Lama Tsongkhapa Day

Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a Tibetan Buddhist master whose studies and meditations in all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism resulted in the founding of the Gelugpa lineage. It is traditionally celebrated with beautiful light offerings symbolising the light of wisdom dispelling the darkness of  ignorance.  Ignorance here means being unaware of our true inherent Buddha nature.  Light is offered to the eyes of all the Enlightened ones who see with pristine clarity.

To make the most of this precious opportunity we have scheduled a Holy Objects Workshop, marathon sutra reading and we’ll be making 1000 offerings – including extensive light offerings. We’d love to have you join us for this very special day.

We will finish the day together with a beautiful Guru Puja and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga.  Donations of fairy lights for the day’s celebration are very welcome.

Tuesday 12th Dec – Everyone Welcome! Please see our website for the exact times of events. All activities today are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp. Please book your lunch by 10am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious  for you.

Lama Zopa offers lunch to anyone who works with holy objects today.

Today’s schedule:

Working with Holy Objects 10 am to 3 pm in the Art Studio

Making Extensive Offerings including Light Offerings 10 am to 3 pm in the Gompa

Sutra Reading 10 am to 3 pm in the Gompa

Guru Puja 6:30 pm in the Gompa with extensive offerings.


For Tibet with Love: Dinner and Concert with Tenzin Choegyal and special guests

Each year the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize shifts the worlds attention, to the ongoing need to work consciously to create peace in the world. It’s a time to celebrate the powerful impact of peacemakers in our world. In 1989 this award gained special significance for the Tibetan people and Buddhists around the world as it was awarded to the 14th Dalai Lama.

We invite you to join Tenzin Choegyal for a unique and joyful celebration in recognition of peacemakers around the world. Tenzin is an internationally recognised musician, well known for his unique voice that has been described as powerfully evocative, healing and transcendent. His compositions uniquely express his cultural lineage and the contemporary challenges faced by his people. He is joined by world class musicians Richard Grantham, Marcello Milani and Shen Fendell for an evening not to be missed.

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and be inspired by this beautiful and resilient culture as they celebrate with music and dance keeping dreams of peace and freedom alive.


Saturday 16th December from 6 pm in the Big Love Cafe and Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now

Facility Fee $45 per person with children under 10 free.


Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador. Born to a family of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin Choegyal was forced into exile in India as his family fled the repression in Tibet. As a child, Tenzin would listen to his mother singing in the nomadic style and he attributes much of his passion for that genre to her early influence. Tenzin channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. Over the years, Tenzin has a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as WOMAD as well as several Concerts for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall, New York. In addition to his much loved solo performances of soaring vocals and circling rhythms, Tenzin is an avid collaborator with musicians from diverse cultures,traditions and genres. From classical western (with chamber orchestra Camerata of St John’s), contemporary (with Philip Glass) to ancient traditional (with didgeridoo master William Barton), Tenzin embraces opportunities to take his music to uncharted territory both in the studio and on stage.

Tenzin has six independent album releases and recently collaborated with Philip Glass on the breathtaking score for the film ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’. With Laurie Anderson, Tenzin is now working on an interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead which is due for release by the Smithsonian Institution in the coming months. In 2008 Tenzin founded the annual Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia, which showcases Tibetan culture through music, film, art and discussion. He was musical director for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2011 and 2013 and is artistic director of the Brisbane Himalayan Film Festival. In 2015, in his role as ambassador for the Australian Himalayan Foundation, Tenzin travelled to the border of Tibet on the Nepalese side, the closest he has ever come to his ancestral homeland.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Grantham is a jack of all musical trades whose compositional and performing experience stretches from orchestras to bands to solo improvisation, encompassing an exceptionally broad range of classical, folk, popular, cabaret and experimental styles. He has created music for festivals, films, theatre, spoken word, and burlesque, as well as for the concert hall. His solo improvising act The Viola Cloning Project uses a loop recorder and other effects pedals to turn his customised five-string carbon-fibre viola into a one-man string and percussion orchestra, and has performed all around Australia.

Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.

Marcello Milani is a singer, songwriter & guitarist. Marcello has performed at many festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Livid Festival, Big Day Out & the National Folk Festival to name just a few. He is best known to many as the voice of Brisbane icons, The Toothfaeries. Arguably one of the most acclaimed and popular bands in the city’s recent history, The Toothfaeries, with Marcello out front, not only helped inspire the growth of Brisbane’s booming music scene, they influenced a small army of artists who have emerged in their wake.


16 Guidelines Level 2 Training with Wendy Ridley

from the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom.

Chenrezig Institute is pleased to present Level 2 training for the 16 Guidelines program. This is a rare opportunity for students who have already studied level one to access this training that has not been offered in Australia since 2010.

Level 2 will  enable participants  to explore and reflect more deeply on the 16 Guidelines and Four Wisdom Themes.  This workshop  also provides participants with  knowledge, familiarity and experience with a range of tools and methodologies for sharing the 16 Guidelines with others. Connect with  a network of like-minded people who can act as a source of advice and support.  If you have come to appreciate the 16 Guidelines and their capacity to shift old habits and attitudes, and to open up new possibilities for your relationships and engagement in the community, this is your next step.

Level 2 is open to anyone aged 16 and upwards who has attended the 16 Guidelines level one workshop – run at Chenrezig Institute as How to be Happy. If someone does want to follow the 16 Guidelines Training Pathway to become an accredited 16 Guidelines facilitator then there needs to be 6 months integration between Level 1 & Level 2. Ideally potential facilitators will have done a Building on the Basics or equivalent such as prior learning, integration & use of 16 Guidelines in family or community settings.

Wednesday 17 Jan 9.00 am to Thursday 18 Jan 5.00 now

Facility Fee $108. In the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Ordained FPMT Sangha are invited to this training at no cost. Due to the logistics associated with this course there are a minimum of participants required.  Please book as soon as possible to ensure this training can go ahead.

Having met Lama Yeshe in 1977 Wendy was inspired by his vision of Universal Education (UE). Wendy has over 30 years experience working in education – as a teacher, university lecturer, education department advisor and consultant specialising in religious education, philosophical enquiry and diversity issues. This has provided her with skills and passion to develop, deliver and oversee training programmes. Wendy has been involved in the development of FDCW as a Board member since 2004. As a Senior 16G Facilitator she thrives on running 16G workshops and editing UE materials. Wendy has worked in 5 very different FPMT centres and was the director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds for over 7 years.


Realizing the Nature of the Mind: Mahamudra Retreat with Glen Svensson

In the words of Panchen Losang Chogyi Gyeltsen:

“May all migrators quickly gain victory over the two obscurations by means of this path, as there is no other second gateway to the state of peace.”

During this weekend retreat we will be investigating the Gelug tradition of mahamudra using the Panchen Lama’s text A Root Text for the Precious Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra.

The main practices covered will be how to develop single-pointed concentration through focussing on the mind (shamatha) and how to gain insight into the ultimate nature of the mind (vipashyana). This retreat will also highlight the preliminary practices which act as a foundation for mahamudra practice along with a brief discussion of the tantra or vajrayana level of practice.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in the practice.

book now

Friday 19th January 6.30pm – Sunday 21st January, 4.00pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108.

Originally from Australia, Glen Svensson has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute  Pomaia, Italy) in 2004. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and stressing the integration ​of philosophical ​view, meditation and daily life conduct.


 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.