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.


acrylic_1_a_warm_heart_by_krudovana-d5wb8a8How to Develop Bodhicitta Retreat with Alan Carter

Discovering Buddhism Module 10

Saturday Dec 10 9.00am – Sunday Dec 11 3.30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $150

Loving kindness is the essence of Bodhicitta, the attitude of the Bodhisattva. It is the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation.
Lama Thubten Yeshe

Bodhicitta is the heartfelt wish to attain enlightenment in order to be able to benefit all beings. Without it, enlightenment is impossible, because Bodhicitta frees us from the habitual self-concern that prevents us from experiencing true happiness and lasting peace. But most of us have trouble just developing kindness and compassion for those that we know, so how do we give rise to the vast aspiration of Bodhicitta?

DB Shakyamuni Buddha image

In this module of our ongoing Discovering Buddhism programme, we will analyse the concepts of equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and Bodhicitta. We will explore why Bodhicitta is important, and will learn step-by-step methods for developing Bodhicitta ourselves.

These instructions are a practical and effective way to develop the good heart and show us how to make our lives truly meaningful.
Saturday 10 9.00am – Sunday 11 December 3.30 pm, at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $150.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

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alan-carterAlan Carter has been a Buddhist for 21 years and is a graduate of the Basic Program. He has taught at Karuna, Blue Mountains, Langri Tangpa, Chenrezig Institute and was resident teacher at Chandrakirti Centre in New Zealand for two years. He has also led two one- month group retreats at Chenrezig Institute.

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