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.

 


 

Flyer picMerging the Heart and Mind: Teaching and Meditation Retreat
with Special Guest Geshe Thubten Sherab

Friday 17 February, 6.30 pm – Thursday 23  February, 12 noon.
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. 

Please note that accommodation packages are available to purchase for those attending this  retreat. When you book into the retreat you will then be able to see the accommodation options that are available. 

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

Facility Fee $150 for the weekend.

Please note that accommodation for the ‘weekend only’ option will be made available from February 1st, 2017. If you would like to be on a waitlist for this, please email info@chenrezig.com.au or call reception on (07) 5453 2108

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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 Shamatha Practice Day with Ven. Tsondru

Saturday 4 March 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee :$25

tsondru01If you were inspired by the 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 4 March 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


Introduction to Meditation with Venerable Lhagsam

Sunday 5 March  9.00 am –  4.30 pm, held in the Gompa  at Chenrezig.
Facility fee $55.

A fantastic way to manage stress and other life challenges!

Have you ever wanted to learn simple meditation techniques that can be used to transform your daily life into a more peaceful one? This weekend workshop is designed to introduce Buddhist meditation techniques to complete beginners. You do not need any knowledge of Buddhism to benefit.

Sunday 5 March  9.00 am –  4.30 pm, held in the Gompa  at Chenrezig.book now
Facility fee $55. 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. 

Ven. Lhagsam is a Buddhist nun who has completed  Chenrezig Institute’s  Buddhist Studies Program. She has over twenty years experience 

 

 

 


Green Tara Retreat with Venerable Palyon

Friday 17 March 6.30 pm – Sunday 19 March 3.30 pm Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee: $50

Tara represents the wisdom and compassionate actions of all the enlightened beings in a female form.

Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to ide
ntify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. Practising reciting the Tara Praises and Sadhana helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and frees us from fear as we engage in our own compassionate actions to benefit others.

Being on retreat is an opportunity to discover what lies within as you come face to face with yourself, free from the usual distractions. Ignorance, the dissatisfied mind of attachment, and selfishness are what we are retreating from and we focus on
developing the qualities of renunciation, compassion, and wisdom through introspection and virtue.

Transform ordinary appearance and thought into the causes for happiness through practicing and meditating on Mother Tara in this very special retreat.
Due to differing levels of practice within the group, this will be a journey to understand Tara’s qualities and energy rather than a strict mantra retreat.

Friday 17 March 6.30 pm – Sunday 19 March 3.30 pm. Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee: $50 Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10.0 am on the day of the event.book now

 

 


Motivated to Meditate: Stabilising Shamatha Retreat 
with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Tsondru

Friday 24 March 6.30 pm – Sunday 26 March 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $100.

Back by popular demand! Geshela and Ven Tsondru will continue to guide us in this essential practice of meditation. New students welcome!

“The wisdom arising from meditation is not only through investigation but also from familiarisation so that it is something living, it automatically develops, and that is the counterforce [to mental afflictions]. In order to achieve that, our mind must be controlled, not by force, but by mental effort, which only comes voluntarily, never through force. That single-pointed mind you call ‘shamatha.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the topic of Shamatha . 

Stabilise your Shamatha practice or kick start it. Join Geshe Tsultrim  for these inspiring teachings on the benefits of  Shamatha. Ven. Tsondru will skilfully  weave practical advice and meditations around Geshela’s teachings to create a powerful experiential weekend of meditation.

Geshe Tsultrim in a ‘hands-on’ demonstration from the floor, translated by Ven Kartson

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 philosophy) in 2005. Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma.

Venerable Tsondru is a Buddhist nun and a student of Chenrezig Institute’s Masters Programme in Buddhist Studies. She is passionate about the benefits of meditation and dedicated to sharing  practices leading to Shamatha. She run’s regular Shamatha Meditation practice days at Chenrezig Institute.book now

 

 

 


 

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