Central Coast Meditation Centre has been established for 11 years, a non for profit organisation the Centre is dedicated to the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism. Our mission is to promote the teachings and philosophy of the Buddha and to teach meditation to the public.

The Centre follows the principles of the Sakya lineage of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. And sponsors visiting Tibetan Lamas to give teachings to the people of the Central Coast.

Teaching Tradition: Vajrayana, Sakya.

Spiritual Director: Lama Choedak Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (Sakya Losal Choe Dzong www.sakya.com.au.

One of the few meditation masters in Australia, Lama Choedak trained under His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (who taught His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Sakya Trizin).


Schedule of Teachings and Events 2014

Classes Resuming 27th April - All Welcome

8 week Calm Abiding Meditation Course

The Course involves a sequential set of teaching sessions that go for 1- 2 hours a week, and provide a complete introduction to help you establish a daily meditation practice. If you are already an experienced meditator you will come away with a good understanding of the principle characteristics and the finer points of the Buddhist approach to single-pointed concentration.

  • Beginners:
    Sunday 10am – 12.00

  • Intermediate (Drop in Meditation Class):
    Sunday 11am - 12.00

There is no set fee for attending any of the above classes, however, a suggested offering of $10 would be greatly appreciated. 


The next Modern Day Bodhisattva Training on the Central Coast will focus on developing loving-kindness towards ourselves and others. Helen Connole, a senior student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, will lead a lively exploration on how to live a life infused with kindness toward all beings. It will include:

  • listening to Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche's teachings on loving-kindness
  • contemplations to expand our care for others
  • discussion groups
  • guided meditations on loving-kindness

Modern Day Bodhisattva (MDB) Training was developed by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, a contemporary Buddhist teacher, as a way to share Buddhist practices of equanimity, loving-kindness, joy, and compassion with any audience, regardless of their religious background or prior exposure to meditation. A bodhisattva is known as someone who recognizes that the greatest personal happiness is found through developing kindness and compassion for others. Modern Day Bodhisattva Training brings the wisdom of the bodhisattva tradition into our contemporary lives.

Friday, May 9th, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Central Coast Meditation Centre, Tsechen Samten Choe Ling, 5 Haynes Ave, Umina Beach 2257
Suggested donation for the weekend to cover costs: $15, ($12 concession), payable on arrival.
Pre-register (no payment required) at australia.msb@gmail.com to receive some preliminary information
Tea and biscuits provided. Please bring lunch to share on Saturday.

Born in Tibet in 1954, Lama Choedak Rinpoche is one of the few Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters teaching in Australia. Lama Choedak Rinpoche is a highly recognized Tibetan Teacher with over 20 years of experience of living and teaching in Australia. He has a deep understanding of the western culture and mind, and offers a useful integration of Tibetan Buddhist Teachings and Western understandings. As well as this, he brings a tremendous sense of humour to his talks and teachings.

Friday 13th June Public Talk 7pm – 9pm
Public Talk: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited the west he was shocked by people who experienced depressive feelings and a sense of inadequacy. His Holiness regularly observes that despite extraordinary benefits brought on by material progress and physical health, people can be left feeling vulnerable and insecure dealing with daily life's ups and downs.
The darkness of depression is experienced by many of us, if not personally, then probably by someone we love impacting on our relationships, families, workplaces and community. A great deal of resources have been directed into raising public awareness around depression, but how much of this condition is well understood by modern research?
Buddhist teaching shines light on the causes of mental well-being in order to regain emotional resilience and inspiration. The Buddhist meditation method of mindfulness is respected amongst health workers in the field of depression because it goes beyond just treating the symptoms with medications.
In this very timely talk, Lama Choedak Rinpoche offers from his heart, succinctly and with humour, the profound Buddhist understanding of depression and anxiety and the antidotes to these states. Rinpoche takes us through the process of transforming the debilitating grip of these mental states into fulfillment, appreciative joy and confidence.

Seats are limited so please RSVP early on the contact details below!

Venue: Central Coast Meditation Centre 5 Haynes Avenue Umina Beach
When: Friday 13th June at 7pm -9pm
Cost: Suggested Donation. $20
RSVP: Contact: Donna 02 43447718 or Lan-Hoa 0411331038 OR
Email nelson38@optusnet.com.au

Saturday 14th June Full Day Workshop: 9:30am – 4.30pm White Tara Empowerment and Teaching

An empowerment is a beautiful blessing. The teaching is a visual meditation in which we learn to create a connection with an enlightened being.

Who is White Tara?
White Tara represents the feminine energy of the Buddha’s. She is said to have originated from the tears of the deity Avalokiteshvara when he wept about the extent and intensity of the suffering experienced by all beings. White Tara is the female Bodhisattva that represents the qualities of compassion, long life, healing and serenity. She is also known as The Wish fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra; and also as Samaya Tara, meaning Vow Tara. This refers to Tara's vow to save all beings from suffering and also to our Bodhisattva vow. One calls on her for health, strength, and longevity. Her white colour indicates purity, but also indicates that she is Ultimate Truth, complete and undifferentiated. She has seven eyes: the two usual eyes, plus an eye in the centre of her forehead and eyes in her hands and feet. These indicate that she sees all suffering and all cries for help, even in the human world, even in the worlds of pain, using both ordinary and psychic or extraordinary means of perception.

Basic Buddhist meditation techniques are included in the practice, with special emphasis placed on the creative visualisation meditations of Vajrayana Buddhism.
The practice and teachings of White Tara will be valuable in everyday life and can help bring greater clarity, calm and inner-joy. Students who receive the empowerment and undertake the practice of White Tara will increase their spiritual vitality, intensify their capacity for compassion, and overcome fears, including the fear of death.

Seats are limited so please RSVP early on the contact details below!

Venue: Central Coast Meditation Centre 5 Haynes Avenue Umina Beach
When: Friday 13th June at 7pm
Cost: Suggested Donation. $30
RSVP: Contact: Donna 02 43447718 or Lan-Hoa 0411331038 OR
Email nelson38@optusnet.com.au
Note: Morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided


Online Teachings on YouTube

Online DharmaTeachings with Lama Choedak Rinpoche as well as other teachers including His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Choegye Trichen and others.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche

H.H Sayka Trizin


Address:5 Haynes Avenue Umina 2257 NSW
Phone:Phone: (02) 4344 7718 Email: nelson38@optusnet.com.au find us on facebook view us on youtube