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Venerable Yangchen

Venerable Dawa Yangchen is the spiritual leader and program facilitator of Meditation in the Shire Inc.

Venerable Yangchen became ordained in Sydney in June 2003 as a Getsal Nun in the Gelupka tradition.

Venerable Yangchen studies with the Vajrayana Institute which is a Branch of the "Federation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition" (FPMT).

The Spiritual leader of the FPMT is Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Meditation in the Shire (MITS) was Venerable Yangchen’s dream 7 years ago; to bring the benefits of meditation to the people of the Sutherland Shire. It began with 2 students a week at Yangchen’s home. Danielle from Engadine Yoga Centre requested MITS to run a class from her Centre growing into an evening, daytime and early Saturday morning class each week. After a few weeks, MITS ventured out into the Shire opening classes at Cronulla. All classes were for adults and teenagers then and 3 years later, classes were opened at Menai and included children from the age of 4 years. Today, classes are held at Yarrawarrah, Menai and Cronulla for adults, children and teenagers. 18 classes a week! After a couple of years some of the students wanted to take their meditation practice further and explore Buddhism so MITS now offers monthly workshops on both meditation and Buddhism. 8 students have become Buddhists since MITS started. As well as workshops, MITS runs 2 one-day Retreats a year at Bundeena and an annual Three-Day Vipassana Retreat at Govinda Valley, Otford.

You can join our mailing list which sends out news on upcoming events by email or post. Please contact MITS if you would like to be on the mailing list. Venerable Yangchen is not a counsellor but has people referred to her by counsellors, therapists and doctors who are well aware of the therapeutical benefits of meditation. These people are seen privately, by appointment, at Menai and commence their therapy with intensive relaxation and breathing techniques and then progress onto mindful meditation.

ABOUT THE MEDITATIONS
One does not empty one’s mind and think of nothing in order to meditate but must be given a subject upon which to meditate:- Subsequently, a different meditation is given each week and all forms of meditation are covered

Visualisation: Visualising a given subject in the mind
Insight: Exploring the workings of the mind and body
Analytical: Buddhist philosophy
Mindful: Meditations done moving around
Chanting: Mantras using a mala
Deity Yoga: Introduction to a specific Buddha
These classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators but not a lot of instruction can given to new students. Instead, MITS, holds an annual workshop on the theory of meditation, “Why Should we Meditate”, covering how, when, why and where we meditate. This Workshop is very important both for beginners and those who have been
meditating regularly but still want to find out the theory behind meditation. All meditations are led by Venerable Yangchen herself..

Venerable Yangchen is devoting her Buddhist practice to bringing the positive benefits of Buddhism and Meditation to all people, especially the Sutherland Shire.