We run weekly meditation, yoga and chanting classes and relaxing getaways to our Gippsland Meditation Retreat Centre
Between our humble suburban centre where we give weekly teachings on the Buddhist path and our stunning Gippsland retreat centre, we have taught thousands of individuals how to find peace in their lives. Since the Nyingma school has a long tradition of lay teachers giving teachings from their homes, our classes happen in our small gompa out the back of our house in Hawthorn. It has been stated that our retreat centre has one of the most beautiful views in Australia. On a clear day, the panoramic, sweeping views of Wilson's Promontory can swiftly bring peace and space to one's being. What does Odiyana mean? 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 influential 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.