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.
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 Tangpa . 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.
Realizing the Nature of the Mind: Mahamudra Retreat with Glen Svensson
In the words of Panchen Losang Chogyi Gyeltsen:
“May all migrators quickly gain victory over the two obscurations by means of this path, as there is no other second gateway to the state of peace.”
During this weekend retreat we will be investigating the Gelug tradition of mahamudra using the Panchen Lama’s text A Root Text for the Precious Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra.
The main practices covered will be how to develop single-pointed concentration through focussing on the mind (shamatha) and how to gain insight into the ultimate nature of the mind (vipashyana). This retreat will also highlight the preliminary practices which act as a foundation for mahamudra practice along with a brief discussion of the tantra or vajrayana level of practice.
This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in the practice.
Friday 19th January 6.30pm – Sunday 21st January, 4.00pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108.
Originally from Australia, Glen Svensson has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute Pomaia, Italy) in 2004. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and stressing the integration of philosophical view, meditation and daily life conduct.