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.
Karma: How we create our own Reality with Ven. Robina Courtin
We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from “out there”. Even more fundamentally, we assume that we are the handiwork of someone else; that we’re innocent victims who didn’t ask to get born and that there’s no logic for why things happen. The experiential implications of this are fear, blame, anger, and guilt, bringing ever-deepening levels of suffering and hopelessness.
Buddha’s view of reality is that we come into this life at the first moment of conception in our mother’s womb fully programmed with our own tendencies and the seeds of our experiences in this life. As the Dalai Lama says, the view of karma is one of “self-creation.” We are, literally, the creators of our lives, our happiness, and our suffering. We are the boss.
With this view, we realize that everything we experience is our own “karmic appearance”, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it. Everything is made by our own minds, in the past, and in the present. And because of this, there is no karma that we can’t change.
The experiential implication of this view is empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change and, combining it with an understanding of the Buddha’s model of the mind, we gradually loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for clarity, self-confidence, empathy and the other qualities that Buddha says are at the core of our being.
Friday 29th June 6:30 pm – Sunday 1st July 3.45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.
Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director ofWisdom Publications, editor of Mandala magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project and as an inspirational touring teacher. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha to Freedom.
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.