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.

 


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Shamatha Practice Day with Ven. Tsondru

Saturday 17  December 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility
fee $25

If you were inspired by the recent teachings by Alan Wallace then this is a day of practice for you. Take advantage of Ven Tsondru’s vast experience of meditation as she gently leads us though a range of techniques, supporting the development of of Shamatha.

Join us for an inspiring day of meditation practice with a great teacher and supportive community.

Saturday 17  December 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $25  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.

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vajrasattva-andy-weber-w280Vajrasattva Purification Retreat: Release and Renew with Ven. Chokyi

Monday 26 December – Saturday 31 December held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $275.

Complete your year with the powerful act of releasing all that has gone before and start the New Year with a renewed sense of calm, feeling inspired and motivated. In Buddhist purification, we can let go of the past with mindfulness and perception, and open up to the brightness and potential of the present moment. In this state of openness, we resolve to make beneficial changes in our lives which help increase our emotional and mental wellbeing.

Our week-long Purification retreat has been described as life-changing by previous participants. With time for deep reflection in beautiful

surroundings, we begin to see how our thoughts, speech and actions have influenced the course of the year; we start to notice how our relationships have been impacted by our own responses to life.
Through the gentle but powerful and stabilising practices of meditation, Buddhist mantra recitation and visualisation we are encouraged to loosen our hold on the past, release our anxieties and regrets, and let go of our pain and heartache. Every courageous gesture we make takes us a little further along the path to awareness.

Through the beautiful and profound act of purification, we refresh ourselves with strong, positive mental habits, replacing negativities and worries with potent, aspirational resolutions for the future. This transformative process clears the way for us to fully embrace a more relaxed, peaceful, and happy approach to life. The effects of our increased mental and emotional wellbeing are far-reaching, affecting everything and everyone in our lives.

field_lightCome along and join us for this period of surrender, quiet reflection and positive transformation in the peaceful setting of Chenrezig Institute. You will enjoy the tranquil ebb and flow of a traditional Buddhist retreat and be supported in your journey with like-minded people. The retreat ends with a beautiful symbolic light offering ceremony, a sublime memory to carry forward into the New Year. This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners alike, but a basic understanding of karma will greatly benefit your time here. All welcome!

Monday 26th December, 6.30 pm – Saturday 31st, 9.00 am. Facility fee $275.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Meals and accommodation also discounted 10% for those attending the full retreat. Meals in the Big Love Cafe are available separately, and must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event.

Please note that accommodation is packaged as part of this retreat. When you book into the retreat you will then be able to see the accommodation options that are available. 

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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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DSCF3040Kopan Downunder with Ven. Kartson and Ven. Chokyi

Monday 2 January 6.30pm – Sunday 15 January 1.30pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $550.

Our annual lam-rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment) retreat is affectionately called Kopan Downunder as a nod to the iconic Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, where the first lam-rim courses for westerners were held in the seventies with our founders, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe.
This year our Lam Rim will be a completely integrated experience with daily yoga, teachings, meditation, discussion and sacred art experiences. It will be taught in English by experienced sangha dedicated to help you put the teachings into practice.
Why choose to go on a lam-rim retreat? Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains:

The most unbelievably important thing in our life is lam-rim.
The practice of the three principal aspects of the path is the most important thing. This is the most important, more important than a job, money, or anything else in our life.
It is the most important thing.

You will be able to experience daily life in our thriving Buddhist community, and discover the relevance and freshness of traditional Buddhist teachings to your own life. The lam-rim has been greatly appreciated many thousands of people as an excellent means for Kopan Downunderclarifying their direction in life, no matter their religion or philosophy.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained that even one syllable of a lam-rim teaching is powerful and can be seen by the practitioner as a personal instruction towards achieving enlightenment. Join us at the start of the New Year for this wonderful retreat, and discover ways to transform your own life. All welcome!

Monday 2nd January, 6.30 pm – Sunday 15th, 1.30 pm. Facility fee $550.
10% discount for members and concession card holders. Meals and accommodation also discounted 10% for those attending the full retreat.

Please note that accommodation is packaged as part of this retreat. When you book into the retreat you will then be able to see the accommodation options that are available. 

Ven. Kartson 2Meals in the Big Love Cafe are available separately, and must be booked before 9:30am on the day of the event.

stairsVen. Kartsön has been living and working as the main translator for the spiritual program at Chenrezig Institute since 2005. Originally from Israel, he met Buddhism in 1997 during his first visit to India. He spent four years in India before joining us in 2005 – training as an interpreter between English and Tibetan language. In the years he’s been with us at Chenrezig Institute he has worked closely with our resident lamas, studying with them and translating 10 years of our advanced study program, masters program, and now additionally tutoring this program. He has also taught and translated for lamas in India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and China.

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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 for the past ten years. Venerable Chokyi is  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 Ven. Tsondru

Saturday 22 January 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee :$25

If you were inspired by the recent teachings by Alan Wallace then this is a day of practice for you. Take advantage of Ven Tsondru will support your developing practice of Shamatha, gently leading you though a range of meditations. Join us for an inspiring day of meditation practice and share in her vast experience.

Saturday 22 January 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 9.30 am on the day of the event. book now

 

 


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Merging the Heart and Mind: Teaching and Meditation Retreat

with Special Guest Geshe Thubten Sherab

Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Thursday 23  February, 4.00 pm.
Facility Fee $330 for the whole retreat. Accommodation and meals available separately.

