Special Events and Special Guests at Chenrezig Institute
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.
Welcome Day – 5th August
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 into 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 the Buddha Said” at 2:00pm.
Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our Art Studio in the afternoon 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.
Cittamani Tara and Twenty One Taras: An Inspirational Art Retreat with Andy Weber
Join International artist Andy Weber as he shares the most popular prayer of Tibetan Buddhists, bringing the Buddha in female form to invoke blessings.
Each Tara has the power to overcome specific obstacles and hindrances, be they personal like wanting children or starting a successful business venture. Or more collectively to overcome plagues, famine, to overt disputes and war.
Advanced students will be able to focus on painting all Twenty One Taras while beginners may concentrate on “ Norterma”, the golden yellow Tara who eliminates poverty.
Meditation, mantras and daily recitation of the ‘Praises to Twenty One Taras’ will make this course a unique and deeply rich experience. Hands-on-tuition will be given for drawing and painting techniques. And we will make colour charts with modern paints to simplify the painting process.
The end result is not as important as the path of getting there. Genuine perseverance and devotion to the subject are the important qualities students should bring along.
Friday 14th Sept 6:30 pm – Wednesday 19th Sept 12:00 pm,
held in the Art Studio at Chenrezig Institute.
Fri 14th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Introductory Session
Sat 15th Short Film on the Art Work for Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche (open to guests)
Facility fee $200 for the weekend (until Sunday 16th Sept 5:00 pm)
$300 for the entire retreat
Food, accommodation and art materials are available separately.
After the course: Our Art Studio team will be on hand throughout the course to make sure you have everything you need. At the conclusion of the course you’ll be welcome to join other artists who regularly use the space to complete your painting, or join in with regular workshops on drawing, mantra rolling, stupa making, tsa tsa painting.