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Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
E-Vam Institute, Melbourne





Dee Collings

30 March

A fundamental idea in all Buddhist schools of thought is the “selflessness of persons”; a rejection of the idea that we have any kind of permanent, unchanging self at the core of our identity. However, the schools often disagree

on what it means to be a person. Even the Buddha’s own words carry a certain ambiguity on this point. In this one day course, we will look at these Buddhist theories, why they have arisen and delve into questions such as ‘how can we be responsible for past actions if we have no real continuity?’, ‘how do we understand rebirth if we have no substantiality?’ and ‘who or what attains nirvana?’

Dee Collings has been a student of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche for over 30 years. She completed a postgraduate degree in Buddhist philosophy, edited several of Rinpoche’s books and E-Vam Institute’s Ordinary Mind Magazine and taught at Traleg Rinpoche’s retreat centre in upstate New York for six years. She also spent 18 months living at KTD, His Holiness Karmapa’s seat in Woodstock, NY, studying with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and many other luminaries of the Karma Kagyu tradition. 






18 – 22 April

On this retreat we will watch DVD’s of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s teachings on Nagarjuna’s Classic Text, Letter to a Friend. The retreat is suitable for all levels of students and is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s practice in the tranquil setting at Maitripa Centre, Healesville. The program will include yoga and pranayama sessions, shamatha and walking meditation and traditional ritual puja (chanting & singing) practices of Green Tara and Chenrezig. 





24 – 25 May

The path of Buddhist philosophy and practice is a personal journey of experience and reflection. Even from the very beginning a meditator can experience the benefits and freedom of their practice. But spiritual vagueness is a common issue, and the white noise of a rushed materialistic life can get in the way of clarity. The Four Seals lay a foundation of clarity as they reveal the progressive logic of the Buddhist view, beginning with an analysis of suffering up to a clear definition of nirvana. Integrating this view into our personal experience is what makes the path come alive.
Dungse Jampal Norbu is known for his pragmatic, curious, and creative approach to traditional Buddhist teachings. Dungse-la is Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s son and Dharma Heir. He has lived and travelled extensively in Asia, but spent much of his youth in Colorado. With life-long guidance from Kongtrul Rinpoche, particularly in traditional Buddhist philosophical studies in India and the US, Dungse-la now teaches and spends time in retreat each year.





Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche encouraged people under the age of 35 to attend Buddhist discussion groups and retreats. In 2019, the program for U35’s will include a Buddhist Study Group, facilitated by young trained members of the E-Vam Institute sangha.

This study group will cover foundational Buddhist topics. Sessions will include meditation and discussion of foundational Buddhist topics. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s Essence of Buddhism will be used as a reference text.

Suitable for newcomers as well as those who have studied Buddhism, this is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in Buddhism to deepen their knowledge and understanding of important Buddhist concepts.

For more information on the Buddhism for U35’s program please contact info@evaminstitute.org 

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