Red-Lotus_75Welcome to our Exploring Buddhism course schedule

If you are familiar with the basic principles of Buddhism but would like to learn more about certain topics and practices, these courses are for you. They include the ongoing Discovering Buddhism Study Program.


 Discovering Buddhism Study Program

The Discovering Buddhism course is made up of 14 modules of study and retreat covering the Buddhist path in a systematic way. Each module is completed over two months with both a teaching weekend and a retreat weekend. This two month period gives students time to study, practice and integrate each new subject slowly building a comprehensive base of knowledge and skills.

The modules do not need to be completed in order or within any set time frame. For those students who can’t make it to the center regularly, the course can be completed via a home study option – please visit or call our reception team on 07 5453 2108 for more information.

More than just intellectual study, the Discovering Buddhism course creates a community of students who grow together supporting each other in their practice and understanding.

In 2018 the Discovering Buddhism Program will be taught by Ven. Thubten Chokyi. 

Ven. Thubten Chokyi is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, ordained in 2006 by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Before joining Chenrezig Institute she was the program coordinator at our sister center Vajrayana Institute, where she has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since 2006 including Discovering Buddhism. She has also led several successful annual retreats for Chenrezig Institute. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.

She is a member of the Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network and committed to interfaith dialogue for world peace. She is also the international director of Liberation Prison Project, a social services program of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) that offers spiritual advice, teachings, books, and materials to men and women in prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing Buddhism.

Discovering Buddhism Loyalty Reward Package*

In recognition of the ongoing commitment our Discovering Buddhism students make, Chenrezig Institute has created a Loyalty Reward Package. Students who complete five consecutive Discovering Buddhism weekend courses in this round are welcome to attend the sixth Discovering Buddhism course in the series with no course fee. Over the course of the program, this Loyalty Reward equals nearly a 20% discount on course fees for this life-changing course. This discount does not apply to meals or accommodation.

Supporting Your Study 

Students can check the Required Reading list for each module here. We encourage students to support their study by becoming a Library member, giving them easy access to the course materials all year round. Become a Library Member here (and click ‘Memberships’)

 


 Discovering Buddhism: The Spiritual Teacher

Although true spiritual experience comes through our own hard work and development, a good teacher is essential. We rely on a qualified teacher to show us the way to understanding, in the same way that we rely on an experienced guide to get us through unfamiliar territory. In this course, we investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path. We will also look at the qualities of a teacher and of a student, how to avoid common mistakes and how to cultivate a teacher-student relationship for the greatest benefit in our spiritual practice. Although it is part of the Discovering Buddhism programme, anyone is welcome to attend – you do not have to have attended previous modules.

Saturday 9th February  9:00am  – Sunday 10th February  3:45pmbook now
held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108
Meals and accommodation available separately.


Steps on the Path to Enlightenment Lamrim Chenmo Study Group with Judy Bowey

 2019 sees the start of this new study group with fellow-traveller Judy Bowey. Meeting twice a month, this class aims to support students as we dive deeply into teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment and examine how these teachings can shape our everyday lives. This class is ideal for students who have completed our Annual January Lam Rim Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim or modules of our Discovering Buddhism course. Why not come along and see if it’s right for you?

We’ll be using the text “Steps on the Path to Enlightenment” by Geshe Lhundub Sopa, a teacher highly revered for his knowledge and experience in both a Tibetan and western context. Let’s support each other as we take steps along the well-trodden path.

These are teachings to be studied, contemplated and absorbed within meditation so that in this life we integrate the Dharma with our minds and hearts, enabling us to reduce our disturbing emotions and live a better life that minimises the harm we do to others and enables us to benefit them, thus providing a basis to go on to perfect wisdom and compassion.

Each class will include readings and review, discussions and questions and time to meditate and reflect.book now

February class: Sunday 3rd February and
Sunday 17th February 9:00am to 12:00pm
Facility fee $10 per person


Inviting Happiness: The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation with Ven. Chokyi

How do we free ourselves from the demon of self-concern and invite happiness into our lives?

These instructions are found in Eight Verses for Training the Mind, one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (literally “mind training”). The root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri- tangpa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations.

The eight verses are short, confronting and profound; they deeply challenge all standard preconceptions of how happiness can be achieved in our lives. Inspiring, poetic and immensely powerful, the verses ask us to view the undesirable things in life through a radical new lens. By training our mind in this way, a state of peace becomes achievable.

