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

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

Learn how to enjoy the mental freedom of a light and flexible mind through understanding Buddha's liberating teachings on wisdom.
Monday   Sep 16 • 23 • 30

Buddhist Wisdom & Practice

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.

For as long as we seek fulfillment from external things, we will never find the deeply contented and happy mind we wish for. Buddha taught a series of natural virtues – positive, virtuous minds – which have the power to make our mind truly happy. Each Wednesday we will explore one of these virtues, and how we can cultivate the real causes of happiness in our busy life.

One of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, was composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa and shows how we can transform all of life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. In these classes, Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog will explain practical ways we can use this timeless wisdom to make our lives meaningful and happy.

Buddhist Wisdom & Practice

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.

For as long as we seek fulfillment from external things, we will never find the deeply contented and happy mind we wish for. Buddha taught a series of natural virtues – positive, virtuous minds – which have the power to make our mind truly happy. Each Wednesday we will explore one of these virtues, and how we can cultivate the real causes of happiness in our busy life.

One of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, was composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa and shows how we can transform all of life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. In these classes, Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog will explain practical ways we can use this timeless wisdom to make our lives meaningful and happy.

Simply Meditate

Drop-in any week · $12

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

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 Aug 17 & Sep 14

Meditations on the Go!

Everyone welcome · Drop-in any week · $5
Morning Focus   Wed 7.30-8am
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

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 · 20 Jul · 31 Aug · $7

In these classes, children learn simple meditations, as well as methods to calm their minds, manage negative feelings and foster happy hearts. Every class includes simple prayers, a teaching on loving kindness and developing a positive mind, and discussions relevant to the everyday experiences of your children.
Ages 5-10 years.