Code of Conduct

Chenrezig Institute is a monastic community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and we require all guests to agree to a Code of Conduct.

Whilst you’re on the property you are expect to follow the lay Buddhist precepts:

  • To not intentionally kill any living being (includes mosquitoes)
  • To not steal or take that which is not freely given
  • To not lie
  • To not engage in sexual misconduct
  • To abstain from intoxicants (including alcohol, marijuana)

Please indicate you have read and will follow the Code of Conduct by checking the appropriate box in the accommodation booking form. You can be asked to leave the property immediately if you breach the Code of Conduct. Cigarette smoking is permitted in a designated smoking area below the car park only.

What days can I arrive and depart?

It is ideal if you arrive during Reception hours so that you can be provided with a brief rundown of the centre and your immediate questions can be answered. However, if you are unable to arrive during reception hours; a notice will be posted on the Reception/Shop door advising you which room you have been allocated. A map will be available to direct you to your accommodation.

You can check out any day of the week. However, if you are leaving on Monday or Tuesday you must ensure that you have paid all accounts at the Reception by Sunday morning.

How long can I stay?

Our short term accommodation is available from one night up to a maximum stay of two weeks. If during this stay you decide you would like to stay longer, please ask to meet with the Centre Services Manager to discuss the process involved in staying longer.

What should I pack for my stay?

  • Torch – most important for night time here!
  • Hat and sunscreen during our warmer months
  • An extra blanket if you feel the cold during the winter months
  • Insect repellent
  • Towel
  • Thongs for the shower
  • Closed in footwear with good grip for walking (the centre is located on a steep hill)
  • Appropriate clothing (we are a monastic community, so think a little modest)
  • Warm clothing in winter

Note: Bedding is provided to all guests

Can I cook my own food, or must I eat at the Cafe?

Lama Yeshe’s Big Love Café is available for breakfast, lunch and supper 6 days a week for registered guests. Please be sure to book in so we can cater for you. Note that the cafe is able to offer gluten and dairy free lunches, but gluten free options are limited for breakfast and supper.

Some Retreat Huts and Sangha House have cooking facilities so you’re welcome to self-cater. However, there are no cooking facilities in Lotus House or the dormitories. Guests staying in Lotus House or the dormitories are welcome to use the guest fridge and microwave located in the Café if you want/ need to self cater.

There are no grocery stores on site, and public transport is non-existent in the area. The closest shop is 10 minutes by car, so if you intend to self-cater, please remember to shop before coming to the centre.


If you have booked but will not be able to make it, please cancel your booking. This allows us to offer the space to others who would like to visit the centre. Thank you!