Chenrezig Institute was one of the first centres of Tibetan Buddhism to be established in the western world. In 1974 a month long meditation course, the first ever of its kind, was conducted by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in nearby Diamond Valley, Mooloolah. This now historic course attracted approximately 200 people from all across Australia, many of whom went on to play key roles in establishing and running centres in other states of Australia, and indeed the world.
During the course many students decided they wanted the opportunity for ongoing study and so the Eudlo property was donated by four of the Lamas' students so that a meditation centre could be established. This rather barren plot of land, lying fallow, became what is now the lush sub-tropical environment of Chenrezig Institute. This transformation from one-time cattle grazing land to thriving centre for Tibetan Buddhist education and practice was made possible by the hard work of countless volunteer students and visitors over many years.
To develop genuine devotion, you must know the meaning of teachings. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind, and this transformation depends upon meditation. In order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.
-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama