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: 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.
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.
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.
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.