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 4th November 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.
Sunday 2nd December 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.
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.
Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday and 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Members Puja
The 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Institute provides vital funds to support the growth and flourishing of the Buddhas teachings in Australia and beyond. Through their generosity they provide a stable basis for Chenrezig Institute to deliver its programs, maintain its facilities and care for our precious teachers and sangha.
“However many members a centre has, that many people are making this incredible contribution to the world” Lama Zopa Rinpoche
On Sunday 7th October we’ll be honouring the 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Institute with a special Guru Puja dedicated to their long and happy lives. Members are invited to join us and share this special event and make their own personal dedications.
Following the Puja there will be a special lunch to celebrate Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday. Although like many Tibetans Geshela doesn’t traditionally celebrate his birthday, this is a precious opportunity for students to create a connection with Geshela by sharing our Australian custom. Please come along and help us create the karma for a long and beneficial relationship with Geshela. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet this is a wonderful opportunity.
Members Puja Sunday 7th October 9:00 am – 12:00 pm,
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
All 1000 Arms members are very welcome.
Birthday Lunch is available in the café from 12 noon for $12.50 per person
Lunch is sponsored for all 1000 Arms of Chenrezig members.
Please book by 10.00am and let us know if you’ll need a dairy free or gluten free lunch.
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.