Courses & Retreats

Take a day or weekend out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. We hold courses, retreats and special events throughout the year. Everybody Welcome.

One Day Meditation Courses

Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at the Surry Hills Temple. We hold 11 one-day courses throughout the year.

Dealing with Difficult People

Sun 26 Aug · 10am–3.30pm · $65

Learn to use meditation and other tools contained within Buddhism to improve and transform all your relationships.

Happiness: How to Understand the Mind

Sun 16 Sep · 10am–3.30pm · $65

Increase your happiness, improve your concentration and enjoy the stillness and clarity of your own mind on this meditation course with Gen Kelsang Dornying.

Letting Go, Moving On

Sun 21 Oct · 10am–3.30pm · $65

Learn how to let go and move on from all the things that are holding you back in life. Develop a positive and optimistic outlook on the future.

Special Events

We hold many special events throughout the year from special Public Talks with visiting International Teachers to away weekends and in-depth Buddhist classes and courses.

Learn to Meditate

Sun 2 Sep · 10am-1pm · $35

Learn the essential tools of meditation and feel inspired to start your own meditation practice at home in this short morning meditation course.

Empowerment of Dorje Shugden

Sat 23–Sun 24 Jun

This special weekend event will introduce you to the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, our enlightened spiritual friend whose special function is to create the favourable conditions for our path to ultimate happiness.

Introduction to Buddhism

Sun 3 Jun · 10am-1pm

Buddhist nun Kelsang Dana will explain the essential teachings of Buddha and why his timeless wisdom can help us find peace of mind in our busy modern times.

Meditation Retreats

Get away from it all and connect with your inner peace. We hold one-day retreats at the Temple as well as general away retreats, silent retreats and Buddhist retreats throughout the year.

The Blissful Path of Vajrayogini

Sat 18–Sun 19 Aug

A rare opportunity to deepen our understanding in the practices of Heruka Body Mandala and Vajrayogini.

Lamrim Retreat

Mon 27 – Fri 31 Aug

This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to gain or deepen our experience of the 21 Lamrim meditations presented by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in The New Meditation Handbook.

Guru Yoga Retreat

Thu 4 – Thu 11 Oct

If we wish to experience happiness and good fortune in our lives we need to accumulate merit.