Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a Buddhist teacher (Lama) and meditation master in the Tibetan Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition.
In 1972, after completing three years of intensive meditation training, Lama Ole and his wife Hannah began teaching Vajrayana (Diamond Way) Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
“Mind is like space – open, clear
and limitless ..." – Lama Ole Nydahl
He has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a powerful and contemporary way. He travels continuously teaching worldwide.
He has established around 700 Diamond Way Buddhist Centres that are now under the guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje in 44 mainly Western countries.
Join him this Australian summer on the Gold Coast and Ballina for meditation and teaching retreats and in Melbourne for a public talk.
Join us for this unique opportunity; a seven night meditation retreat with Lama Ole Nydahl on Australia’s beautiful New South Wales North Coast.
Experience these precious teachings, meditate with experienced practitioners and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere in a setting of spectacular natural beauty.
In the state of limitless freedom,
everything is fearlessly enjoyed
Mahamudra means "The Great Seal" and is the crown jewel of Buddha’s teachings. When one rests at all times in a state of non-duality, the practitioner has reached the goal of experiencing mind’s natural state – Mahamudra.
This state, also called enlightenment, brings forth unconditioned fearlessness, joy and active compassion in the practitioner’s mind. One then acts spontaneously and effortlessly for the benefit of all.
The seven-day retreat will commence at 6:00pm on Friday 10 February with dinner, followed by teachings and meditation at 8:00pm.
During this retreat, Lama Ole Nydahl will describe the progressive stages that lead to the Mahamudra state. He will guide new and experienced students in various Diamond Way Buddhist meditations, as transmitted to him by his teachers, primarily H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje – the head of Tibetan Buddhism’s Karma Kagyu School.
The retreat will be held at the Ballina Beach Village on the NSW North Coast and will be exclusively ours to use.
The village is located between the Richmond River and a pristine beach. Recreational options include swimming, walking, and spotting dolphins who regularly visit the area.
The retreat is fully catered and includes three meals a day with vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options. Unfortunately, because of the exclusive use contract with the Village, there can be no self-catering option.
Comfortable accommodation options include:
Onsite toilets and bathrooms (in excellent condition) are provided for cabins without toilets, supplied tents and BYO tent campers.
Linen is included in the charge for all cabins and dormitory style tents with bedding. Replacement linen and beach towels can be requested during the stay for a charge of $20 per bed or towel.
Child care will be organised amongst participating families. If you would like to be part of this, please indicate this on your registration form.
Official transfers will only operate at these dates and times:
|TO the course venue
|Friday 10 February||Ballina airport||16:30||$25|
|Gold Coast airport||13:00||$45|
|FROM the course venue
|Friday 17 February||Ballina airport||10:30||$25|
|Gold Coast airport||12:00||$45|
Time difference: Very importantly, the Gold Coast (Queensland) is one hour behind Ballina (New South Wales). The arrival time of your flights, as well as pickup times, are in local times, please ensure you calculate this when booking.
For those staying the whole time, we will need your help for the dissolving phase of the course, so please stay around. There are more flight options from the Gold Coast and the flights are generally cheaper. The bus from BBV will arrive at the Gold Coast around 1:00pm so allow for this when making your flight departure arrangements.
NOTE: For those going on to Melbourne, the public talk is not on until the following day.
(includes dinner Friday 10 February to breakfast Friday 17 February)
|Cabin with bathroom||$1,260||$90||$470|
|Supplied tent with bed||$1,020||$90||$470|
|Concession discount - cabins||-$100||-||-|
|Concession discount - tent||-$70||-||-|
pay per night
(price for 1 night including 3 meals)
|Cabin with bathroom||-||-||-|
|Supplied tent with bed||$160||$15||$60|
* under 2 yrs free
Important: Cabin accommodation is limited. Preference for cabin accommodation will be given to those staying for the entire course. When cabin beds are full, dormitory style tents with bedding will be allocated. There is no limit for tent accommodation.
Note: Allocation of accommodation will be on a first come first served basis. While every effort will be made to satisfy your request, if your preference is not available you will be notified and allocated an alternative option and any price differential will be refunded on arrival.
Campers may wonder why the cost of bringing your own tent is seemingly high compared to rates for cabins and supplied 6 person tents. The reason is that most of our costs are associated with infrastructure and food, not accommodation. There is, however, plenty of land on which to camp and it is a very nice place to hide away and gain some privacy.
Public Talk with Lama Ole Nydahl
7:30pm, tickets: $20 / $15 concessions
St Kilda Town Hall
99 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Friends from around the world are invited to join us for Lama Ole’s first visit to Melbourne in over 4 years. Lama Ole will be in Melbourne from Friday 17 February until Tuesday 21 February.
The program will include Lama Ole delivering a public lecture "Timeless Methods to Explore Your Mind's Limitless Potential” on Saturday 18 February at 19.30 hours at the St Kilda Town hall (99 Carlisle Street, St Kilda).
There will also be a Centre blessing of the Albert Park Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at 163 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park. We will let you know the time and date as soon as it is confirmed.
Additionally, we are organising a screening of the movie “Hannah” on Sunday 19 February. The location of the cinema is yet to be confirmed.
Important: The accommodation package described below is no longer available. Please make your own arrangements.
We have arranged for a deal with the Novotel Hotel in St Kilda. The cost of $450.00 per traveller includes accommodation for the 4 nights, transport to and from the Airport if you arrive with the recommended flights (or close to their arrival/departure time) and the lecture price. Food, drinks and other costs are not included.
Accommodation for International Travellers will be facilitated at the beautiful Novotel in St Kilda. All rooms are double rooms and are 5 minutes walk from the beach, 1 minute walk to the tram and about 20 minute walk to the Public lecture. The charge includes internet and a pool/ gym facilities are available. Payment is based on occupation of 2 people per room.
Registrations have now closed. All enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org