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

 


When it all Goes Wrong: Heart Advice for Times of Trouble with Ven. Kartsön

Bad things can happen to good people, so the saying goes.
So how do we make sense of things that seem to make no sense at all. From personal tragedies to global disasters, watching the nightly news we can begin to feel both overwhelmed and vulnerable. Frustrated and angry at the injustice and saddened by our inability to meaningfully address the issues.
But what if there was a way to approach this suffering that allowed us to transform it into something powerful and positive for ourselves and others?
Indian master Shantideva’s classic and revered text A guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life considers how we might be able to use suffering as part of our practice. He encourages us to see times of trouble as opportunities to use the deep feelings generated to create powerful and profound responses. This transformative approach encourages us not to turn away from problems but to stand in the eye of the storm with a calm and collected response.
Join knowledgeable and engaging teacher Ven. Karston as he dives into the challenges of the modern world and takes a fearless look at the things that cause us suffering and what we can do about them. Suitable for all students.

Saturday 16th June 9.00am – Sunday 17th June 3.45pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now

Facility fee $108. 10% discount for FPMT members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

Originally from Israel, Ven. Kartsön has worked closely with our Tibetan Teachers, studying and translating for ten years of our advanced study program, masters program, and is now tutoring this program.  A knowledgeable teacher in his own right, he travels extensively teaching and translating for Lamas in India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.  


The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

“No anger inside means no enemy inside.” 
Lama Zopa Rinpoche 

Time and time again we are overwhelmed by suffering but in the dense fog of our confusion, anger, and emotional afflictions, we can’t see a solution or find our way out to happiness. We are living as though we are blind. How can we stop this continuous cycle of mental torment and turn things around? Is it really possible to warmly invite happiness into our lives? Join us to investigate an ancient Buddhist technique to help still the internal storms that stop us from reaching our full potential for peace and happiness.
The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation are short, confronting and profound; they deeply challenge our preconceptions of how happiness can be achieved in our lives. Inspiring, poetic and immensely powerful, the verses ask us to view the undesirable things in life through a radically new lens. By training our mind in this way, a state of peace becomes achievable. Undesired suffering turns into happiness and takes us further along the path to enlightenment.
The potency of this ancient thought training method can’t be underestimated. Passed down through an unbroken Buddhist lineage, the text remains as relevant today as it was when first written in the eleventh century by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. 

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 with 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. Kartsön.

Saturday 23th June 9:00am – Sunday 24th June 3:45pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $108. 
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

 


Karma: How we create our own Reality with Ven. Robina Courtin

We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from “out there”. Even more fundamentally, we assume that we are the handiwork of someone else; that we’re innocent victims who didn’t ask to get born and that there’s no logic for why things happen. The experiential implications of this are fear, blame, anger, and guilt, bringing ever-deepening levels of suffering and hopelessness.

Buddha’s view of reality is that we come into this life at the first moment of conception in our mother’s womb fully programmed with our own tendencies and the seeds of our experiences in this life. As the Dalai Lama says, the view of karma is one of “self-creation.” We are, literally, the creators of our lives, our happiness, and our suffering. We are the boss.

With this view, we realize that everything we experience is our own “karmic appearance”, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it. Everything is made by our own minds, in the past, and in the present. And because of this, there is no karma that we can’t change.

The experiential implication of this view is empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change and, combining it with an understanding of the Buddha’s model of the mind, we gradually loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for clarity, self-book nowconfidence, empathy and the other qualities that Buddha says are at the core of our being.

Friday 29th June 6:30 pm  – Sunday  1st July 3.45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108  10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

 Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director ofWisdom Publications, editor of Mandala magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project and as an inspirational touring teacher. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha to Freedom.


Cleanse and Heal with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, things seem to go wrong. Our past negative karma catches up with us and plays out – creating problems that seem to come out of nowhere.
This weekend Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi will introduce students to the powerful practices of Vajrasattva and Dorje Khadro. These cleansing and healing purification practices are the best way for us to clean up our negative karma and burn through obstacles.
Geshela’s theory will be complemented by Ven. Chokyi’s meditations and practice to give you a complete experience. You’ll learn how to engage with these practices 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, students will have the opportunity to participate in both Vajrasattva practice and the ritual fire of Dorje Khadro.
As part of the weekend, there will be a burning ritual Saturday evening (weather permitting). During this powerful practice, students make offerings to the fire representing all they wish to leave behind and be free from.
This powerful weekend of practice is open to all students.book now


Saturday 28th July 9:00am – Sunday 29th July 3:30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee: $108. 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

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. Kartsön.

