Lama Choedak Rinpoche is an internationally renown Buddhist teacher, author, public figure and popular speaker whose teachings are recognised for their clarity, authenticity, richness and humour. 

Lama Choedak Rinpoche, or 'Rinpoche' for short, is a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation master and Spiritual Director of The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra. As a young monk he undertook rigorous training in philosophy and completed a 3 and a half year meditation retreat under the close guidance of some of Tibet’s great masters. He came to Canberra in 1988 to do postgraduate studies at the ANU, however, as a qualified Tibetan lama he soon drew the attention of those keen to learn about meditation and philosophy. Since then he has performed a full time role as a Buddhist teacher helping the diverse spiritual needs and growth amongst Australia’s community.

He conducts weekly meditation and philosophy classes in Canberra and travels interstate most weekends to the numerous sister centres around Australia and New Zealand of which he is also Spiritual Head, giving public talks and teachings, and conducting workshops and retreats. Some of his best-selling books include Healing Relationships, Taming the Elephant Mind, Original Virtue and Dawn of Enlightenment.

Under his inspiration and guidance, our Society has invited some of the most important lineage heads of Tibetan Buddhism to Australia including His late Eminence Choegye Trichen Rinpoche, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin and His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche the 42nd Sakya Trizin. These masters visited all of our centres and expressed their great delight at our efforts and helped clear the way for our continued success. We have received strong encouragement for the Stupa Temple of Peace, and His Holiness Sakya Trizin has promised to come to perform the consecration of the temple and teach upon its opening.


The Stupa Temple of Peace will be a sanctuary where people can come to heal, learn how to stop fear and insecurity and reconnect with their common humanity and community. Profound attitudinal healing, which transcends religion, race, gender and discrimination and which focusses on the core values of all peace-loving people, will be achieved.
— Lama Choedak Rinpoche

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