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Buddhist Summer School 2019

Buddhist Summer School 2019

We warmly invite you to mark your calendars, and to bring your inquiring minds to the 7th Annual Buddhist Summer School, to be hosted at Nyima Tashi, Auckland between 22nd February to 25th February 2019.
In disseminating Buddhist teachings in the West, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche actively engaged in integrative dialogue with scientists, psychologists, artists and philosophers. Rinpoche was known for his remarkable ability to preserve the heart and profundity of Buddhist teachings, while opening minds to the ways Dharma can bring illumination and wisdom to the nuances of modern knowledge, dispositions and lifestyles.
In continuing Rinpoche’s commitment to vibrant teachings for our times, this 7th Annual Buddhist Summer School brings together distinguished Buddhist scholars, teachers and philosophers from the traditions of Theravada, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.
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Panel of summer school teachers for 2019:

Traleg Khandro
Traleg Khandro, long-time student and wife to the late Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX, is the President of E-Vam Buddhist Institute USA, and the Director of Rinpoche’s publishing arm Shogam Publications.
Khandro studied Buddhism under Traleg Rinpoche’s guidance for 30
years and has undertaken numerous long meditation retreats. At Rinpoche’s request Khandro also received traditional LuJong (Tibetan Yoga) training and is a qualified Hatha Yoga instructor. Khandro gives teachings on Buddhism and LuJong in Australia, New Zealand, U.K.,Europe, United States and South East Asia. Khandro has a degree in Psychology.

*Teaching: Pursuing an Integrated life (course consists of 4 sessions)
In this course Traleg Khandro will discuss Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche the Ninth’s teachings on “Integral Buddhism”. As Buddhists, why should we seek to integrate Buddhist philosophy into our lives? Is there any aspect of ourselves that don’t belong on the spiritual path? In these series of teachings Rinpoche encouraged Buddhist practitioners to bring all aspects of oneself onto the spiritual path. As stated by Traleg Rinpoche “ The basic point at the core of the philosophy of Integral Buddhism is the idea that whatever is useful for our growth, for our human prosperity, is something that we need to pursue, no matter what it is.” The course will be based on the book Integral Buddhism: Developing all Aspects of one’s Personhood, by Traleg Kyabgon.

Doko Hatchett
Doko Hatchett (Doko-san) was born in 1970 and is the Abbot of
Dochu-an and Shumpu-an Zen Hermitages in Northern NSW Australia, where he trains monastics, lay disciples, and lay trainees. He is also the guiding teacher of Little Zen Sangha, Hobart Australia. In 1989 while recovering from a brain aneurysm, he was introduced to Zen by a friend and began to do some zazen instead of thinking so much. A few years later in 1991, Doko met Master Hogen Yamahata, Dharma heir to Master Tangen Harada of Bukkokuji. Doko became a monk with Hogen-san in 1994 and received Dharma-heir transmission to teach in 2008. In January 2009 he was granted full transmission as a successor and new ancestor in the lineage. He lives in Mullumbimby NSW with his wife, disciples, and three children.

*Teaching: Swords and Teacups - Zen and the Classical Aesthetics of Japan. (course consists of 4 sessions)
In Doko-san’s words “This topic will be my tiny attempt to convey some of the quiet subtleties of Japanese Zen Buddhism as was taught to me through my Master.” Doko-san will be giving us a taste of the way in which he was “more so ‘soaked with’, not really ‘taught’ a beautiful Zen, through my Masters’ deep manners, elegance and very, very, few words.” The pathos and warmth of the Japanese poets, artists, tea masters, craftspeople and thinkers, such as Dogen Zenji, Basho, and Ryokan-san, will be discussed as well as more modern works such as “the Book of Tea” and “In Praise of Shadows.” This is a favourite topic for Doko-san for the surprising power it has in helping us all to see behind the curtain of the famous ‘Zen-aesthetic’ and showing us “just how intimate this life and death can be”. This promises to be a fascinating series of talks for those new to or familiar with Zen as well as a meaningful event for poets, artists and human beings who are interested in this “great matter of life, impermanence, and death”.

Anthony Norrie
Anthony Norrie has worked as an Osteopath for 30 years, trained in
England, America and Australia , with a particular interest in the field
of Cranial Osteopathic Paediatrics.
These journeys and the need to provide appropriate training in OCF
in Australasia prompted the establishment of the Sutherland Cranial
Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF of ANZ) of which Anthony was a founding member and within which he still continues to teach.
His Dharma experience has signficantly enriched and influenced both his clinical practise and personal life.

*Teaching: Applications of Shamatha Meditation (course consists of 2 sessions)
Generally speaking within the Buddhist tradition, two different types of meditation are engaged in - the first being Shamatha or meditation of tranquility and the other is called Vipasyana, sometimes referred to as analytical or insight meditation. Within the West, Shamatha may be simply viewed as the poor cousin of the meditation family but the reality is far from this. Shamatha provides the very ground in order for Vipasyana and other meditative forms to develop. From the Shamatha perspective, as discursive thoughts subside, the mind goes into different levels of absorption. Once one has perfected Shamatha, if one then engages in analytical/insight meditation, then thinking no longer gives rise to conceptual distortions, as it normally does, but it gives rise to different insights. In these lectures different applications of Shamatha will be explored with the intention that a better understanding and more consistent experience of meditation develops.

Fay Clark
Fay Clark has been a student of Traleg Rinpoche since 2006 and during this time has been an integral part of the Nyima Tashi sangha. She is also a student of Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche. She currently works in Auckland as a natural therapeutics practitioner.

*Teaching: Fay Clark: What’s the Point of Practice (course consists of 2 sessions)
The more immediate goal of happiness and the longer term goal of attaining enlightenment, both depend on our understanding of what it is we need to work with in our practice in order to realise these results. Buddhism has a rich tradition of psychology, known as Abhidharma. In this case ‘Abhi’ means to make obvious and ‘Dharma’ in this context, refers to ones mental and physical states, so it is to make obvious that which is unseen. What are the states of mind that prevent us from gaining knowledge and insight, and therefore act as a veil between us and our goals?

All course offerings may be subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Summer School organisers. Session times are mornings: 9:00am to 10:30 am and 11:00 am to 12:30pm, and afternoons 1:30pm to 3:00pm, 4:00pm to 5:30pm and 7:00pm to 8:30pm. It is possible to attend individual sessions at proportionate costs. To register online go to:

Online summer school
This year The Auckland Buddhist Summer school is once again available for online viewing as we are live streaming all lectures,if one is unable to view the live feeds at the appointed time, which take place according to New Zealand time, we are also able to offer a link to the Teachings which will be available for viewing two weeks after Summer School has concluded. These links are kept on file for 3 months, allowing the purchaser to recapture the experience of the Teachings at a more leisurely and opportune time.
We offer a 15% reduction on all live feeds, with a 25% reduction on feeds produced 2 weeks after summer school has concluded. To register and view the details go to:

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