Ven. Jampa Dekyi is a registered FPMT teacher and a graduate of the Advanced Study Program. She became a nun in 1993. Since then has lived and taught at Chenrezig Institute, Vajrayana Institute in Sydney and at Tushita Meditation Centre in India. She is known for her relaxed and down to earth approach making everyone welcome.


Understanding and Enjoying Prayers in Tibetan 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 5th August 9:00am – 3:30pm, held in the Tara Room at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $55. Accommodation and meals available separately. book now

Corey Jackson trained in India as a meditation teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit and a unique passion for combining the best of ancient wisdom and modern research. He was certified by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman as a Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer in 2011.


 Discovering Buddhism Study Program

The Discovering Buddhism course is made up of 14 modules of study and retreat covering the Buddhist path in a systematic way. Each module is completed over two months with both a teaching weekend and a retreat weekend. This two month period gives students time to study, practice and integrate each new subject slowly building a comprehensive base of knowledge and skills.

The modules do not need to be completed in order or within any set time frame. For those students who can’t make it to the center regularly, the course can be completed via a home study option – please visit or call our reception team on 07 5453 2108 for more information.

More than just intellectual study, the Discovering Buddhism course creates a community of students who grow together supporting each other in their practice and understanding.

In 2018 the Discovering Buddhism Program will be taught by Ven. Thubten Chokyi. 

Ven. Thubten Chokyi is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, ordained in 2006 by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Before joining Chenrezig Institute she was the program coordinator at our sister center Vajrayana Institute, where she has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since 2006 including Discovering Buddhism. She has also led several successful annual retreats for Chenrezig Institute. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.

She is a member of the Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network and committed to interfaith dialogue for world peace. She is also the international director of Liberation Prison Project, a social services program of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) that offers spiritual advice, teachings, books, and materials to men and women in prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing Buddhism.

Discovering Buddhism Loyalty Reward Package*

In recognition of the ongoing commitment our Discovering Buddhism students make, Chenrezig Institute has created a Loyalty Reward Packbook nowage. Students who complete five consecutive Discovering Buddhism weekend courses in this round are welcome to attend the sixth Discovering Buddhism course in the series with no course fee. Over the course of the program, this Loyalty Reward equals nearly a 20% discount on course fees for this life-changing course. This discount does not apply to meals or accommodation.


June 9 and 10 Mind and It’s Potential 

All things are preceded by the mind, led by the mind, created by the mind.” The Dhammapada

Why is it that no matter how much we achieve in life we still encounter problems? Why does that elusive goal of long-lasting happiness continue to evade us?

From a Buddhist perspective, the mind is the basis of our experience – the creator of our happiness and the creator of our problems lies within us. Realizing that we’re truly in control is revolutionary. But how do we change our minds for the better? How do we cultivate new thinking habits? How do we stop listening to negative self-talk?

In this teaching weekend of the first module of the Discovering Buddhism program, we examine what mind is; its nature and function, and how the mind perceives and interprets the world around us. Ven. Chokyi will show us methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes and to create a positive, joyous mind. All welcome! Bookings essential.

This is the first part of Module one of the Discovering Buddhism program.The second part is a practice weekend on

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Saturday 9th June 9:00 am – Sunday 10th June 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108*


July 7 and 8 Mind and It’s Potential Retreat 

Our mind is the creator of our reality. In every situation, how we perceive and interpret the world around us is dependent on the mind. From a Buddhist perspective, this means that the key to experiencing greater happiness and reducing unhappiness lies within us. Through understanding and training the mind we have the ability to increase our sense of well-being and decrease the amount of internal suffering we experience.

This course presents a skillful analysis of the qualities and nature of the mind, and shows how properly training the mind can bring about positive mental states that lead to inner peace. It presents methods that will allow us to become more skillful in every aspect of our lives – improving our relationships, facing challenges with confidence and extending our natural compassion to others.

In this practice weekend course, we will reflect on teachings from the ‘Mind and its Potential’ module, have group discussions and be guided through meditations on the nature of mind and its functions. These insightful practices will deepen our understanding of the mind’s potential and help us transform destructive habits so that we can experience a joyful, positive mind. Although it is helpful, you do not have to have attended the first weekend to gain wonderful and lasting benefits from this course. All welcome! Bookings essential.book now

Saturday 7th July 9:00 am – Sunday 8th July 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108*


August 11 and 12 How to Meditate 

Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind.” (Lama Yeshe)

Meditation has many benefits for both the body and mind. It encompasses a variety of techniques that aim to develop mindfulness, tranquility and insight. It is an essential component of the Buddhist path to mental well-being and lasting happiness.

