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Buddhist Summer School


 


26th Buddhist Summer School Program
10 - 15 January 2009
University College
University of Melbourne
College Crescent, Parkville

View the timetable, registration form and full brochure.

 

SESSIONS

(1) Mindfulness Cognition and Well Being - Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

(2) Hatha Yoga and Kum Nye for Meditation – Felicity Lodro

(3) Art in Everyday Life – Acharya Samuel Bercholz

(4) Zen Meditation - Ekai Korematsu Osho

(5) Mindfulness-based and Emotion-focused Counselling - Padmasiri De Silva

(6) Hatha Yoga and Kum Nye for Meditation – Felicity Lodro

(7) The Legacy of the Oddiyana Master - Jakob Leschly

(8) Thoughts of Letting Go, Letting Go of Thoughts - Ven Sucinta Bhikkhuni

(9) Approaching the View of Emptiness - Jakob Leschly

(10) Accessing Joy in the Modern World: Teachings from the Vajrayana Lineage of Indonesia - Princess Maitrie Pandji Sakti

(11) Buddhist Existentialism – Dr Robert Miller

(12) Mind, Meditation, Movement – A course for younger students (35 and under) – Acharya Samuel Bercholz and Sara Bercholz


 

(1) Mindfulness Cognition and Well Being - Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

In this course Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche will discuss Mindfulness Cognition and Well Being as described in vast Buddhist literature. Rinpoche will present this course both from theoretical and practical perspectives. This course is suitable for new and advanced students alike.

3 sessions: $45


(2) Hatha Yoga and Kum Nye for Meditation – Felicity Lodro

Kum Nye is a form of Tibetan Yoga. This course combines gentle yoga exercises and movement with visualization techniques and breathing exercises (Pranayama) to promote mental and physical well being. Kum Nye exercises developed from the Hatha Yoga tradition that originated in India. These two forms of yoga practice are extremely complimentary and assist in the deepening of ones meditative experience.

Felicity Lodro received her yoga teaching qualifications from the International Yoga Teachers Association in 1986. Her teaching style is strongly influenced by both the Desikachar and Iyengar schools of Hatha Yoga. Felicity has practiced and studied Buddhism for over 20 years as a student of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s. She has a degree in Empirical Psychology.

3 sessions: $45

 

(3) Art in Everyday Life – Acharya Samuel Bercholz

Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate.  Chögyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher, called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression.  The course will explore how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life; any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world.  Course reading:  True Perception:  The Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa.

Acharya Samuel Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and the Shambhala lineages of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy courses and Shambhala Training courses throughout North America, Europe and Australasia since the early 1970s. He is the founder of Shambhala Publications, the leading publisher of Buddhist books in the English language, a founding trustee of The Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and co-editor of The Buddha and His Teachings. He has taught at the Buddhist Summer School since 2003.

4 sessions: $60

 

(4) Zen Meditation - Ekai Korematsu Osho

Zen Buddhism emphasises the Japanese term Shoshin which roughly translates as Beginner’s Mind or Way seeking Mind. The genuine spiritual journey begins with this mind and completes with this mind. Zen teaches us to open up to the reality we are directly connected with and dependent on, the reality of all living beings and everything that exists. The ten ox herding pictures are a concrete expression of this. Compassionate concern for the welfare of others and the environment flow naturally from this mind. Each session will begin and end with a short period of meditation and the following topics will be discussed over the four sessions.

Session 1 Way seeking mind searching for a clue (Pic.1, Pic.2, Pic.3)
Session 2 Deepening Practice in the cycle of one’s own Zen life (Pic.4, Pic.5, Pic.6)
Session 3 Freedom from the self; true self nature revealed (Pic.7, Pic.8, Pic.9)
Session 4 Returning to work with no trace of enlightenment (Pic.10)

Recommended reading: Zen Mind, Beginner, Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Genjokoan in Shobogenzo by Zen Master Dogen

Ekai Korematsu Osho is resident teacher of Jikishoan Zen community in Melbourne. He is a transmitted teacher in the lineage of the Soto Zen tradition in Japan and has practised and taught meditation in Japan, India and the USA for over 30 years. Since 1997 he has been a Faculty Member of Antioch University, USA, for Education Abroad Buddhist Studies Program.

4 sessions: $60

 

(5) Mindfulness-based and Emotion-focused Counselling - Padmasiri De Silva

This Course on Counselling presents (1) An introduction to mindfulness-based approach in counselling; (2) Introduces the student to ‘emotion-focused therapy’, as developed by me in the ‘viveka project for healing emotions’; (3) Presents material and generates discussion on selected issues: addictions & the harm reduction model, the challenges of an ‘addictive culture’; depression as ‘a clinical disorder’ and depression as a human ailment; anger management & Buddhist resources for humour; grief counselling & relationship issues as well as the positive emotions in therapy-compassion, connectedness, forgiveness, humility and gratitude.

