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.


Happiness and its Causes 

A talk for beginners with Venerable Pema

Is there a way we can be happy even when life is full of challenges? Come along and find out what the Buddha has to say about happiness and how we can invite it into our lives. This is a great session for beginners with time to answer your questions too. Venerable Pema introduces Buddhist ideas in a fun and informative way.

Sunday 4th February, 2.00pm – 3.00pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute, as part of our Welcome Day activities. Your donation is appreciated. No booking is required for this event.


Venerable Pema is a masters program student, with 20 years of professional teaching experience. She shares her Dharma knowledge with great enthusiasm and passion.


Overcoming Anxiety and Depression with Renate Ogilvie

This gentle workshop will address one of the major problems of modern life – our pervasive anxiety, and even depression in a culture of unstoppable progress and material affluence. The more we are promised happiness the sadder and more unhappy we become.

Often we get anxious and depressed as a reaction to the reality surrounding us – personal loss, catastrophic changes in circumstances, loneliness, or the pressures of daily life.

Using the ancient wisdom of the Buddha we will become our own therapists using the power of our own mind.  We will look at simple meditation techniques supporting the insights of modern neuroscience.

Saturday 17th Feb, 9 am – Sunday 18th Feb now
Held at the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

 Renate Ogilvie is a psychotherapist who also teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Following Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s request, her main interest lies in making the Buddhist teachings accessible and useful for modern life.


Finding Peace in Times of Turmoil with Ven. Lozang Tsultrim

The Four Thoughts that turn the mind toward peace and away from the constant cycle of craving are a fundamental part of our Dharma practice. Without deepening our understanding of these, it is difficult to make substantial progress on our journey towards finding our own Buddha nature.

This weekend will use meditation and mindfulness to help us develop a deeper and more personal understanding of our Precious Human Rebirth, Impermanence, Karma – the Law of Cause and Effect, and the suffering of ourselves and others.

Through this process, not only will our Dharma practice deepen, but our awareness of our interconnectedness to others and our world will be enhanced.

This weekend will show us how to invite peace into our hearts despite the challenges our lives and the world present to us.

Everyone is welcome and this course is suitable for those who are new to Buddhism.

Saturday 24th March 9.00 am – Sunday 25th March 4.30 pm

Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig now

Facility fee $108

 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Ven. Tsultrim is a counselor with a Masters of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She works with people at risk of suicide, their family, and friends.