Welcome 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.
Refuge in the Three Jewels: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim
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 23 September 9.00 am to Sunday 24 September 3.30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
This course is freely offered* by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register via http://prod.chenrezig.com.au
*Meals and accommodation are available separately and all participants must register.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 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 spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community.
Awakening your Blissful Nature through the practice of the six perfections with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Tony
Join Geshe Tsultrim and Venerable Tony for this fascinating exploration of Buddha Nature and learn how practicing the six perfections invites positive and lasting change into our lives. Ven. Tony will discuss practical ways you can bring generosity, ethics , patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom into your everyday life and further develop these qualities.
Each of the Six Perfections supports the other five, but the order of the perfections is significant also. The first three perfections — generosity, ethics and patience — are virtuous practices for everyone. The remaining three — joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom — are more specifically about spiritual practice.
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. Kartson.
Ven. Tony trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse before he was ordained in 1991. He teaches around the world, sharing his understanding with gentle compassion.
Advanced Study Programme at Chenrezig Institute
Offering intensive study for serious students and creating FPMT teachers!
Plans for 2017
All five modules in 2017 will be devoted to an extensive study of Lam Rim focusing on Lama Tsong Khapa’s Middle Length Lam Rim [lam rim ‘bring ba].
We’ll start on Losar (Tibetan New Year / 27th Feb), a most auspicious time for new beginnings. Monlam Chenmo is a two-week period of holy days after Losar, during which the Buddha performed various miracles culminating in the Day of Miracles on the 15th day.
Although of course it is best to study this most important subject in full, individual modules will be open to everyone. We’ll send out an outline of which specific subjects are likely to be taught during each module to help you choose.
Booking in advance for all courses is essential.
Download more information about the Lam Rim teachings in 2017 including all the dates of individual modules and the topics that will be included in each HERE
Registration forms for the entire subject and for individual modules will be available from January 2017. Return your form as quickly as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will then be sent information about how to formalise your booking with any applicable discount [members 10% on course fees, substantial discounts for full-time students on accommodation charges etc] Sangha are offered these teachings free of charge but are also asked to send their registration to the coordinator as early as possible.
We are also committed to helping those in financial need to attend. Please contact the coordinator early to discuss any financial issues. Please contact the coordinator on email@example.com to be included on an email update list or for further information about the courses – or if you have any problem downloading these materials.
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.
In 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 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.
If you simply can’t get to the centre regularly but would still like a course of study to follow, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.