Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule


For those who would like to spend time in retreat, we offer a variety of deity, teaching and meditation retreats. Please check the flyers for details about the specific requirements and level of difficulty.

Beyond Disappointment and Delight with Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)

Lama Yeshe used to talk about our yo-yo mind. “I get a present! I feel so happy!” “I lost that wonderful gift. I’m so unhappy.” We have bought into the appearances of this life, thinking that money and material things, praise and approval, a good reputation and marvelous sense experiences are the epitome of happiness. But then we get disappointed and frustrated when we discover that they don’t give us genuine happiness, but fear of losing what we have, jealousy when others have more, and an empty feeling inside our hearts.

Ven. Tsultrim will guide us to stop looking at what we can get from the world and refocus on what each of us can bring to it. Step out of the cycle of Disappointment and Delight and connect with genuine happiness. Friday 1 December 9.00am – Thursday 7th December 3.30pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Fri, 1 December 2017, 6:30pm – Thu, 7 December 2017, 3:30pm held in the gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee: $250  Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.

Carla Pearse is a Buddhist nun from the Tibetan tradition who has worked with many hundreds of people at risk of suicide over the past 15 years. She has extensive professional experience in suicide intervention and prevention with CAPS and Lifeline.book now



Overflowing with Compassion: Chenrezig Retreat with Ven Damchoe

“A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir – a constant source of energy, determination and kindness.”. His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Compassion, the wish that everyone be free of suffering, lies at the heart of the Buddhist path. This retreat focuses on developing compassion through the joyful and uplifting practice of reciting the mantra of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. This retreat is dedicated to the long life of the Dalai Lama.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t need any previous retreat experience to participate in this life-changing opportunity.

Friday 15 December 6.30 pm – Sunday 17 December 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
This course is freely offered by our community for participants who register.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.book now

Venerable Thubten Damchoe is a Buddhist nun and a student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced Studies Program. She particularly enjoys welcoming new students.


Release and Renew: Vajrasattva Retreat with Ven Chokyi

Complete your year with the powerful act of releasing all that has gone before and start the New Year with a renewed sense of calm, feeling inspired and motivated. In Buddhist purification, we can let go of the past with mindfulness and perception, and open up to the brightness and potential of the present moment. In this state of openness, we resolve to make beneficial changes in our lives which help increase our emotional and mental wellbeing.

Our week-long Purification retreat has been described as life-changing by previous participants. With time for deep reflection in beautiful surroundings, we begin to see how our thoughts, speech and actions have influenced the course of the year; we start to notice how our relationships have been impacted by our own responses to life.

Through the gentle but powerful and stabilising practices of meditation, Buddhist mantra recitation and visualisation we are encouraged to loosen our hold on the past, release our anxieties and regrets, and let go of our pain and heartache. Through the beautiful and profound act of purification, we refresh ourselves with strong, positive mental habits, replacing negativities and worries with potent, aspirational resolutions for the future. This transformative process clears the way for us to fully embrace a more relaxed, peaceful, and happy approach to life.


Come along and join us for this period of surrender, quiet reflection and positive transformation in the peaceful setting of Chenrezig Institute. You will enjoy the tranquil ebb and flow of a traditional Buddhist retreat and be supported in your journey with like-minded people. The retreat ends with a beautiful symbolic light offering ceremony, a sublime


memory to carry forward into the New Year. This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners alike, but a basic understanding of karma will greatly benefit your time here. All welcome!

Tuesday 26th December, 6.30 pm – Sunday 31st, 9.00 am. Facility fee $275 Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.

Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Venerable Chokyi lives at Vajrayana Institute where she has been studying the Basic Program with Geshe Samten for the past ten years. Venerable Chokyi is Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute where she has been leading meditation and teaching foundation Buddhist studies, such as Discovering Buddhism, for some years. Venerable Chokyi has been the Director of Liberation Prison Project since 2010. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.book now




Path to Peace: Annual Lam Rim Retreat with Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim and Ven Chokyi

Our annual lam-rim retreat has been running at Chenrezig Institute since 1974 and benefited many thousands of people looking to understand and integrate the teachings of the Buddha into their everyday life.

This year our Lam Rim will be divided into two phases of teaching. In the first phase Geshela will teach extensively on the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha’s first and most essential teaching. These fundamental teachings are a perfect place to start for new students and an important place to return to for more experienced ones.

In the second phase of teachings Geshela will teach from a rare Lam Rim Commentary “The Blissful Path to Omniscience, the Red Guide to the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” composed by Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen and recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These inspiring teachings will challenge more experienced students to assess how they are applying the teachings in their lives.

Complimenting these teachings will be a program of yoga, meditation, discussion and sacred art experience. You’ll experience daily life in our thriving Buddhist community, and discover the relevance and freshness of traditional Buddhist teachings to your own life. The lam-rim has been greatly appreciated

many thousands of people as an excellent means for clarifying their direction in life, no matter their religion or philosophy. Join us at the start of the New Year for this wonderful retreat, and discover ways to transform your own life. All welcome!

Tuesday 2 January 6:30 pm – Sunday 14 January, 1.30 pm. Facility fee $500.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.

Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community. Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.book now




 The Perfection of Meditation: Teachings from The Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Thubten Sherab

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since.

Santideva presents methods to harmonize one’s life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires the reader to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva–generosity, ethics, patience, joyus effort, meditative concentration and wisdom.

Special Guest Geshe Sherab returns once again to inspire us with teachings and insight to motivate our meditation practice and help us find solutions to obstacles and challenges. This retreat is an incredible opportunity to learn direct from a master fluent in English.

Friday 26 Jan 9.00 am to Sunday 28 Jan 4.00 pm. book now
Facility Fee $200.


Accommodation and meals available separately. Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation.

Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967 and entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine. After ten years of study, he went to Sera Je Monastery, eventually graduating as a Geshe. He continued on to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks.

From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He also taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos.

After returning to Nepal for his own practices in 2003, he was later appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery (2006 – 2010) and served as acting Abbot in 2011. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers around the world, including USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, USA.


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. No charge and no need to book.

Meditation & Discussion with Lindsay Pratt 

Every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm

Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore.

Meditation with Peter Shepherd

Every Friday 6pm – 7pm

124 Bulcock Street, Caloundra at Ramsdale’s Tang Soo Tao)

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classes