In a calm retreat setting, Ven. Chokyi will guide us step by step through The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, integrating meditations with explanations of the method and wisdom required. Passed down through an unbroken Buddhist lineage, the text remains as relevant today as it was when first written in the eleventh century by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa.

book nowNo anger inside means no enemy inside.’
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Saturday 23rd Feb  9:00am  – Sunday 24th Feb 3:45pm  Facility Fee $108


Heal the Heart: Meet the Medicine Buddhas with Ven. Tony

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 on the practices of Medicine Buddha including meditation, visualization, 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 1st March 6:30 pm – Sunday 3rd March 3:30pm book now
Facility Fee $108
Meals and accommodation available separately. Please note it is preferable to stay on site for this retreat as the morning sessions start at 5:30am on Saturday and Sunday.


March Discovering Buddhism Retreat:
The Spiritual Teacher with Ven Chokyi

Although true spiritual experience comes through our own hard work and development, a good teacher is essential. We rely on a qualified teacher to show us the way to understanding, in the same way, that we rely on an experienced guide to get us through unfamiliar territory.

In this retreat, we reflect on the teachings and instruction from The Spiritual Teacher module of the Discovering Buddhism programme. The retreat provides a chance to ask questions about the teachings and participate in group discussions. It is an excellent opportunity to clear away any doubts you may have, or for those studying at home or online to enjoy group practice and meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat weekend, even if you haven‘t attended the previous modules.

Saturday 9th March  9:00am  – Sunday 10th March  3:45pm book now

Facility Fee $108

Meals and accommodation available separately.


Steps on the Path to Enlightenment Lamrim Chenmo Study Group with Judy Bowey

 2019 sees the start of this new study group with fellow-traveller Judy Bowey. Meeting twice a month, this class aims to support students as we dive deeply into teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment and examine how these teachings can shape our everyday lives. This class is ideal for students who have completed our Annual January Lam Rim Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim or modules of our Discovering Buddhism course. Why not come along and see if it’s right for you?

We’ll be using the text “Steps on the Path to Enlightenment” by Geshe Lhundub Sopa, a teacher highly revered for his knowledge and experience in both a Tibetan and western context. Let’s support each other as we take steps along the well-trodden path.

These are teachings to be studied, contemplated and absorbed within meditation so that in this life we integrate the Dharma with our minds and hearts, enabling us to reduce our disturbing emotions and live a better life that minimises the harm we do to others and enables us to benefit them, thus providing a basis to go on to perfect wisdom and compassion.

Each class will include readings and review, discussions and questions and time to meditate and reflect.book now

March classes: Sunday 3rd March and
Sunday 17th March 9:00am to 12:00pm
Facility fee $10 per person


Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva vows: meditations and explanation with Ven. Yonten

The aspiration for enlightenment. Wishing to benefit others. Universal altruism. Buddhahood.

While the bodhisattva ideal is often referred to in Buddhist classes, we don’t always have time to go into the depths of what it means for oneself as an individual practicing it in ordinary modern life.

This course will flesh out many subtle nuances of this profound topic as well as give concrete logistics of how and why to practice the bodhisattva vows – whether you have them already, are thinking about taking them or are just curious about what they are all about.

There will be a formal presentation of the topic as well as relaxed discussion and question time. Course includes guided meditation suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Sat 23rd March 9:00am – Sun 24th March 4:00pm

Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.book now

Facility Fee $108

 


Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat with Geshe Tsultrim and Ven Chokyi

Within Tibetan Buddhism, there is an emphasis on creating a connection with a spiritual friend or teacher who will be able to support and nurture your personal development. This friend will provide inspiration, encouragement, guidance and most importantly lead a life of example. In modern terms, he is the ultimate life coach, but for far beyond this lifetime.

When choosing this teacher, students are advised by the Buddha to look carefully for specific qualities and not to make a commitment until they are completely sure. This is where Lama Tsongkharpa enters the picture. As the author of the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim Chen Mo) and Founder of the Gelug school of Buddhism, Lama Tsongkhapa is revered. Both the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach this powerful yet accessible practice specifically because it is particularly helpful for creating the karma to meet a qualified spiritual teacher. It removes obstacles for creating this important connection and increases the blessings that come from this mentoring relationship.

This retreat is ideal for students who have taken refuge with Geshela or who are starting to attend his teachings.

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will 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. Retreat Leader will be experienced teacher, Ven Chokyi who is known for her warm and encouraging teaching style.

Thursday 18 April 6:30pm – Monday 22nd April 12:00pmbook now
Facility fee $200 
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.

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