Yellow-Jewel_75Welcome to our Geshe & Advanced Topics course schedule

These include courses taught by our resident Tibetan teacher (translated into English) and more advanced courses taught by other teachers. It is recommended that you have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy as these courses can be quite challenging.


Meditations on Parting from the Four Attachments: How to Make Your Mind Dharma with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

Lama Zopa Rinpoche cautions us that “everything exists on the tip of the wish”.

Our intention is critical when practicing Dharma. What prevents a performance of dharma from being dharma practice is the contamination of our intention by the eight worldly concerns. These four pairs of motivating factors: determination to acquire pleasure and not pain, gain and not loss, fame and not infamy, and praise and not blame, drive us to attempt to manipulate our experience of the world. It should be no surprise that when we first encounter Buddhism, the eight worldly concerns simply shift their focus from material wealth or climbing the career ladder to the more subtle worldly rewards such as enhanced powers of concentration.

Parting from the Four Attachments teaches the remedy to these worldly concerns shattering their grip on us and allowing us to turn our mind to Dharma. Through systematic meditations on the preciousness of our human life, impermanence and death, karma, and the drawbacks of samsara we can move beyond the self-centered worldly concerns that hold us back on the Dharma path. Throughout this weekend course, Geshela’s extensive knowledge will be complemented by Ven. Chokyi’s down to earth approach to practice – a powerful combination to support you in your development.

book nowSaturday 24th Nov 9:00am – Sunday 25th 3:30pm,

held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee $108

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At the age of 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He then spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma.

Having met the Dharma in 1990, Ven. Chokyi ordained in 2006. She is a resident teacher at Chenrezig Institute where she has been leading meditation and retreats for many years.

Advanced Study Programme at Chenrezig Institute

Offering intensive study for serious students and creating FPMT teachers!

Three Modules of our Advanced Study Program are scheduled for 2018. 

On November 30th, with great rejoicing, we completed the intensive study of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Middle Length Lam Rim, and we shall continue with the study of wisdom in the first two subjects of 2018. During the first six months of the year we are not scheduling any Basic Program Modules due to Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Kartson being away in the early months, the visits to Bendigo and then Chenrezig Institute of Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (March through June) and the visit to Australia of His Holiness Dalai Lama in June.

Important news: In 2018 we are making significant changes to our schedule so that more students have the opportunity to attend our teachings and engage in these profound subjects. Our changed formats make this level of study more accessible than ever before at Chenrezig Institute.

Advanced Program Module Three, 2018

Transforming Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth into the Path (The Three Kayas)
Death, intermediate state, and rebirth underpin samsara, the condition of repeated rebirth impelled by previous action and delusion. But they are also the three ‘basic bodies’ of Highest Yoga Tantra practice, forming the bases for altruistic transformation into the Truth, Enjoyment and Emanation Bodies of a Buddha.This fascinating subject explains the entire death process and teaches us how to use that process in the best way, ultimately to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha.

This module will be offered three days a week over two weeks
Tuesday 30th Oct 9:30 am – Thursday 1st Nov 5:00 pm
Tuesday 6th Nov 9:30 am – Thursday 8th Nov 5:00 pm

Facility fee $200
10% discount for students attending the full now
Accommodation and meals available separately. 

The Study Program at Chenrezig Institute is a five year comprehensive, practice-oriented course of Buddhist Study for students wishing to extend their understanding of Buddhist thought and to receive a qualification enabling them to teach in FPMT centers.

Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshela is assisted by experienced interpreter and Advanced Study Program graduate, Ven. Kartsön (aka Yaki Platt).


The Advanced Study Programme offered at Chenrezig Institute is a comprehensive, practice oriented course of Buddhist Study for both ordained and lay students wishing to extend their understanding of Buddhist thought and to receive a qualification which will enable them to become teachers within FPMT centres.

Currently, we are following the FPMT Basic Programme, a five-year course of study designed by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Three full rounds of the subjects have already been completed at the centre, as well as an extended two-year study of Madhyamika at the higher Masters Programme Level.

Teachings are with our resident teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, personally chosen for Chenrezig Institute by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with his experienced interpreter and Basic Programme graduate, Ven Kartson (aka Yaki Platt), who is also assisting with tutorials.

Our presentation of the Basic Programme is special, and unique in this area, since we are able to offer intensive in house teachings in modules of between four to eight weeks, although some subjects like the Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra and the Graduated Path to Enlightenment may be studied over 2 or even up to five of these modules. Teachings and tutorials are offered four days per week (for between 22 and 28 weeks of the year) and are complemented by group discussion and regular meditation.

Recommended attendance is full-time – attending all sessions and tests, but we do allow casual and part-time attendance where this is not possible. Please discuss this with the coordinator. It is also recommended to attend all subjects in the order they are offered for the best results, but students are permitted to attend individual modules. Homestudy packages of all subjects are available in case students wish to complete some subjects at home and others at the centre.

13618_277539762432884_9008355999838503885_nIn line with Lama Zopa’s advice, all students are also recommended to make merit through taking part in regular service and to make their study time joyful and beneficial by applying the teachings to their meditations and behaviour. Students are able to stay on site and involve themselves in all the other spiritual practices of a busy dharma centre.

It should be clear to all that this programme is an advanced study for students who have some basic understanding of Buddhist Principles and who wish to apply themselves seriously to the sometimes complex material taught. The teaching assistant and senior students will support newer students along the way as much as possible and materials from previous courses are made available both for preparation prior to attending the courses, and for clarification during the study time.

The nine core subjects of FPMT’s Basic Programme are:

  • Mind and Cognition
  • Buddhist Tenets
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
  • The Graduated Path to Enlightenment
  • The Heart Sutra
  • Mahayana Mind Training (Wheel of Sharp Weapons)
  • The Sublime Continuum
  • The Fourth Chapter of the Ornament of Clear Realisation
  • The Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra – the Lower Tantras and
  • Highest Yoga Tantra

Plus three supplementary subjects

  • Seventy Topics
  • Death Intermediate State and Rebirth (the Three Kayas)
  • A Highest Yoga Tantra Commentary

In addition, Chenrezig Institute complements these subjects with:

  • Collected Topics
  • Sutra Grounds and Paths
  • Signs and Reasoning


If you simply can’t get to the centre regularly but would still like a course of study to follow, please contact about the various options.

We can send details of intermediate level study ie Discovering Buddhism modules or more advanced study ie Basic Programme packages you can work through in your own time at your own leisure. We also have a lovely package made from one of the January Lam Rim Down Under retreats, suitable for any level.