The Beautiful Mandala of Tara: A Workshop with renowned Thangka artist Andy Weber

This year Chenrezig Institute welcomes Andy Weber to share with us the beauty of Tara’s mandalas. We hope that you will join us  for an inspirational art retreat in the welcoming and conducive environment at Chenrezig Institute.

What Andy says about the Tara Mandala (Tib: Droljang khyil.khor): 
Born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the buddha of compassion, Tara grants protection and relief from suffering.  According to the myth, Green Tara appeared to the right of Avalokitesvara as the principle of active compassion that overcomes obstacles. White Tara, whose devotional practices overcomes illness and extends one’s life span, sat to his left side. Called the “ mother of all buddhas, she promises assistance when called upon. The three outer rings (fire, vajras, petals) of her mandala protect the inner sanctuary, her palace and the practitioner. Viewing the mandala is regarded as a blessing.

About the course:
Andy will support you through the process of drawing the Mandala by creating a peaceful and inspiring environment through mantras and prayers. He’ll provide hands-on-tuition to draw the mandala and share insight into painting techniques used to complete the works.
Students of all levels are welcome and you do not need to have artistic talent or previous experience to join in this beautiful experience.

Saturday 16 September 9. 00 am to Wednesday 20 September 5.00 pm, held in the Art Studio at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $200 for the Weekend or  $300 for the entire retreat.  Please note that food and accommodation are available separately.

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Garrey, Krissie and Carolyn, our Art Studio team will be on hand throughout the course to make sure you have everything you need. At the conclusion to the course you’ll be welcome to join other artists who regularly use the space to complete your mandala or join in with regular workshops on drawing, mantra rolling, stupa making, tsa tsa painting and sutra writing.




 Refuge in the Three Jewels: Becoming a Buddhist with Geshe Tsultrim

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to inner freedom, but it is not something new. We have been taking refuge all our lives: some in money, some in drugs; most of us in a relationship. These may offer temporary relief but, in sober truth, seeking refuge in physical possessions and transient pleasures merely deepens our confusion rather than ending it.
Buddhist refuge is a process of turning inward which begins with our discovery of our own unlimited potential. This generates tremendous energy for the development of our own wisdom. Perhaps the word ‘Buddha’ conjures up a remote and oriental image. But ‘Buddha’ is just a word, and it means totally opened mind, an ‘opened lotus.’ When we realise our human potential and arrive at this total openness of mind, we become Buddhas. Lama Thubten Yeshe, 1978

Join Geshe Tsultrim as he explains what it means to be a Buddhist and how to start the process of turning inwards by taking refuge in our own Buddha nature; the Dharma teachings; and our community, the sangha.

A Refuge Ceremony will be conducted for those who have attended this preparatory course and are ready to make this meaningful commitment to enter the Buddhist Path, identifying Geshela as one of their teachers. If this is the first time you have taken Refuge please register via our website so that we can prepare the necessary materials for your Refuge Ceremony.

Saturday 23 September 9.00 am to Sunday 24 September 3.30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
This course is freely offered* by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register via

*Meals and accommodation are available separately and all participants must register.

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our now



Never Give Up: Meeting every Challenge with Joyous Effort with special guest Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Join our Special Guest Geshe Tenzin Zopa for a delicious three course community dinner followed by an inspirational talk on the topic of joyous effort. This evening promises to be highly motivational as we hear from Geshela about his own personal experiences of striving to meet and transform challenges.

Wednesday 18 October 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm held in the Big Love Café and Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $45

Awaken your True Self: The Gift of your own Buddha Nature with special guest Geshe Tenzin Zopa

This morning Geshe Tenzin Zopa shares his insight into the precious Buddha Nature to be found in each and every sentient being. Hear about how we can choose to identify and magnify this precious aspect of ourselves.

Thursday 19 October 10:30 to 12 noon, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $20

Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honoured Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Je Monastic University, South India having completed the 20 year monastic curriculum in just 17 years. He was ordained at the age of 9 by the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog, received novice ordination from Geshe Lundrup Sopa Rinpoche and full ordination from HH the 14th Dalai Lama. Under the direct tutelage of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog and the most eminent of Gurus including those from the great Sera Jey Monastic University, Geshe Tenzin Zopa possesses vast scriptural knowledge, extensive teaching experience, has successfully managed major projects, has completed many retreats including a 6 month Highest Yoga Tantra retreat with the late Geshe Lama Konchog and is highly skilled in rituals, astrological observations and religious dance.