Suggested Background Reading:
  - An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology, Padmasiri de Silva, 2007, 4th edition, Palgrave-Macmillan, London.
 - An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Counselling: The Magic of the Ordinary & the Elegance of Small Things, Padmasiri de Silva, 2008, Sarvodaya-Vishvalekha publishers, Ratmalana.


Padmasiri de Silva is presently a Research Associate at Monash University. Professor & Head, Philosopy & Psychology Department, Peradeniya University (1980-89). Also held visiting positions in universities in USA, Singapore and New Zealand. He has obtained M.A & Ph.D degrees from University of Hawaii in Comparative Philosophy, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Sophia College Perth and has been a professional Counsellor at the Springvale Community Centre. He is the author of number of books.

4 sessions: $48

 

(6) Hatha Yoga and Kum Nye for Meditation – Felicity Lodro

Kum Nye is a form of Tibetan Yoga. This course combines gentle yoga exercises and movement with visualization techniques and breathing exercises (Pranayama) to promote mental and physical well being. Kum Nye exercises developed from the Hatha Yoga tradition that originated in India. These two forms of yoga practice are extremely complimentary and assist in the deepening of ones meditative experience.

Felicity Lodro received her yoga teaching qualifications from the International Yoga Teachers Association in 1986. Her teaching style is strongly influenced by both the Desikachar and Iyengar schools of Hatha Yoga. Felicity has practiced and studied Buddhism for over 20 years as a student of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s. She has a degree in Empirical Psychology.

4 sessions: $60

 

(7) The Legacy of the Oddiyana Master - Jakob Leschly

The Secret Mantra teaching of the Nyingmapa is found at the heart of every Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This will be an introduction to the general doctrinal context, with excerpts from the rich and amazing history of its many lineages, and a brief overview of the provocative and profound teachings of the ‘Ancient Translations’.

Jakob Leschly is resident Buddhist teacher for Siddhartha’s Intent Australia. Beginning studies of Buddhism in 1974, his teachers include Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. In 1984 he completed a three-year meditation retreat and has since worked as translator, interpreter, as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor. He lives with his family in NSW, and teaches in the Byron Bay region where he conducts workshops emphasising basic Buddhist theory and practice.

4 sessions: $ 60

 

(8) Thoughts of Letting Go, Letting Go of Thoughts - Ven Sucinta Bhikkhuni

Sometimes we enjoy thoughts, sometimes they torment us. We expect that thinking solves problems, but it also creates them. What is the right attitude towards thoughts? How to deal with painful or distracting thoughts? How to develop skilful, clear thinking? Not identifying with thoughts, being inclined to letting go, the mind becomes quiet. This course includes readings and discussions of the Buddha's own words on thoughts as well as guided meditations.


Venerable Ven Sucinta Bhikkhuni was born in Germany and worked as a psychologist. Since 1991 she has trained as a nun in the Theravada tradition at Amaravati Buddhist monastery (England) and the Bhavana Society (USA). In 1998 she received Bhikkhuni ordination in Bodhgaya, India. By invitation from the Buddhist Society of Victoria she came to Australia in 2007 and started “Sanghamittarama”, a Bhikkhuni Residence in Melbourne.

4 sessions: $48

 

(9) Approaching the View of Emptiness - Jakob Leschly

There is not a single thing that does not arise interdependently.
Therefore there is not a single thing that is not emptiness. - Nagarjuna

The Buddha taught that our sufferings arise from our assumptions about reality, and all Buddhist paths teach us to cultivate insight that challenges and penetrates the deception of these deluded assumptions. Four sessions that will aim at providing a clear perspective of the core principles of emptiness.

Jakob Leschly is resident Buddhist teacher for Siddhartha’s Intent Australia. Beginning studies of Buddhism in 1974, his teachers include Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. In 1984 he completed a three-year meditation retreat and has since worked as translator, interpreter, as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor. He lives with his family in NSW, and teaches in the Byron Bay region where he conducts workshops emphasising basic Buddhist theory and practice.

4 sessions: $ 60

 

(10) Accessing Joy in the Modern World: Teachings from the Vajrayana Lineage of Indonesia - Princess Maitrie Pandji Sakti

Princess Maitrie will be introducing the teachings of her late master and husband H.E. Ratu Pandji Pandita, Lineage Holder of the Indonesian Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. She will present his beautiful book, "Calling Love from Afar".

