Dec 30 2022 – Jan 02 2023


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All Day


Land of Shambhala
837 Taggerty-Thornton Road, Thornton, Victoria

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About the Practice of White Tara

Of the 21 Taras, the two most popular are Green Tara and White Tara. White Tara, a manifestation of the Buddha, also known as the Mother of Compassion, is regarded for her qualities of healing and activities to benefit others. She grants grants health, healing and longevity swiftly like a mother running to help her crying child. All powerful White Tara has 7 eyes — with an eye in her forehead, and one on each hand and foot — symbolizing her compassionate vigilance to see all the suffering of the world.
Almost everyone has obstacles in their life that could lead to an untimely death. This is because we have fixed karmas and unfixed karmas. If the obstacles are due to the exhaustion of  your good karma and merit, then in order to prolong your life now, you need to practice powerful ways to collect a lot of merit, such as taking long life initiations, reciting the mantras of long life deities, saving the lives of animals and people, offering medicine to people and taking care of sick people, offering food, clothing and shelter to the poor people. This of course only matters if you yourself are making your life meaningful to live long and practice the Dharma.

If the obstacles in your life and untimely death are due to the accumulation of negative karma, the you must  purify it. Tara will help with it as she is very quick to fulfill our wishes and to grant us happiness and a long life, as well as to help us develop wisdom.

About the Empowerment (Jenang blessing)
Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow the jenang Empowerment of White Tara. This is useful for those who want to connect to the transformative power of long life.Receiving this empowerment is considered to be a great blessing and supportive of a long and healthy life. She is part of a trilogy of 3 long life deities, Amitayus, Tara and Namgyalma.  

Who can attend (online and in person)?
This retreat is open to all.

The long life offering is an incredibly moving devotional offering of praises, symbolic items and prayers to our beloved spiritual guide, our Guru, Khentrul Rinpoche. In order to help Khentrul Rinpoche achieve his vision of the Golden Age, we offer this puja to help increase his health and life and to remove our obstacles that may prevent that.

Who can attend (online and in person)?

This retreat is open to all.

Friday 30th December 2022 – Free Online Pre-Teaching If you want to learn more about the retreat and the teaching tune into this teaching from Khentrul Rinpoche.
7:30 PM – How to Live a Long and Meaningful Life

*** All teachings (except transmissions), will be recorded and available for viewing in the learning centre.

Saturday 31 December

White Tara Empowerment
How to Make Extensive Offerings
Mantra Recitation and Accumulation
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM White Tara Empowerment
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free Time and Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Tea Break
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and Free Time
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session

Sunday January 1

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Session
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free Time and Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Tea Break
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and Free Time
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session

Monday January 2

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Session 8
11:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Pack up

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There are a lot of items involved that need to be offered and costs related to putting on this long life puja. Traditionally thousands of offerings are made along with all of the traditional item such a monks, robes, statues, items representing the Dharma, medicines etc. We appreciate your donation to help sponsor this.

For Rinpoche’s long life we are accumulating the White Tara Mantras, you can offer them here

Its customary at the end of empowerment for students to make an offering of Dana to the guru. As this is an online event, you can make the offering of Dana to Rinpoche here.

email [email protected]

In-Person Attendees

There is an onsite supplement fee built into the price for all on-site attendees to cover the cost of food and amenities. This on-site fee is the same for those camping on site and those staying in the surrounding environment as meals and toilets will be provided to you either way.

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This is a camping retreat. Very simple amenities are available onsite. There is a basic shower and water for washing and portable toilet. There is limited power and no pubic wi-fi access.


You are able to camp for free onsite or you may prefer to stay in one of the local hotels or caravan sites. Please bring your own tent, sleeping bag and anything else you need.

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All meals provided will be vegetarian only. If you have other food requirements please bring your own and notify us before the retreat so that we can allow some space for storage. We can reduce the supplement cost if you have a food allergy and can not eat with us.

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What to Bring

  • Toiletries, personal care items and a bath towel
  • Loose clothes for the hot day, Warm and comfortable clothing for the night
  • Walking shoes if you are a bushwalking type
  • Shoes that are easy to slip on or off for walking between buildings
  • Sunscreen and a hat for summer
  • Warm clothes/jacket for evening
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Notepad and pen
  • Snacks if you have preferences

Practice Items

  • Tablet or phone to read a digital text
  • Text
  • Cushion

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Getting to the Land of Shambhala

Address: 837 Taggerty-Thornton Road, Thornton 3712 Victoria 

Contact: 0487 440 140

Directions from the Melbourne Airport
It is very difficult to get to the retreat center property by public transit. It takes a full day to do it. If you are flying in for this retreat we encourage you to rent a car to get to the airport.
Google Maps directions from the Melbourne Airport

Need a lift?

If you need a lift please email [email protected] or call her at 0487 440 140 and we will endeavour to match you with someone coming from an area near you. Please note, we can’t guarantee a lift to everyone who needs one.

I can offer a lift?

Let us know if you can take extra people with you by emailing [email protected]

The journey is usually about an hour and a half drive from Belgrave, Victoria.

If you require any help with directions you can call us on 0487 440 140 or (03) 9754 6212