Christmas Trading Hours
December and January are peak retreat season at Chenrezig Institute and to meet the needs of our retreatants we are open to the public some additional days. Retreat guest please note you will be sent a full timetable for your retreat including information about check-in and opening hours. If you are visiting us over this period and would like to join us for lunch please book in here.
Sunday 24 Dec to Wednesday 27 Dec – CLOSED
Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 December – OPEN
Monday 1 January and Tuesday 2nd January – CLOSED
Wednesday 3 of January to Sunday 14 January – OPEN
Please check our Calendar
Phone: 5453 2108
Chenrezig Institute is located at 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo, Queensland. It’s about 30km inland from Maroochydore, and 15km west of the Bruce Highway.
Open to the Public: We welcome visitors to our property Thursday to Sunday but respectfully request that Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday’s are community days across the property. If you are visiting the property for the first time we recommend that you visit Thursday to Sunday and stop in at our reception space to orient yourself and speak with one of friendly team.
Our ongoing weekly program looks like this:
|Wednesday||6.00pm-7.00pm||Meditation and Discussion at Maroochydore with Lindsay Pratt. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore.
|Thursday||1.15 pm – 2.30 pm||Taste of Tibetan Buddhism – Join us every Thursday afternoon for a relaxed exploration of the world of Tibetan Buddhism. This introductory course covers topics such as mind and its potential, how to meditate, establishing a daily practice, karma and transforming problems.
A new topic will be explored each week over several months, making it an excellent opportunity to get an overview of core Buddhist teachings in the Tibetan tradition. You are also welcome to drop in and attend on a casual basis.
In the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute.
|6.30pm-8.00pm||Teachings with Geshe Phunstok Tsultrim
Lorig: Mind and Cognition
Understand the Buddhist view of the mind and how it works to explain the connection between thought and reality. An introduction to Buddhist psychology including positive and negative emotions and cognitive states.
Suitable for students who have some previous experience.
|Friday||10.00am-11.30pm||Teachings with Geshe Phunstok Tsultrim
On the classic text Nargajuna’s Letter to a Friend. This text covers the entire Mahayana Buddhist path, combining a practical approach to daily life with a theoretical presentation of the different stages leading to enlightenment.
|1.15pm-1.45pm||Guided Meditation with CI Sangha in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute.|
|6.00pm-7.00pm||Meditation at Caloundra with Peter Shepherd
124 Bulcock Street, Caloundra (above Britannia Garage at Ramsdale’s Tang Soo Tao).
Remember to book your Lunch!: Our Big Love Cafe cooks fantastic vegetarian meals just let us know you are coming before 10 am so that we can cook one for you. Booking and prices on the Big Love Cafe Page
Shop and Reception Opening hours:
- Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm
- Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 3 pm
Please note that from time to time our opening hours will change to meet the needs of the centre’s program, particularly in relation to retreats and special events. You can contact our friendly reception team on: 5453 2108
Elderly, Sick or Disabled Visitors – Please note that the Institute is set in steep hills with many stairs and narrow tracks. Some areas might be difficult to access for less mobile people. Unfortunately we do not currently have disabled bathroom facilities on site. If you are considering visiting we recommend you contact us to discuss what help may be available.
Disabled Access: Visitors with disabilities or who have difficulties walking up the main steps can drive to the drop-off / temporary parking zone close to the reception by following the path on the left of the main steps. This is labeled with ‘authorised vehicles only’.
School or Group Visits – We strongly recommend that groups organise a visit by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
This allows us to welcome you and best meet your needs ensuring a successful visit from both sides. It is important to recognise that the community is often engaged in study and practice. Groups that arrive unannounced may not have access to the main temple or to institute staff or monastics.
It may be possible to organise a monastic to provide a talk specifically to your group, depending on their other responsibilities. As monastics are not paid and rely on the kindness of generosity we recommend a suggested donation of $108 plus their travel expenses.
School Students – As individual students you are welcome to book into our monthly School Student lunches where a member of our team will be happy to meet with you over a delicious lunch in our cafe and answer questions about ethical issues from a Buddhist perspective. Places are limited and bookings are required. Thank you.
Please note that the Institute is set in steep hills with many stairs and narrow tracks. Some areas might be difficult to access for less mobile people. View Larger Map
Travelling by Public Transport
The nearest train station to Chenrezig Institute is at Eudlo, approx. 8km away. Eudlo is served by the Sunshine Coast line, from Brisbane via Caboolture. Train timetables can be viewed at the Translink website or call them on 13 12 30 for information.
The only available transport from Eudlo up to Chenrezig Institute is by taxi (approximately $15 / $20) – unfortunately we cannot offer any pick-up services. To avoid possible long waits, we advise you to pre-book your taxi as soon as you know the arrival time of your train, on 131008. Eudlo is small, it doesn’t have a taxi rank. It has a general store, post office and a cafe.
The closest airport is Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) Airport, which is a 35min drive away. However there is no direct public transport connection to Eudlo, only Taxis.
Brisbane Airport is about 1,5 hours away. The airport train links with the Sunshine Coast line (change at Eagle Junction). The train journey from the airport (domestic and international) to Eudlo takes between 1,5 – 2,5 hours depending on the connection. Check Translink website for details.
Travelling By Car
If you are using a GPS or navigation system such as google maps we recommend you enter “Chenrezig Institute” rather than our street address. Navigation systems and Google maps often show the route through Mooloolah and via Neil Road/Brooks Road, but we do not recommend this route as it is largely on a narrow dirt road. We recommend traveling to Eudlo public school and then following the street signs to Chenrezig Institute.
We recommend to take the route via Eudlo and Highlands Road:
- Make your way to Eudlo (either via Chevallum/Palmwoods coming from Bruce Highway (Exit 200 – Chevallum/Mons Road), or Ilkley Road coming from Sippy Downs, or Eudlo-Mooloolah Road coming from Landsborough/Mooloolah)
- When you reach the township of Eudlo, turn onto Highlands Road at the corner of the Public School.
- Travel along Highlands Road for 4 km, at the end of the sealed road turn left onto Rambert Road.
- Climb up the hill and at the top, after approx. 2 km, turn right, pass under the high voltage power line and take the left fork to Chenrezig Institute following the sign.
- After passing the entrance gate with the Snow Lions follow the road further up the hill until you reach the main car park at the end. The main stairs to your right lead up to the shop, reception, cafe and gompa.
- Disabled access: people with disabilities or difficulties to walk up the long main stairs can drive to the drop-off / temporary parking zone close to the reception by following the path on the left of the main stairs that is labeled with ‘authorised vehicles only’.
Please note that Rambert Road does NOT connect to Maleny-Montville Rd, as indicated in some maps.