Learning from the Teachers Video 1: Four students ask Zasep Rinpoche meditation questions — resting the mind in a natural way in Mahamudra; foundation practices; being your own Guru, and meditative “realizations.”
Four Questions the Buddha Would NOT Answer and Why: Is the Cosmos Finite in Space?; Is the Universe Finite in Time?; Is the Self Different From Body?; Does the Buddha Exist After Death?
Advice from the Teachers Video 10: Struggling with Visualizing Your Heart Bond Yidam. How to Choose One, How to Improve Clarity and Concentration.
BW Interview with Geshe Thubten Sherab: Skillfully Teaching Traditional Tibetan Buddhism for Western Students
Video Buddhist Advice 9: How Can Advanced Vajrayana Students Simplify and Manage Commitments and Practice? Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Translation: The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings “Torches That Help Light My Path”
Movie: Walk With Me — Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village on the Big Screen: “Mindfulness is to always arrive in the here and now.”
Inspired by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Galgamani Art Project Aims Personalize the Tibetan Prayer Wheel: Interview with Micha Strauss
Prayer Wheels Growing in Popularity; Benefiting Sentient Beings and Practicing Right Livelihood: Interview with Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop
Wheel of Dharma: Why Prayer Wheels May be the Ideal Buddhist Practice for Busy People; Benefits to Self and Sentient Beings: What the Teachers Say
This is the Great Happiness: Mangala Sutta, The Sutra on Happiness, the Tathagata’s Teaching
Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity
Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
How a Home Retreat Helps Busy People Manage Time and Save Money; How to Do It, and Why it is Necessary
Buddhist Teacher Advice Video 7: Keeping Motivated in Your Daily Practice, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
8 Rights: The Noble Eightfold Path — the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
BW Interview: Theodore Tsaousidis, a Teacher Who Focuses on Healing Practices in Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Meditation and Shamanism
EVENT: Lamrim The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment Lecture Series on Thursdays at Gaden Choling Toronto
Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveal Brain Health Benefits
Teacher Advice Video 6: What Advice Would You Give to a Student New to Buddhism as Starting Practices? — — Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Female Enlightened Manifestations and Female Teachers and Lamas — Wisdom in Action; Reader Poll and Interview with Lama Shannon Young
EVENT: Geshe Thubten Sherab Weekend Teachings March 24-28, 2017 in Greater Toronto Area: Lama Tsongkhapa Meditation Practice and Lamrim
The Science of Mantras: Mantras Work With or Without Faith; Research Supports the Effectiveness of Sanskrit Mantra for Healing — and Even Environmental Transformation
Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action; Stories of Tara the Rescuer
Happy Losar: How to Bring in the Auspiciousness of the Fire Bird and Celebrate the Traditions and Fun of Tibetan New Year of the Rooster. Tashi Delek!
BW Interview: Emma Slade Gave Up a Career in Finance to Become A Buddhist Nun After a Traumatic Incident; She Went On to Author Set Free and to Spearhead Fundraising for Special Needs Children in Bhutan
Happy Dakini Day! An Introduction to the Wisdom of the Female Enlightened Dakinis in Buddhism.
Illness and Cancer Advice: Video, Buddhist Teachers Answer  — — Advice for students with aggressive illnesses such as cancer, supportive practices Medicine Buddha and Black Manjushri (with full Medicine Buddha Sutra)
A Great Teacher Has Passed: The Learned and Inspiring Gelek Rimpoche of Jewel Heart International Passed Away
Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering
Scientific Buddhist: Peer Reviewed Studies Demonstrate Buddhist Metta Loving Kindness Meditation Can Slow Aging, Increase Brain Matter, and Decrease PTSD and Schizophrenia —Ten Benefits of Compassion
Video: Students Ask the Buddhist Teacher: What advice would you give for a student who is dealing with the loss of a pet? Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
“Get Away From Her!”: Like Ripley in the movie Aliens, Palden Lhamo, the Terrifying Enlightened Emanation of Tara, Drives Off Your Inner and Outer Demons and Obstacles
Using Mindfulness to Combat Memory Loss, Early Alzheimers or Dementia: Helpful Video Advice from Buddhist Teacher Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, with the full Satipatthana Sutra
Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party
Vajrayana Visualization can Generate Body Heat, Heal, and Manifest Deity Qualities Helping Overcome Ego
Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party

Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party

Zasep Rinpoche cuts the cake at the 40th Anniversary Party for Dorje Ling.

Dancing and singing seems like an appropriate way to bring in a celebration of Dorje Ling’s 40 Years as a non-sectarian Dharma Centre — especially a Dharma retreat farm in remote and stunning island state of Tasmania. To live music, with appropriate lyrics of “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha” the lucky students and friends partied outdoors.


It’s a party! Live music and dancing to “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha” at the 40th anniversary of Dorje Ling/Illusion Farm, Lorinna, Tasmania. Musicians: Max Bladel (vocals), Seymour Turnbull (guitar), Ngaire Green (keyboard):  



The 1970s vibe resonated through the event, from retro posters to cool, live music and dance — and of course teachings and retreats! All ages partied and received teachings.

Teachings in Tasmania

Where better to absorb the essence of Dharma than in the stunning beauty of Tasmania? The lucky anniversary attendees received teachings in Mahamudra, as well as a Medicine Buddha initiation and practice. At the end of teachings, the dancing began.


1977-2017 Retro Poster Celebrates Dorje Ling’s 40 Years, one of the oldest Dharma Centres in Australia.


