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.
Welcome Day – Sunday 4th February
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 to reception where our friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer any questions you have about the day’s program.
Between 9 am and 10 am 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 10.30 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.
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 Venerable Pema’s introductory talk “Happiness and its Causes” at 2 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.
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 am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
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 February 9 am – 10 am This months program will take place in the gompa and its surrounds. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can create and have fun in.
Sunday 4th March 9 am – 10 am This months program will take place in the Wellbeing Centre and its surrounds. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can create and have fun in.
Happy Losar Tibetan Year of the Earth Dog
Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Traditionally, Tibetans mark Losar by joining together to acknowledge the passing of any negative karma in the previous year, and to set a strong positive motivation for the year ahead.
It’s also a social time of appreciating the strong karmic bonds that connect us with those around us and celebrating the opportunities we have to create positive potential together.
Traditionally Tibetans create auspiciousness at this time by changing their old prayer flags for new and making offerings to invite generosity and abundance into their lives in the year ahead.
On this day we also remember Lama Thubten Yeshe, the precious founder of Chenrezig Institute and the FPMT, who passed away in 1984 on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. It is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in life and Lama Yeshe’s emphasize on our developing a growing awareness of our potential for inner awakening.
10.30 am – 12 noon “Losar: Reconnecting with our human potential and spiritual practice” Teaching with Venerable Tony in the Gompa.
12 noon Celebration lunch at the Big Love Café.
2.00 pm Vajrasattva Tsog – Offering ceremony with Chenrezig sangha and community (Gompa) and Tea Party
3.00 pm – 4:00 pm Video of Lama Yeshe: Anxiety in the (Nuclear) Modern Age (Gompa)
Friday 16 February 2018
All activities are offered by the center at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book by 10 am on the day of the event.