Teachings and Practice with Jakob Leschley

Everything we encounter and perceive in our daily life is a product of our imagination, but because we believe in the illusions we create, they become such deeply rooted mental habits that we completely forget they are little more than fantasy”

Yoga Melbourne

Urban Retreat (non-residential)

DATE: 20 May 2017 TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm

The format of the urban non-residential retreat will enable those with little time for retreat to understand and experience the practice of shamatha-vipashyana meditation which is the heart of all Buddhist practice. We will begin with an introductory talk on Friday night and dedicate Saturday and Sunday to sitting practice, including further guidance and instruction. Covering both meditation itself and our post-meditation interaction with our world, this program is suited to experienced practitioners and newcomers to meditation.

Urban Retreat*: $30 – Per day

TO BOOK: Please email SomaChi by emailing admin@somachi.com.au.

Melbourne Venue for the Retreat
The Abbotsford Convent, Community Room, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.

Teachings in Buddhism with Jakob Leschley


The Core of Meditation

Date: Friday May 19
Time: 7.00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $10 (cash at the door)
Venue: SomaChi yoga 1/281 Smith Street Fitzroy. (enter via Greeves St)

Shrine Keeping Practice & Mantra Chanting

Date: Sunday 21 May
Time: 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Cost: $95
Venue: SomaChi yoga 1/281 Smith Street Fitzroy. (enter via Greeves St)

TO BOOK: Please email SomaChi by emailing admin@somachi.com.au.

Contact Coordinator: lianne@somachi.com.au

More info: australia.siddharthasintent.org


Jakob became a student of Buddhism in 1974. He traveled to India in 1975, where he became a student of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, as well as Tulku Pema Wangyal. He met Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse in 1977 and became his student as well.

In the early 1980s Jakob did a three-year retreat in France, after which he worked for Association de Centre d’Etudes de Chanteloube. He has worked on translations from Tibetan, including Shabkar and Wondrous Dance of Illusion, and has also served as oral interpreter for several lamas. In the 1990s he lived in Bir, translating both Madhyamaka and sadhana material for Siddhartha’s Intent. In the late 1990s he began leading study and practice programs for SI Western Door.

Working toward clear and inclusive presentations of Buddhism for modern lay people and non-Buddhists, Jakob wrote and edited many of the early summaries and blurbs presenting Rinpoche’s (Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse) teachings and programs. In the 2000s he earned a BA in Tibetology at the University of Copenhagen, exploring the commonalities and differences between Buddhism and western humanities and sciences. Since 2008 he has lived in Australia, where he presently directs study and practice programs for SI Australia. He is also a member of the KF Ashoka Translation Grants Subcommittee.