Discovering Buddhism

Next Discovering Buddhism session:

Refuge in the Three Jewels (Retreat)

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Date & Time: 9:00am Saturday 11th June – 3:30pm Sunday 12th June, 2016
Venue: The Gompa, Chenrezig Institute
Facility Fee: $150.00


Taking refuge is the entrance to the Buddhist path, and a profound way of enhancing our spiritual practice.

In this retreat, we reflect on the teachings and instruction from the Refuge module of the Discovering Buddhism programme. It continues the exploration of the lam-rim, the graduated path to enlightenment, and provides an opportunity to meditate on some of the key points.

The retreat also provides a chance to ask questions about the teachings and participate in group discussions. It is an excellent opportunity to clear away any doubts you may have, or for those studying at home to enjoy group practice and meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend even if you didn’t attend the teaching weekend.



Venerable Namgyel has been been studying Tibetan Buddhism for more than 29 years with such masters as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and Geshe Sonam Rinchen, and is an accredited teacher with the FPMT. He has completed four years of lam-rim retreats as well as many other tantric retreats. His main teachers are His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Ven. Namgyel has taught at various Buddhist centers around the world and is an integral part of The Song River Dharma Ashram in India. He had the honour of being the attendant and tutor to Osel in 1990.

The Discovering Buddhism Course:

Discovering Buddhism is an intermediate-level programme in Buddhist philosophy and practice, with the aim to give you a solid foundation in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism.

By engaging in this programme, you will gain an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings, meditation & retreat experience, and the skills you need to make your life most meaningful.


Discovering Buddhism is designed not only as an academic study of Buddhism, but is intended to change your life. The DB Program is currently being offered in many FPMT centers around the world, including Chenrezig Institute. It can also be completed in your own home as a correspondence course.
Detailed information: FPMT Discovering Buddhism.

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Assembled under the guidance and advice of FPMT’s Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Discovering Buddhism consists of 14 modules covering all the major topics of Buddhism. Each module involves listening to teachings, reading related texts and doing short meditation retreats. A completion certificate is offered to those who complete all units.


Chenrezig Institute offers a component of the DB programme each month – one month being the teaching weekend, and the following month the two day retreat for that module. Please see our current programme for more information and to book. Please note: The modules do have a suggested order, but they are not required to be completed in this particular order – you are welcome to join the programme at any time!


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  • 1. Mind and Its Potential
  • 2. How to Meditate
  • 3. Presenting the Path
  • 4. Death and Rebirth
  • 5. All About Karma
  • 6. The Spiritual Teacher
  • 7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
  • 8. Establishing a Daily Practice
  • 9. Samsara and Nirvana
  • 10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
  • 11. Transforming Problems
  • 12. Wisdom of Emptiness
  • 13. Introduction to Tantra
  • 14. Special Integration Experiences


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DB Study Material

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