For those who missed Zasep Rinpoche’s teachings in Tasmania, and previously in Vajra Ling, Zasep Rinpoche moves on to Melbourne Daylesford and Perth for more teachings in Australia (see bottom for schedule).


Dorje Ling a Buddhist retreat center in picturesque Tasmania. Zasep Rinpoche in front.


1977 to 2017 — a Colorful History

Today, situated on 48 acres of beautiful forest, the centre was first called Illusion Farm, a very 70-ish name. Illusion Farm, the current day Dorje Ling Retreat Centre, has hosted continuous retreats and teachings since the first teachings led by Phra Kantipalo of the Thai tradition in 1977. Shortly after, in 1978, the most Venerable Geshe Thubten Loden of the Gelug Tibetan tradition gave teachings, with the Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche there as translator. The centre was so taken with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche, they invited him to become their spiritual head. Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is now the spiritual head of many centers in what is now known as Gaden for the West (with gompas, retreat centres and meditation centres in Australia, Canada, and the United States and Europe.)


Beautiful in spring, Dorje Ling in Tasmania.


Today, the center is known as Dorje Ling, affiliated with Tashi Choling Foundation, Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre and Gaden for the West. Over the years, many teachers have visited to deliver teachings. After Phra Khantipalo and Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, teachers included Traleg Rinpoche, Ayya Khema, Hogen San, Gala Tulku Rinpoche, Jampa Gendun, Tarchin Hearn and Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

Even with set backs such as the 2016 flood, the Gompa continues to flourish in beautiful Tasmania.


Equally gorgeous in winter at Dorje Ling, Tasmania.


Dorje Ling Today

Dorje Ling retreats may come as close to the Yogi’s cave retreat as a modern-day aspirant could hope for. Dorje Ling’s rustic Gompa, an hexagonal log building is equipped for retreats, with kitchens, a caretaker, a long-term teacher’s residence, and solar powered retreat huts is ideal for retreatants seeking to really escape the stress of urban living. Dorje Ling is as wild and wonderful as it gets, with camping space, walking trails, forests and nearby whitewater.


Venerable Zasep Rinpoche teaching at Dorje Ling, a rustic and beautiful log Gompa on 48 acres of land in Tasmania.


Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

The most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche’s history with the centre goes back to 1978, just after he first came to Australia in 1977. Although Zasep Rinpoche is also spiritual director of all Gaden for the West centres in Australia, Canada and the U.S., Rinpoche regularly delivers teachings at Dorje Ling. For Buddha Weekly features, including teachings, videos and commentaries, mentioning Zasep Rinpoche, visit>>

A review of Zasep Rinpoche’s biography, A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada is here>>

Buddha Weekly is currently running as series of 10 short videos, Advice from the Teachers, which feature Venerable Zasep Rinpoche>>

One of the lovely retreat cabins at Dorje Ling.

Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc. is a non-profit incorporated association based in Tasmania, Australia.

Dorje Ling downloadable PDF information sheet>>

Their mailing address is:
Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc.
PO Box 593
North Hobart
TAS 7002


Zasep Tulku Rinpoche’s February and March Teachings in Australia



Tibetan Buddhist Society – Yuroke, Melbourne

  • Venerable Zasep Rinpoche 

    Wednesday 8th February – Public talk – How to Realise your Buddha Potential

  • Friday 10th – White Tara Long Life Initiation
  • Weekend Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th – Teaching on Six Yogas of Naropa Teaching on Six Yogas of Naropa (prerequisites required: You must have one of the Maha Anuttara Yoga tantric initiations like Yamantaka, Heruka, Vajrayogini or Chittamani Tara)
  • Tuesday 14th – Medicine Buddha initiation
  • Wednesday 15th – Six Armed Mahakala initiation


  • Friday 17th – Evening Je Tsongkhapa initiation
  • Sunday 19th February – Concise Lam Rim teaching and Vajrapani initiation and practice


  • Tuesday February 21 – Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Practice, Abbotsford Convent 7 pm.
  • Thursday 23rd  February – Black Manjushri Initiation **CHANGE OF VENUE** Tibetan Buddhist Society Yuroke
  • Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th February – Mahamudra and Heart Sutra teachings

MARCH 2016


  • Sunday 5th March: Mahamudra Retreat
  • Tuesday 7th March: Black Manjushri Initiation
  • Wednesday 8th March: Six Armed Mahakala Initiation
  • Thursday 9th March: Book Launch – A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada
  • Friday 10th March: Medicine Buddha Initiation
  • Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th March: Medicine Buddha Retreat
  • Tuesday 14th March: Teaching on Mahamudra
  • Wednesday 15th March: How to do personal retreats and make Tormas


  • Friday 17th March: Public talk – Mindfulness with Loving Kindness
  • Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th March: Retreat on Mindfulness with Loving Kindness


  • Maroochydore (details on the web at www.tangsootao.com.au)
  • Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th March: Black Manjushri Healing Initiation and practice retreat

Other centres affiliated with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

3 Responses to Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party

  1. Hi dear web Being. Just wondering if you could add the detail to Rinpoche’s Melbourne teaching on Mindfulness and Lovingkindness on 21st February – Abbottsford Convent 7 pm. Thanks!

  2. Wow when I viewed the video of the Dirje Ling celebrations I was not only overjoyed to see all the beautiful spontaneous happiness among the sangha many of them well known to me but had a little weep that I could not make it. Is that a real cake. Oh my. Just made my day when I viewed the video and gratitude to those who made it and put it on line.

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