Australian Institute of Tibetan Healing Practices

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Australian Institute of Tibetan Healing Practices
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Australian Institute of Tibetan Healing Practices

Main School Vajrayana
Sub School Tibetan, Gelug
Founded 1992
Founder(s) H.E. Khejok Rinpoche
Teacher(s) Gen-la Chris Yangchen (Roberts)
Spiritual Director H.E. Khejok Rinpoche
Contact Infotmation
Address Level 4
12 Thomas Street
New South Wales 2067
Country Australia
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Phone (02) 8011 3956

Australian Institute of Tibetan Healing Practices – Sydney

H.E. Khejok Rinpoche giving a blessing when opening the new AITHP premises in Chatswood, 2009.

In 1992 H.E. Khejok Rinpoche founded the institute and H.H. Dalai Lama sanctioned its formation. Originally it was a tibetan medical institute and Gen-la Chris was asked by Rinpoche to teach Buddhism within this institute.

Why the centre is unique

Gen-la Chris’s teaching position required a user-friendly program of Buddhism to encourage people to experience positive changes within themselves so they could heal. She saw the need to study Western problems and their causes and to explore the most appropriate methods and techniques for Westerners.

Using what she had learnt through her research and the Buddhist understanding of mind, she began to develop the Overcoming Problems courses. After many years of research and compiling the courses she received high acclaim and recognition.

As many people were benefiting from Gen-la Chris’s teachings and there were obstacles to bringing the medicine into Australia, Rinpoche decided to change the direction of the centre. Consequently he asked Gen-la Chris to keep the Overcoming Problems classes going and cancelled the medical side of the centre.

Structure of the centre

The unique structure within the centre creates harmony amongst the students. AITHP is structured so that students, who have been in the centre for a number of years and undergo at least 3 more years in the Training Program run the centre.

All programs are run by donation, as H.H. Dalai Lama requested in 1992, when he sanctioned the founding of the centre.

AITHP is run solely by volunteers.

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Tibetan Buddhist Healing Practices – Townsville

The pool located in front of Karuna Cottage

In 1998, H.E. Khejok Rinpoche founded TBHP in Townsville, Queensland. Overcoming Problems courses are also held in TBHP.

THBP also runs Shambhala Cottages on Magnetic Island, offering discounted accommodation to the disabled, ill and elderly. The property has no steps and disabled facilities can be provided for all showers on request.

Karuna Cottage, founded by Gen-la Chris, is part of Shambhala Cottages. It is wheelchair accessible with assistance, and the bathroom has full disabled facilities. All the cottages are eco friendly.

All TBHP projects and courses operate by donation and are run solely by volunteers.

Atkinson House, Level 1, 145 Stanley Street, Townsville, QLD

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Resident Teacher

Gen-la Chris Yangchen (Roberts)

Founder of the Overcoming Problems System

Gen-la Chris Yangchen (Roberts) Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher

Gen-la Chris Yangchen was recognised in 2006 for starting a new system of Buddhism and this recognition was formalised in 2008 by H.H. Khalkha Rinpoche, H.E. Khensur Gyalrong Rinpoche and H.E. Khejok Rinpoche.

Gen-la Chris Yangchen has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1980. Her teacher, His Eminence Khejok Tulku Rinpoche founded the Centre and is Spiritual Director. Rinpoche was an Abbot, a fully qualified Tibetan Lama (Geshe) and a Traditional Tibetan Medical Practitioner. Unfortunately, Rinpoche passed away in 2013.

Gen-la has been with Rinpoche from the first day he arrived in Australia in 1987 and is his first non-Tibetan student.

Developing and teaching the Overcoming Problems System

In 1992, H.E. Khejok Rinpoche placed Gen-la Chris in a unique position, asking her to teach Buddhism in a Traditional Tibetan Medical Institute.

In 1993, he prophesied that Gen-la Chris would be teaching people how to overcome problems. By 1998 her classes had evolved into the Overcoming Problems system.

Environmental, social and cultural issues

Gen-la Chris is possibly one of the few survivors of heavy exposure in the 70′s to the herbicide 245T, that contains a dioxin which has been labelled as probably the most toxic molecule ever made by man.

In Traditional Tibetan Medicine there is a prophesy that talks about environmental degradation and mental health issues causing illness.

As the result of these two factors Gen-la is interested in environmental problems and mental health issues and their causes. The courses therefore, examine the cause of environmental, social and cultural issues and how they create problems in everyday life.

Working in the community

Gen-la Chris has served on the NSW Cancer Council’s Ethics Committee and was the Buddhist representative on the Women’s Interfaith Network for which she was a founding committee member.

She also taught Buddhism for two years in the Ashfield Uniting Church, where Rev. Bill Crews runs the Exodus Foundation that works with disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Gen-la Chris has made presentations at conferences, both international and in Australia. She has taught within a diverse range of organisations, including universities, hospitals and community groups to doctors, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, counsellors, and the physically and mentally ill. She has also taught many groups from all the major schools of Buddhism, and within other religious and philosophical organisations. Photo History

Townsville and Sydney centres

In 1998, Gen-la Chris began to teach the Overcoming Problems courses and in the same year was requested to teach the courses at Tibetan Buddhist Healing Practices in Townsville, Queensland. She has been developing the Overcoming Problems System and teaching the courses in both centres ever since.