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 2018
Children and their families are invited to join us for meditation, stories, yoga and creative experiences in a welcoming friendly environment.
Throughout 2018 we’ll be exploring:
How we Think (Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight) and
How we Act (Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Thoughtful Speech).
In 2019 the program will continue with How we Relate to Others (Forgiveness, Respect, Gratitude, Loyalty) and
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 in the world.
This event is by donation. Donations to the Kind Kids program cover the cost of art materials, resources and morning tea for the children.
Sunday 5th August 9:00am – 10:00am This months program will take place in the Gompa and it’s surrounding. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can create and have fun in.
Chenrezig Yarning Group
Join us in the Big Love Cafe for a fun get together working on knitting and crochet projects to support those in need in our community.
Bring along your own project or join in with one of ours and enjoy connecting with others and sharing our stories over chai. Together we’ll weave something unique and beautiful to share with others.
Not sure how to knit? No worries. Let us make you comfortable and show you how.
Everyone is ready to make you welcome. Can’t make it on Fridays but still want to join in? We’d love to have your knitting donations of blanket squares, knitting needles, and wool. Please get in touch to find out more. email@example.com
Friday 18 May 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 8 June 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 22 June 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 6 July 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 20 July 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 3rd August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 17th August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 31st August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Welcome Day – 5th August
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 9:00am and 10:00am younger family members will enjoy the fun activities in our Kind Kids program. Alternatively, 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 10:30am and 11:30am one of Chenrezig Institute’s resident nuns will welcome you to our temple (Gompa) and after a short introduction share a peaceful guided meditation.
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.
Relax in the sun on the prayer wheel lawn with relaxing music and a cool drink before heading back to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s Introductory Talk “What the Buddha Said” at 2:00pm.
Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our Art Studio in the afternoon for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.
All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp.
Animal Blessing and Liberation with Chenrezig Institute
Do you want to give your animal friend the best possible opportunities in this life and beyond?
Join us for a day of animal blessing activities with the Chenrezig Sangha. This special day celebrates each of our animal friends’ true nature and their ability to become a Buddha.
On the prayer wheel lawn we’ll be creating blessing cords for each animal and introducing them to Geshela. We’ll walk around the prayer wheel while listening to mantras and offering blessed water to the animals. It’s an animal puja!
After the blessings make your way to the Big Love Café for a delicious Vegetarian feast created by our amazing volunteers. This is an amazing opportunity to taste some new and exciting dishes and we’ll have plenty of cake and chai available too.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll be heading down to bless the ocean and all the sentient beings who live in it with water given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Why not join us at the end of Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba to enjoy the afternoon together.
Saturday 29 September
Animal Blessing Sessions:
10:00 am – 11:00 am cat and small animal session
11:00 am -12:00 pm dogs and larger animals
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Ocean blessing at Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba
Lunch is $12.50 per person and bookings can be made via our website or reception. Please book your lunch before 10:00 am on the day so we know you’re coming.