In this teaching weekend of the second Discovering Buddhism module, you will learn about the benefits of meditation, the different types of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, and how to recognise and deal with obstacles that may arise. The weekend includes teachings, meditation sessions, and time for questions and discussion. If you have ever wanted to learn to meditate, this is the course for you!

This is the first part of Module 2 of the Discovering Buddhism program. The second part is a practice weekend on thebook now same topic one month later, on 8th and 9th  of September.

 

Saturday 11th August 9:00 am – Sunday 12th August 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108*


September 8 and 9 How to Meditate Retreat 

Meditation encompasses a variety of techniques that aim to develop mindfulness, tranquility and insight. It is an essential component of the Buddhist path to mental well-being and lasting happiness.

In this practice weekend course, we will reflect on the teachings from the ‘How to Meditate’ module of the Discovering Buddhism program. We will review key principles, have group discussion, and be guided through a variety of meditation practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to set up your own regular meditation practice, how to deal with obstacles and to gain familiarity with different approaches to overcoming habitual patterns and cultivating positive mental states. Although beneficial, you don’t need to have attended the first weekend of this module. All welcome!book now

Saturday 8th September 9:00 am – Sunday 9th September 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108*

 


October 13 and 14 Presenting the Path 

During the course of his lifetime, the Buddha gave thousands of teachings. The key to beginning to understand them is knowing an appropriate order in which to study them. Realising this, a succession of great Buddhist scholars arranged all the teachings of the Buddha into a clear and easily accessible system called the “lam-rim chenmo”, or graduated path to enlightenment. This map of the Buddha’s teachings forms the heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

This third module of Discovering Buddhism presents the progressive, step-like structure of the lam-rim, its three scopes, where you fit in at your present stage of spiritual development, what you need to do next, and how to get from here to enlightenment. If you participate in the whole Discovering Buddhism program, this module provides the context for the entire series.

This is the first part of Module 3 of the Discovering Buddhism program. The second part is a practice weekend on the same topic one month later, on 10th and 11th of November. For those who haven’t started yet, or aren’t able to commit to the full series, this course provides a fundamental grounding in Buddhist studies. The weekend includes teachings, meditation sessions, and time for discussion. It is suitable for everyone, and anyone is welcome to attend.book now

Saturday 13th October 9:00 am – Sunday 14th October 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108*

 


November 10 and 11 Presenting the Path Retreat 

During the course of his lifetime, the Buddha gave thousands of teachings. The key to beginning to understand them is knowing an appropriate order in which to study them. Realising this, a succession of great Buddhist scholars arranged all the teachings of the Buddha into a clear and easily accessible system called the “lam-rim chenmo”, or graduated path to enlightenment. This map of the Buddha’s teachings forms the heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

In this practice weekend course, we will reflect on the teachings from the ‘Presenting the Path’ module of the Discovering Buddhism program. We will review key principles, have group discussion, and be guided through a variety of meditation practices.

This is a wonderful opportunity to review the contents of the previous teaching weekend: the progressive, step-like structure of the lam-rim, its three scopes, where you fit in at your present stage of spiritual development, what you need to do next, and how to get from here to enlightenment. Although beneficial, you don’t need to have attended the first weekend of this module. All welcome!book now

Saturday 10th November 9:00 am – Sunday 11th November 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108* Or if you have joined our Loyalty Reward Program this course is free for you! 


December 8 and 9 Discovering Buddhism – Preparing for Retreat

Why is retreat important?

In order for our spirituality, wisdom, concentration, and insight into reality to grow, we need time and space. Our normal modern environment does not give us this…You can see, that Jesus and other great spiritual leaders went into solitary retreat. Christian, Muslim, Indian, Tibetan; all went into isolation for certain periods and gained their high accomplishments through practicing intensively like that. So the history of human experience also shows that Dharma realizations come only through concentrated, twenty-four-hour-a-day practice.

And when you are in that situation, you can conduct research into your experiences, just like scientists investigate phenomena in their laboratories. You can analyze your dreams, your sleep and whatever else come up, and you can supplement your research by reading and study.” Lama Thubten Yeshe

In this weekend course, we will spend time investigating methods of retreat and discussing the benefits that can be found in both solitary and group retreat experiences. We’ll explore the Special Integration Practices of the Discovering Buddhism Program – Lam Rim Retreat, Preliminary Prostrations, Vajrasattva Practice and Nyung Na Retreat. We’ll grow to understand how each of these intensive practices help to prepare our minds in the best possible way to gain realisations on the path to enlightenment.

This is a perfect preparation for students joining us for our annual Vajrasattva and Lam Rim Retreats.book now

Saturday 8th December 9:00 am – Sunday 9 December 3:45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $108