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.
Weekly Wellbeing Program
The world never stops, but we need to.
Allow time in your life to rest and restore your energy. These programs are designed to nourish you in times of stress and care for yourself in a holistic way. Spend a few days in our lush surroundings, enjoying delicious healthy meals, appreciating the quiet and caring for your body and mind.
Combine our weekly yoga programs with meditation, delicious food and gentle teachings to experience true peace of mind.
Yoga Classes to make you Smile
As a Yoga Teacher, Erin Ashley is renowned for offering a “mindful movement” experience in her classes, supporting you to move beyond the physical and into a more conscious awakening of energy and wisdom. Feel nurtured and supported as you flow through gentle, well-rounded physical sequences with a focus on real-time experience, as you integrate the awake-mind back into the body and breath.
Erin’s classes are suitable for beginners to advanced students with all fitness levels and abilities with plenty of modifications on offer. Her classes will leave you feeling empowered and uplifted. Find out more www.erinashley.com.au
Thursdays and Fridays 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Wellbeing Centre. Facility Fee $12
Spend a peaceful afternoon exploring our library collection. Browse our wide range of inspiring titles sharing Buddhist wisdom and the practices of perfecting it. In addition, our library also includes psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and other religions. There are books for everyone, from the casual enquirer to the most advanced student. Chat with one of our amazing library volunteers to find just what you’re looking for. We’d love to help you find a book to fall in love with!
Open Wednesday to Sunday 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Anger, Patience and Forgiveness with Ven. Lhagsam
‘Ksanti’, which is translated as both ‘patience’ and ‘tolerance’, is the Buddhist art of being able to maintain a positive approach when things go wrong.
It gives us the opportunity to choose beneficial reactions that are not driven by our usual compulsive mental habits of anger and jealousy and helps us to move towards forgiveness. It is one of the most essential skills we can learn to help us lead a happier, drama-free life.
Everyone is welcome to join us for these heartfelt teachings
With experienced teacher Venerable Lhagsam. Come along to any or all sessions.
Thursdays in February 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Facility Fee $10 per session
Friday Guided Meditations
Invite more peace into your life with Buddhist meditation.
Each Friday you can slow down and join one of the Chenrezig Institute monks or nuns as they lead you through a gentle reflective meditation. If you’ve never meditated before this a great supportive environment to give it a try.
Get comfortable in a chair or on the floor and allow yourself to be fully relaxed and present in this beautiful space.
Suitable for everyone. Perfect for after lunch. We’d love to make you welcome.
Fridays, 1:15pm – 1:45pm,
held in the Gompa.
By donation- suggested $10.