Chenrezig Institute is a Buddhist retreat and study centre nestled in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. Established in 1974, the Institute was among the first Tibetan Buddhist centres in the Western World and remains one of the largest. It is a registered charitable organisation affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
The Institute is home to a Tibetan teacher, a large number of nuns and monks, and a thriving community of students, volunteers and guests. We provide a range of Buddhist and secular programmes through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed for the benefit of others.
Our programmes include meditation retreats, teachings on Buddhism, advanced study courses, art classes and workshops on Buddhist psychology and mental well being.
The centre also has accommodation facilities, a vegetarian cafe, library, meditation hall, art studio, memorial garden and beautiful grounds which are all open to the general public from Thursday to Sunday every week.
Everyone is welcome to visit.
Executive Committee Venerable Tenzin Palyon (Chairperson), Tina Pham (Treasurer), Vicki Sarac (Acting Secretary), Ex officio member Jennifer Thomas (Director)
Centre Director Jennifer Thomas
Spiritual Program Coordinator Keiron Pratt
Translators Venerable Kartson (Yaki Platt)
Advanced Program Coordinator Kathy Vichta
Advanced Program Tutor Venerable Kartson (Yaki Platt)
Senior Buddhist Teacher Venerable Thubten Chokyi
Gompa Manager Sonny Goller
Librarian Hilary Tilton
Manager of Nuns Community Venerable Yeshe Khadro
Garden of Enlightenment and Arts Centre Garrey Foulkes
Services Manager Jennifer Thomas
Big Love Cafe Pierre Fluck, Rob Gillow and Lek Hoffman
Volunteer Coordinator Maria Triguero
Grounds and Maintenance Kym Bartlett
CUSTOMER SERVICE & RETAIL
Reception, Dharma & Gift Shop Robyn Norris, Jennie Finnegan and Jana Zehr
Shop Manager Dechen Gerrard
Chenrezig Institute is fortunate to be home to a large Sangha community.
Most Sangha members come to our Institute to engage in the Advanced Study Programme. After graduating from this program, they will take up a variety of roles to help meet the great need for qualified teachers in the Western World.