Welcome to our Exploring Buddhism course schedule
If you are familiar with the basic principles of Buddhism, but would like to learn more about certain topics and practices, these courses are for you. They include the ongoing Discovering Buddhism program and intermediate courses.
Discovering Buddhism Study Program
The Discovering Buddhism course is made up 14 modules consisting of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, and assessment questions, and a short retreat. Students may do some or all of these components of each course, as they wish and are interested. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course. When all modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion! This certificate awards the satisfaction of having completed a very comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment. The completion certificate is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening. Rejoice deeply when you receive it!
The modules do not need to be completed in order or within any set time frame.
The course can be completed via a home study option – please visit or call our reception team on 07 5453 2108 for more information.
Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Pema
Buddhist Tantra can be an effective means for rapid spiritual development. In this retreat, we reflect on the teachings and instruction from the previous ‘Introduction to Tantra’ teaching module of the Discovering Buddhism program. The retreat offers group practice and meditation, and provides time and space to reflect on the teachings, ask questions and to participate in discussions. It is an excellent opportunity to clear away any doubts you may have, and get useful advice on how to stay inspired and overcome obstacles. This course is not suitable for beginners.
Saturday 11th Nov, 9.00am – Sunday 12th Nov, 3.30pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community.
Ven. Pema was ordained by our precious spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010 and has been living and studying at Chenrezig Institute ever since. She completed DB in 2005, and has successfully completed all Basic and Master Programme subjects taught at CI in the last 7 years. She is currently enrolled in the Masters Program. Prior to her ordination, Pema has gained invaluable teaching experience as a school teacher by profession for 20 years. She is now combining her teaching skills and her Dharma knowledge with enthusiasm and passion.
Karma Clean Up: Vajrasattva Day with Ven Damchoe
Ven. Damchoe will gently lead students through the powerful practice of Vajrasattva. This purification practice is the best way for us to clean up our negative karma and burn through obstacles. She will show you how to engage with this practice in a way that is deeply meaningful and helpful as we address the patterns of negative karma effecting our lives. A perfect introduction to the power and psychology of Buddhist ritual.
Sunday 29 October 9.00am – 3.30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $55.
Essential Essence: Understanding Tibetan Prayers with Corey Jackson
The Tibetan language has an ability to pour depth of meaning into a single word that is not possible in English. These layers of complexity add a richness that we can regain by returning to the source language. In this workshop, we will examine prayers we commonly recite in Tibetan and uncover their hidden meaning. We’ll chant and meditate on the beauty of this sophisticated language and the gifts it holds.
Sunday October 29 9.00am – 3.30pm, held in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $55.
Corey worked in Australia and India as a Tibetan-English interpreter and has a degree in Sanskrit and Psychology from Sydney University where he was awarded the Khyentse Foundation prize for excellence in Buddhist studies.
The Gift of Compassion with Geshe Tsultrim
Dwelling deep within our own hearts, and within the hearts of all beings without exception, is an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom – Lama Yeshe
Compassion, the wish that everyone be free of suffering, lies at the heart of Buddhist practice. Developing our compassion helps us to experience increased mental wellbeing and emotional freedom because it lessens our normal self-obsession, which is the source of so many of our problems. It is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and those around us.
In this course Geshela discusses why cherishing others helps us lead happier and more meaningful lives, and teaches practical mind-training techniques that expand our ability to feel concern for and appreciation of others. The course involves teachings, reflections and meditations based on Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa . It is suitable for everyone.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community. He became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He teaches in Tibetan with the help of his professional translator, Ven. Kartson.
Ven. Tony trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse before he was ordained in 1991. He teaches around the world, sharing his understanding with gentle compassion.