Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule


Nyung Na with Ven. Ailsa

Nyung Na Retreat with Ven. Ailsa Cameron Join us to bring to light positive states of mind and discover for yourself the nature of serious retreat during this special annual event. A Nyung Na retreat is a two-day meditation, fasting and purification practice based on the sadhana of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. It is an extremely powerful way to heal illnesses, purify negative karma and open the heart to compassion. It is an effective spiritual, mental and physical detox. Each two-day Nyung Na involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts, maintaining silence and doing prayer recitations and prostrations. The second day includes fasting for 24 hours (taking no food or water). This year we are offering three of these inspiring two-day retreats. Even doing just one Nyung Na is an extremely powerful method of cleansing negativity and accumulating merit. No specific empowerments are needed.

2018 Nyung Na schedule as follows:

Introduction – 10 July 6:30pm

Nyung Na1 – 11 July 5:00am – 13 July 7:00am

Nyung Na 2 – 13 July 5:00am – 15 July 7:00am

Nyung Na 3 – 15 July 5:00am – 17 July 7:00 am

Big Breakfast for all retreatants on 17 July at 8:00am

Facility fee for each Nyung Na is $108 *

Facility Fee for the set of three Nyung Nas is $324*

*Nyung Nas are a mentally and physically demanding practice with strict meal requirements. So that we can care for our retreatants, we include the meals and accommodation within the cost of the retreat. Please do not book meals or accommodation separately. When you make your booking we will contact you in person to arrange your accommodation. The sooner you book the more options you will have for accommodation. As the start time of the retreat is 5:00am we strongly suggest guests stay on the property the evening before their retreat starts. As it is a rare and precious opportunity to be able to complete Nyung Na retreats, preference will be given to those retreatants who book for the entire retreat seven day retreat. Bookings for fewer (two-day retreats) will open up in June and will be attended to around the full-time retreatants. While we will certainly do our very best to meet each accommodation request, we ask that you assist by being flexible wherever possible thereby allowing as many people as possible to participate in this special retreat.

Discovering Buddhism students are particularly invited to this retreat to complete the Nyung Na as one of their special integration experiences.

Ordained in 1987, Ven. Ailsa is a close student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has been editing his teachings since 1984 for the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Ven. Ailsa has led the annual Nyung Na retreats at Chenrezig Institute for more than twenty years.

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Most Secret Hayagriva Practice Weekend with Ven. Thubten Chokyi

In June, Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited Chenrezig Institute to offer the Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation and share the connection of this powerful lineage with us. This month Chenrezig Institute provides an opportunity for those recently (and less recently) initiated to further explore and deepen their practice. Ven. Chokyi will gently guide us through several practice sessions of the Most Secret Hayagriva practice creating the powerful karma of practicing together.

This practice is especially beneficial for removing obstacles to Dharma practice.

This weekend is suitable for all those who have previously received a Most Secret Hayagriva initiation and would like to develop confidence in the practice.

The course will involve getting to know this deity better and understanding the benefits of the practice. We’ll cover practical aspects such as setting up the altar and offerings as well as exploring visualisations, meditations, and the deity mantra so that we can develop his qualities and extend them outwardly to others.
We’ll review footage from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching and seed a community of practitioners who share the inspiring commitment.

Saturday 18th Aug 9:00 am – Sunday 19th Aug 3:45 pm, in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $108. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. She has been the Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute for over ten years, leading retreats and teaching Discovering Buddhism. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years. She is also the Director of the Liberation Prison Project.book now



Calm Abiding Practice Day with Corey Jackson

An unruly mind is not only the cause of our own difficulties and suffering but also an obstacle to developing kindness and compassion for others. Unwanted distractions undermine our attempts to develop the wisdom and compassion necessary to achieve our potential and benefit those around us. Shamatha practice pacifies those distractions leaving the mind calm, clear and flexible.

Calm Abiding is the ideal practice for a busy life creating a strong and stable base of calm and relaxation we can return to whenever we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. When we are feeling stronger it gives us the undistracted focus to be of greater benefit to ourselves and others.

Corey Jackson will support your developing practice gently leading you through a range of meditations and explaining how these support the Buddhist path.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing for sitting and a yoga mat if you would like to meditate in a laying down position.

Saturday 1st September 9:00am – 3:30pm, book now
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $25 

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Corey Jackson trained in India as a meditation teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit and a unique passion for combining the best of ancient wisdom and modern research. He was certified by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman as a Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer in 2011.

Giving and Receiving Meditation with Ven. Palyon

Giving and Receiving meditation or Tong Len is one of the richest and bravest practices we can do. It is described as one of the great meditation jewels that offers a way for us to cultivate our natural compassion towards ourselves and others. Use your own challenging personal experiences to propel yourself along the spiritual path and develop your compassionate heart. Ven. Palyon will create a warm and supportive environment for this uplifting practice.

Saturday 15th Sept 9:00am – 3:30pm, book now
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $55. 

Ven. Palyon is a senior nun within the Chenrezig Nuns community. Her kindness makes her a natural choice for sharing this beautiful practice. 

Guided Meditation in the Gompa

Every week we have guided meditations on Fridays from 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. They are led by Sangha members and are suitable for everyone.

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classes



Meditation in the Community

A great way to establish a time each week to spend on your own inner development and to draw on the support of others in your daily practice. Please see our Outreach page for details.