Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to Chenrezig Institute

Chenrezig Institute is delighted to announce the visit of our Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in June 2018.                                             

Program of Events and Special Event Opening Hours

Monday 28 May Rinpoche arrives at Chenrezig Institute mid-afternoon.  Center opens 1 pm for guest wanting to welcome Rinpoche. Cafe closed. Free Event. All welcome.             

Tuesday 29 May Sakadawa Chenrezig Prayer Festival. Centre opens 9 am. Cafe Open. Free Event. All Welcome BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Please scroll down for more information.

Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May CENTER CLOSED


Friday 1 June  Change your Mind to Change your Life (evening talk) SOLD OUT. Centre Open to ticket holders only – no other access. Please do not come to this event without a ticket.

Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation.  TICKETS AVAILABLE. Please scroll down for more information. Centre Open to ticket holders only – no other access.

Tuesday 5 June Celebration Breakfast for ticket holders. Centre Closed to public. 

Wednesday 6 June Long Life Practice for Lama Zopa Rinpoche 3 pm to 4: 30 pm Free Event. All Welcome BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Please scroll down for more information.

Thursday 7 June CENTER CLOSED

Friday 8 June Centre Open usual opening hours.


Package A: Change your Mind to Change your Life and Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation package with accommodation, teaching program, and meals 

Sold Out!  Important Information for Ticket Holders


Package B: Change your Mind to Change your Life and Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation package with teaching program and meals

Sold Out!  Important Information for Ticket Holders


Package C: Change your Mind to Change your Life with teaching program and meals – Sold Out!  Important Information for Ticket Holders


Package D: Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation package with teaching program and meals – Now Available Important Information for Ticket Holders

 Saturday 2 June, Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June:

  • Tutorial and Mediation with Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim and Venerable Kartson
  • Lunch in The Big Love Cafe: A healthy and hearty home cooked Vegetarian with Gluten Free and Dairy Free options.
  • Initiation: The Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dinner: A Thai feast to keep your tummy full and warm throughout the evening. Gluten Free and Dairy Free and Vegan options

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Package D -$283.50 per person Please note this cost is a facility fee not a charge for Dharma.




Rinpoche’s Event Program

Celebrate Sakadawa and the arrival of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the Chenrezig Prayer Festival

Tuesday 29th May

Free Event – Everyone is welcome
Registration essential via our website:
Lunch is available for $12.50pp. Bookings essential before Tuesday 29th May

Join us for this magical event as we make thousands of offerings to the Buddha of Great Compassion on one of the holiest days of the Buddhist calendar. On this day karma is multiplied one hundred million times!

Schedule for the Day
From 9 am we’ll be setting up offerings of incense, flowers, saffron water, sweets and light creating a beautiful display and focusing our minds on generosity and giving. This is a simple practice everyone can be involved in. You don’t have to be Buddhist to participate and everyone is welcome. Our Sangha and community members will be happy to guide you through this simple uplifting and inspiring practice.

Children are welcome to join us and will have their own Prayer flags and paper flowers to design and create. They are also welcome to bring items to leave on the children’s altar.

Community Lunch will be served from 12 noon at a cost of $12.50 per person. Lunch bookings are essential before the day. A Gluten and Dairy Free meal will be available. The meal will not contain onion, garlic, egg, radish or meat. Those bringing a picnic lunch for the day should also avoid these foods.

During the afternoon we’ll be gathering on the Prayer Wheel Lawn with our special guest Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Schedule for the Afternoon

  • 1.20pm – Unfurling and raising the large Chenrezig Thangka
  • 1.30pm  – Welcome to Country
  • 1.40pm – Tenzin Choegyal with an offering of Tibetan music and song
  • 2.00 – Nyidom with an offering of Tibetan dance and song
  • 2.15 – Tibetan Khaita Joyful Dance from Dzogchen community
  • 2.40 – Name Mantra from Chenrezig Singing group
  • 2.50 – Tea Offering – Followed by 1,000 offerings to Chenrezig and recitation of Sutra ‘Remembering the Three Jewels’ 

The afternoon is expected to conclude roughly at 4:30 pm at which point we would greatly appreciate any support to pack away the offerings.

Assisted Parking and Shuttle Service
Limited parking will be available for those with a Disability permit. If this applies to you, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements with you. There will be no vehicle access to the hill area of the property. To assist everyone with mobility issues we have organized a shuttle service that will collect guests and take them to the hill area.

Things to Bring

  • Your keep cup with you to help us reduce the environmental impact of this event and carpool where possible.
  • Warm layers as the temperature can cool down rapidly in the afternoon.
  • Your Chenrezig Institute donation tin or Merit Box. Please bring it in today so that you make the most of this opportunity to magnify your positive karma. There will be opportunities to make donations across the property and we greatly appreciate your generosity. We look forward to welcoming you for this very auspicious and special day.

Change your Mind to Change your Life: Lojong Teachings

FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018, from 7.00pm

Lama Zopa Rinpoche live in the gompa for an evening talk

Chenrezig Institute invites everyone to come and hear teachings from renowned spiritual master Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how you can change your life by changing your mind.

Sometimes we can feel trapped and overwhelmed by the weight of our responsibilities and the roles we play in other’s lives; sometimes we drift, unsure how to make our lives feel meaningful and connected. Both extremes create stress and fatigue, causing repetition of unhelpful patterns, yet we still hope that “this time things will work out”.