“When the eyes of our innocence awakens, we begin to appreciate this life, our body, our passions and our love as a form of art”.

The course will introduce some of the art forms of the Lineage, Purusothama Yoga - a gentle series of 21 movements, Pancha Tanmantra - a healing martial art of the five subtle seeds of life and Semara Tantra - the art to access our innate joy, beauty and passion for life. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Princess Maitrie has been teaching for the past 11 years and is the Director of the King Pandji Sakti Buddhist Society International that continues to preserve the Indonesian Vajrayana Buddhist teachings in Australia, Europe and Bali, Indonesia. She currently studying under Ven. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and H.E. Sogyal Rinpoche in his three-year retreat at Lerab Ling, France.

4 sessions: $48

 

(11) Buddhist Existentialism – Dr Robert Miller

This course is loosely based on Dr Miller’s new book, Buddhist Existentialism, recently published by Shogam Publications. The course will provide an overview of key concepts of existentialism and Buddhism. It will also cover new angles not explored in the book, including themes relating to death, joy, and practice, to make the approach more effective. There will be time for Q &A discussion. Topics: Week 1: Emptiness. 2: Re-enchanting Life. 3. Re-enchanting Death. 4: Practicing Joy.

Dr Robert Miller was born and educated in Ayr, Scotland, before going to Edinburgh University where he did an MA on Philosophy. He did postgraduate research at Cambridge University on themes in Existentialism and Zen Buddhism and practised at the San Francisco Zen Centre. He came to Monash on a scholarship to do a PhD on themes in the philosophy of religion and ethics. Since 1990 he has been teaching Philosophy at RMIT. Over the years he has given many talks at KEBI synthesising Eastern and Western ideas. He has recently published a book "Existentialism and Buddhism".

4 sessions: $48

 

(12) Mind, Meditation, Movement – A course for younger students (35 and under) – Acharya Samuel Bercholz and Sara Bercholz

To fully practice Buddhism we must engage our body, speech, and mind. We will explore these three aspects through the practice of sitting meditation, singing and recitation of prayers and mantra, and the mindful movement of our bodies. This course was designed specifically with younger students in mind - to take a beginner's mind approach and deal with practice in a practical, direct, and fresh manner.

Acharya Samuel Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and the Shambhala lineages of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy courses and Shambhala Training courses throughout North America, Europe and Australasia since the early 1970s. He is the founder of Shambhala Publications, the leading publisher of Buddhist books in the English language, a founding trustee of The Naropa University in Boulder, Calorado, and co-editor of The Buddha and His Teachings. He has taught at the Buddhist Summer School since 2003

Sara Bercholz is a 29 year-old first-generation Buddhist born in the West. She is a Vice President and Editor at Shambhala Publications in Boston, Massachusetts. Sara holds a degree in English literature from McGill University, is a practitioner of the Buddhadharma in the Nyingma lineage, and has trained as a yoga teacher in the Ashtanga tradition.

4 sessions: $60

 


 

REGISTRATION
Complete the registration form (forms part of the Summer School brochure) and send together with payment (read Payment Details below).


PAYMENT, DISCOUNTS AND REFUND POLICY

PAYMENT
• Credit card payments and enrolments can be made by phone on 03 9387 0422.
• Cheques and money orders should be made payable to Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute Inc.
• All registrations will be confirmed by email.
• Eftpos facilities are available at KEBI Office, 673 Lygon Street, Carlton North, 10am-5pm Monday to Friday.

*Individual sessions can be attended at a proportional cost of the course and can only be booked at the Summer School venue on the day of the respective session.

DISCOUNTS
A 10% discount is available under the following conditions: Full and Associate Members of Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, pensioners, students or unemployed, upon production of appropriate proof.

REFUND POLICY
Course cancellations must be received in writing by Tuesday January 8, 2008. A $10 Administration fee will be charged. Please note that refunds will take up to 21 days to be processed. No other refunds will be granted once courses commence.

COURSE CAPACITY
Where the number of registrations for a course exceeds capacity, preference will be given to the earliest enrolments. Full course fees will be refunded in such cases.

LOCATION
The Buddhist Summer School is conducted at University College, Parkville, which is bordered by College Crescent, Cemetery Road West and Royal Parade. Melways Reference: 2B C3. Tram No. 19, alight at corner of Royal Pde & College Cresc.

SALE OF AUDIO TAPES, CD AND MP3
Most courses at the Buddhist Summer School are recorded and can be purchased at the event or at a later date from the Institute.