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.

 


The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

“No anger inside means no enemy inside.” 
Lama Zopa Rinpoche 

Time and time again we are overwhelmed by suffering but in the dense fog of our confusion, anger, and emotional afflictions, we can’t see a solution or find our way out to happiness. We are living as though we are blind. How can we stop this continuous cycle of mental torment and turn things around? Is it really possible to warmly invite happiness into our lives? Join us to investigate an ancient Buddhist technique to help still the internal storms that stop us from reaching our full potential for peace and happiness.
The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation are short, confronting and profound; they deeply challenge our preconceptions of how happiness can be achieved in our lives. Inspiring, poetic and immensely powerful, the verses ask us to view the undesirable things in life through a radically new lens. By training our mind in this way, a state of peace becomes achievable. Undesired suffering turns into happiness and takes us further along the path to enlightenment.
The potency of this ancient thought training method can’t be underestimated. Passed down through an unbroken Buddhist lineage, the text remains as relevant today as it was when first written in the eleventh century by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. 

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the dharma and inspires our community. He became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded with his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He teaches in Tibetan with the help of his professional translator, Ven. Kartsön.

Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. She has been the Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute for over ten years, leading retreats and teaching Discovering Buddhism. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years. She is also the Director of the Liberation Prison Project.

Saturday 23th June 9:00am – Sunday 24th June 3:45pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $108. 
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

 


Cleanse and Heal with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, things seem to go wrong. Our past negative karma catches up with us and plays out – creating problems that seem to come out of nowhere.
This weekend Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi will introduce students to the powerful practices of Vajrasattva and Dorje Khadro. These cleansing and healing purification practices are the best way for us to clean up our negative karma and burn through obstacles.
Geshela’s theory will be complemented by Ven. Chokyi’s meditations and practice to give you a complete experience. You’ll learn how to engage with these practices in a way that is deeply meaningful and helpful as we address the patterns of negative karma effecting our lives.
A perfect introduction to the power and psychology of Buddhist ritual, students will have the opportunity to participate in both Vajrasattva practice and the ritual fire of Dorje Khadro.
As part of the weekend, there will be a burning ritual Saturday evening (weather permitting). During this powerful practice, students make offerings to the fire representing all they wish to leave behind and be free from.
This powerful weekend of practice is open to all students.book now


Saturday 28th July 9:00am – Sunday 29th July 3:30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee: $108. 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the dharma and inspires our community. He became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded with his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He teaches in Tibetan with the help of his professional translator, Ven. Kartsön.

Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. She has been the Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute for over ten years, leading retreats and teaching Discovering Buddhism. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years. She is also the Director of the Liberation Prison Project.


Understanding and Enjoying Prayers in Tibetan with Corey Jackson

The Tibetan language has an ability to pour depth of meaning into a single word that is not possible in English. These layers of complexity add a richness that we can regain by returning to the source language.
In this workshop, we will examine prayers we commonly recite in Tibetan and uncover their hidden meaning. We’ll chant and meditate on the beauty of this sophisticated language and the gifts it holds.

Sunday 5th August 9:00am – 3:30pm, held in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $55. Accommodation and meals available separately. book now

Corey Jackson trained in India as a meditation teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit and a unique passion for combining the best of ancient wisdom and modern research. He was certified by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman as a Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer in 2011.


Open Day Introductory Talk ‘What the Buddha said’ with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Kartsön

Google Buddha quotes on the internet and you’ll come up with 54,200,000 results covering almost every subject from death to yoga. These days it seems you can find the words of the Buddha in Officeworks and Bunnings – or can you? The Buddha did have a lot to say and he gave advice on a wide variety of subjects. Come along to this introductory talk and find out more.

Sunday 5th August 2:00pm – 3:00pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
By donation, Everyone is welcome.

