Rigpa Newcastle warmly welcomes families and children into our community.
We have a monthly program - called Rigpé Yéshé - which aims to introduce children to the values and principles of Buddhism in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Rigpé Yeshé is an association of parents and educators, we support families in the Dharma education of their children, giving them the tools they need to work with their hearts and minds in their everyday lives.
Rigpé Yéshé was founded in Lerab Ling in 2005. The name was given by Sogyal Rinpoche; it means the Wisdom of Rigpa.
Ripgé Yéshé Vision
The heart of Rigpé Yéshé's vision is to offer children and teenagers an authentic spiritual path so that they can grow into wise, compassionate and happy young people who have confidence in their true nature, the courage to face the challenges of the modern world and who can be truly of benefit to others.
Rinpoche has said that we are now seeing a ‘second generation’ of students who are not discovering Buddhism as an alternative, but who are growing up with the teachings from birth.
Rigpé Yéshé in Australia began in 2005. We loved what we were learning in Rigpa and wanted to pass the teachings on to our children. We were inspired by the fact that children seem to see everything in a fresh way and have a real heart connection with the truth of the teachings.
All families are invited to join us for our monthly gatherings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Rigpa Centre 47 James St, Hamilton.
Sundays 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June,
19 July, 16 August, 20 September, 18 October, 15 November and In December the date is to be announced, most likely a party at the beach in early December.
These Dharma sessions engage the children with Buddhist teachings in an open, fun and experiential way through video teachings, discussion, play, drama, arts and crafts.
The sessions also include some mindfulness and short meditation practice sessions.
We ask that a parent or carer accompany all children to our classes.
Please note that we hold two sessions at the centre:
Afterwards we go to Gregson Park for a picnic and play (Weather permitting).
Bring your bikes, skateboards…and BYO picnic.
Meet at the play area.
If you would like any further information or to make any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact either: