Sydney Sangha

Sangha is the community of Buddhist practitioners. In the Triratna Buddhist movement this comprises members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, mitras (friends) of the Triratna Buddhist Community and all the many people who participate in our activities.

The Sydney Buddhist Centre and Vijayaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre are owned, operated, maintained and loved by the Sydney sangha as part of our collective practice. We get to know each other, deepen our friendships and practice generosity, ethics and wisdom through these projects. We see this as an expression of gratitude towards the Buddha’s teachings and an opportunity to offer these teachings to others.

We have certain classes and retreats which cater for those who have been practicing Buddhism and who are familiar with the meditation practices we teach. This common understanding allows us to go deeper with ourselves and each other in our Dharma practice.

We also hold classes and retreats specifically for Order members, for mitras and for those who have asked for ordination. These are sometimes just for men or just for women.

A special festival day dedicated to the Dharma. We will have a shared bring-a-plate lunch,...

Sat 13 Jul 2019, 12:00pm - 04:00pm

Kshanti - Patience

How can we bear the difficulties life throws our way?


Sat 17 Aug 2019, 7:00pm - 09:00pm

Dhyana - Meditation

The spiritual life can be seen to be one selfless act after...

Sat 14 Sep 2019, 7:00pm - 09:00pm

The Buddha said that spiritual friendship was the whole of the spiritual life. With such an...

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11:00am - 02:30pm

Prajna - Wisdom.

Compassionate and energetic, Green tara works in the world for...

Sat 14 Dec 2019, 7:00pm - 09:00pm

Introducing mindfulness meditation, we will explore how best to sit comfortably, approach...

Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 5:30pm
Every Tuesday

Mindful Emotion is a course in cultivating kindness. It has been designed to complement and...

Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 7:00pm
Every Tuesday

Meeting every Wednesday morning for a period of meditation. Following a tea break we read and...

Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 10:30am
Every Wednesday

Running 9:30am - 11:30am weekly, this Saturday morning course is a grounding introduction to...

Sat, 29 Jun 2019, 9:30am
Every Saturday

Why not do yourself a favour and join this course of self-exploration and self-transcendence?...

Tue, 30 Jul 2019, 7:00pm
Every Tuesday

“An image of a kingly eagle gliding high in space
Were one’s mind to glide...

Tue, 03 Sep 2019, 7:00pm
Every Tuesday

Based on the study of Maitreyabandhu's popular book The Journey and the Guide, this...

Tue, 08 Oct 2019, 7:00pm
Every Tuesday

Engage with the beautiful bushland at Vijayaloka, on the outskirts of Sydney. We will meditate...

Fri 28 Jun 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 30 Jun 2019, 3:00pm

Many of us who are meditators find it difficult in our busy lives to get opportunities to take...

Fri 05 Jul 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 14 Jul 2019, 3:00pm

Join Order Members and mitras for a retreat exploring key aspects of Milarepa's life and his...

Fri 26 Jul 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 28 Jul 2019, 3:00pm

On this ten day retreat we'll have an opportunity to explore meditation together. With...

Thu 01 Aug 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 11 Aug 2019, 3:00pm

A retreat for men who have asked for ordination within the Triratna Buddhist Community

Fri 16 Aug 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 25 Aug 2019, 3:00pm

You need to feel your heart energy with the whole of your being. With Qi Gong movements, and...

Fri 06 Sep 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 08 Sep 2019, 3:00pm

"Freedom in Friendship"


All Mitras of the Sydney Buddhist Centre are invited to...

Fri 20 Sep 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 22 Sep 2019, 3:00pm

Aimed mainly at school-aged children and their parents or carers. 

Vijayaloka, our...

Fri 27 Sep 2019, 7:00pm - Mon 30 Sep 2019, 3:00pm

This long weekend retreat provides full introduction to meditation practice, informed by the...

Fri 04 Oct 2019, 7:00pm - Mon 07 Oct 2019, 3:00pm

An opportunity to come together for a great weekend escape! Help care for the beautiful retreat...

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 27 Oct 2019, 3:00pm

This weekend retreat provides introduction to some foundational Buddhist teachings and...

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 7:00pm - Sun 01 Dec 2019, 3:00pm

In Triratna, Dharma practice is embodied in a dynamic mandala of five principles. We...

Thu 26 Dec 2019, 7:00pm - Wed 01 Jan 2020, 3:00pm

Triratna Buddhist Community Coogee (including residential community Jayakula)

In Coogee there is a Buddhist group that meet and practice regularly, and a residential community called Jayakula where people from all walks of life can live in supportive conditions.

The Coogee Buddhist Community started in early 2012 and is committed to offering meditation and the teachings of the Buddha to all. Whether you are an experienced Buddhist and or meditator or just starting to explore you will find warm, welcoming and accessible support with us.

We are a warm, friendly community who enjoy these practices along with film nights, retreats and festival events at...

Solar panel win for the centre!

Yay you did it! We fund-raised over $12,000 for the solar panels in December. On 20th December 2018, Samacitta and Dhammakumara signed the lease documents with Nigel an April from Pingala. The solar panels will be installed later this month, helping to get us off the dirty grid.

Not only will the solar energy be cleaner, it will also bring down our power bills right from day one, and eventually, after 5 years, the energy will be extremely low-cost or even free. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign with your generosity and efforts! Anyone who asked for a perk should be...

Talk: Sudrishti: "The Good Friend" Sangha Day 2017

Sudrishti gave this beautiful talk on Sangha Day on the 11th November. She speaks about why the Buddha said that friendship "is the whole of the spiritual life". The talk addresses the topic of friendship very personally, looking at close friends, mentors, and the potential to be a good friend even to someone we have just met, and asks questions such as "Whats in it for us?" and "Do retreats and meditation make me a better friend?". I felt very moved by this talk: thank you Sudrishti!

Sudrishti and Ratnajyoti

Remembering Yoris: His Improvised performances at the Sydney Buddhist Centre.

Yoris Everaerts was a sculptor and performance artist, and a member of our Sangha, and he died in October. There was a wonderful and well-attended memorial and funeral for him at Glebe Town Hall on Friday the 3rd of November, where many friends and family gave heartfelt and very moving rejoicings in him. What a colourful and compassionate life he led!

I knew Yoris as a fellow artist, and we had many chats and shared ideas where we could. I helped him organise an exhibition at the centre, and he did three amazing improvised performances which we filmed, which are a wonderful document...

Yoris Everaerts doing an improvised performance in the main shrine room with his artworks

A statement on the violence in Myanmar

The Sydney Buddhist Centre is endorsing this public statement by the Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of Triratna, concerning the appalling violence in Myanmar.

You can also find a link to the statement, as well as the short excerpt from a radio program given by Vishvapani, online here.

Yours in the dharma,
Aryadharma, Padmadakini, Ratnajyoti and Dharmalata

The management kula | Sydney Buddhist Centre


Statement on Buddhist-led violence against Muslims in Burma/Myanmar 2017 

As a Buddhist, I am utterly opposed to the encouragement of...

Pensive Bodhisattva Maitreya

Vijayaloka News

We wanted to let you know about all the work that's been going on at Vijayaloka of late, and also let you know about opportunities to get involved and to enjoy being amongst friends in this beautiful weather at the bushland retreat centre.

Recently we had a Working With Nature Retreat out at Vijayaloka. It was a wonderful weekend – between 20-25 of us including 5 kids (raring to go) spent the weekend together.  As we have found previously this type of retreat attracts new people so we had a mix of introductory dharma activities and enjoyed getting to know each other while doing the...

Working with nature people June!

The Management Kula

The management kula operates a bit like a chapter. Not only do we meet with a shared desire to contribute to the running of the centre,  but also to grow as individuals who can take responsibility, communicate well, and help one another to do that. 

We would love you to feel a part of it, so do get in contact via Aryadharma or Ratnajyoti (, or indeed speak to any of us, if you have anything you want to suggest, or concerns and ideas that you have in relation to the centre and to Vijayaloka.

With much love,

Aryadharma, Padmadakini,...

A Future Chair for Triratna Sydney

Dear Friends,

It is a great delight for me to have become part of the Sydney Buddhist Centre and it is a great honour to have been invited to take up the role of Chair. Thank you to all the Order Members who participated in the consultation process which eventually led to this decision. I am looking forward to getting to know the wider sangha over time.

It has been very enjoyable working with the Management Committee prior to joining it at the AGM a few weeks ago. The current Management Committee comprises: Ratnajyoti, Aryadharma, Padmadakini, Dharmalata and myself....


Wanted: Teams that Clean

Have you recently done a course at the Sydney Buddhist Centre and are looking for a way to give? Are you in a regular study group, GFR group or chapter? If so, we need your help!

We’re looking for volunteers who can form 8 small teams of 4-5 people each to help regularly clean the Sydney Buddhist Centre. If we can form 8 teams from among the Sangha, then each team would only need to work one week (or weekend) every 2 months. We’d be asking each team to spend 3-4 hours every 2 months on jobs like tidying the shrine room, vacuuming the floors and cleaning the bathrooms. A lot of...

Saturday as a Sangha Gathering

We’re five weeks into our new Saturday at the SBC program.  In addition to our very successful Saturday morning meditations, we’re now offering coffee and pastries between 10 and 10:20am. Then, as icing on the cake so to speak, we are engaging in a Dharma session 'til around 11:30. We initially explored the Four Reminders: a precious human life, impermanence and death, karma and suffering – those topics of contemplation that are so important in keeping our impetus to practice the Dharma, for ourselves and others.

We're now looking at "The Texture of Reality" and our Dharma journey...