28th Buddhist Summer School Program
The opening forum is an opportunity to hear teachers from the various Buddhist traditions, as well as visiting academics and psychologists engage in discussion of one of life’s big questions. There will also be the opportunity for audience members to ask questions. It is free of charge and is not restricted to those who have enrolled in the Summer School.
Even though it is not known very well in the West, Buddhism provides an overall perspective on an individual’s wellbeing. Buddhist teachings include guidance on physical exercises, dietary regime, and the ingestion of medicinal properties. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche will give an overview of these topics and how we can apply Buddhist teachings on wellbeing in our daily lives.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was recognised as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg lineage and enthroned as Abbot of Tra’gu Monastery. Rinpoche has undergone rigorous scholastic and meditative training under various Tibetan Kagyü and Nyingma masters in India and came to Australia in 1980 where he subsequently established Kagyü E-Vam Institute in 1982. He regularly conducts courses and retreats and has travelled extensively in the U.S.A., S.E. Asia and Europe conducting lectures and courses. Rinpoche is the author of various books including the best selling The Essence of Buddhism and The Practice of Lojong.
“To learn Buddhism is to learn ourselves. To learn ourselves is to forget ourselves. To forget ourselves is to be experienced by millions of things and phenomena. To be experienced by millions of things and phenomena is to let our own body and mind, and the body and mind of the external world, fall away. [Then] we can forget the [mental] trace of realization, and show the [real] signs of forgotten realization continually, moment by moment.
When a person first seeks the Dharma, he or she is far removed from the borders of Dharma. But as soon as the Dharma is authentically transmitted to the person, he or she is a human being in their own true place.” -A quotation from Genjo Koan translated by Wafu Nishijima
This course discusses the text Shobogenzo Genjo Koan by Zen Master Dogen. Koan or ‘case studies’ are a type of Buddhist education system that is unique to the lineage of various schools in the Zen tradition, not only the Rinzai School. Its prime concern is transcendence and freedom from ordinary human mind, which is dualistic, habitual and dominated by thinking. The Genjo Koan is described as ‘the issue at hand’ and the approach is to actualize and realize this through practice and study.
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 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 | Course Cost: $72
This course will provide an overview of the Four Brahma Viharas, which is a meditational practice used to transform our emotional experience. The first session will be an introduction to Metta, or 'loving-kindness' meditation, the second session will be on Karuna, which means 'compassion meditation'. This will be followed by an introduction to Mudita, which can be translated as 'sympathetic joy' and the last session will provide an overview of Upekkha, or ‘equanimity’. There will be an opportunity to practice the meditation techniques during the sessions.
Ayya Dhammananda is a Theravada Buddhist nun (Bhikkhuni) originally from Vietnam. She has trained in both Burma and Sri Lanka, and has studied a variety of meditation techniques under the guidance of several renowned Burmese Buddhist masters. After four years of study and practice in Burma, she graduated from the Buddhist Missionary University in Yangon, Myanmar with a Bachelors degree in BuddhaDhamma. She continued her studies at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka where she completed an MA in Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology, and a PhD in Buddhist Studies.
This course will introduce the basic theory and practice of meditation as practiced in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We will explore issues of posture, mental attitude, obstacles to meditation and their antidotes as well as commonly experienced stages along the path. The course will introduce a number of difference meditation techniques including Tranquil Abiding meditation and Insight (Vipassana) meditation. The course involves discussion and practical exercises.
This course will provide an overview of the fundamental concepts common to all Buddhist traditions such as karma, rebirth, the nature of suffering, and the possibility of overcoming the causes of suffering. We will look at the Buddhist understanding of the spiritual path and how we can develop the tools needed to progress on that path. Suggested Reading: The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon, Shambhala Publications.
Garrie O’Toole has been involved in Buddhist practice and study since 1978. He has been a student of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche for two decades and is a meditation instructor at E-Vam Institute. He has completed a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies.
This text by the great Mipham Rinpoche explores the variety of meditation experiences that can occur as we travel toward enlightenment. Describing the entire path, from the experience of someone just starting to practice up to the experience of liberation, Mipham Rinpoche offers practical advice to help us overcome obstacles to our meditation and our happiness at every stage, and to ensure that our spiritual practice progresses smoothly and is always spacious and blissful.
Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will explain the Nyingma teachings on the nature of reality, the way to discover that through our own realization, the way to maintain that through meditation, and the enlightened experiences that ultimately occur once our realization is deep and our meditation is mature.
Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He studied for ten years at Larung Gar in Serta, eastern Tibet, with his teacher, the great Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche, who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the 20th century. Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founder and spiritual director of Atiamrita (www.atiamrita.org), an organization dedicated to promoting happiness, inner peace, and enlightenment. He offers seminars and lectures throughout North America and is currently completing work on his first book.
The Buddhist tradition has always considered the lineage of wisdom and realization as passed down through living teachers. This course will explore how teachers play a central role in transmitting the paths of study and practice to their students. Aspects of the student-teacher relationship will be considered through various perspectives: trust in the teacher and teachings, faith in the wisdom that resides within oneself, and the resulting devotion that understands the entire phenomenal world as teacher.
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. Suggested reading: True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa.
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.
The Buddha taught that to see our world for what it is ends the suffering of samsara. The Buddhist path of vipasyana - insight - is to strip away delusion and to further cultivate this freedom through meditation. The Wheel of Analysis and Meditation is a profound teachings on dismantling delusion and seeing the Middle Way beyond conceptual constructs. This perspective provides certainty about our path, and how to integrate wisdom in concentration and ethics.
The author of these short pith instructions has often been described as one of the most brilliant luminaries Tibet ever saw. Mipham Namgyal Gyantso’s (1846-1912) immense vision arose naturally from a vast realisation, and he established in his lucid teachings the quintessential non-sectarian Rimey vision of the unity of all the Buddha’s teachings.
Jakob Leschly began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Jakob completed a three year retreat in 1984 and has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor. He has also completed a BA in Tibetan Studies. He now lives with his family in New South Wales and teaches in Australia and New Zealand.
The most immediate and direct experience of impermanence is in relation to our own ageing and death. However, in the West the natural process of death has not only become absent for many of us from our everyday life but we have become a culture dominated by the idea of ‘anti-ageing’. Drawing on a chapter for an upcoming book on Spirituality and Healthcare (Oxford University Press); this course will contrast Western and Buddhist approaches to ageing and death. Including meditation and contemplative exercises, the emphasis in Buddhism is on developing in our life a ‘healthy attitude’ to the inevitability of our own decline.
Dr Kathleen Gregory is a psychologist, academic, and a Buddhist practitioner for over sixteen years. She has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies and a PhD in Comparative Philosophy. She coordinates the Master of Counselling program at La Trobe University, works in private practice, and has been a regular presenter at the E-Vam Institute on Buddhism and Psychotherapy.
4 Sessions | Course Cost: $72
Buddhism says that compassion starts with the self. When we have love and acceptance for ourselves we will then naturally extend that to all sentient beings. Recent research emerging from the mindfulness movement shows that people with high levels of self-compassion are less anxious and depressed. They are also more emotionally resilient and altruistic. This course will discuss ways to cultivate self-compassion so that we can enrich our own lives and those of others.
Heather is an experienced psychotherapist, supervisor and educator and works in private practice in Clifton Hill. She has been a practicing psychologist for twenty years working at some of the largest counselling and psychotherapy agencies in Melbourne. Heather has been a Buddhist practitioner under the guidance of the Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche for fifteen years.
4 Sessions | Course Cost: $72
To register please fill in the registration form and email, fax or post it to us, or call the office on 03 9387 0422.
There will be a relaxing evening entertainment program for Summer School participants, and early morning walking meditation in the beautiful bush setting for those interested.
Affordable meals and snacks will be available for purchase, and Barista style lattes and cappuccinos are available at Dogen’s Café onsite at Maitripa Centre.
Simple live-in accommodation is available at Maitripa Centre and will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis with preference to those attending the whole summer school. Please contact the office for rates and book early to avoid disappointment.
It is possible to attend individual lectures at a proportionate cost – see registration form for per session costs.
All course offerings are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Summer School organisers.
Cancellations must be received in writing prior to 5 January 2010. There will be an administration fee of $35 for all cancellations.