India. His academic accomplishments in Buddhist studies include the Acharya Degree from Varanasi University, which he completed in three years rather than the usual ten. He also holds a Lharampa Geshe Degree, the highest possible attainment in formal Buddhist philosophical studies, and a Tantric Geshe Degree.

Geshe-la has received many teachings and initiations from various Great Masters including his Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as his two tutors, Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. On the invitation of Lama Yeshe, Geshe Dawa moved to Melbourne to become the first resident Teacher at Tara House where he taught regularly for four years as well as twice yearly at Buddha House in Adelaide. Geshe-la then returned to India to teach at Sera Monastery.

In 1991, having been requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche many times, he took up the position of resident Teacher at Vajrayana Institute in Sydney where he taught for eight years.

Geshe Dawa is now semi-retired and lives in Bankstown. Geshe-la continues to give regular teachings and initiations to a devoted group of students.

Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Zasep Tulku RinpocheThe Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized and internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, was born in Tibet in the province of Kham in 1948. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche was recognized as the 13th incarnation of Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. In 1959, during the Chinese invasion, he escaped from Tibet and continued his education for sixteen years in India under the tutelage of many of the greatest teachers of Mahayana Buddhism.
Zasep Rinpoche has been coming to Rocky River and Armidale since 1993 to lead Buddhist retreats. Each time he has visited this area he has given public talks on Buddhism, which are becoming more and more popular. Rinpoche has nearly 30 years experience teaching Buddhism to western students in Canada, USA and Europe. He combines his deep understanding of the mind and how it works with humour and clarity.

All at Vajra Ling, Rocky River except where noted

FRIDAY MARCH 10th, 7pm: Public talk on Karma

At CWA Hall, Rusden St, Armidale. Karma is the law of cause and effect that governs the universe, and our karmic actions create all our suffering and happiness. By observing this natural law and being mindful of our actions of body, speech and mind, we can change
for the better. An understanding of karma is the key to dealing with the present in a positive way, and in creating whatever future results one may wish to experience. [$5 donation]

SATURDAY MARCH 11th, 2pm (Initiation): Lama Je Tsong Khapa
SUNDAY MARCH 12th 10am–5pm (Practice)

Je Tsongkhapa is considered a second Buddha, his teachings and explanations are very clear. He was said to be an emanation of Manjushri the Buddha of wisdom, whom he had direct contact with. Sunday:This practice brings one closer to the guru and increases
wisdom and understanding. [ $60 for two days]

TUESDAY MARCH 14th, 7pm: Dependent Origination

(12 Links of Wheel of Life). These teachings show the way we go from life to life and the leverage point by which we can overcome our suffering and achieve ultimate happiness. [$25]

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th, 7pm: Green Tara initiation

Tara is the feminine essence of our own loving compassionate action that wants to help others across the ocean of suffering to the shore of happiness and bliss. Results of the Green Tara meditation can include quick thinking, generosity, fearlessness and spontaneity.

THURSDAY MARCH 16th, 7pm: Four Arm Chenresig initiation.

Chenresig is within us because love and compassion are not qualities added to the mind. These qualities are part of the awakened state even if, for the moment, this state exists only as a potential for us. He is the visible expression taken by all the buddhas to help activate the love and compassion that are presently only a potential in us and to reveal the ultimate Chenresig to ourselves. [$25]

FRIDAY MARCH 17th, 7pm (Initiation): White Manjushri initiation
SATURDAY MARCH 18th, 10am–5pm (Practice)
SUNDAY MARCH 19th, 10am–5pm (Practice)

The practice of White Manjushri is a wisdom practice that purifies the mind. It is considered to be very good for developing, improving, and preserving memory. Saturday
and Sunday: Eight Mahayana Precepts and White Manjushri Sadhana practice. People can do this as a fasting retreat for both days or optional one meal per day. [$100 for three days]

For more inquiries about Vajra Ling, bookings or accommodation please contact:
• Maxine 6778 5038
• Dianne 6772 6674
• Pedro 6771 3016
or view the printable PDF brochure here.