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.
Animal Blessing and Liberation with Chenrezig Institute
Do you want to give your animal friend the best possible opportunities in this life and beyond?
Join us for a day of animal blessing activities with the Chenrezig Sangha. This special day celebrates each of our animal friends’ true nature and their ability to become a Buddha.
On the prayer wheel lawn we’ll be creating blessing cords for each animal and introducing them to Geshela. We’ll walk around the prayer wheel while listening to mantras and offering blessed water to the animals. It’s an animal puja!
After the blessings make your way to the Big Love Café for a delicious Vegetarian feast created by our amazing volunteers. This is an amazing opportunity to taste some new and exciting dishes and we’ll have plenty of cake and chai available too.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll be heading down to bless the ocean and all the sentient beings who live in it with water given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Why not join us at the end of Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba to enjoy the afternoon together.
Saturday 29 September
Animal Blessing Sessions:
10:00 am – 11:00 am cat and small animal session
11:00 am -12:00 pm dogs and larger animals
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Ocean blessing at Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba
Lunch is $12.50 per person and bookings can be made via our website or reception. Please book your lunch before 10:00 am on the day so we know you’re coming.
The 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Members Puja and Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday Celebration
The 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Institute provides vital funds to support the growth and flourishing of the Buddhas teachings in Australia and beyond. Through their generosity they provide a stable basis for Chenrezig Institute to deliver its programs, maintain its facilities and care for our precious teachers and sangha.
“However many members a centre has, that many people are making this incredible contribution to the world” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
On Sunday 7th October we’ll be honouring the 1000 Arms of Chenrezig Institute with a special Guru Puja dedicated to their long and happy lives. Members are invited to join us and share this special event and make their own personal dedications.
Following the Puja there will be a special lunch to celebrate Geshe Tsultrim’s Birthday. Although like many Tibetans Geshela doesn’t traditionally celebrate his birthday, this is a precious opportunity for students to create a connection with Geshela by sharing our Australian custom. Please come along and help
us create the karma for a long and beneficial relationship with Geshela. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet this is a wonderful opportunity.
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
All 1000 Arms members are very welcome.
Birthday Lunch is available in the café from 12 noon for $12.50 per person.
Please book by 10.00am and let us know if you’ll need a dairy free or gluten free lunch.
Buddha Day: Lhabab Duchen
Lhabab Düchen, also known as Buddha’s Descent from Tushita, is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results of actions on this day are multiplied one hundred million times. This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations & Logic.
To make the most of this opportunity we have scheduled a range of auspicious activities such creating Holy Objects Workshop, making extensive light offerings and of course Geshela’s teachings. We will finish the day together with a beautiful Shakyamuni Buddha Puja. Please see our website for the exact times of events.
Between 10:00am and 3:00pm get hands on making stupas at our Holy Object Workshop on the Prayer Wheel Lawn. Lama Zopa offers lunch to anyone who works with holy objects today so this is a great opportunity to learn how to make these traditional ornaments.
From 5:00pm we’ll begin making light offerings and preparing the Gompa for Shakyamuni Buddha Puja. Donations of fairy lights, tea light candles or fruit for the day’s celebration are very welcome.
Wednesday 31st October – Everyone Welcome!
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 10:00am 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.
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 in our temple (Gompa).
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 before heading back to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s talk “What do Buddhists believe?” at 1:30 pm.
Sunday 4th November 9:00am onwards
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 and let us know if you’ll need a gluten or dairy free meal so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
Lama Tsong Khapa 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 refers to our own misunderstanding – seeing ourselves as ordinary rather than connecting with our inherent incredible potential to each become a Buddha. Light is offered to the eyes of all who see with pristine clarity and to awaken us to our true nature.
To make the most of this precious opportunity we have scheduled a Holy Objects Workshop, and we’ll be making extensive light offerings. We will finish the day together with a beautiful Guru Puja and sharing of tsog offerings. We’d love to have you join us for this very special day.
Between 9:00 am and 10:00am younger family members will enjoy the fun activities in our Kind Kids Program in our temple (Gompa).
Between 10:00 am and 3:00pm get hands on making stupas at our Holy Object Workshop on the Prayer Wheel Lawn. Lama Zopa offers lunch to anyone who works with holy objects today so this is a great opportunity to learn how to make these traditional ornaments.
From 5:00pm we’ll begin making light offerings and preparing the Gompa for a Guru Puja with Tsog Offering. Donations of fairy lights, tea light candles or fruit for the day’s celebration are very welcome.
