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 Study Program.

 


Taking Refuge from the Storm: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi

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 22nd Sept 9:00am – Sunday 23rd Sept 3:30pm, book now
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.


 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.

book nowDiscovering Buddhism Loyalty Reward Package*

In recognition of the ongoing commitment our Discovering Buddhism students make, Chenrezig Institute has created a Loyalty Reward Package. 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.


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