Each week Chenrezig Institute offers a range of teachings, meditations, discussion groups and offering practices for everyone.
These sessions are by donation and no booking is required.
For more information on the topics, date, time and location of our weekly classes please see the calendar.
Morning and Evening Dharma Practice with Chenrezig Sangha Community
Visitors and community members are welcome to join the Sangha community as they complete morning and evening Dharma practice together. Based on the advice of our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our community is now holding daily practice sessions.
These sessions are an opportunity for us to practice alongside the Sangha, recognising the combined effort of all to create a flourishing Dharma community.
Our practice together also reminds us that it is in dependence upon all sentient beings, particularly those whom we come into contact with everyday, that we develop the perfections, in particular generosity and patience. We can all thank each other for these precious opportunities to continue to grow and open our hearts and minds.
In the morning sessions from 7:30am we complete practices for:
- Blessing our speech to create positive karma
- Purifying negative karma (prostrations to the 35 Buddhas)
- Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers and reviewing the stages of the path (Guru Puja)
In the evening sessions from 6:00pm we complete practices for:
- Strengthening our connection to our spiritual teachers (Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga)
- Purifying negative karma (Vajrasattva Practice)
- Protecting from harm and clearing obstacles to practice (Protector Prayers)
These sessions include both English and chanting of mantras in Tibetan and Sanskrit and typically take one hour.
Teachings with Geshe Tsultrim
Geshe Tsultrim returns from India to continue sharing two important Buddhist texts for our ongoing students. Both of these teachings are offered to our community by donation.
On Thursday evenings Geshela is teaching Lorig or Mind and Cognition. This is a perfect class for those who have already have some previous understanding of Buddhist concepts and want a deeper understanding of Buddhist Psychology. Geshela invites students questions and there are friendly group discussions and debate.
On Friday mornings Geshela is teaching from Aryadeva’s 400 Verses. This is an excellent place to get to know Geshe-la’s warm and encouraging teaching style and become familiar with this very helpful text. Everyone is welcome.
Mind and Cognition (Lorig)
Understand the Buddhist view of the mind and discover how Buddhism explains the connection between thought and reality. This is an introduction to Buddhist psychology and includes an exploration of positive and negative emotions, and cognitive states. Suitable for students with some previous experience.
Thursdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. By donation.
Four Hundred Verses by Aryadeva
Aryadeva shares a series of memorable stories and anecdotes that illustrate how our own misconceptions and misunderstandings can prevent us from moving forward on the yogic path. Suitable for everyone.
Fridays, 10:30am to 12 noon. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. By donation.
Morning Meditation with CI Sangha
Join one of our experienced Sangha members as they lead you through a reflective meditation. This is a perfect way to try out Buddhist meditation and experience how a short, peaceful experience can invite more peace into your everyday life. Suitable for everyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike join us for this perfect after lunch experience. Please check our calendar as retreats and teachings may affect these sessions.
Fridays, 1:15pm to 1:45pm. By donation in the Gompa.
Taste of Tibetan Buddhism with CI Sangha
This introductory course covers topics such as mind and its potential, how to meditate, establishing a daily practice, karma, and transforming problems. A new topic is explored each week, making it an excellent opportunity to get an overview of core Buddhist teachings in the Tibetan tradition. You are also welcome to drop in and attend on a casual basis.
Thursdays 1:15pm to 2:30pm. By donation. In the Tara room under the Gompa.