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 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.

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

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 6 November, 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 Ven. Tseten

Sunday 6 November 2.00 pm, held bi-monthly in the Big Love Cafe at Chenrezig Institute.

Ven. Tseten profile picDo you love reading? Our new reading circle will be drawing 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 the characters and story lines to find Dharma expressed in a new, modern and easily-accessible context. Is there wisdom in these books that we can apply to our every day lives? Can a work of fiction  help us integrate more formal Buddhist teachings? We look forward to sharing these discussions with you.

In the Buddha's Kitchen _ Kimberly SnowWe meet bi-monthly at 2.00 pm in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.  The book we will be discussing today is In the Buddha’s Kitchen by Kimberly Snow, published by Shambala. 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.

The books will be available shortly in our own shop or, if you wish to buy independently you might visit . Hilary will also have a few copies in the library. There is no formal joining of this group, please just come along and we will provide chai, good company and great discussion. I look forward to seeing you there. Happy reading!

Family Dharma Retreat

Wednesday 21 Dec – Saturday 24 Dec. More details to come.


The wonderful team of women who bring you Dharma club each month are creating something truly 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 lanterncapture 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 exact activities will be suited to the ages of the children participating.

Wednesday 21 December 5pm – Saturday 24 December 9am. Facility Fee $120 – 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