Although many of the activities at TRC are not Buddhist, everything that we undertake and offer is inspired by and infused with the values of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. We believe that the strength and transformative power of this tradition comes from the unbroken line of teachers, recognised by the previous generation as having internalised and actualised the Buddha’s teachings. This line extends back to the Buddha himself.
The emphasis in the Kagyu tradition is placed more on practice than on academic study, although academic study is still encouraged. Practice in this sense refers both to formal meditation practice and the practice of compassion and wisdom in daily life.
The residents of the centre hold regular dharma pujas or recitation sessions, which visitors are welcome to join. The centre also hosts regular courses by local and overseas teachers authorised to teach in the Kagyu tradition. These courses are usually weekend to ten day courses and we are very fortunate to have at least 1 and sometimes 2, month long retreats every year with Rob Nairn, usually in November and February. The slightly shorter Christmas retreat with Rob is also very popular.
In March 2012 we started our first six month closed Ngondro retreat with Alan Muller. During Lama Yeshe's visit to launch the retreat, he announced that this will be the venue for Kagyu six month retreats for practitioners accross the world. The womens retreat will be followed shortly by the mens retreat.
This is the start of much more to come.
Spiritual teachings and retreats from other traditions and faiths are also possible, if approved by our spiritual director Dr. Akong Rinpoche.