Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule

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For those who would like to spend in retreat, we offer a variety of deity, teaching and meditation retreats. Please check the flyers for details about the specific requirements and level of difficulty.

 


 

Shamatha Practice Day with Peter Shepherd

Saturday 1 April 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $25 

If you were inspired by Alan Wallace’s Shamatha teachings last year, then this is the perfect day of practice for you. Peter Shepherd will support your developing practice of Shamatha, gently leading you though a range of meditations. Join us for an inspiring day of meditation practice.

Saturday 1 April 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $25 Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10.00 am on the day of the event.

Peter Shepherd has completed the Discovering Buddhism course and a number of subjects from the Chenrezig Institute Buddhist Studies Program. Over the last decade he has completed a number of personal meditation and study retreats. He has been leading meditations for Chenrezig Institute for the past three years. book now

 

 


 Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat

Thursday 13 April, 6.30 pm –  Wednesday 19 April, 4.30 pm
Facility fee $275

This Easter, Chenrezig Institute is delighted to offer a six day Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat. Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a particularly powerful practice for receiving the blessings of one’s personal teacher and developing the realization of guru devotion. For those who haven’t yet made a personal connection with a spiritual teacher, this practice removes obstacles to creating this connection.

This practice was recommended by Ling Rinpoche when he visited Chenrezig Institute in 2016, and was the subject of teachings by Geshe Sherab at Vajrayana Institute in 2017. The retreat will be led by experienced teacher and well known retreat leader Ven Chokyi. Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will also attend the retreat, assisting and inspiring us with a transmission of the recitation as well as sharing motivations, teachings, visualisations and other tips to help us understand and benefit from this practice.

To support students in the lead up to this retreat Geshe Tsultrim will also be teaching on the Lam Rim prayer Foundation of all Good Qualities, also by Lama Tsongkhapa, during our regular Thursday evening teachings from the beginning of March.

Thursday 13 April, 6.30 pm –  Wednesday 19 April, 4.30 pm
Facility fee $275

10% discount for members and concession card holders. Meals and accommodation are available separately and discounted 10% for those attending the full retreat. Meals in the Big Love Cafe must be booked before 10.00 am on the day of the event. To receive 10% off meals and accommodation you will require a promo code. After payment has been made for your course registration you will be emailed the promo code that will allow you to receive 10% off Accommodation and Big Love Cafe booking.

 

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969.  At the age of 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma. It is highly unusual to have teachers such as Geshe-la share retreats with their students. We are privileged to  be able to draw on his knowledge and be inspired by his practice.

Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Venerable Chokyi lives at Vajrayana Institute where she has been studying the Basic Program with Geshe Samten for the past ten years. Venerable Chokyi is Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute, where she has been leading meditation and teaching foundation Buddhist studies, such as Discovering Buddhism, for some years. Venerable Chokyi has been the Director of Liberation Prison Project since 2010. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.

 

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Shamatha Practice Day with Peter Shepherd

Saturday 6 May 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $25 

If you were inspired by Alan Wallace’s Shamatha teachings last year, then this is the perfect day of practice for you. Peter Shepherd will support your developing practice of Shamatha, gently leading you though a range of meditations. Join us for an inspiring day of meditation practice.

Saturday 1 April 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $25 Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10.00 am on the day of the event.

Peter Shepherd has completed the Discovering Buddhism course and a number of subjects from the Chenrezig Institute Buddhist Studies Program. Over the last decade he has completed a number of personal meditation and study retreats. He has been leading meditations for Chenrezig Institute for the past three years. book now

 

 


Eight Auspicious Nyung Na Retreats
with Ven Ailsa Cameron

Wednesday 24th May to Sunday 10th June*
Facility Fee $864*

Join us to bring to light positive states of mind and discover for yourself the nature of serious retreat during this special annual event.

A Nyung Na retreat is a two-day meditation, fasting and purification practice based on the sadhana of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. It is an extremely powerful way to heal illnesses, purify negative karma and open the heart to compassion. It is an effective spiritual, mental and physical detox. Each two-day Nyung Na involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts, maintaining silence and doing prayer recitations and prostrations. The second day includes fasting for 24 hours (taking no food or water).

This year we are celebrating twenty years of offering the Nyung Na retreat with eight of these inspiring two-day retreats. We will be giving priority to participants who choose to complete all eight  (two-day) retreats but you are welcome to participate in any single (two-day) retreat as bookings allow. Even doing just one Nyung Na is an extremely powerful method of cleansing negativity and accumulating merit. No specific empowerments are needed.

 

Nyung Na schedule as follows:

Introduction – 24 May 6.30 pm

Nyung Na 1 – 25 May 5.00 am – 27 May 7.00 am

Nyung Na 2 – 27 May 5.00 am – 29 May 7.00 am

Nyung Na 3 – 29 May 5.00 am – 31 May 7.00 am

Nyung Na 4 – 31 May 5.00 am – 2 June 7.00 am

Nyung Na 5 – 2 June 5.00 am – 4 June 7.00 am

Nyung Na 6 – 4 June 5.00 am – 6 June 7.00 am

Nyung Na 7 – 6 June 5.00 am – 8 June 7.00 am

Nyung Na 8 – 8 June 5.00 am – 10 June 7.00 am

Big Breakfast for all retreatants on 10 June  at 8.00am

Facility fee for each Nyung Na is $108 *
Facility Fee for the complete set of eight Nyung Nas is $864*

 *How Bookings for Nyung Na Retreat works

Nyung Nas are  a mentally and physically demanding practice with strict meal requirements. So that we can care for our retreatants, we include the meals and accommodation within the cost of the retreat. There is no need to book meals or accommodation separately – instead when you make your booking you will be asked to add your  accommodation option on line. The sooner you book the more options you will have for accommodation.

As it is a rare and precious opportunity to be able to complete eight Nyung Na retreats, preference will be give to those retreatants who book for the entire eight (two day) retreats. Bookings for fewer (two-day retreats) will open up in the first week of March and again will be attended to in strict booking order, based around the full-time  retreatants. While we will certainly to our very best to meet each accommodation request, we ask that you assist by being flexible wherever possible thereby allowing as many people as possible to participate in this special event.

Ordained in 1987, Venerable Ailsa is a close student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has been editing his teachings since 1984 for the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Venerable Ailsa has led the annual Nyung Na retreats at Chenrezig Institute for many years.

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Guided Meditation in the Gompa

gompa4_webEvery week we have guided meditations on Fridays from 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. They are led by Sangha members and are suitable for everyone.

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classesslider_test1

Meditation in the Community

A great way to establish a time each week to spend on your own inner development and to draw on the support of others in your daily practice. No charge and no need to book.

Meditation & Discussion with Lindsay Pratt 

Every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm

Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore.

Meditation with Peter Shepherd

Every Friday 6pm – 7pm

124 Bulcock Street, Caloundra (above Britannia Garage at Ramsdale’s Tang Soo Tao)

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classes