Welcome to our Exploring Buddhism course schedule
If you are familiar with the basic principles of Buddhism, but would like to learn more about certain topics and practices, these courses are for you. They include the ongoing Discovering Buddhism program and intermediate courses.
Discovering Buddhism Study Program
The Discovering Buddhism course is made up 14 modules consisting of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, and assessment questions, and a short retreat. Students may do some or all of these components of each course, as they wish and are interested. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course. When all modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion! This certificate awards the satisfaction of having completed a very comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment. The completion certificate is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening. Rejoice deeply when you receive it!
The modules do not need to be completed in order or within any set time frame.
The course can be completed via a home study option – please visit or call our reception team on 07 5453 2108 for more information.
How to Develop Bodhicitta Retreat with Alan Carter
Discovering Buddhism Module 10
Saturday Dec 10 9.00am – Sunday Dec 11 3.30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $150
Loving kindness is the essence of Bodhicitta, the attitude of the Bodhisattva. It is the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation.
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Bodhicitta is the heartfelt wish to attain enlightenment in order to be able to benefit all beings. Without it, enlightenment is impossible, because Bodhicitta frees us from the habitual self-concern that prevents us from experiencing true happiness and lasting peace. But most of us have trouble just developing kindness and compassion for those that we know, so how do we give rise to the vast aspiration of Bodhicitta?
In this module of our ongoing Discovering Buddhism programme, we will analyse the concepts of equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and Bodhicitta. We will explore why Bodhicitta is important, and will learn step-by-step methods for developing Bodhicitta ourselves.
These instructions are a practical and effective way to develop the good heart and show us how to make our lives truly meaningful.
Saturday 10 9.00am – Sunday 11 December 3.30 pm, at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $150.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.
Alan Carter has been a Buddhist for 21 years and is a graduate of the Basic Program. He has taught at Karuna, Blue Mountains, Langri Tangpa, Chenrezig Institute and was resident teacher at Chandrakirti Centre in New Zealand for two years. He has also led two one- month group retreats at Chenrezig Institute.
How to Create Joyful Relationships with Renate Ogilvie
Saturday 11 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 November 4.30 pm, at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $100
Relationships – whether with our partners, parents, children, friends or colleagues – make up a large part of our lives and can be a wonderful source of happiness and strength. But they can also turn into a source of difficulty and pain. What are the ingredients of happy and healthy relationships? How can we foster them? What can we do when things go wrong?
In this weekend workshop led by renowned psycho-therapist and Buddhist teacher, Renate Ogilvie, we will explore the patterns in our relationships with other people. We will look at how we can keep our relationships rewarding and vibrant and how we can make them blossom. We will learn what we can do to overcome difficult or challenging situations.
Drawing on Buddhist teachings and Western psychology, the workshop will explain effective, practical methods of transforming our attitudes and expectations in relationships to help us maintain stable and satisfying connections with the people we care for. This course is an excellent opportunity to discover how to make your relationships flourish! Everyone welcome!
Saturday 11 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 November 4.30 pm, at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $100. 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.
Renate Ogilvie has taught at Buddhist centres around the world for over 20 years. She combines modern approaches to psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in order to help individuals deal with the difficulties of everyday life.