Special Events and Special Guests at Chenrezig Institute


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 painting Lama Tsong Khapa statues at the Art Studio. 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.

From 6:30pm Guru Puja and extensive light offerings.book now

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,

held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $275 

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.PP

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.

book nowWednesday 2nd January 6:30 pm to Sunday 13th January 12:00pm, 

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.

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At the age of 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 then spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma.

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.

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.

Friday 25th January 7.00pm – Monday 28th January 4.00pm,
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute
book now
Facility fee $150

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. 

Originally from Australia, Glen 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 Gateway to Understanding: Teachings on the Preliminary Practices with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Chenrezig Institute is delighted to announce that Geshe Tenzin Zopa will be offering teachings on the preliminary practices, with an emphasis on Vajrasattva practice.

The Preliminary Practices or “ngondros” performed within the Tibetan tradition are designed to accumulate merit and purify negativities in order to quickly generate realizations on the path. They are also done in preparation for tantric practice and longer retreats. Once a practitioner has gained some stability in their study of and training in the teachings of sutra, and once preliminary practices (ngondro) have been completed, one is ready to enter into tantra practice.

A practitioner wants to practice tantra because their compassion and bodhichitta aim are so deep and strong, they can’t bear the amount of time it takes to reach enlightenment through the sutra methods alone. Tantra is the method for putting all of the sutra practices together in an extremely efficient, holistic manner. Geshe Tenzin Zopa continues to deepen our understanding of tantra, and how and why we can utilise the tantric path to truly benefit ourselves and all suffering beings quickly.

Students studying Discovering Buddhism and the Tantra modules of our Advanced Study program are well placed to benefit from these precious teachings that will support their future study and practice. Newer students will be inspired by the efforts of these dedicated practitioners and encouraged by what they can achieve with dedication and practice.

This is a rare and precious opportunity to have these teachings in English from a teacher well known for his clarity and ability to connect.book now

Teachings on the Preliminary Practices
Wednesday 6 February 6:30 pm to Thursday 7 February 3:30 pm 
Facility Fee $75
Meals and Accommodation are available separately.