Special Events and Special Guests at Chenrezig Institute

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 12:00 pm, 

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

Facility fee $150
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. 

book nowOriginally 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.

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.

book nowIntroductory weekend: Saturday 2 Feb 9:00am – Sunday 3 Feb 3:30pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

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.

Corey Jackson is completing a research masters on attention and emotion skills at Sunshine Coast University where he is also a sessional staff member. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University and also works as a Tibet-English translator of Buddhist practice and philosophy. As a leading trainer of the peer-reviewed Cultivating Emotional Balance, he regularly runs workshops for organisations and individuals around Australia and is passionate about using ancient understanding in a modern context.

Welcome Day
Sunday 3 February

Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore what Chenrezig Institute has to offer. Bring the whole family for a relaxing day out! Pick up a map from our friendly reception team and book your lunch before 10:30am to enjoy the day.

9:00am to 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.

Explore our Wellbeing village stalls and enjoy a taste of our Wellbeing program on the prayer wheel lawn.

10:00am to 10:30am Free yoga class with Erin Ashley

11:30am to 12:00pm Free Intro to Buteyko Breathing

1:00pm to 1:30pm Intro to Tai Chi

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.

Below the Gompa you’ll find our library and the beautiful Tara room. Here you’ll find wonderful bargains in our Buddhist Book SALE. If you still need more retail therapy, wander down past the Bodhi tree and browse in our Buddhist gift shop before joining us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café. Then head back to the temple for  a talk by one of our Sangha  “Having Hope in Turbulent Timesat 1:30pm.

Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our art studio for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.

Sunday 3rd February from 9:00am. All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp.

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.

Happy Losar: Tibetan Year of the Earth Pig

Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Traditionally, Tibetans mark Losar by joining together to acknowledge the passing of any negative karma in the previous year, and to set a strong positive motivation for the year ahead.  Traditionally Tibetans create auspiciousness at this time by changing their old prayer flags for new and making offerings to invite generosity and abundance into their lives in the year ahead.

On this day we also remember Lama Thubten Yeshe, the precious founder of Chenrezig Institute and the FPMT, who passed away in 1984 on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. It is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in life and Lama Yeshe’s emphasize on our developing a growing awareness of our potential for inner awakening.

Tuesday 5th of February

10:00am to 3:00pm Stupa Making workshop at the Garden of Enlightenment

6:30pm to 8:30pm Guru Puja with Tsog offering

Please book for lunch.

Happy Day of Miracles

The Day of Miracles (Chotrul Düchen) commemorates one of the four great deeds of the Buddha. The day itself is the last of a fifteen day period when Shakyamuni Buddha performed many miraculous feats in order to inspire the faith and diligence of his students. On these fifteen days, karmic results are multiplied one hundred million times, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is part of the Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on Buddha days as a way of accumulating merit. To help you do so we’ve planned these activities.

Tuesday 19th February

9:00am – 3:00pm Working with Holy Objects

5:30pm – 6:30pm Set up light offerings (Main Gompa)

6:30pm – 8:00pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja (Gompa)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche also offers lunch to everyone who works with holy objects on either of these days! All activities on these days are sponsored by Chenrezig Institute with the exception of lunch ($12.50pp). Please book your lunch before 10:00am on the day.

Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva vows: meditations and explanation with Ven. Yonten

The aspiration for enlightenment. Wishing to benefit others. Universal altruism. Buddhahood.

While the bodhisattva ideal is often referred to in Buddhist classes, we don’t always have time to go into the depths of what it means for oneself as an individual practicing it in ordinary modern life.

This course will flesh out many subtle nuances of this profound topic as well as give concrete logistics of how and why to practice the bodhisattva vows – whether you have them already, are thinking about taking them or are just curious about what they are all about.

There will be a formal presentation of the topic as well as relaxed discussion and question time. Course includes guided meditation suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Sat 23rd March 9:00am – Sun 24th March 4:00pmbook now

Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee $108

Ven. Yonten is known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style. She regularly teaches at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel. Originally from the United States, Venerable Yönten became a nun when she was 21 (in 2003), and with the permission of her Abbot received gelongma/bhikshuni ordination in 2011.

Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Chokyi

Within Tibetan Buddhism, there is an emphasis on creating a connection with a spiritual friend or teacher who will be able to support and nurture your personal development. This friend will provide inspiration, encouragement, guidance and most importantly lead a life of example. In modern terms, he is the ultimate life coach, but for far beyond this lifetime.

When choosing this teacher, students are advised by the Buddha to look carefully for specific qualities and not to make a commitment until they are completely sure. This is where Lama Tsongkharpa enters the picture. As the author of the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim Chen Mo) and Founder of the Gelug school of Buddhism, Lama Tsongkhapa is revered. Both the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach this powerful yet accessible practice specifically because it is particularly helpful for creating the karma to meet a qualified spiritual teacher. It removes obstacles for creating this important connection and increases the blessings that come from this mentoring relationship.

This retreat is ideal for students who have taken refuge with Geshela or who are starting to attend his teachings.

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will attend the retreat, assisting and inspiring us with a transmission of the recitation as well as sharing motivations, teachings, visualisations and other tips to help us understand and benefit from this practice. Retreat Leader will be experienced teacher, Ven Chokyi who is known for her warm and encouraging teaching style.

Thursday 18 April 6:30pm – Monday 22nd April 12:00pmbook now
Facility fee $200 
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.