Sunday 2nd December 9:00 am onwards
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 10:00 am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.
Release and Renew: Vajrasattva Retreat with Ven. Chokyi
Complete your year with the powerful act of releasing all that has gone before and start the New Year with a renewed sense of calm, feeling inspired and motivated. In Buddhist purification, we can let go of the past with mindfulness and perception, and open up to the brightness and potential of the present moment. In this state of openness, we resolve to make beneficial changes in our lives which help increase our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Our week-long Purification retreat has been described as life-changing by previous participants. With time for deep reflection in beautiful surroundings, we begin to see how our thoughts, speech and actions have influenced the course of the year; we start to notice how our relationships have been impacted by our own responses to life.
Through the gentle but powerful and stabilising practices of meditation, Buddhist mantra recitation and visualisation we are encouraged to loosen our hold on the past, release our anxieties and regrets, and let go of our pain and heartache. Through the beautiful and profound act of purification, we refresh ourselves with strong, positive mental habits, replacing negativities and worries with potent, aspirational resolutions for the future. This transformative process clears the way for us to fully embrace a more relaxed, peaceful, and happy approach to life.
Come along and join us for this period of surrender, quiet reflection and positive transformation. You will enjoy the tranquil ebb and flow of a traditional Buddhist retreat and be supported in your journey with like-minded people. The retreat ends with a beautiful symbolic light offering ceremony, a sublime memory to carry forward into the New Year. This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners alike, but a basic understanding of karma will greatly benefit your time here. All welcome!
Wednesday 26th December, 6.30pm to Monday 31st, 9.00am,
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained in 2006. She is a resident teacher at Chenrezig Institute where she has been leading meditation and retreats for many years.
Path to Peace: Annual Lam Rim Meditation Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven. Chokyi
Our annual lam-rim retreat has been running at Chenrezig Institute since 1974 and benefited many thousands of people looking to understand and integrate the teachings of the Buddha into their everyday life.
Our Path to Peace retreat is an amazing opportunity to gain a complete overview of the Buddhist path and fully immerse yourself in practice. Our resident Tibetan Teacher Geshe Tsultrim will take you step-by-step through Buddhist principles and psychology; you will investigate ways of subduing the mind and explore methods of cultivating wisdom and compassion, the two goals of the path to enlightenment. This fascinating retreat encompasses guided meditation, discussion groups, and explanations of the Buddhist world-view and psychology.
This year’s course will combine teachings from Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer ‘The Foundation of All Good Qualities’ with a strong emphasis on meditative practices to increase our ability to be of benefit to others. We will dedicate time to the uplifting practices of the Four Immeasurables (Equanimity, Loving Kindness, Compassion, and Joy) and Tong Len (Giving and Receiving meditation). There will be a strong practice orientation with daily prayers and pujas.
You will be able to experience daily life in our thriving Buddhist community and discover the relevance and freshness of traditional Buddhist teachings to your own life. The lam-rim has been greatly appreciated by many thousands of people as an excellent means for clarifying their direction in life, no matter their religion or philosophy.
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $350
10% Discount for 1000 Arms of Chenrezig members.
Accommodation and meal packages are available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
There will be a Refuge ceremony at the conclusion of this retreat for students wanting to take the formal step of becoming a Buddhist.
Realising 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 long 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.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.
Cultivating Emotional Balance with Corey Jackson
Want to feel more confident and in control of your emotions? Exhausted by mood swings and looking for more emotional stability? If you would like to take control of your own wellbeing, build your best relationships or overcome imbalances such as anger, anxiety or depression, then this course is for you.
Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) training blends ancient techniques for developing mindfulness, empathy and compassion with ground breaking scientific understanding of emotions. The course has been clinically proven to reduce people’s destructive emotional episodes, improve professional and personal relationships and develop resilience in the face of adversity.
Blending theory and practice, CEB gives a genuine experience of ancient techniques made relevant to a modern lifestyle and world view. This unique program is the brainchild of Dr. Paul Ekman, a world renowned psychologist within the field of emotions and Dr Alan Wallace, a highly respected meditation teacher and scholar of contemplative traditions.
The course continues: 16 – 17 Feb and 2 – 3 March for those who have attended the introductory weekend (making a total of six sessions to complete the training). Facility fee $150 for the introductory weekend, $420 for the whole course.
Meals and Accommodation are available separately.