Welcome to our Community & Social schedule
Fun social events for our community with an emphasis on sharing and celebrating. Here you’ll find information about our children’s program and learn how everyone in your family (even your pets!) can be involved in the centre.
Kind Kids Program 2019
Children and their families are invited to join us for meditation, stories, yoga and creative experiences in a welcoming friendly environment.
Throughout 2019 we’ll be exploring:
Sunday 3rd February How we Think (Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight)
Sunday 5th May How we Act (Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Thoughtful Speech)
Sunday 4th August How we Relate to Others (Forgiveness, Respect, Gratitude, Loyalty)
Sunday 3rd November How we Find Meaning (Aspiration, Principles, Service, Courage)
This program is based on the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life. It is suitable for all families who want to come together to enjoy these practical tools and fun experiences for creating more kindness and peace in the world.
This event is by donation. Donations to the Kind Kids program cover the cost of art materials and resources for the children.
9:00am – 10:00am This months program will take place in the Temple and it’s surrounds. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can create and have fun in.
Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore what Chenrezig Institute has to offer. Bring the whole family for a relaxing day out!
Start the day by heading into reception where our friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer any questions you have about the day’s program.
Between 9:00 am and 10:00 am Allow yourself to unwind and relax as you wander to the Garden of Enlightenment to see the building that drew His Holiness the Dalai Lama here in 2011.
Between 10:30 am and 11:30 am one of Chenrezig Institute’s resident nuns will welcome you to our temple (Gompa) and after a short introduction share a peaceful guided meditation.
At 11:45 am you can watch a demonstration of Tai Chi on our Prayer Wheel lawn and find out about the benefits of this ancient movement practice. Join in with this peaceful practice and find out about upcoming workshops in our Wellbeing center.
Wander down past the Bodhi tree and browse in our Buddhist book and gift shop before joining us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café. Then simply relax in the sun on the Prayer Wheel Lawn or join Katarina Lein for an introduction to Mindfulness and Movement at 1 pm before heading back to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s talk “What do Buddhists believe?” at 1:30 pm.
Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our art studio for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.
Sunday 4th November 9:00 am onwards
All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp.
Please book your lunch by 10:00 am on the day of the event and let us know if you’ll need a gluten or dairy free meal so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
Karma Yoga Retreat
As the year draws to a close it’s time to come together to create a beautiful new beginning!
We invite students to join us for a retreat focused on creating harmony and positive karma as we work together to honor Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision for Chenrezig Institute.
Each morning of the retreat we’ll gather for Guru Puja and to set our motivation. During each day we’ll be working together on tasks to upgrade the Gompa including:
Painting the back wall of the Gompa Dharmakaya blue, preparing new altars for Medicine Buddha and Dzambala and installing light offerings to our beautiful gold Chenrezig Tsa Tsas. We’ll complete painting the posts and doors and most exciting of all – installing a gorgeous new throne for our Shakyamuni Buddha Statue. There will be lots of preparing, painting, polishing and beautifying!
We’ll finish the day with a session of dedication and rejoicing in the wonderful work we’ve accomplished together. To complete the last day of the retreat we’ll focus our energies on readying the Gompa for an inspiring retreat season. This will be a wonderful opportunity to create a truly beautiful and harmonious atmosphere across the property.
To ensure that many students can participate we’ll be offering our retreat participants free accommodation and meals in return for their participation.
Thursday 13th December 9.00 am to Sunday 16th December at Chenrezig Institute concluding approximately 6 pm with evening practice. Places on this retreat are limited and by an application. Please complete the application below. We look forward to welcoming you.