Special Events and Special Guests at Chenrezig Institute

Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat

Within Tibetan Buddhism, there is an emphasis on creating a connection with a spiritual friend or teacher who will be able to support and nurture your personal development. The ultimate Life to Life Coach!

When choosing this teacher, students are advised by the Buddha to look carefully for specific qualities and not to make a commitment until they are completely sure. Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a particularly powerful practice for creating the karma to meet a qualified spiritual teacher. It removes obstacles for creating this important connection and increases the blessings that come from this mentoring relationship. The retreat will conclude with a powerful offering ceremony.

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will attend the retreat, assisting and inspiring us with a transmission of the recitation as well as sharing motivations, teachings, visualisations and other tips to help us understand and benefit from this practice. This retreat is ideal for students who have taken refuge with Geshela.


Retreat Leader will be experienced teacher, Ven Yonten. Known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style Ven. Yonten regularly teaches at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel.


Thursday 29th March, 6.30 pm –  Monday 2nd April, 4.30 pm.book now

Facility fee $200 

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.

Welcome Day – Sunday 6th May

Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore what Chenrezig Institute has to offer. Bring the whole family for a relaxing day out! Start the day by heading to reception where our friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer any questions you have about the day’s program.

Between 9:00am and 10:00am younger family members will enjoy the fun activities in our Kind Kids program. Alternatively, allow yourself to unwind and relax as you wander to the Garden of Enlightenment to see the building that drew His Holiness the Dalai Lama here in 2011.

Between 10:30am and 11:30am one of Chenrezig Institute’s resident nuns will welcome you to our temple (Gompa) and after a short introduction share a peaceful guided meditation.

Wander down past the Bodhi tree and browse in our Buddhist book and gift shop before joining us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café. Relax in the sun on the prayer wheel lawn with relaxing music and a cool drink before heading back to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s introductory talk “What is Buddhism?” at 2:00pm.

Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our art studio for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.

All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp. Please book your lunch by 10:00am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.

Chenrezig Institute Pilgrimage to Japan

Walking the ancient pilgrimage trail of Kumano Kudo, temple stay at Mt Koya, visits to Nara and Kyoto
with Venerable Kartson

11 days, 10 nights 12-22 October 2018

Tour Route: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto – Takahara – Tsugizakura-oji – Kumano – Yunomine Onsen

This Pilgrimage to Japan will be lead by Ven Kartson (Yaki Platt) and Ekno’s Sharon Thrupp. Starting in Brisbane we’ll travel to Osaka (you may choose to make your own way to Osaka), followed by a visit to Nara (the first permanent capital of Japan). It’s full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples.

Next is Mt Koya which is home to an active monastic center founded twelve centuries ago and has its headquarters of Shingon Buddhism.   Situated on a small plain at the top of Mount Koya the Monastery is a complex of temples, halls, and pagodas.  Surrounded by a thick forest of massive cedars, it is a place for reflection and contemplation.  There is also a women’s pilgrimage circuit which you may wish to complete during your stay.

On we travel to historical Kyoto, full of shrines and temples, followed by walking the ancient pilgrimage trail of Kumano Kodo at the most stunning time of year with autumn leaves in full colour. Our walk is very flexible with shortcut options. Without the short-cuts, we will walk 54km over four days, but with two guides with the group whichever option you choose you will not be alone. The walk can be strenuous at times, but you will have the luxury of only carrying a day-pack each day.

This pilgrimage raises funds for Chenrezig Institute. To find out more contact Sharon tour@eknotravels.com.au  or visit www.eknotravels.com

Pilgrimage Information Session

 UNESCO includes only two pilgrimage routes in its World Heritage list. One is the famous Camino de Santiago through Spain. The other is the Kumano Kodo, a journey through a thousand years of Buddhist history on Japan’s beautiful Kii Peninsula that connects these iconic sites.

 Join your tour leaders Ven Kartson and Sharon Thrupp to find out more about this unique adventure and why this pilgrimage is a precious opportunity for Buddhists and those seeking spiritual experience  An essential afternoon for anyone considering this amazing and transformational travel.

Sunday 15 April 2018 1.00pm to 2.00pm at Chenrezig Institute. All Welcome.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to Chenrezig Institute

Chenrezig Institute is delighted to announce the visit of our Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in June 2018.

When planning for the visit Rinpoche takes many factors into account and as such we are still waiting on final details of the visit to be revealed. We can confirm that Rinpoche will be teaching The Wheel of Sharp Weapons on Saturday 2 June 2018 and giving a Ksitigarbha Initiation on Sunday 3 June 2018.

As more details come to light we will be updating this page with the latest information. We recommend checking it regularly and will use our mailing list to alert participants of changes.

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Please be prepared that the teachings and initiation are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instructionAt this stage, we are releasing tickets for the 3-day Packages only. (Tickets for single events will be released in the near future)

Package details, costs and booking options are listed below (scroll down the page and all the details will be revealed!). Package types include:

3-day Package with accommodation and all meals
3-day Package day-trippers with meals
1-day Package teaching program with meals (either Saturday or Sunday)

Rinpoche’s Teaching Program


The Wheel of Sharp Weapons 


The ‘Wheel of Sharp Weapons’ written by Dhamaraksita is a detailed source for how the laws of karma play out in our lives. It reveals the interactions between cause and effect. A poetic presentation, the “wheel of sharp weapons” is visualized something like a boomerang. The negative karma we propel outward into the world returns to us with cutting effect.  Our suffering experience, Dharmaaksita explains is not a punishment, merely a  karmic result we created ourselves. Armed with this knowledge of karma and result we can change our thoughts and actions so that what returns to us in the future is genuine and lasting happiness and fulfillment.

Please be prepared that the teachings are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice.

Ksitigarbha Initiation 


When environmental destruction, natural disasters and the devastation of war and disharmony pervade, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha shines the light of hope.

As an archetypal Great Being, Ksitigarbha personifies the renunciation, courage, and perseverance of the mind that has awakened. In the dynamic process of personal cultivation, Ksitigarbha represents the complementary functions of equanimity and steadfastness. With boundless nurturing and healing powers, Ksitigarha personifies the earth itself. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche will offer this profound initiation for students wishing to engage with this powerful practice for the benefit of all beings. By learning how to visualize and meditate on Ksitigarbha, we are able to develop these qualities within ourselves and extend them outwardly to others.

This practice is especially beneficial for those who have heavy problems, serious health problems, big projects, or financial difficulties. I suggest it is extremely powerful to recite every day for protection.” Lama Zopa Rinpoche

On this special day, our precious Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, will be giving the Ksitigarbha Initiation or Jenang. This is an empowerment to carry out the practices associated with Ksitigarbha. The benefits of this practice are immeasurable as it encompasses all the aspects of the spiritual path to enlightenment. Through this practice, we can purify the destructive habits of our minds and nurture our positive emotions and thoughts.  This is a wonderful initiation that only requires gentle commitments.* It is a rare opportunity to receive a tantric empowerment and blessing from an outstanding spiritual master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

*Students must be prepared to take refuge and the bodhisattva entering vows. Please note that you cannot take this initiation if you are a Shugden practitioner.

Please be prepared that the teachings are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice.


Booking Your Package

Please be prepared that the teachings and initiation are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instruction. At this stage, we are releasing tickets for 3-day Full Packages only. Tickets for single events will be released in the near future.

Further information about parking, disability access and logistics will be emailed to ticket holders closer to the event once all details are confirmed. If you are having any difficulties with your bookings please email us at info@chenrezig.com.au so we can assist you

 Please follow this link for packages.