Realizing 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 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.

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Friday 19th January 6.30pm – Sunday 21st January, 4.00pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108.

Originally from Australia, Glen Svensson 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 Perfection of Meditation: Teachings from The Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Thubten Sherab

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since.

Santideva presents methods to harmonize one’s life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires the reader to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva–generosity, ethics, patience, joyus effort, meditative concentration and wisdom.

Special Guest Geshe Sherab returns once again to inspire us with teachings and insight to motivate our meditation practice and help us find solutions to obstacles and challenges. This retreat is an incredible opportunity to learn direct from a master fluent in English.

Friday 26 Jan 9.00 am to Sunday 28 Jan 4.00 pm. book now
Facility Fee $200.


Accommodation and meals available separately. Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation.

Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967 and entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine. After ten years of study, he went to Sera Je Monastery, eventually graduating as a Geshe. He continued on to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks.

From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He also taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos.

After returning to Nepal for his own practices in 2003, he was later appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery (2006 – 2010) and served as acting Abbot in 2011. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers around the world, including USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, USA.

 Welcome Day – Sunday 4th February

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 to reception where our friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer any questions you have about the day’s program.

Between 9 am and 10 am 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 10.30 am and 11.30 am 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 Venerable Pema’s introductory talk “Happiness and its Causes”  at 2 pm

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.

 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 am on the day of the event so that we can prepare something delicious for you.

Happy Losar   Tibetan Year of the Earth Dog

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.

It’s also a social time of appreciating the strong karmic bonds that connect us with those around us and celebrating the opportunities we have to create positive potential together.

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.


10.30 am – 12 noon “Losar: Reconnecting with our human potential and spiritual practice” Teaching with Venerable Tony in the Gompa.

12 noon  Celebration lunch at the Big Love Café.

2.00 pm Vajrasattva Tsog – Offering ceremony with Chenrezig sangha and community (Gompa) and Tea Party

3.00 pm – 4:00 pm Video of Lama Yeshe: Anxiety in the (Nuclear) Modern Age (Gompa)

Friday 16 February 2018

All activities are offered by the center at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book by 10 am on the day of the event.


Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat

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. The ultimate Life to Life Coach!

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. Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a particularly powerful practice 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. The retreat will conclude with a powerful offering ceremony.

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. This retreat is ideal for students who have taken refuge with Geshela.


Retreat Leader will be experienced teacher, Ven Yonten. Known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style Ven. Yonten regularly teaches at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel.


Thursday 29th March, 6.30 pm –  Monday 2nd April, 4.30 now

Facility fee $200 

Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.