WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

Our meditation courses and retreats are an ideal way to get experience of meditation and inner peace. These courses examine a particular topic in greater depth than would be possible in a Drop-in class.

Our courses and retreats are open to everyone and are suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners. For more information about specific courses or retreats, select a course from the list below.

Stop Worrying, Start Living with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Public Talk | 15 September | Online

Discover how to unlearn the bad mental habit of worrying and become calmer and happier. Problems, worry, anxiety, and unhappiness are no more than negative thinking; they are feelings and do not exist outside the mind. Through training in meditation and mindfulness, we learn to control our thoughts and let go of negative, self-defeating minds.

At this talk, Gen Dornying will explain how we can respond to every situation in a positive, constructive manner and live without fear, enjoying every moment of our life.

Please Note: This is a live streamed event for New Zealand, being broadcasted from KMC Australia. If you are a resident of Victoria or the Northern Territory you can attend this event online for $10. Since this event is not part of KMC Australia’s usual schedule and is an event for New Zealand all of those in Victoria and the Northern Territory who wish to attend will be required to pay, which means there is no centre membership discount for this event.

The Art of Forgiveness with Gen Kelsang Ani

Meditation Workshop | 18 September | Online

Do past harms and negative experiences play on your mind? Is there someone in your life whose mistakes you want to forgive, but just can’t shake the feelings of resentment?

The solution lies in the view we have of ourself. The first step to forgiving others is developing genuine self-confidence. We need to accept ourself as we are and forgive ourself for our own past mistakes. Only then can we be free from the resentment and anger we hold in our heart.

On this course, learn all these steps and enjoy the courageous and compassionate mind of forgiveness.

Mindfulness Retreat with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Meditation Retreat | 22 – 24 September | Online

Please Note: With the extension of current restrictions this event will be online only.

Core to Buddhist practice, mindfulness improves memory and helps us feel clear and focused. It’s also how we transform our thoughts from negative to positive.

A retreat in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges forest is a perfect opportunity to experience this for yourself.

Be guided through meditations that help you find the peace and happiness we all seek.

Open to practitioners of all levels. 

Destroying Suffering – The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Blessing Empowerment | 26 September | KMC Australia

Due to current restrictions the date of this event was changed.

Buddha Vajrapani is the embodiment of the spiritual power of all the Buddhas.

He appears in a wrathful aspect and his function is to destroy the delusions of living beings, the source of all suffering, by bestowing special power upon their body and mind. The empowerment can be seen as a blissful guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with Vajrapani’s enlightened mind. By receiving the powerful blessings of Buddha Vajrapani we can actualize our own potential for a fearless heart and gain the confidence we need to progress successfully along the spiritual path.

An Empowerment is a joyful guided meditation during which we receive powerful blessings upon our body, speech and mind that help us to remove obstacles, attain spiritual realizations, and develop a strong bond with a particular Buddha.

Self-care: A Buddhist Perspective with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Meditation Workshop | 2 October | KMC Australia & Online

Far from being selfish, selfcare is essential if we are to lead a productive and meaningful life, but what exactly is self-care? A quick internet search tells us we must look after our own physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

However, we are so often caught up in confusing, conflicting desires that we easily undo all our good work. We may set out to the gym but stop at the bakery on the way! We might put aside some quiet time, but feel guilty for not cleaning behind the fridge!

The key to successful selfcare is our reason for doing it. Have you stopped to consider that the people in your life need you to look after yourself? Or understood that giving yourself some alone time will enable you to become calmer and stronger for those you love?

In this course, learn to avoid all the selfcare pitfalls, and develop the wisdom and love you need to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself.

Rest and Rejuvenate with Libby Evans

Meditation Workshop Series |  3, 10 & 17 October | Online

Rarely do we put the time aside to really take care of ourselves. Self care is more than bubble baths or time spent outdoors. To truly take care of ourself we need to take care of our mind. It’s time to prioritise mental wellness.

During this three part series, taught by experienced buddhist teacher Libby Evans, give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the stillness and peace that meditation brings. 

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 

This series will be based on Meditations for a clear mind, which you can purchase and download at: https://tharpa.com/au/browse-tharpa/living-meditation-series.html

Refuge Vows and Weekend Retreat with Gen Kelsang Dornying

3 – 10 October | KMC Australia & Online

At present because we are human, we are free from rebirth in the lower realms, and we may be free from physical suffering and mental pain, but this is only temporary. We are like a prisoner who gets permission to stay at home for a week, but then has to return to prison.

We need permanent liberation from the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. This depends upon making progress on and completing the Buddhist path to liberation, which in turn depends upon entering Buddhism. We enter Buddhism through the practice of going for refuge.

During the vow ceremony Gen Kelsang Dornying will explain the benefits and commitment’s of going for refuge. By receiving Buddha’s blessings and help from pure spiritual practitioners, Sangha, we will start to create Dharma realizations in our own heart. In this way we will start to protect ourself from suffering and forge a path out of samsara to the state of permanent liberation.

After receiving the vows Gen Dornying will guide a weekend of refuge retreat based on the prayers Essence of Good Fortune.

Escape – Find Freedom Within with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Evening Talk |  15 October | Online

How often in life do we dream of getting away? Leaving daily life behind and experiencing some relief from our everyday stresses, anxieties and responsibilities. To find real freedom, we have to go within.

Buddha taught that the nature of our mind is like the sky – vast and unobstructed – and all our thoughts and mental busyness are like clouds. Just as clouds form and disperse within the open sky, so our thoughts and feelings arise and dissolve within the space of our mind. By understanding the nature of our mind we can find real freedom from mental pain.

In this Friday evening talk with Senior Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Dornying, learn how we can create the inner space needed to feel peaceful regardless of external circumstances. Learn to escape within.

The Power of Concentration with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Meditation Workshop |  16 October | KMC Australia & Online

With concentration our mind becomes bright and clear like a cloudless sky, and we naturally experience a deep inner strength and mental stability. With this, the pain and turbulence of craving naturally declines and it is easy to remain content. It is said that pure concentration gives us the freedom to accomplish whatever we wish for, whereas, without it, we’re slaves to our distractions and negative tendencies.

Instead of striving for external pleasures, sincere spiritual practitioners yearn for the freedom and suppleness that come from a concentrated mind.

On this day course, you’ll learn step-by-step meditation instructions on how to focus and strengthen the mind. By practising these instructions, we enjoy increasingly peaceful and refined levels of consciousness and inner strength.

Learn to Meditate with Colleen Isaacs

Half-Day Meditation Workshop |  30 October | KMC Australia

Due to current restrictions the date of this event was changed.

Many of us understand how powerful meditation can be for finding happiness and solving problems. At the beginning we often need some guidance to get off to a confident start. You might be wondering: do I need any special equipment? How long should I meditate for? What’s the goal exactly? What about those apps – are they any good? I need someone to guide me! Is just sitting quietly meditating?

Get the answers to all these questions and more at our Learn to Meditate workshop. You’ll learn proven strategies for calming the mind, reducing stress, and finding peace wherever you are.

This beginner-friendly course is also a helpful refresher for more experienced students.