Past Events 2014 - 2015

His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche 

at Kyegu Buddhist Institute

January 3 - 4 2015

What a great and auspicious way to start off the new year 2015.

His Eminence is one of the highest, most qualified and down to earth contemporary Vajrayana masters.

We are so honoured to have Rinpoche visiting our centre from 3 - 4 January 2015.

SATURDAY 10:30 - 11:30am - 3RD JANUARY

Refuge Ceremony

This event was specially organised for those who intend to dedicate themselves on the path of 

Buddhadharma - the path of wisdom and compassion. Seasoned Dharma students also joined to 

renew their Refuge Vow.

SATURDAY 2:00 - 3:30pm - 3RD JANUARY

Three Longevity Deities Empowerment


For good health and wisdom

 SUNDAY 10:30am - 12pm - 4TH JANUARY

Wealth Deity Dzambala Empowerment.


For prosperity and dispelling of obstacles on the Path

Many Dharma students were at KBI on these two days in January 2015  to receive precious teachings 

and empowerments from a very special teacher.

**Although all our events led by Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche at KBI are by donation so that finances are no barrier to participation, 

we have to charge this time to contribute towards the cost of bringing the master to our shore.

Special Dinner with Friends

Our final evening of entertainment, feasting and merriment was held in November 2014!! 

All funds raised went to Tibetan Refugees in India.

We feasted on great vegetarian cuisine and were entertained by excellent Bollywood dancing and singing!

Vajrapani Bhutadamara with Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche

Vajrapani Empowerment

10:30 - 11-30 Saturday 15 Nov 2014

Vajrapani Teaching/Retreat

12:30pm - 2pm Saturday 15 Nov 2014

12:30pm - 2:30pm Sunday 16 Nov 2014

A non residential retreat and the program held at KBI.

In Vajrayana Buddhist tradition there are three principal Bodhisattvas who represent the essential 

characteristics of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times. Manjushri represents 

wisdom, Avalokiteshvara compassion and Vajrapani power. Vajrapani as caretaker and guardian of all the 

Tantras is the special deity for removing the various types of obstacles that can arise during intensive practice. 

Within the Sakya School in general and the Lamdre Tradition in particular, Vajrapani in the form of Bhutadamara 

is the foremost practice for removing obstructions on the path of a Tantric practitioner. Bhutadamara practice 

is of  Anuttarayoga Tantra, the highest classification of Tantra, and it arises from the exclusive explanatory tantra 

to the Hevajra called the Vajrapanjara Tantra.

This was KBI's 13 Annual Vajrapani event.

HH SAKYA TRIZIN's 69th BIRTHDAY and Group Bus Trip to the Southern Highlands 

Sunday 7 September 2014

We had an enjoyable bus trip to the beautiful Southern Highlands after the Sunday morning meditation session and 

the auspicious 69th Birthday celebration of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, our patron and Root Guru.


Dharmatainment - 12 July 2014

We enjoyed an enlightening film on Saturday, July 12th, the Hindi Film TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (Stars on Earth) which explores 

the life and imagination of an eight-year-old boy called Ishaan.

Lojong (Mind Training) Retreat - 20-22 June 2014

Rinpoche led a Lojong (mind training) Retreat from 20 - 22 June.

The retreat was held at Yerrinbool Bahai Learning Centre in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of the Southern Highlands.

For a copy of the inspiring Lojong Retreat Booklet - including amazing verses on impermanence - please click here.

Rinpoche's Birthday Celebration - 14 June

Rinpoche's birthday was during the month of Vesak. We hosted a special celebration on 14 June.

Please click here for more information. Cost $60pp, which all goes towards costs for running the event and supporting KBI.


Vesak 2014 

Friday June 13th - 5:45am - 8am

Refuge Ceremony, Precepts Ceremony, Bodhichitta Vows.

The most significant day in the Buddhist Calendar is on the (full moon) 15th of the 4th Lunar month. 

It represents Buddha's Taming of the Maras, Enlightenment and Parinirvana.

If you are an aspirant Buddhist and wish to enter the path, this is the perfect day to take refuge in the 

Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It is also the perfect day for the seasoned students to renew your Refuge Vow 

as well as Bodhisattva Vow. SOJONG will also be performed, where one undertakes the keeping of eight precepts 

for the day, until the next sunrise (24 hours). 

Any actions performed on significant days like this gets multiplied by 1,000,000.

