Odiyana Buddhist Centre
|Odiyana Buddhist Centre |
|Founder(s)||Lama David Christensen|
|Address|| 11 Henrietta St|
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|Phone||(03) 9813 2431|
Odiyana was the birthplace of Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the Indian Master who established Buddhism in Tibet by taming the wild inhabitants of the Tibetan plateau and transforming them through his spiritual charisma and creativity. In the 8th century he founded the Ancient Order (Nyingma) of Tibetan Buddhism. In this age of technology his teachings are more essential than ever. The present Dalai Lama himself has actually stated the importance of Padmasambhava in this day and age.
The Odiyana Centre was founded in 2001 by Lama David Christensen, (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) an Australian Lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. David completed his traditional training in a 4 year retreat in Dordogne France during the 1980s under the guidance of his main teachers, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo and Tulku Pema Wangyal. He has spent over 30 years studying and practicing Buddhism in Australia, Nepal, France and the USA under some of the most influencial Tibetan teachers of this century. David is also fluent in Tibetan and is highly regarded for his work in translating Dzogchen texts. David teaches a wide range of Buddhist courses with an emphasis on Tibetan Healing, Tibetan Yoga and the wisdom of the Dzogchen Teachings. Lama David is also available for spiritual counselling, healing sessions including distance healing and for house blessings. The Odiyana Centre is affiliated with the Shechen Tennyi Dargye Ling Monastery in Nepal. The Monastery was founded by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and is presently under the direction of his grandson, the current abbot Rabjam Rinpoche.
Classes and Courses at Odiyana
Introduction to Meditation
The Buddha said that in order to see deeply into our own condition, we first need to slow down the rapid torrent of thoughts that obscures our true nature. The first step in slowing down the river of our thoughts and emotions is learning the practice of Shamatha also known as 'Calm Abiding'. Developing the mind in this way leads to a state of calm and has also been proven to increase physical and mental health, develop greater concentration and focus and increase empathy for others. This 4 week Introductory Course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to develop their own self practice. If you are new to meditation this course provides a welcoming, informal space to experience and explore meditation. Using ancient Tibetan meditation methods you will learn to develop your focus and develop greater peace and tranquility within the the body, breath and mind. Good for: Stress Management, Insomnia, Focus, various illnesses, Good starting point for a spiritual path.
Meditation and Tibetan Yoga Women's Group
Join this relaxed group of like minded women (all ages and backgrounds welcome) to learn and explore Tibetan Yoga, Meditation and Buddhist teachings - rediscover and connect with your own innate wisdom in a supportive group environment. Suitable for beginners, experienced practitioners and even the good ol' curious.
This ongoing class provides an introduction to the essence of Buddhist philosophy and practice as well as a forum for discussion and questions finishing with a short meditation practice. Suitable for those that wish to discover or deepen their knowledge of Buddhism.
Tibetan Yoga, Chanting and Meditation
The Natural Hot Yoga, Tibetan Yoga is a powerful way to release the blocked energies or psychic knots from our body and mind. Using movement, breathing techniques (Pranayama), chanting and visualisation, a practitioner can re-connect with their subtle energy body which comprises of the central wisdom channel and energy centres (Chakras). This truly accessible transformative yoga practice is a fantastic support for meditative practice and is renowned for is rejuvenating qualities.
The Odiyana Retreat Centre is located in Gippsland, Victoria. Set on 60 acres of spectacular hills surrounded by native bush and lush rainforest with panoramic views of the ocean, the centre provides a breathtaking and inspiring location for meditation and yoga. Retreats are lead by Lama David Christensen (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) an Australian Lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Various accommodation levels are available including a camping options. Please see links below for enquires and bookings.
David Christensen (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) is a highly experienced and sought after healer who brings a fusion of Eastern and Western healing traditions into his unique style. In addition to being a trained Tibetan Lama, he has studied with Teachers, Healers and Tibetan Doctors in Nepal and India as well as Healers in England, France and America. David's style combines Eastern and Western forms of massage together with techniques that he learned from Dr Arthur Pauls, the founder of Orthobionomy. He also uses Reiki, Aura balancing, Visualisation, breath work and Mantra depending on the needs of his patients and is particularly well known for his gift in helping people with back and neck issues. In the early nineties he worked as the personal healer for the International film director Bernardo Bertolucci during the filming of the movie 'Little Buddha'. David has many years of experience in healing as well as a deep meditative composure and a strong, compassionate way enhanced through many years of Buddhist Training. His aim is to ultimately help his clients connect to their deepest spirituality.
Learn to heal oneself and others
As a teacher of healing, David usually starts his students with Tibetan Healing where he also gives an introduction to Tibetan Medicine and healing which is a form of Buddhist Aryuveda. He also teaches a program for people to develop their healing abilities based on Buddhist Tantra. This usually begins with Vajrasattva (Diamond Being) practice for self healing and purification. Based on this foundation students can develop their healing energies and heart energylove through the practices of Tara, Chenrezig and/or The Medicine Buddha.
David Christensen (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) is an Australian Lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. David completed his traditional training in a 4 year retreat in Dordogne France during the 1980s under the guidance of his main teachers, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo and Tulku Pema Wangyal. He has spent over 30 years studying and practicing Buddhism in Australia, Nepal, France and the USA under some of the most influencial Tibetan teachers of this century. David is also fluent in Tibetan and is highly regarded for his work in translating Dzogchen texts. As the founder of the Odiyana Centre, David provides a site for individuals to rediscover their own wisdom and health (the word health comes from holiness and wholeness) inspired by the wisdom energy of these ancient teachings.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is one of the main teachers of Lama David Christensen. A giant in both the spiritual and physical sense, he is one of the most respected teachers of the Century and a teacher to the current Dalai Lama. Lama David received many teachings from Rinpoche in Nepal and during his retreat in Dordogne, France. He first met Rinpoche following a Vajrakilaya empowerment in Darjeeling, India after being introduced by Golok Tulku.
Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche is a highly realised master of the Nyingma/Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.Lama David first met Nyoshul Khenpo during his traditional 4 year retreat in Dordogne, France in March 1982. In the many years that followed he travelled and practiced with Khenpo acting as his translator. The book ' The Fearless Lion's Roar' is a collection of teachings given by Nyoshul Khenpo during their four year retreat in France which have been translated by Lama David' and recently published.
Dudjom Rinpoche is one of the most highly regarded teachers of the century. He was also head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is considered as the reincarnation of many great masters including Dudjom Lingpa. Lama David received teachings and advice from Dudjom Rinpoche on many occasions including every year during his retreat in France. It was also on the advice of Dudjom Rinpoche during a visit that Lama David travelled to France for the long retreat.
The son of Dudjom Rinpoche and the father of Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu. author of many great boooks such as White Sail, Gypsy Gossip and Magic Dance. Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is a great teacher in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama David lived with him in Nepal.
Chatral Rinpoche is now in his late nineties. Some people put it down to the fact that unlike many Tibetan Lamas he is a passionate practitioner of vegetarianism. He is the author of the book Compassionate Action. Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said that Chatral Rinpoche is a very good teacher for Western people as he is very strong, like a lion and completely fearless. Lama David spent time with Chatral Rinpoche in Darjeeling, India.