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.


Happy (and Well Fed):
Dinner and A Movie in the Wellbeing Centre.

Saturday December 10th, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee: $20

Join us for a community dinner in the Wellbeing Centre followed by a screening of the documentary ‘Happy.’  Take the opportunity to meet up, see the new space and enjoy an inspiring documentary with new and old friends.book now

 


 

Family Dharma Retreat

Wednesday 21 Dec – Saturday 24 Dec. More details to come.
Facility Fee $120 per Family – including a donation to animal charities.

The wonderful team of women who bring you Dharma club each month are creating something parenting-styletruly magical to end the year. Families are invited to join us for three days of fun including art and craft, games, campfire stories and sing-a-longs, meditation and parenting workshops.

Throughout the retreat we’ll be working with a lantern-maker to capture the children’s imagination. We will create some inspiring and unique light offerings that we will parade through our grounds and up to the gompa to offer for Lama Tsongkhapa Day.

Details of this retreat are still being finalised and lanternexact activities will be suited to the ages of the children participating.

Wednesday 21 December 5pm – Saturday 24 December 9am.

Facility Fee $120 per Family – including a donation to animal charities. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event. All bookings can be made on our website www.chenrezig.com.au. book now

 

 


Engaged and Inspired: Liberation Prison Project with Venerable Chokyi

Saturday 21 January 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility
fee $25, with half your donation going to support Liberation Prison Project.

Cultivating Compassion in Action

Ven. Chokyi _ new colourLiberation Prison Project, now in its 21st year, is a perfect demonstration of the Bodhisattva Attitude encouraged by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: cultivating compassion in action in the most difficult of environments for Dharma practitioners – the prison setting. See the powerful documentary Dharma Brothers to understand the impact of meditation and Dharma on the most marginalised people.

Be inspired by the teachings on the Bodhisattva Attitude and learn how you can engage with Liberation Prison Project students through prayers, postcards, letters or even prison visits.

Saturday 21 January 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $25, with half your donation going to support Liberation Prison Project.

Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

All bookings can be made on our website www.chenrezig.com.au.book now

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Welcome Day at Chenrezig Institute:
Explore all we have to offer!

Sunday 5 February, 10.15 am – 4.00 pm.
No charge. All 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 in our beautiful Art Studio and while DSCF3040you 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 Ven. Tseten (Big Love Cafe)
1.30 pm – 4.00 pm           Tsa Tsa painting (In the Art Studio)Cafe
6. 30 pm -7.00 pm           Dzambala Puja

Sunday 5 February, 10.15 am – 4.00 pm. No charge. All welcome, no bookings required! Except for lunch. Lunch in the Big Love Café is available for $12.50 per person. Please book by 9.30 am.

 


Chenrezig Reading Circle with Venerable Tseten

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.

Chenrezig Reading Circle with Ven Tseten Sunday 6th November

We meet bi-monthly at 2.00 pm in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.  The book we will be discussing this month is The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie. You may have read it before, but we encour

age 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We are running the Family Dharma Retreat instead of the December Dharma Club.

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

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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 4 September 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Sunday 2 October 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Sunday 6 November 10.15 am – 12.00 pm, in the Art Studio
Sunday 4 December 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 9.30 am on the day of the event.