A centre for Buddhist study, meditation and retreat.
August to December 2021
Discovering Buddhism - intermediate level study of the entire path
Friday and Sunday 10.30am - 12.00pm
Teachings with Geshe Tsultrim
August to December 2021
In Depth Study Program 2021 - Mind and Cognition, followed by Buddhist Tenets
CHENREZIG IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO VISITORS, with COVID RESTRICTIONS:
All visitors must check-in with the app on arrival, safe distancing of 1.5m must be observed in all areas and masks should be worn when this distancing is not possible.
NEW RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY FROM 13 December at 1.00 am AEST, ie when the qld borders open.
For the Centre to remain available to our community, we prefer that visitors who are unvaccinated do not attend the centre. Online access to our program and retreats will be offered wherever possible.
Due to a public health directive announced by the Queensland Premier on 9 Nov, a policy will be implemented at the centre from 1.00am on Monday, 13 December that all staff and visitors at the Big Love Cafe must be fully vaccinated. Visitors will need to carry proof of vaccination with them.
- Guests wishing to stay in our accommodation from date of the border opening on 13 December will be required to be fully vaccinated and will need to provide proof of vaccination when booking.
- People attending the upcoming retreats (including the Vajrasattva and Lamrim Retreats) at the centre will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination when booking
- Read the full letter from our director here: Covid 19 Letter to the community
Opening days at the Centre during the holidays
Most events will be scheduled as normal until 24 December (check the calendar for details). Geshela will teach 10.30am – 12.00pm, 24 December and lunch will be served at the Big Love Cafe on that day.
The centre will then be closed until the start of the Vajrasattva Retreat on 26 Dec (supper will be served for retreaters that night), and meals will be served for the retreaters until lunch on 31 Dec.
The centre will then be closed again until the start of the Lamrim Retreat on 3 January, when supper will be served for retreaters arriving that day.
About the Centre
Chenrezig Institute is a Buddhist study, retreat and meditation centre perched on the edge of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia. We are tucked away in a rainforest setting, seven kilometres from the township of Eudlo.
The centre was founded in 1974 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It was one of the first Tibetan Buddhist centres established in the western world and remains one of the largest. It is a registered non-profit organisation affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a group of over 150 Mahayana Buddhist centres worldwide.
The centre is home to a Tibetan teacher, resident nuns and monks, and a thriving community of lay students, volunteers, and guests. A range of secular and Buddhist programs are offered, through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed for the benefit of others.
The program includes introductory classes in meditation and Buddhist thought, general teachings with the Tibetan lama, advanced study courses, regular ceremonies, traditional Buddhist retreats, Buddhist holy day celebrations, sacred art courses, wellbeing courses, and special events. Most events are now available online.
As well as our beautiful meditation hall, the very heart of our centre, we also offer a vegetarian cafe, an extensive library, an art studio, the Garden of Enlightenment memorial gardens, and extensive rainforest grounds, all of which are open to the general public. A range of simple accommodation is available for those wishing to stay.