Thanks to the committed Spiritual Directorship of Lama Choedak Rinpoche and a confident and enthusiastic committee, our Society has a earned a reputation as a friendly community offering a variety of rich, authentic and inclusive Buddhist teachings to all that seek them.
Sakya Losal Choe Dzong the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (SLCD) is a not-for-profit religious organisation founded in 1989. From humble beginnings, SLCD has grown from strength to strength, consistently and actively promoting Buddhism in the Canberra community and around Australia.
Since SLCD’s inception we have been offering meditation classes, public talks, workshops and seminars on mindfulness, health and wellbeing at our Evatt venue. We are also regularly invited to give talks at schools, community groups and forums.
SLCD has been hosting its Canberra classes and events at Rongton Buddhist College, 25 Alderman St, Evatt, which we have rented for more than twenty years. It has been a long held dream of our community to have our very own Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Canberra.
The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra owns Virupa Retreat Centre, located 30 minutes outside of Canberra, as well as SIBA Retreat Centre in East Gippsland, Victoria. Purchased in 2002 and 2006 respectively, these are both well appointed and beautiful retreat centres situated in conducive environments. These centres are able to support members and friends to do group and personal retreats. They have been embraced, not just by our Buddhist community but the public at large as precious sanctuaries of peace and healing. Thousands of people have visited and attended our programs, receiving many blessings and benefits and the centres have and continue to flourish.
Generous donations from benefactors and interest free loans from members helped us acquire each of these retreat centres. With good public interest in our program of events and retreats, we were able to pay off the mortgages on both of these premises in under five years.