Buddhist Meditation Centre


Rigpa's Study Program

Rigpa offers a broad program of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the 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 realization 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 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

Details of current and upcoming classes can be found by selecting from the menu to the left. Course information is updated continually. 

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 into any course.

We can be reached on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 4911 1108.

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. 

Courses begin with meditation. Should you wish to continue, your instructor will then 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.

 Parallel Program Ngondro Studies

    Not currently offered. If interested speak with an instructor.

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.
Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm

Home Retreat Gatherings

Open to Home Retreat Students

Dzogchen Mandala Gatherings

   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 meditation 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.

Sogyal Rinpoche Public Talk

Newcastle City Hall, Tues Jan 6th 2015 7pm

This is a rare opportunity to hear the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism presented by renowned Buddhist teacher and author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”, Sogyal Rinpoche.

Bookings now open. Click here to register