21st January - 25th January 2016, Auckland

We warmly invite you to mark your calendars, and to bring your inquiring minds to the 4th Annual Buddhist Summer School, to be hosted at Nyima Tashi, Auckland between 21st January to 25th January 2016.

In disseminating Buddhist teachings in the West, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX 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 4th Annual Buddhist Summer School brings together distinguished Buddhist scholars, teachers and philosophers from the traditions of Theravada, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

Below you will find a downloadable Summer School brochure containing the course information and timetable. Once you have selected the courses use the links below to book your place.

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Anyen Rinpoche

Anyen Rinpoche was born in Amdo,Tibet. His lineage can be traced back directly to the renowned Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche, author of Words of My Perfect Teacher. Anyen Rinpoche is a heart son of Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche, a renowned master of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition as well as a rime (non-sectarian) master of Tibetan Buddhism. After remaining with his Root Lama for eighteen years, Anyen Rinpoche came to America, where he established the Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma Center in Denver, Colorado.

Rinpoche’s dharma activity focuses on helping Buddhist practitioners prepare for the moment of death through the Dying with Confidence Program and the Phowa Foundation. He also teachings a traditional “shedra,” or intensive Vajrayana study, for westerners at Orgyen Khamdroling.

Anyen Rinpoche will be teaching  a 6 session course on Lion’s Roar: Exposition of Buddha-Nature by Mipham Rinpoche.

Session 1 FRI, 22 Jan, 10:00am - 11:30am Session 2 FRI, 22 Jan, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm Session 3 SAT, 23 Jan, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm Session 4 SAT, 23 Jan, 2:30pm to 4:00pm Session 5 MON, 25 Jan, 2:30pm to 4:00pm Session 6 MON, 25 Jan, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Lama Chönam

Lama Chönam, Chöying Namgyal, was born in the Golog area of eastern Tibet in 1964. His root teacher, Khenpo Münsel, was a direct disciple of Khenpo Ngagchung and was himself one of the great authentic Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century. Lama Chönam escaped Tibet in 1992 and later came to the United States, where he resides today. Over the past twenty-three years, Lama Chönam has been teaching Tibetan language and the dharma and translating classical Tibetan literature into English. He is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group.

Lama Chönam’s complete bio can be found here: http://www.berotsana.org/lama-chonam-bio/

Lama Chönam will be teaching  2 courses:  3 sessions course long each, a 6 session course on Key points on how to incorporate dharma into the experience of life: A Teaching based upon a short text entitled “Moonlight” written by the great scholar Rongton 1367-1435  (Session Code: CHO1) and a 3 session course on The special features of the path of secret mantra Vajrayana and the pinnacle of all vehicles the path of the Great Perfection Ati Yoga. (Session Code: CHO2)


Session 1 FRI, 22 Jan, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Session 2 SAT, 23 Jan, 8:00am to 9:30am Session 3 SAT, 23 Jan, 10:00am to 11:30am



Session 1 SUN, 24 Jan, 4:30pm to 6:00pm Session 2 SUN, 24 Jan, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Session 3 MON, 25 Jan, 8:00am to 9:30am

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Ekai Korematsu Osho

Ekai Korematsu is the Abbot and resident teacher of the Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community in Melbourne. Born in Japan in 1948, he studied humanities and Buddhism in Denmark and the USA. He was ordained as a monk by Kobun Chino Otogawa at Haiku Zendo, Los Altos, USA in 1976. He received dharma transmission from Ikko Naraskai at Zuioji Monastery in Japan in 1986. His formal Buddhist training encompassed twelve years at three Japanese monasteries, Eiheiji, Zuioji and Shogoji. In 1999 he established the Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community in Melbourne, a Soto Zen Buddhist centre for Zen practice and community. Ekai Osho is also the Director and main teacher of Jikishoan’s Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies Program (IBS). For more information go to www.jikishoan.org.au.

Ekai Korematsu Osho will be teaching a 4 session course on The Meaning of Practice and Verification’ (‘Shushogi’) from Shobogengo by Zen Master Dogen.

Session 1 SAT, 23 Jan, 4:30pm to 6:00pm Session 2 SAT, 23 Jan, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Session 3 SUN, 24 Jan, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm

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Judith Leif

Judith Leif was a close student of the Tibetan meditation master Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. His son, the current Shambhala lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, recognized Ms. Lief as a senior teacher, or acharya. Judy has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years, and continues to teach throughout the world. She is the lead teacher for the annual Profound Treasury Retreat. Judy also is known for her teachings on end-of-life issues and is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality and numerous articles. She is the editor of many of Trungpa Rinpoche’s books, including the recently published three volume set, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, which gives a penetrating overview of the three-yana journey from beginning to end. Judy is a founding faculty member of the Courageous Women, Fearless Living Cancer Retreat, held annually at the Shambhala Mountain Center. Judy currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Chuck, who is the president of Naropa University, and their dog Loki. Her two daughters and three grandchildren live nearby. For more, see judylief.com.

Judith Leif will be teaching a 6 session course on A Map of Awakening: An Introduction to Trungpa Rinpoche’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

Session 1 FRI, 22 Jan, 2:30pm to 4:00pm Session 2 FRI, 22 Jan, 4:30pm to 6:00pm Session 3 SUN, 24 Jan, 8:00am to 9:30am Session 4 SUN, 24 Jan, 10:00am to 11:30am Session 5 MON, 25 Jan, 10:00am to 11:30am Session 6 MON, 25 Jan, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm

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Download Summer School 2016 Brochure

Opening Forum

The Opening Forum provides a platform where differing views are welcomed and expressed, as panel and participants engage, challenge, and learn from each other. We invite you to come and see how the pure water of Dharma manifests and mixes within these various containers.

The forum is free of charge for all the attendants and will take place at 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, 21 January 2016.

Calling the Guru From Afar

In the Tibetan tradition it is held that the enlightened minds of great Bodhisattva’s and Buddha’s take birth again and again, for the benefit of all beings. Therefore, Rinpoche’s students join in this aspirational prayer for the swift rebirth of their beloved teacher, as the Tenth Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche.

In a very practical way, one’s relationship to the Guru is of primary importance, as it is the Guru who holds the profound knowledge of the Dharma, who comes to know our mind, and is capable of guiding us with care and precision upon the spiritual path. It is taught that the ultimate Guru is the enlightened nature of one’s own mind, whereas the outer Guru, our teacher, is the one who assists us to realise that nature. If we have not yet met our spiritual teacher, the prayer of Calling the Guru From Afar represents the acknowledgement of our need and our heartfelt longing to experience such a relationship.

‘Calling the Guru From Afar’ session will begin after the last summer school session, which will finish approximately at 6:30pm on Monday, 25 January 2016.


All course offerings may be subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Summer School organisers.

Session times are mornings: 8:00am to 9:30am and 10:00am to 11:30pm, and afternoons 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, 4:30pm to 6:00pm and 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

The online registration will be available on this page from 12 December 2016.

To register offline call or email our office on +64 9 376 6113 or email at nyimatashi.nz@gmail.com.


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.

Nyima Tashi Kagyu Centre Expresso Bar

Nyima Tashi has a new addition to the centre in the form of an Expresso Bar/Deli/Take out.

The café will open between the hours of 7:00 am - 2:00pm throughout Summer school.

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