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.
Dharma Club Children’s Program
First Sunday of each month by gold coin donation.
Are you searching for a meaningful activity to do with your children? Do you struggle to find activities that are based around supporting them to grow into happy and ethical people? If so, stop looking and carve out some time to join us for Dharma Club. We start the morning with a very short meditation to settle the breath and focus our mind on the time we will share. Often the children are less fidgety than the adults. The topic for the morning is introduced and a story is shared with the children to further develop their understanding of the topic.
Often a short puppet show is then performed by selected children, this lets the kids demonstrate what they understand of the topic. Often kids are the best teachers of their peers. An explosion of glitter, glue, stickers and colour then follows with the much anticipated craft activity. Parents and children are free to leave whenever they like during the craft time. The topics for Dharma Club are based on the 16 Guidelines for Life, which are broken up into four categories, within each category are four topics. Each Dharma Club is framed around one of the topics, we move through them sequentially.
How we Think (Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight)
How we Act (Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Right Speech)
How we Relate to Others (Respect, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Loyalty)
How we Find Meaning (Aspiration, Principles, Service, Courage)
If you would like to explore these principles in a Buddhist context please join us. Dharma Club is run entirely by volunteers, their availability influences whether it runs or not.
We ask for a gold coin donation so we can replenish the craft supplies and offer a morning snack to the children.
Sunday 1 October 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, on the Prayer Wheel Lawn
Sunday 5 November 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Gompa
All children must be supervised by their accompanying adult at all times.
I AM: An inspirational evening in the Wellbeing Centre
Join us for a light supper and an inspirational evening of film and conversation.
I AM is a film focusing on transformation, based on interviews with remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, and faith — including luminaries David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch.
Saturday 9 September 6.00pm to 8.30pm in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee: $20 including light supper and film
The 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Members Puja and Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday Celebration
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 1 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 their will be a special lunch to celebrate Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday. Although like many Tibetan’s 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 1 October 9.00 am to 12 noon 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. Please book by 10.00am and let us know if you’ll need a dairy free or gluten free lunch.
Odd Socks Day … Because anyone can have an odd day.
Charity Lunch in the Big Love Cafe
Join us as we join together to challenge the stigma surrounds mental health issues and prevents
many people from seeking the support and treatment they need.
Wear odd socks to lunch in the Big Love Café today and support this worthy cause.
You’ll also go into the draw for a course and accommodation package to the value of $200.
Friday 6th October from 12 noon.
Lunch in the Big Love Cafe is $12.50 per person.
Please make lunch bookings by 10am today.
World Animal Day Events
Do you want to give your animal friend the best possible opportunities in this life and beyond?
Join us for a day for animal blessing activities with the Chenrezig Sangha.
10.00am -11.00am cat and small animal session and
11.00am -12 noon dogs and larger animals.
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 reciting Dependant Arising a Praise to the Buddha and creating blessing cords for each animal. We’ll also circumambulate holy objects while listening to mantras and blessing water with mantras and offering it to the animals. It’s an animal puja!
Vegetarian Feast created by Rob Gillow and the Big Love Team
After the blessings make your way to the Big Love Café for a delicious Vegetarian feast created by Rob and 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.
Animal Inspired Movies
2.00pm: 108 Yaks tells the story of the 19-day journey made by these Yaks lucky enough to be rescued at Lama Zopa Rinpoches request.
3.00pm: Buck. Meet the man who’s unique style of communicating with horses inspired “The Horse Whisperer.” Learn how an abusive childhood helped teach him the compassion and insight needed to train horses, not with punishment but with respect.
Saturday 28 October 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Lunch is $12.50 per person and bookings can be made via our website or reception.
Please book your lunch before 10.00am on the day so we know you’re coming. Movies are in the Gompa by donation.
Sunday 5th November – Everyone Welcome!
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 with a short introduction and peaceful guided meditation in the Gompa (Temple). Allow yourself to unwind and relax as you wander to the Garden of Enlightenment. Enjoy the sun on the prayer wheel lawn with the beautiful music of Owen Van Larkins, or bring your family to Dharma Club for fun children’s activities in the Gompa.
Join us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café and then head back to the Gompa to hear Geshla’s talk “What’s it all About?”
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.
All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50 pp. Please book your lunch by 10 am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
“What’s it all about?” A talk for Beginners by Geshe Tsultrim Geshe Tsultrim introduces Buddhism in a fun and informative way. This is a great session for beginners with time to answer your questions too. Sunday 5th Nov, 2.00pm – 3.00pm. By donation
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is our resident teacher with over two decades of wisdom to share in his warm and encouraging style.
9 am – 9.45 am Welcome, Introduction and Meditation (Gompa)
10.15 am – 12 noon Dharma Club (Gompa – Main Temple)
12 noon – 1.00 pm Lunch in Lama Yeshe’s Big Love Café or on the prayer wheel lawn with the beautiful music of Owen Van Larkins,
2.00 pm – 3pm Talk on Tibetan Buddhism with Geshela “What’s it all about?”(Gompa)
1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Tsa Tsa painting workshop (Art Studio)
Buddha Day – Lhabab Duchen
Lhabab Düchen, also known as Buddha’s Descent from Tushita, is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results of actions on this day are multiplied one hundred million times. This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations & Logic.
To make the most of this opportunity we have scheduled a range of auspicious activities such creating Holy Objects Workshop, making extensive light offerings and of course Geshela’s teachings. We will finish the day together with a beautiful Shakyamuni Buddha Puja.
Friday 10th Nov – Everyone Welcome! All activities today are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp. Please book your lunch by 10am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you. Lama Zopa offers lunch to anyone who works with holy objects today.
Precepts 4.30 am in the Gompa
Working with Holy Objects 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio
Making Light Offerings 2 pm in the Gompa
Shakyamuni Buddha Puja 6:30 pm in the Gompa