Venerable Lekshe Tsultim
Ven. Lekshe Tsultim (Peter Lester) has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years, starting in 1992 at Loden Buddhist Centre in East Brisbane under the guidance of Ven. Loden Sherab. In 1996 he attended the first Calm Abiding Meditation retreat in Brisbane with Lama Choedak Rinpoche. He then attended annual C.A.M. retreats in Canberra, Virupa Retreat centre and S.I.B.A. every year since 2001. Tsultim was ordained in 2006 by H.E.Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. He also studies at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu. "With sincerest gratitude to all my teachers for their great kindness, patience, compassion and wisdom. May they all live long and benefit many!
Venerable Jamyang Tharchin
Jamyang Tharchin (Tony Agnew) (President & Secretary of RBC ) has seen his interest in Buddhism develop over a number of years as he was fortunate to encounter teachers from different traditions. These included Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinponche and, most fortuitously, Lama Choedak Rinpoche.
His interest in Buddha Dharma existed alongside a long-held interest in health and well being and belief in the many benefits of yoga. Whilst working, Jamyang studied part-time to obtain a Degree in Health Science (Nutrition). Upon completion of his studies, he travelled to Nepal to attend the annual one month Lam Rim Course at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu and it was after attending the course that Jamyang made the decision to seek ordination as a monk.
In January 2011 this ambition was finally realized when Jamyang took ordination with His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche at the Ngor Ewam Cho Dan Monastery in Manduwala, near Dehradun, India.
With this auspicious start, Jamyang is looking forward to inspiring year of Dharma activity at Rongton Buddhist Centre!
Robin Mathieson (Treasurer of RBC )
Since 2006, Robin has enjoyed being part of the management committee at Rongton Buddhist Centre, having taken on the roles of President and Secretary at various times, and is presently serving in the role of Treasurer. She also teaches the 8-week Introductory Course in Calm Abiding Meditation at the Centre on a regular basis, and has taught meditation to high school students (at Hillbrook Anglican School in Brisbane in 2010 & 2011).
Robin graduated from the University of Queensland in 1983 with an Honours degree in Psychology, and subsequently worked there as an administrative officer for about 10 years. She has also worked part-time as a freelance writer and as a volunteer at Oxfam Australia. She is currently employed by Queensland Health in the area of Home Care Services, supporting frail-aged and disabled people in the community.
Her interest in exploring Buddhism and meditation, which began around 2004, continued to gain momentum when she undertook an introductory Calm Abiding meditation course in April 2005. Following this, she attended the First Annual Calm Abiding meditation retreat held by the Rongton Buddhist Centre in August 2005. It was at this weekend retreat that Robin took refuge - the ceremony being conducted by Lama Choedak Rinpoche - and her life as a Buddhist practitioner began in earnest.
She attended her first 10-day CAM retreat in 2006 at SIBA (Sakya International Buddhist Academy) in East Gippsland, followed by a second 10-day CAM retreat in 2009; and has attended almost every annual Brisbane CAM retreat held since 2005. Robin underwent training to become a Calm Abiding meditation teacher, completing a "train the trainer " course run by Lama Choedak Rinpoche, in 2009.
Over the past few years, Robin has developed a deep gratitude and a profound sense of purpose in living as a result of receiving the Buddha's teachings from her precious teacher Lama Choedak Rinpoche. She has experienced a greater degree of calmness, peace and clarity in her life through her Buddhist practice, and discussion with her wonderful Dharma friends. It is her vision that the Rongton Buddhist Centre will bring increasing benefit to those living in Brisbane, as well as to the broader Australian community and beyond ... indeed, it is her heartfelt wish that all beings be well and happy!
Lisa Healy (Committee member of RBC)
Having been a child, student, speech pathologist, teacher, wife, mother and school guidance officer, I have experienced some of life's ups and downs. Searching for ways to deal with these life stresses and wanting to deepen my spiritual growth I happened upon a Buddhist meditation group and began weekly sits with them. Through the efforts of this group, at the ripe middle age of 47, I had the good fortune to do my first weekend calm abiding retreat with Lama Choedak Rinpoche. A 10 day retreat followed that year and for the next 4 yrs. Participation in a Train the Trainer Intro to Calm Abiding course in 2005 preceded my being launched into the wonderful world of 8 week Intro to Calm Abiding courses.While I consider that my practice is still very simple I very much enjoy sharing the profound teachings set out by Lama Choedak in his training manual.