If you look at the Buddhist scriptures, there are many occasions where someone comes to the Buddha and tells him that they’ve heard that he has made a certain statement. If the statement is not something the Buddha has said, he tended to put his questioner straight in no uncertain terms.” Bodhipaksa fakebuddhaquotes.com


The Heart of the Path: The Four Noble Truths with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

How do we find peace and happiness and cultivate it in the world around us? What are the causes of conflict and suffering that prevent us from doing so? In this weekend course with our precious resident Tibetan teacher Geshe Tsultrim, we explore the foundations of Buddhist thought – the Four Noble Truths.
These are not religious or esoteric ideals. They present a clear view of reality and practical methods of working with our own minds to transform our lives. They are often compared to the diagnosis and treatment of an illness: the Buddha showed how the problems we experience – pain, dissatisfaction, fear and unhappiness – can be understood and remedied.
“Suffering is the means the Buddha used to liberate himself, and it is also the means by which we can become free.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Whether you are Buddhist or not, beginner or advanced student, the continual study of these principles is the key to leading a happy life. Come along to learn more about them, or deepen your understanding. All welcome.

Saturday 25th Aug 9:00am – Sunday 26th Aug 3:30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $108. 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the dharma and inspires our community. 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 began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He teaches in Tibetan with the help of his professional translator, Ven. Kartsön.

Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. She has been the Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute for over ten years, leading retreats and teaching Discovering Buddhism. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years. She is also the Director of the Liberation Prison Project.

 


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.


MODULE 1 2018 – The Heart of Wisdom Sutra

23rd July to 3rd August.

Form is empty, emptiness is form; form is not other than emptiness, emptiness is not other than form ...”

This profound subject will be offered as a full two-week intensive retreat-style module, with teachings, tutorials, and meditations five days per week (Mon-Fri) and a break over the intervening weekend for assimilation (or other activities).

The famous Heart Sutra reveals the truth of emptiness through a short exchange between two of the Buddha ‘s most illustrious disciples, Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra. Traditional commentary expands on the cryptic style of the sutra to clarify the nature of the wisdom realizing emptiness and the ‘method’ practices which are its essential complements. Geshela will lead us to a clearer understanding of emptiness according to the Middle Way Consequence School and show us how this short text includes all the paths for all levels of beings.

Facility Fee: $160 book now

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat. 

Online study, with students able to download all audio and data files as they come out and follow the teachings in their own time at home, is also offered at 50% of the in-house course fee. 


MODULE 2 2018 – The Wisdom and Dedication Chapters of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Part 1 – 21st August to 12 September

Part 2 – 25th September to 10th October

For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide, to dispel the misery of the world.”

The teaching on the bodhisattva’s deeds is based on Shantideva ‘s inspirational verses on Mahayana aspiration and practice, composed more than a thousand years ago and still widely regarded as the most authentic and complete guide for the practitioner dedicated to the enlightenment of all beings.

This module will focus on the final two chapters of this beautiful text, the chapters on the sixth perfection, wisdom, and the dedication chapter. It is, of course, important for those who studied the first 8 chapters of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life in 2016 but also profound and very important as a standalone subject. It will be offered over 7 weeks (with a break of one week after the initial four weeks).

The schedule for this module will be two full days per week, Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be two teachings each day by Geshela as well as a tutorial and meditation. Students are encouraged to stay onsite and supplement their study with discussion and other community practice.

Facility Fee: $420 book now

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full course. 

Online study, with students able to download all audio and data files as they come out and follow the teachings in their own time at home, is also offered at 50% of the in-house course fee. 


MODULE 3 2018 – Transforming Death, Intermediate State, and Rebirth into the Path (The Three Kayas)

30th October to 21st November.

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.

Again this module will be offered two days a week over four weeks

Facility Fee: $240 book now

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full course. 

Online study, with students able to download all audio and data files as they come out and follow the teachings in their own time at home, is also offered at 50% of the in-house course fee. 

 

 

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

Download an information pack which explains our programme more fully HERE.

Homestudy:

If you simply can’t get to the centre regularly but would still like a course of study to follow, please contact bsp@chenrezig.com.au 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.

Download information on Homestudy options HERE.