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.


Taking Refuge from the Storm: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to inner freedom, but it is not something new. 
We have been taking refuge all our lives: some in money, some in drugs; most of us in a relationship. These may offer temporary relief but, in sober truth, seeking refuge in physical possessions and transient pleasures merely deepens our confusion rather than ending it. 

Buddhist refuge is a process of turning inward which begins with our discovery of our own unlimited potential. This generates tremendous energy for the development of our own wisdom. Perhaps the word ‘Buddha’ conjures up a remote and oriental image. But ‘Buddha’ is just a word, and it means totally opened mind, an ‘opened lotus.’ When we realise our human potential and arrive at this total openness of mind, we become Buddhas. 
– Lama Thubten Yeshe, 1978

Join Geshe Tsultrim as he explains what it means to be a Buddhist and how to start the process of turning inwards by taking refuge in our own Buddha nature; the Dharma teachings; and our community, the sangha.

A Refuge Ceremony will be conducted for those who have attended this preparatory course and are ready to make this meaningful commitment to enter the Buddhist Path, identifying Geshela as one of their teachers. If this is the first time you have taken Refuge please register via our website so that we can prepare the necessary materials for your Refuge Ceremony.

Saturday 22nd Sept 9:00am – Sunday 23rd Sept 3:30pm, book now
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 

This course is freely offered by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register.
Meals and accommodation are available separately.

Buddhism in a Busy Life: The Five Powers with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

The Five powers are a recipe for squeezing the Buddha’s teachings into our already overcrowded lives. If we’re struggling to find time for meditation or study, these simple but profound tools will provide us with a structure and motivation so that we can make our lives happy and meaningful – even when doing the dishes.

When you practice the five powers, every single thing you do is only for numberless sentient beings and therefore, everything you do only becomes the cause for achieving the peerless happiness of full enlightenment. This is the greatest profit that can be achieved with this life and so this practice is the most beneficial one for achieving peerless happiness.

It means that every single action you do, whether it is meditation and prayers or doing your job, becomes the cause of happiness for all sentient beings…This means that you will have the best, happiest life now and also the best, happiest life in the future – like the sun shining in this world and eliminating all darkness.” 
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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.


Saturday 27th Oct 9:00am – Sunday 28th 3:30pm,

book now

held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee: $108
Meals and accommodation are available separately.


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



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 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 8th 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.

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 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


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.