It's a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of living our lives in accordance with the 

ways of compassionate wisdom of the Buddhas and start afresh. What better way to start the day with SOJONG.

Event proceedings began at 5:45 am and everyone brought and share a pure vegetarian breakfast 

(no eggs and alcohol contents) after the completion of the ceremonies around 8am.

Auspicious Vesak-ing!!!

Dharma Classes - The Six Perfections - 16 March to 18 May 2014

In this course, Rinpoche gave clear explanations on the practice of each of the Perfections or Paramitas, which are:

Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

Six Paramitas are the key practice that leads the practitioner to overcome suffering in this lifetime and develop happiness

that is genuine, unconditional and lasting and eventually the highest bliss - the complete Enlightenment.

What is this Mind - Know I. No Me. I Know - @ University of Technology Sydney - 3 May 2014

Aenpo Kyabgon was one of the elite Dharma teachers to participate at the Mitra Conference 2014 and Rinpoche talked about the nature of MIND.

For more information please click here

Embodying Wellbeing - Thursdays 7pm from March to May 2014

This program was a series of Thursday night sessions designed to remind our bodies how to rest deeply in order to reinvigorate our natural aliveness.

We forget the basics of wellbeing sometimes – how to stop and breathe deeply, how to rest down, how to unwind the knots of tension from the day.

It’s so simple we forget to do it. But we can’t do our best work in the world without that dedication to the ongoing practice of embodying well-being.

Led by Vasi Alvanos, a Somatic Psychotherapist and a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner who has studied with some fabulous teachers over the years, notably Robyn Speyer, (one of Australia’s most qualified Bio Dynamic Bodyworkers), Dr Julie Henderson (PhD) and Dr Tony Richardson (Somatic) Psychiatrist.

 Enquiries: to Vasi at      or     0409922111

Living with Buddha's advice - Sunday 23 March 2014

KBI's resident teacher, Ven Loppon Ngawang Lekdup gave a DHARMA TALK on how to live a happier and more compassionate life.

Loppon is a highly qualified Tibetan teacher living in Australia. He is fun. His teachings are helpful.

Losar - Sunday 2 March 2014

 Losar celebrations for the start of the year of the Wood Horse will take place on Sunday 2nd March 2014.

KBI invites all members, friends and relatives to come and share in the festivities for ‘Tibetan (Lunar) New Year at our Centre on this day.

There will be an early morning Tara Puja starting at 9.30am followed by meditation practice and a community lunch.

See you there!

Past Events Held During 2013


Meditating Well - 12:pm-1:00pm Sunday 8 December 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave teachings on the techniques of basic calm abiding (shamatha) meditation.

This was Rinpoche's last teaching for the year 2013. 

Next teaching will be in February 2014.

Indispensability of meditation in 21st century  - 12:00-1:00pm Sunday 1 December 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave a talk on the essence of meditation. 

"Don't just sit there in one corner and pretend - Be out there and become one with the practice within".

Dinner with Friends - Celebrate H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche's Birthday - Saturday 16 November 2013

It was a big day for many of us who were so fortunate to have met His Eminence and receive teachings directly from HIM when 

Kyegu Buddhist Institute sponsored and hosted Rinpoche's only visit to Australia in 2004.


To commemorate His Eminence's birthday, we hosted a special dinner with friends - with music, entertainment, good food and great company.

How to face challenging circumstances - 12:00-1:00pm Sunday 10 November 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave an inspiring talk on building confidence and using our own ability to overcome adverse conditions and being happy.

Dharma Talk in Coffs Harbour - Sunday 27 October 2013

Know I : Know You - 12:30-1:30pm Sunday 20 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave a brief orientation on the unique Buddhist viewpoint of INTERDEPENDENT ORIGINATION.

"Discover the beauty and connection within".

 COMPASSION: Foundation of well being (Part 1) - 13 October 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave a talk on the importance of compassion in our lives. Rinpoche outlined the importance of equanimity

reflecting on the kindness of one's mother and other close ones and how to love without attachment.

This was the first discussion on compassion in a two-part series. Dates for the second event will be forthcoming.


 Dharmatainment - 12 October 2013

KBI's community thoroughly enjoyed the documentary 'Yogis Of Tibet'.

Please click here for more details.

Thank you everyone for coming.

Green Tara Puja - 13 October 2013

Green Tara Puja is a gentle yet powerful practice to overcome fear and dispel obstacles. The practice of this female Buddha is 

one of the most common practices performed at all the monasteries and nunneries in Tibet.

