Welcome to our Community & Social schedule
Fun social events for our community with an emphasis on sharing and celebrating. Here you’ll find information about our children’s program and learn how everyone in your family (even your pets!) can be involved in the centre.
Musical Blessings: A concert with Tenzin Choegyal
Singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal draws on his Tibetan roots to create original compositions which uniquely express his cultural lineage and the contemporary challenges faced by his people. Tenzin was born to a nomadic family in Tibet, escaped the Chinese occupation with his family in the early 1970s and was raised in a Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India. There, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama actively encourages his people to preserve their culture, Tenzin first began to explore his musical talents. Tenzin’s award winning songs have found a place in the complex tapestry of global sounds while collaboration with numerous Australian and international performers have allowed him to experiment with rhythm and structure and challenge traditional Tibetan musical norms.
Tenzin will fill the Gompa with his beautiful and haunting sounds. Come and join us to experience Tenzin’s unique voice that has been described as powerful, evocative, healing, and transcendent. Remember that Tenzin brings along his wonderful CDs for sale so tuck aside a little cash for the night too. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Sunday 2nd April Facility Fee $25. 2:30pm
Meals in the Big Love Cafe are available separately, and must be booked online before 10:00 am on the day of the event. We look forward to welcoming you.
Welcome Day at Chenrezig Institute: Explore all we have to offer!
Sunday 7 May
Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore what Chenrezig Institute has to offer. Bring the whole family for a relaxing day out!
Bring your family to Dharma Club in our beautiful Art Studio and while
you are there check out the amazing traditional art practices and beautiful items available. Then head up to our gompa (temple) and listen to a short talk about Buddhist beliefs and practices with our Tibetan teacher. Join us for a delicious vegetarian or vegan lunch in the Big Love Café, stroll through our beautiful Garden of Enlightenment, or browse in our extensive Library. After lunch you can take part in our Buddhist Reading Circle or head back to the Art Studio for an afternoon of art. And don’t forget to visit our gift shop – we have a huge range of Dharma books and gifts in stock!
10.15 am – 12 noon Dharma Club (In the Art studio)
11.00 am – 12 noon Talk on Tibetan Buddhism with Geshe Tsultrim (Gompa)
12 noon – 1.00 pm Lunch in Lama Yeshe’s Big Love Café
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Chenrezig Reading Circle with Hilary (Library)
1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Tsa Tsa painting (In the Art Studio)
6. 30 pm -7.00 pm Dzambala Puja
Sunday 7 May, Free Event, All welcome, no bookings required! Except for lunch.
Lunch in the Big Love Café is available for $12.50 per person. Please book by 10 am.
Chenrezig Reading Circle with Hilary Tilton
Sunday May 7, 2.00 pm in the Library
Do you love reading? Our new reading circle draws on popular modern books that offer Buddhist teachings in ways that might surprise you. Always thought-provoking, these books will invite stimulating discussion when we meet to share our thoughts.
Join us as we examine characters and story lines, and discover that Dharma can be expressed in a new, modern and easily-accessible context. What wisdom can be found in these books that we can apply to our everyday lives? Can a work of fiction help us understand and integrate more formal Buddhist teachings into our lives? We look forward to sharing these discussions with you.
We meet bi-monthly at 2.00 pm in the Library at Chenrezig Institute. The book we will be discussing this month is The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery by GAY HENDRICKS. (Available in our bookshop)
You may have read it before, but we encourage you to re-read it, keeping in mind how it affects you and your understanding of the Dharma. Happy reading!
Dharma Club Children’s Program
First Sunday of each month, held in the Art Studio at Chenrezig Institute. Gold coin donation.
Are you searching for a meaningful activity to do with your children? Do you struggle to find activities that are based around supporting them to grow
into happy and ethical people? If so, stop looking and carve out some time to join us for Dharma Club.
We start the morning with a very short meditation to settle the breath and focus our mind on the time we will share. Often the children
are less fidgety than the adults. The topic for the morning is introduced and a story is shared with the children to further develop their
understanding of the topic. Often a short puppet show is then performed by selected children, this lets the kids demonstrate what they understand of the topic. Often kids are the best teachers of their peers. An explosion of glitter, glue, stickers and colour then follows with the much anticipated craft activity. Parents and children are free to leave whenever they like during the craft time.
The topics for Dharma Club are based on the 16 Guidelines for Life, which are broken up into four categories, within each category are four topics. Each Dharma Club is framed around one of the topics, we move through them sequentially.
How we Think (Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight)
How we Act (Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Right Speech)
How we Relate to Others (Respect, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Loyalty)
How we Find Meaning (Aspiration, Principles, Service, Courage)
If you would like to explore these principles in a Buddhist context please join us. Dharma Club is run entirely by volunteers, their availability influences whether it runs or not.
We ask for a gold coin donation so we can replenish the craft supplies.
Sunday 5 March 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Sunday 2 April 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Sunday 7 May 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Children 5 and over welcome. All children must be supervised by their accompanying adult at all times. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10 am on the day of the event.