Rigpa Australia and their activities
“Be in the present; then your future will be good. If you’re always thinking about the past then your present will be completely spoilt and your future will also therefore be endangered.” Sogyal Rinpoche
I’ve said it before but one of the great joys of mydiamonddays is getting the chance to talk with a whole range of wonderful people who are involved in meditation, and other aspects of holistic health.
Speaking with Marianne Gizycki was one of those great conversations that I didn’t want to end.
Rigpa Australia aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women.
They have physical centres in most capital cities in Australia and are almost completely run by volunteers with only 2 paid staff in the whole of Australia.
The centres offer drop in meditation programs which provide a lightly guided meditation and entry is by donation.
They also offer courses which allow people to learn at their own pace. There is a 6 week course, a 10 week course or a full year course. It essentially means that there is a graduated path of study.
They also have an extremely popular program for teaching meditation to children and teenagers. Once a year, in January, they do a two-week retreat with children from 2 years old to 12.
Rigpa also has an outreach program which helps those who work in health care and care for the dying use meditation techniques to support their work. Internationally, Rigpa has provided these programs for many years. Recently Rigpa Australia has gained two qualified spiritual care educators who themselves have completed a three-year meditation retreat. (Rigpa’s three-year retreat involved more than 400 students from all around the world, of whom about 30 were Australians.) Rigpa’s spiritual care educators present seminars and run study groups for both professional and volunteer care givers.