The community joined our Sangha to be part of this wonderful Puja.

Public Talk & Guided Meditation- 21 & 22 September 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave a talk on "Living In The Teachings Of Buddha" in Coffs Harbour.

"Life is precious and we must make use of the time and opportunity we have now to fully realise its potential."

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche also led a guided 'calm abiding meditation' session.

Venue: The Neighbourhood Centre in Earl St off Harbour Drive (behind the new Coles). COFFS HARBOUR

 Dharmatainment at KBI - 14 September 2013

KBI's community thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful Korean Buddhist film - SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER......SPRING.

Please click here for synopsis  and reviews.

Thank you everyone for coming.


This was an invitation to all our Dharma disciples and friends to join Kyegu Buddhist Institute in celebrating our Root Guru’s 69th birthday

this Friday for an hour from 8-9pm.

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche: "Many of us have been very fortunate to have met His Holiness and received teachings directly from him. 

Millions of Tibetans take Holiness as their Guru – they haven’t even seen him in the flesh, yet they develop a beautiful connection and 

carry that blessing into their spiritual path."

At the centre, 16 Arhat Puja was performed followed by mantra chanting and long life prayers purely dedicating for Holiness’s 

longevity and wellbeing on this special occasion. And of course a little cake ceremony after that.

Annual Vajrapani Retreat - 22 to 25 August 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche led Kyegu Buddhist Institute's 12th annual Vajrapani retreat from 22 to 25 August 2013. 

This was a residential retreat, held in the beautiful Southern Highlands and organised by Palden Sakya Australia. 

The retreat was sealed auspiciously with a Vajrapani Bhutadamara Peace Fire Puja. This powerful practice was performed for the 

dispelling of  obstacles and to enhance the Vajrapani practice of the students who take Vajrapani as his/her path.

Vajrapani Bhutadamara Sadhana Teaching - Saturdays 10 & 17 August 2013

Our teacher, Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche, gave penetrative instructions on how to effectively engage in this 

profound practice of Vajrapani Bhutadamara. 

Dharma is the source of all happiness and through the path of Dharma one is ultimately able to attain complete 

enlightenment – not to mention attaining the benefits of relief and freedom from temporary stresses and difficulties in our individual lives.

The practice of Dharma, significantly, allows us to reflect upon the infinite sufferings of our once beloved mothered sentient beings. 

This practice of compassion and "all inclusiveness" encourages us to engage in the practice of Dharma primarily and genuinely for the 

benefit of every sentient being through which the temporary happiness that we strive to achieve is automatically gained and 

transformed into a higher irreversible state of joy and peace.


Vajrapani is not only one of the swiftest and most effective obstacle dispelling deities mentioned in Sutra and 

practised in the Tantric Buddhist Tradition, Vajrapani Bhutadamara is also a primary wealth (increase) deity along side 

Dzambala deities and so on.

 Vajrapani Bhutadamara Empowerment - Saturday 3 August 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche bestowed Vajrapani Bhutadamara empowerment at 3:30pm on Saturday 3 August 2013.

Amongst various Vajrapani deities, Vajrapani Bhutadamara belongs to Anutarayogatantra, the highest classification of tantra.

Vajrapani Bhutadamara is a Bodhisattva who represents the power of all the Buddhas – just as Avalokiteshvara represents 

their great compassion and Manjushri their transcendental wisdom.

 A Weekend with Dr Tony Richardson - Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 2013

Kyegu Buddhist Institute hosted a weekend workshop with  Dr Tony Richardson a Tibetan Buddhist Practitioner, 
and Somatic Psychiatrist. Sue Robinson, Somatic psychotherapist, also taught alongside Tony on the weekend.

The weekend workshop was about learning practices to develop stability and well-being and create support for spiritual practice and everyday living.

 Chenrezig Teaching - 20 July 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche gave succint teachings on how to do meditation on compassion through the practice of 
Four Armed Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion. Great Compassion is the root of Buddhadharma.

 Chenrezig Empowerment - 13 July 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche bestowed the empowerment of Four Armed Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion on Saturday 13 July 2013.
Great Compassion is the root of Buddhadharma.


Mahakala Puja - 7 July 2013 

Mahakala Puja was performed to dispel obstacles and dedications were made for particular people in need.

Many attended and participated. The Puja was led by Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche and the Sangha.

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 78th Birthday Celebration & White Tara Puja - 6 July 2013

Celebrations for the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a long-life White Tara Puja was led by Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche and the Sangha.

