Red-Lotus_75Welcome 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.


 Heartspoon: Fearlessly Facing Death and Impermanence with Special Guest FPMT Touring Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Join us for these inspiring teachings on embracing change and living a life without regret as we explore the inspiring text Heartspoon by Pabonka Rinpoche.
Geshe Zopa is a fluent English speaker well known for his ability to inspire and connect with students from around the world.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa (born 1975) is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition. He is the resident teacher of the Losang Dragpa Centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Zopa is featured in the 2008 documentary film Unmistaken Child, which follows his search for the reincarnation of his beloved master, Geshe Lama Konchog. Zopa has also written a book about this search, titled Precious Holy Child of Kopan.

Tuesday 11 July 9am to Thursday 13 July 4:30pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $150 

 


Karmic Connections with Ven Tony

Is there really such a thing as your soul mate? Karma is a word many of us are familiar with but what does it really mean? And what is the karma that creates connections between people?  Venerable Tony will introduce you to the basics of karma and explain the cause and effect relationships between our actions and their results. A great course for beginners and those looking to get a firm understanding in this life changing subject.

Saturday 29 July 9 am to 3:30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.  book now
Facility fee $75

Venerable 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.


The Art of Patience with Corey Jackson

Patience is the Buddhist antidote to anger. It is the state of mind that allows us to remain calm and focused on the long term goal when it feels like we may never get there. It’s also the force that stops us lashing out when we don’t get what we want or when we find ourselves with something we were trying to avoid. Corey will share practical tools and inspiring examples to help you work with anger in a way that is positive and empowering. This course is suitable for all students.

Sunday 30 July 9 am to 3:30 pmbook now
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $75
Corey Jackson studied Buddhist Philosophy and Tibetan language before working as an FPMT translator. He was awarded a prize by the Khyentse Foundation for excellence in Buddhist Studies.


Discovering Buddhism Study Program

buddha-21The 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: Transforming Problems Retreat with Ven. Pema

In this retreat, we reflect on the teachings from the Transforming Problems module of the Discovering Buddhism program.

The retreat provides a chance to ask questions about the teachings and participate in group discussions and meditations. It is an excellent opportunity to clear away any doubts or for those studying at home to enjoy group practice. Everyone is welcome to attend even if you didn’t attend the teaching weekend.

Saturday 8 July 9 am to Sunday 9 July 3:30 pmbook now
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108
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.

 

 


 Discovering Buddhism: The Wisdom of Emptiness with Ven. Pema

The realization of emptiness is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Take this opportunity to enhance your ability to bring about this realization. Learn how to develop calm abiding and different methods to use in meditations on emptiness. Practice accumulation of merit and purification of obstacles – indispensable for generating realizations within the mind.

Saturday 12 August 9.00 am to Sunday 13 August 3.30 pm.book now
Held
in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108
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. 


Discovering Buddhism: The Wisdom of Emptiness Retreat with Ven. Pema

This retreat provides a chance to engage with meditations and mindfulness practices that support a direct experience of the teachings from The Wisdom of Emptiness module of the Discovering Buddhism program. It is an excellent opportunity to clear away any doubts and for those studying at home to enjoy group practice. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you didn’t attend the teaching weekend, there is still enormous benefit to be gained from the retreat.

Saturday 9 September 9.00 am to Sunday 10 September 3.30 pm.book now
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108.
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. 


Refuge in the Three Jewels: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to inner freedom, but it is not something new. We have been taking refuge all our lives: some in money, some in drugs; most of us in a relationship. These may offer temporary relief but, in sober truth, seeking refuge in physical possessions and transient pleasures merely deepens our confusion rather than ending it.
Buddhist refuge is a process of turning inward which begins with our discovery of our own unlimited potential. This generates tremendous energy for the development of our own wisdom. Perhaps the word ‘Buddha’ conjures up a remote and oriental image. But ‘Buddha’ is just a word, and it means totally opened mind, an ‘opened lotus.’ When we realise our human potential and arrive at this total openness of mind, we become Buddhas. Lama Thubten Yeshe, 1978

Join Geshe Tsultrim as he explains what it means to be a Buddhist and how to start the process of turning inwards by taking refuge in our own Buddha nature; the Dharma teachings; and our community, the sangha.

A Refuge Ceremony will be conducted for those who have attended this preparatory course and are ready to make this meaningful commitment to enter the Buddhist Path, identifying Geshela as one of their teachers. If this is the first time you have taken Refuge please register via our website so that we can prepare the necessary materials for your Refuge Ceremony.

Saturday 23 September 9.00 am to Sunday 24 September 3.30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.book now
This course is freely offered* by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register via www.chenrezig.com.au

*Meals and accommodation are available separately and all participants must register.

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.