The Australian Contemplative Observatory


The Australian Contemplative Observatory is a registered Association with the NSW Department of Fair Trading. We currently have a Public Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and general financial members who are all dedicated to building a contemplative observatory in Australia.

The Australian CO is in the process of writing a fundraising and business proposal to gather enough money to purchase land and build a centre.

We have already a community of 54 people in Australia wishing to participate in this project, many of them willing to go on long-term retreat. The Australian Contemplative Observatory will be part of a network of centres, including the one being planned in India with the endorsement of HH the Dalai Lama.

Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Research and Articles

Why we need contemplative observatories:

In this Wisdom Moments video Alan Wallace talks about the series of new books he is working on, which will consist of a collection of translations of texts attributed to the Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa, a nineteenth-century Nyingma tertön, and his disciples Sera Khandro and Padma Tashi.

How meditation can reshape our brains by Sara Lazar (Ted Talk)

Rationale for the Establishment of a Network of Contemplative Observatories

War Veterans Increasingly Turn to Meditation to Treat PTSD

A new era for mind studies