This was a great opportunity to celebrate the life of a great spiritual leader in modern times.

Dharma In Action In Our Modern Lives - 8 June 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche's Dharma talk in the Central Coast

Rinpoche gave a talk on the FOUR SEALS OF DHARMA, and explained how important it is for all of us in our practice as Buddhists. 

Understanding of the Four Seals enriches our perspectives of the world and most importantly enhance loving kindness, compassion and altruism. 

The event was held at the International Buddhist Cham Shan Temple of Australia, 85 Freemans Drive Morisset. 

For more info on Cham Shan Temple, please click here Click here for teaching photos.

Dharmatainment at KBI - 8 June 2013 - Martin Scorsese’s ‘KUNDUN’

We celebrated our Teacher Aenpo Kyabgon's birthday which coincided with our first ‘Dharmatainment’ at KBI.  It was a timely opportunity to have some

fun and show the film KUNDUN as HH the Dalai Lama visits Sydney for a series of teachings, please click here for information.

"Kundun" brings to life the account of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his 

journey into exile.

All proceeds went towards supporting KBI so as to allow us to continue to offer our teachings without a set charge but instead by donation.

Click here for the movie night photos.

Lojong Retreat - May/June 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche led a weekend Lojong (mind-training) Retreat from 31 May to 2 June in the beautiful Southern Highlands.

The retreat was truly a inspiring and heart-felt occasion.

The retreat was organised by Palden Sakya, KBI's sister centre. Click here for retreat photos.

Vesak Ceremony - 25 May 2013

On the morning of 25 May 2013, KBI celebrated VESAK, the triple anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment, Taming of the Maras 

and Passing into Mahaparinirvana. Proceedings began at 5:30am with the Taking of 8 Mahayana Precepts with Loppon and Lama Tsekyab.

Our teacher Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche unfortunately was not available to preside over the auspicious gathering as he was unwell

As planned, a community vegetarian breakfast occurred around 8am.

Everyone enjoyed participating in the VESAK ceremony, the most special event in the Buddhist calendar, and had an auspicious time 

commemorating the special day with our Sanghas and Dharma brothers and sisters at Kyegu Buddhist Institute although everyone 

missed Rinpoche's presence.

Chenrezig Puja For Kyegu Quake Victims - 14 April 2013

Kyegu Buddhist Institute hosted a Chenrezig Puja to remember the lives lost and affected in Kyegu when the town was hit by a devastating earthquake 

3 years ago on 14/4/2010. Kyegu Monastery, our mother monastery, was also destroyed but is now being rebuilt. 

Our teacher Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche and the other Sanghas presided over the puja. Dedication was also made to the many lives lost and affected 

during the Black Saturday bush fire in Victoria and the floods in Queensland and northern NSW.

Mahakala Puja - 10 March 2013

Kyegu Buddhist Institute hosted the full Mahakala Puja on 10 March. The puja was presided over by Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche. All the Sanghas

at the centre also performed the puja. Many attended and provided the names of their loved ones to dedicate the puja to.  

Ten Week Mind Training Course

Ten week course on Lojong ran for 10 Saturdays from 2 March 2013 until its completion in late May 2013. The course was taught by 

Aenpo Kyabgon, and Rinpoche based the teaching on the Lojong text of "7 points in mind training". 

It was a terrific course that really inspired us all to practice giving love to others.

Tara empowerment - 17 Feb 2013

Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche bestowed Arya Tara empowerment on Sunday 17 February 2013. 

The empowerment was followed by a community lunch. It was a terrific day. Thank you to all the people who turned up and made this event wonderful.

Art Exhibition travels to Coffs Harbour - 1 February to 2 March 2013

The exhibition "impermanence: expressions of Kyegu, Tibet", is a photographic record and illustrated expressions of being in Tibet and 

responses to the 2010 earthquake in the region. Artist Jayne Shephard brings to life in her exhibition an extraordinary and moving account of 

Tibet before and after the tragedy. Click here for the artist's statement.

His Eminence Aenpo Kyabgon participated at the opening of the exhibition and gave an introduction to Buddhist meditation

The exhibition was held at Bunker Cartoon Gallery Coffs Harbour, Click here for more information  

Annual Retreat 2012

Our annual retreat was held in November 2012 in the beautiful Megalong, Blue Mountains. 

Loppon Ngawang led the retreat and Lama Tenpa's company and culinary skills were enjoyed by all the retreatants.

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