Buddhist Meditation Centre


Rigpa's Study Program

Details of current and upcoming classes as well as registration links can be found by selecting from the menu to the left. Study information is updated continually. 

Rigpa offers a broad program of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to modern men and women of all ages, and from all walks of life.

For those new to Buddhism, there are introductory foundation courses, which explain how to meditate and give a general introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

We also offer a complete and graduated training in the Buddhist teachings and practice. The ultimate goal is to guide and support students so they can receive the highest teachings in the Tibetan tradition, the teachings of Dzogchen, that lead to the direct realisation of enlightenment.

Students receive these wisdom and compassion teachings through audio and video recordings, and sometimes live streaming from Sogyal Rinpoche, a world-renowned meditation teacher from Tibet and author of the highly acclaimed "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying". Classes are also held by Rigpa Instructors and Facilitators.

Current Courses

Rigpa offers access to the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings as openly and as widely as possible, to be of service to people everywhere, of any background or faith. Accordingly, there are two distinct programs.

Starting out - Public Program

For students interested in themes such as meditation, compassion and wisdom as a means to improve themselves and their lives we offer a variety of courses.

One of several courses suitable for those who are exploring meditation for the first time, the What Meditation Really Is (WMRI) program provides a comprehensive introduction and grounding in meditation, providing a broad range of skilful methods and knowledge so that we can develop the ability to meditate in any situation. 

A newly developed course, Compassionate Living, presents simple ways to develop our empathy and compassion for ourselves and those around us - at home, at work and in every aspect of our lives. 

Introduction to Meditation: Peace, Mindfulness and Awareness is a drop in class on the first saturday of each month. It provides instructions on meditation, time to practice and teachings on different topics. 

A variety of classes with more public appeal are provided and more are being developed.

If you would like to be informed of new study and practice opportunities as they arise you may be interested in joining our mailing list. 

To book your place on any of our courses, please use the registration forms provided on each course page, or contact us to discuss the suitability of any course, or if you are considering late entry. 

Deepening the Path - Sangha Program

For students who wish to follow the spiritual path, we offer the Sangha Program, which is open to those students who have completed a year of the Public Program.

These courses are designed for those who wish to continue their practice of meditation and study of Tibetan Buddhism. 

The sangha program builds on the foundation of meditation study and practice. Should you wish to continue to deepen your understanding then an instructor may help you to choose the most suitable course.  

Dates and times for the following classes can be found on the Newcastle Rigpa Sangha Events Calendar.

The All Encompassing Path to Enlightenment 

Home study classes, monthly gatherings, streamed retreats, online treasury of Dharma.

Ngondro Studies

Annual streamed retreat, Parallel Program Ngondro teachings online. A series of Ngondro workshop days are being planned for 2016. More information to be provided.  

Vajrayana Programme

Open to continuing students who are already enrolled in the course, parallel program students who have completed guru yoga and have the appropriate empowerment and Dzogchen Mandala students. Also open to students who have already received these teachings and wish to revise.

Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm

Dzogchen Mandala Study Program

Open to Dzogchen Mandala Students

Course Fees

Rigpa Newcastle is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. All income supports the operation of the centre.

Course fees and donations enable the ongoing study and practice of authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings, but at no stage do we wish to exclude anyone experiencing financial difficulties.

If you would like to participate in one of our courses but feel you are unable to afford to do so simply contact us to discuss your situation and we will make an alternative arrangement for you.