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.
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.
For those who wish to deepen their meditation practice and explore the wisdom and compassion practices of Tibetan Buddhism you may join the class ''Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism:Wisdom and Compassion in Our Daily Lives'
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 PayPal buttons 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.
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.
All Encompassing Path to Enlightenment (AEPE)
Open to students who completed one year-long introductory course of study with Rigpa and subsequently qualified to join the Meditation Mandala
AEPE Monthly Sangha Gathering
Open to all Rigpa Mandala students
Once a month on Sundays 9am - 1pm (end time may vary), or Fridays 9:30am - 2pm
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.
Every Second Tuesday 7pm - 9pm
Home Retreat Gatherings
Open to Home Retreat Students
Dzogchen Mandala Gatherings
Open to Dzogchen Mandala Students
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.