Using methods that go deeper than “looking on the bright side” and that are more powerful than positive thinking, Lama Zopa Rinpoche invites students to consider the true capacity everyone has for compassion, wisdom, and change. Based on the ancient Buddhist technique of mind training or thought transformation, these Lojong teachings invite us to stop waiting for the perfect time, perfect partner and perfect life and instead transform what we already have

Join us for these accessible teachings on changing adversity into a path of compassion and growth. Be inspired by this powerful and dynamic teaching in English by holy being Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation 


Great Protector, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers the Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation opening the door of the lineage to eliminate obstacles and suffering.

Most Secret Hayagriva Practice is drawn from the lineage of both Buddha Amitabha and Guru Padmasambhava. Lama Tsongkhapa gave his blessing for Hayagriva to be adopted as the principal protector of Sera Je Monastery and to this day these practices continue there in an unbroken lineage. This deity is also very special for Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has a powerful role within FPMT. Rinpoche strongly encourages those students connected to the organization, particularly those who have responsibilities, to take this initiation.

This empowerment is especially beneficial as an antidote to obstacles and is a powerful protection from serious illness. This is a rare opportunity to receive a tantric empowerment from an outstanding spiritual master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Your commitments for this Initiation are Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows including six-session guru yoga daily and a mala of the deity mantra, daily for the rest of your life. Students will enter into a student-teacher relationship with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Please note that you cannot take this initiation if you are a Shugden practitioner.

Ideally, students will also undertake the Most Secret Hayagriva Retreat which Chenrezig Institute is planning for 2019. The 2019 Most Secret Hayagriva Retreat will be complemented by a program of teachings and meditation from other qualified teachers, creating an ideal environment for practice.

*Please be prepared that the teachings and initiation are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instruction. It is highly likely that this Initiation will finish Tuesday morning.

Long Life Practice dedicated to Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Long Life Practice dedicated to the long life of our precious teacher Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

We will join together in gratitude to offer our practice for Rinpoche’s long life following one of the beautiful practices of White Tara.

This is a free event and no initiation is necessary to attend, but it would be helpful if people would Register Online so that we can prepare materials (no meals will be available that day so please bring your own picnic if you wish to be here early).

We have requested that Rinpoche join us at the end of our meditation session so that we can personally offer our practice as well as make other offerings and request Rinpoche to return again very soon. His attendance is not assured however and will depend on his other commitments for the benefit of all.

Booking Your Package

Please be prepared that the teaching and initiation will take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instruction.

If you are having any difficulties with your bookings please email us at so we can assist.

Meals: All meals are vegetarian with Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan options available. Meals will be served from two serving stations reducing wait times and queuing. In addition to meals, there will be a variety of cakes and snacks available for purchase throughout the visit. Please note there will be no access to a guest fridge to store food throughout this event. 

Information for Ordained Sangha

Sangha are invited to attend Rinpoche’s Teaching and Initiation at no cost. However, all sangha are required to register for each teaching.

We have limited accommodation for Sangha onsite. All accommodation is shared for the duration of Rinpoche’s visit.  Visiting Sangha can apply for spaces within this accommodation. Apply here. Chenrezig Institute is attempting to sponsor the cost of all Sangha Meals, Accommodation and Texts, however, we rely on the generosity of our community to be able to cover these costs. We greatly appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Opportunities to Practice Generosity and Joyous Effort

To make Rinpoche’s visit a reflection of the light he shines on all of us we are requesting our community to make offerings of both generosity and joyous effort. May we create the positive Karma to have Rinpoche visit us long into the future.

Click on the images below to find out about the many ways you can create merit through sponsoring Rinpoche’s visit.

Create the Tsa Tsa’s for Rinpoches Long Life Offering Project. Fully Sponsored Thank you

Take a piece of Chenrezig Institute home and help us welcome Rinpoche. Make a $5 donation and receive a raffle ticket for this amazing prize.

Sponsor the Sangha Jewel. When the Sangha can flourish the Dharma can flourish too.

Sponsor the Dharma Jewel.  Sponsor texts and practice materials.

Sow the Seeds of Tantric Teachings for the Future. Sponsor Initiation materials.













Offering an Ocean of Nectar. Sponsor tea offerings to Rinpoche, our sangha, and community.

Offerings of Light.  Fully Sponsored     Thank you

Help us Fulfil Rinpoches vision for a wall of Golden Tsa Tsa’s Only 4 left!

Offerings of Flowers.  Become like a flower in the world! Sponsor flower offerings.









Food Offerings to The Sangha during Rinpoches Visit

Throughout Rinpoches visit we are looking for community support to offer meals to our sangha. You are welcome to cook in the kitchen here or if you prefer you can cook at home and reheat the food when you arrive. All meals should be vegetarian and numbers will range across days from 5 sangha members through to about 30. If you  would like to create the merit of offering food to the ordained members of our community throughout the visit please contact Kirsty:
Tuesday 29th May – Supper only
Wed 30th May – Lunch and supper
Tuesday 5 June – Supper Only
Wednesday 6 June – Lunch and Supper
Thursday 7th June – Lunch and Supper