FamilyWelcome 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.


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.

Kids prayer wheel at Chenrezig

Sunday 7 May 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio

Sunday 4 June 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio

Sunday 2 July 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio

Sunday 6 August 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.


Buddha Day: Saka Dawa

Saka Dawa is one of the most important Buddhist celebrations. It falls on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan Month and commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and paranirvana (entry to nirvana).

In a teaching in 2000, Lama Zopa Rinpoche suggested that the community of Chenrezig Institute gather on, or shortly after, Saka Dawa for a celebration of the Buddha of Compassion. You are warmly invited to join in the day’s celebrations.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 have precepts, pujas, holy-object making, and other merit-making activities.

Schedule for the day:
If you wish to do precepts please join the Nyung Na retreatants.
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Golden Light Sutra Recitation – Tara Room
1:15 pm – 2 pm Raising the large Thanka and making offerings – weather permitting.
6.00 pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in Tara Room
7:30 pm Join the Nyung Na retreatants for extensive light offering and mantras in the Gompa

Friday 9 June, 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, held at Chenrezig Institute. Everybody welcome, no bookings required (except for lunch)

Join us if you can, or do some merit-making activities yourself, like offering food to those who are hungry, or helping out in the community. All activities are offered by the centre at no charge, except for lunch which is $12.50 per person. Please book lunch by 10.00 am.


Buddha Day: Wheel Turning Day

Today we celebrate the occasion of the Buddha’s first teaching. We do this by coming together as a community to engage in prayer and meritorious activities and rejoice in the positive karmic potential created by ourselves and others.

Join us for precepts, working with holy objects, sutra recitation, light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha puja. All these activities are freely offered to our community except lunch (Lunch is $12.50)

Schedule for the day:
Precepts 6am – Gompa
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Golden Light Sutra Recitation – Tara Room
1:15 pm – 2 pm Raising the large Thanka and making offerings – weather permitting.
4.00 pm – Set up Light Offerings – Gompa
6.30 pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in Main Gompa

Thursday 27th July  9.00 am – 8.00 pm, held at Chenrezig Institute. Everybody welcome, no bookings required (except for lunch)Buddha Days are often busy. Don’t forget to book your lunch before 10 am on the day.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday Party

You’re invited to a very special Birthday Party!
Please join us in the gompa as we gather together to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 81st Birthday with offerings, chai and birthday cake.

Thursday 6th July. Lunch in the Big Love Café from 12.00 noon. $12.50 per person. We expect today to be busy. Don’t forget to book your lunch before 10am today and tell us if you need a gluten or dairy free meal so we can prepare something delicious for you.

Join us in the Gompa from 1.00 pm to make offerings, and share chai and birthday cake with our community.

 


Welcome Day
Sunday 6th August – Everyone Welcome!

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 for fun children’s activities in our Art Studio. Then head up our beautiful steps for a tour of the grounds and meditation. Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for morning tea before heading back to the temple to find our why “Buddhism is better than chocolate” in Geshela’s teaching. Join us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café, stroll through our beautiful Garden of Enlightenment, relax to the beautiful music of special guest Bart Stenhouse or head back to the Art Studio for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.

9.30 am Tour meet at the bottom of the main steps
10 am – 10.30 am Meditation (Gompa)
10.15 am – 12 noon Dharma Club (Art studio)
11.00 am – 12 noon Talk on Tibetan Buddhism with Geshela (Gompa)
12 noon – 1.00 pm Lunch in Lama Yeshe’s Big Love Café
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Concert in the Gompa with Bart Stenhouse
1.30 pm – 4.00 pm Tsa Tsa painting (Art Studio)

 

Sunday 7 May, 10.15 am – 4.00 pm. By donation. All welcome, no bookings required, except for lunch and supper. Lunch in the Big Love Café is available for $12.50 per person. Please book by 10.00 am. 


Dying to Know: Afternoon Tea with a Difference!

Many of us are dying in a way not consistent with our values or wishes. Although these conversations can be tricky, planning ahead means we have the opportunity to communicate what we do and don’t want at the end of our life. So join us for an afternoon of great conversation as we reflect on  what is important to us and make a plan to share with those who will support us in our journey.

Saturday 5 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm in the café at Chenrezig Institute