Our centre is located in the in the heart of Newcastle, and is the venue for most of our activities. It features an inspiring shrine room with a golden buddha statue, and a bookshop and library.
Join us at our guided drop-in meditation sessions every Friday night from 6.00-7.00pm. Entry is by donation and all are welcome, from beginners to experienced students. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about meditating with us.
With meditation, you are beginning on a path of understanding of Buddhist philosophy and the transformative power it can bring to your life and your outlook.
A key text upon which much of Rigpa's work is based is the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche.
What is Meditation?
The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death.
Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being, beyond all habitual patterns. In the stillness and silence of meditation, we glimpse and return to that deep inner nature that we have so long ago lost sight of amid the busyness and distraction of our minds.
For those who would like to learn more about meditation, Chapter 5 of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying provides a complete introduction to the practice of meditation.
"The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment."
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying