Turning Suffering and Happiness Into Enlightenment - weekend teaching



In today’s uncertain world where fear and anxiety are so prevalent, there are profound meditation teachings which offer everyone a way to take difficulties of life onto their path of spiritual development.

One such teaching, by the third Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Jikmé Tenpé Nyima, a renowned Tibetan meditation master of the mid-1800s, provides essential instruction on bringing the difficulties of life and challenges in spiritual practice into the path to enlightenment. 




His classic text Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment brings together the most essential instructions in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition on training our mind in wisdom and compassion.



Rigpa Senior Teacher Jan van der Breggen will offer an essentialized and clear teaching of this practical text on how to transform the difficult circumstances of our turbulent world into an ally on the spiritual path, and how this can lead us to true inner peace and lasting happiness. 

This weekend retreat will also include meditation guidance and instruction as well as question and answer discussion periods to go deeper into the root text and commentary.

About Jan van der Breggen

Jan van der Breggen has studied the Dharma since the mid-1990s, receiving teachings and empowerment from many masters, but principally from Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. From 2006 to 2009, he participated in a three-year retreat in France, under Sogyal Rinpoche's guidance. He is currently participating in Milinda, a 10-year Buddhist teacher training programme, under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jan grew up in the Netherlands and has lived in Brisbane, Australia, since 1998, where he obtained a postgraduate degree in information technology. He makes a living as a data and analytics professional for a large financial service provider. Jan was instrumental in founding Rigpa Brisbane in 1999, where he has served as a Dharma instructor for over 20 years.


This retreat is suitable for: Beginners and experienced meditators alike

When:  Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 June 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day

Location: Rigpa’s National Centre 158 Australia Street Newtown NSW and online


Event Fee:

Non-subscribers $200
Rigpa Subscriber/Concession $100
Student/Under 25 $50
Benefactor $220

Rigpa sangha members please apply to sydney@rigpa.org.au for a Discount Code.


The text, Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment , will be available for purchase at the event and is also available HERE as a free download. 


June 3rd, 2023 9:30 AM to June 4th, 2023 4:30 PM
158 Australia Street
Newtown, NSW 2042
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Retreat Fee(s)
General attendee A$200.00
Concession attendee A$100.00
Student or under 25 years A$50.00
Benefactor A$220.00