Classes at the Surry Hills Temple

693-695 South Dowling St
Our Temple in Surry Hills is a peaceful meditation space that provides the perfect conditions for improving our meditation practice and deepening our peace of mind. Most of our classes at the Temple are taught by our Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog, an ordained Buddhist nun with over 20 years experience in meditation. Everybody is welcome to attend classes at the Temple and we offer a range of options including pure meditation classes and practical advice for daily life to in-depth classes on Buddhist thought. Drop-in any week.

Meditation & Buddhism

Mondays 7.30-9pm · $15

Discovering the clarity within our own mind, and understanding how our mind creates our experience, enables us to stay untroubled in our busy world.
Monday   May 20 • 27 • Jun 3

We all suffer from anger from time to time. Learn practical methods to find relief from this painful and destructive mind.
Monday   Jun 17 • 24 • Jul 1

Discover why our relationships can be painful. Learn how to be more resilient when things go wrong, and how to love with true strength and purity.
Monday   Jul 8 • 15 • 22

Buddha explained simple attitudes to make us truly happy. Learn how to cultivate and deepen habits of contentment, gratitude, acceptance and joy.
Monday   Jul 29 • Aug 5 • 12 • 19

Let go of negative and critical thought patterns towards ourself and others, and learn how to relate to our own and others’ pure potential.
Monday   Aug 26 • Sep 2 • 9

Buddhist Wisdom & Practice

with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

Wednesdays 7.30-9pm · $15

These weekly classes offer an opportunity to explore Buddhist wisdom and practice in depth. Classes are suitable for beginners interested in learning more about Buddhist philosophy as well as people wanting to deepen their experience of the Buddhist path. Drop in any week. Everybody welcome.

Atisha’s beautiful Advice, first written in the 11th Century, is still powerful and inspiring today. Its short, simple lines set out clear directions to enjoying a life of purity and sincerity – just as the early Kadampa Buddhists lived. On this course, Gen Kelsang Lhachog will explain how we can put Atisha’s Advice into practice, and develop pure and happy minds within the context of busy modern life.

The great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) was responsible for reintroducing pure Buddhism into Tibet.

Although Buddhism had been introduced into Tibet some two hundred years earlier by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, Buddhist practice in the country had largely been destroyed during the anti-Buddhist purges of the Tibetan king, Lang Darma (circa 836 AD), a follower of Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet.

Invited by Jangchub Ö, a ruler of Ngari in western Tibet, Atisha was asked to present a Dharma that everybody could follow and that would show how all the paths of Sutra and Tantra could be practiced together.

Read Advice from Atisha’s Heart

In response, Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path, the original Lamrim text that served as the basis for all subsequent Lamrim instructions. The revival of pure Buddhist practice in Tibet at this time was largely due to Atisha.

Buddhist Wisdom & Practice

with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

Wednesdays 7.30-9pm · $15

These weekly classes offer an opportunity to explore Buddhist wisdom and practice in depth. Classes are suitable for beginners interested in learning more about Buddhist philosophy as well as people wanting to deepen their experience of the Buddhist path. Drop in any week. Everybody welcome.

Atisha’s beautiful Advice, first written in the 11th Century, is still powerful and inspiring today. Its short, simple lines set out clear directions to enjoying a life of purity and sincerity – just as the early Kadampa Buddhists lived. On this course, Gen Kelsang Lhachog will explain how we can put Atisha’s Advice into practice, and develop pure and happy minds within the context of busy modern life.

The great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) was responsible for reintroducing pure Buddhism into Tibet.

Although Buddhism had been introduced into Tibet some two hundred years earlier by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, Buddhist practice in the country had largely been destroyed during the anti-Buddhist purges of the Tibetan king, Lang Darma (circa 836 AD), a follower of Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet.

Invited by Jangchub Ö, a ruler of Ngari in western Tibet, Atisha was asked to present a Dharma that everybody could follow and that would show how all the paths of Sutra and Tantra could be practiced together.

Read Advice from Atisha’s Heart

In response, Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path, the original Lamrim text that served as the basis for all subsequent Lamrim instructions. The revival of pure Buddhist practice in Tibet at this time was largely due to Atisha.

Simply Meditate

Drop-in any week · $12

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm with Buddhist nun Kelsang Monlam
*Saturdays 10-11am

Escape the stress and busyness of life to discover the peace of meditation. Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment. Everybody welcome.

*No class Sat Sep 14

Meditations on the Go!

Everyone welcome · Drop-in any week · $5
Morning Focus   Wed 7.30-8am
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog
Start the day well with an uplifting guided meditation to focus your mind and find mental balance for the day ahead.

Evening Unwind   Thu 6-6.30pm
Create a sense of mental space and let go of any stress. Leave work behind and feel relaxed ready to enjoy your evening.

Lunchtime Refresh   Fri 12.30-1pm
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog
Take time out and set yourself up for a nice weekend with these brief lunchtime meditations.

Meditations on the Go!

Everyone welcome · Drop-in any week · $5

Wednesdays 7.30-8am
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

Start the day well with an uplifting guided meditation to focus your mind and find mental balance for the day ahead.

Thursdays 6-6.30pm

Create a sense of mental space and let go of any stress. Leave work behind and feel relaxed ready to enjoy your evening.

Fridays 12.30-1pm
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

Take time out and set yourself up for a nice weekend with these brief lunchtime meditations.

Kids Meditation Class

with Buddhist teacher Cate Dwyer

Saturday 2–3pm · 29 Jun · $7

These monthly drop-in classes introduce children to simple Kadampa Buddhist teachings and meditations designed to help them develop a happy heart. Every class will emphasise loving kindness and developing a positive mind. Classes also include simple prayers, fun activities and discussions relevant to their everyday experiences.
Ages  5–10 years.