Green-Double-Vajra_75Welcome to our Beginning Buddhism course schedule

If you would like to know a little about Buddhism and how it relates to our daily lives, these courses offer a gentle introduction. They include workshops on meditation, dealing with disturbing emotions, and courses on basic Buddhist ideas. They are suitable for everyone.


Tools for Happiness 2: How We Relate and Find Meaning with Lozang Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)

The qualities of respect, forgiveness, gratitude, and loyalty are powerful tools to strengthen our relationships. Since our own happiness ultimately depends on the happiness of those around us, developing these qualities is one of the most direct and effective routes to a happy life. Our search for meaning depends on an ability and willingness to explore new and unfamiliar territory. It is a challenge to venture deep into oneself and find out how to create a happy and fulfilling life: to have the courage for principles and aspirations.

This workshop provides straightforward tools for developing happiness and meaning in everyday life by focusing on how we relate to others. We learn the deeper value of kindness, honesty, generosity and right speech. It is suitable for people of all ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds – using everyday language for people from any or no spiritual tradition.

This is a paired workshop with Tools for Happiness: How We Think and Act in April (which takes place at the Wellbeing Center). You don’t have to both workshops, but doing the two will give you all the tools you need to radically change your life!

Saturday 12th May 9:00am – Sunday 13th May 4:30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $120. 10% discount for FPMT members and concession card holders. Accommodation & meals available separately. book now

Ven. Tsultrim has been a student at Chenrezig Institute for 14 years. She is a counselor with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She works with people at risk of suicide, their family, and friends.


When it all Goes Wrong: Heart Advice for Times of Trouble with Ven. Kartsön

Bad things can happen to good people, so the saying goes.
So how do we make sense of things that seem to make no sense at all. From personal tragedies to global disasters, watching the nightly news we can begin to feel both overwhelmed and vulnerable. Frustrated and angry at the injustice and saddened by our inability to meaningfully address the issues.
But what if there was a way to approach this suffering that allowed us to transform it into something powerful and positive for ourselves and others?
Indian master Shantideva’s classic and revered text A guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life considers how we might be able to use suffering as part of our practice. He encourages us to see times of trouble as opportunities to use the deep feelings generated to create powerful and profound responses. This transformative approach encourages us not to turn away from problems but to stand in the eye of the storm with a calm and collected response.
Join knowledgeable and engaging teacher Ven. Karston as he dives into the challenges of the modern world and takes a fearless look at the things that cause us suffering and what we can do about them. Suitable for all students.

Saturday 16th June 9.00am – Sunday 17th June 3.45pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now

Facility fee $108. 10% discount for FPMT members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

Originally from Israel, Ven. Kartsön has worked closely with our Tibetan Teachers, studying and translating for ten years of our advanced study program, masters program, and is now tutoring this program.  A knowledgeable teacher in his own right, he travels extensively teaching and translating for Lamas in India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.  

Anger, Patience, and Forgiveness with Ven. Lhagsam

‘Ksanti’, which is translated as both ‘patience’ and ‘tolerance’, is the Buddhist art of being able to maintain a positive approach when things go wrong.
It gives us the opportunity to choose beneficial reactions that are not driven by our usual compulsive mental habits of anger and jealousy and helps us to move towards forgiveness. It is one of the most essential skills we can learn to help us lead a happier, drama-free life. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 21 July 9:00am –  4:00pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee: $55. Accommodation and meals available separately. book now


Ven. Lhagsam is a registered FPMT teacher and a graduate of the Advanced Study Program. She has 20 years experience in palliative care and has been a Buddhist nun since 2000. She brings the insight and experience of both the Dharma and the modern medical field.

Everyday Dharma with Ven. Dekyi


Each new day is full of possibilities. Join Ven. Dekyi for a joyful day of discovery as she shares stories and answers questions about how the Buddha’s teachings or dharma can be a part of everyday life. Perfect for beginners, this day will leave you with practical strategies to deal with life’s ups and downs so that you have an overall sense of contentment even when things don’t turn out as you planned.


Sunday 22 July 9:00am – 3:30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee: $ 55. Accommodation and meals available separately. 


Ven. Jampa Dekyi is a registered FPMT teacher and a graduate of the Advanced Study Program. She became a nun in 1993. Since then has lived and taught at Chenrezig Institute, Vajrayana Institute in Sydney and at Tushita Meditation Centre in India. She is known for her relaxed and down to earth approach making everyone welcome.

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.