Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule
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
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
Healing Meditations with Venerable Tony
Thursdays in March 13:15 – 14:30
Join Venerable Tony for these meditation sessions to bring wellness and peace of mind. Venerable Tony will introduce students to the healing qualities of the Buddha, including compassion, loving kindness and joyous effort. These same qualities are present in all of us and can be cultivated to sustain us through the most challenging of times.
There will be breathing meditation, guided meditation and time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome to join us for these heartfelt teachings. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to enjoy or benefit from them. Come along to any or all sessions.
Creating Compassion Series
Compassion is a cornerstone of Buddhist practice – simple to understand but not always easy to put into practice.
This series explores how we can create a compassionate response to the challenges life throws at us. Through gentle discussion and guided meditation, this series invites students to reflect on their own process of creating compassion in the world.
Students will experience:
¨ Discovering self-compassion
¨ Finding compassion within ourselves
¨ Creating compassion within relationships
¨ Compassion in a crazy world
¨ Growing the compassion habit
¨ Fighting Compassion “Fatigue”
¨ Rejoicing in the compassion of ourselves and others
¨ Random acts of compassion
¨ Taking compassionate action together
If you want to experience more compassion this course is for you! Suitable for everyone, this course is an excellent place to start and develop a practice of compassion supported by both mediation and action.
Keiron Pratt has grown up within the community of Chenrezig Institute. He has studied, offered service and completed group and solitary retreats at FPMT centres around the world. Through his experience as a meditation leader in Tushita Meditation Center, India and Kopan Monastery, Nepal, Keiron has introduced hundreds of students to the Buddhist teachings on compassion.
Mindfulness: A force for Radical Change with Corey Jackson
Cultivating mindfulness sets the stage for improving our lives. It is the basic ingredient of all other practices and creates the stability needed to make a radical transformation. There are many different techniques suitable for all types of people and this retreat will introduce a wide range of approaches allowing people to choose the ones they find most effective.
Drawing heavily on his connection with Alan Wallace, Corey will combine clear discussion with both silent and guided meditation. Learn to relax in the face of stress, understand its causes and develop habits that lead to happiness. Take a weekend to unplug, unwind and learn powerful tools for transforming our lives.
Facility fee $108
Accommodation and meals available separately. Corey recommends guests stay on site so they can participate in morning and evening meditation sessions.
Corey Jackson is currently working on a PhD in mindfulness and emotions at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit, works as a Tibetan-English translator. He is passionate about bringing the benefits of ancient wisdom to the modern world.
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.
Guided Meditation in the Gompa
Every 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 classes
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. Please see our Outreach page for details.