It is not just a question of having great compassion and wishing for beings to be free from suffering, it requires courage to take responsibility for helping and liberating them.’ Dalai Lama October 5 2016

Special Guest Geshe Sherab returns once again to inspire us with teachings on one of the most revered texts in Tibetan Buddhism, Nagajuna’s “Precious Garland”. This week-long retreat is an incredible opportunity to learn the key points of how to develop wisdom and compassion direct from a master fluent in English. Geshe Sherab will show us how we can bravely translate these teachings into our own compassionate actions.

This text contain everything we need to reach our full potential and is a favourite of His Holiness Dalai Lama, who says, ‘To become a Buddha we need to develop the awakening mind of bodhichitta and the non-dual wisdom understanding emptiness.’ Join us for this week long exploration of how to combine heart and mind by training in wisdom and compassion.

Full retreat: Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Thursday 23  February, 4.00 pm.

Facility Fee $330 for the whole retreat. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation. 

 Weekend only: Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Sunday 19 February, 5.00 pm.

Facility Fee $150 for the weekend. Accommodation and meals available separately.

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.

 

Geshe Sherab and oceanGeshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967 and entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine.  After ten years of study, he went to Sera Je Monastery, eventually graduating as a Geshe. He continued on to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks.

 From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He also taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos.  After returning to Nepal for his own practices in 2003, he was later appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery (2006 – 2010) and served as acting Abbot in 2011. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers around the world, including  USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, book nowSanta Fe, USA.

 


medicine-buddhaHeal the Heart and Mind: Medicine Buddha Retreat with Ven Tony Beaumont

Friday 24 February 6.30 pm to Sunday 26 February 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
 We want to share Venerable Tony’s vast experience with as many people as possible so this retreat is offered at the special reduced Facility Fee $50 per person. Meals and accommodation are available separately.

At times we are all faced with the inevitable reality of pain or illness in our loved ones or in ourselves. How can we meet these changes with gentleness, patience and skill? One approach is the beautiful practice of the Medicine Buddha, which is used in healing illness, creating health and harmony, and helping those who have died.

The Medicine Buddha embodies the healing aspect the mind. Through the practice of meditation on the Medicine Buddha, one can generate enormous power to heal oneself and others. It is particularly powerful during difficult times – especially in healing the heart and mind to overcome negative patterns of thinking, and developing qualities of compassion and kindness.

When we recite the Medicine Buddhas’ names and mantras, we receive the results of the prayers they made in the past … doing the Medicine Buddha practice is very powerful for success. People think Medicine Buddha is only for healing. It’s not only for healing but for everything. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This retreat will focus primarily on the practice of Medicine Buddha and includes meditation, visualisation, and mantra recitation. There will also be time for quiet personal reflection, questions and discussion. It is an excellent opportunity to cultivate a strong conviction and reliance on our own wisdom and potential for healing. The retreat is suitable for anyone. All welcome!

Friday 24 February 6.30 pm to Sunday 26 February 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee: We want to share Venerable Tony’s vast experience with as many people as possible so this retreat is offered at the special reduced Facility Fee $50 per person. 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.

The Six Perfections: Generosity, Ethics and Patience with Venerable Tony Australian-born Venerable Tony Beaumont, trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse before he was ordained in 1991. Since then he has taught at FPMT centres around the world sharing his understanding with compassion and warmth.

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mantra-rolling-pic-1-1Days of Miracles : Sacred Art Retreat

Monday 27 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 March 4.00 pm.
Facility Fee $240 for the whole retreat or $25 per day.

Day one through to fifteen of the first month of the Tibetan calendar marks a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (the Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the fifteenth day Chotrul Duchen (the Day of Miracles).

The new year commemorates a time of increase in virtuous activity. Any actions done during that period of time, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. As karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, (as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic) it is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.

To coincide with the anniversary of the incredible events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life traditionally celebrated during the first two weeks of the lunar new year, we have created a deeply peaceful way to engage with the Buddha’s words and sacred art practices. Join us between the Holy days of Losar and The Day of Miracles for twelve days of inspiration. Each day of the retreat will place your mind in a state of peaceful joy as you engage with:

  • Lovingly repainting and restoring the stupas at the Garden of Enlightenment.
  • Painting tsa tsas in a quiet state of meditation
  • The patience-giving practice of gold leafing
  • Rolling and reciting Mantras
  • Stupa making

Don’t be concerned if you haven’t engaged with these gentle and inspiring art practices before. You will be guided supported and inspired by our Art Studio Team.

Support Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision of Holy Objects for World Peace by joining this deeply meaningful retreat.

My wish is for FPMT to build many holy objects everywhere, as many as possible. Making it so easy for sentient beings to purify their heavy negative karma and making it so easy for sentient beings to create extensive merit. Which makes it so easy to achieve the realisations of the path and so easy to achieve liberation and enlightenment. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Monday 27 February 9.00 am – Sunday 12 March 4.00 pm. Facility Fee $240 for the whole retreat or $25 per day.
10% discount for members and concession card holders.
Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of  10% discount to meals and accommodation.

Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals in the Big Love Cafe must be booked before 9.30 am on the day of the event. All bookings can be made through www.chenrezig.com.au.

Activities are offered freely on Losar (Monday 27 February) and The Day of Miracles (Sunday 12 March) Lunch is also offered on these days by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to students who work with Holy Objects on these days.book now


Guided Meditation in the Gompa

gompa4_webEvery week we have guided meditations on Wednesdays from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm and Thursdays 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. Additionally, in the weeks where Basic Program teachings are held, there are also Guided Meditations offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.00 am.

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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