Introductory Program

Why are we interested in a spiritual life and, in particular, the study of Buddhism?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that an interest in spiritual life is … something very instinctive and there is no need to prove it is there. Happiness is something that we all aspire to achieve and, of course, we naturally have a right to fulfill this aspiration.

If you’re new to Buddhism, find out more about us and what we do by joining our weekly guided tour of the centre and grounds. We hold regular Introduction to Buddhism courses, cafe talks, a popular monthly children’s program and guided meditations. You will find a warm welcome here and a gentle approach, the guiding principle being to take from Buddhism what you need to help you in your life and leave what doesn’t fit for you. Everyone is welcome!

Kind Kids Club

Kinder kids lead to happier families, friendships, schools, communities and a kinder world. Leading by example, our children can step up into life and help make the world a kinder, compassionate more peaceful place!

During each session, Buddhist ideas are explored gently and creatively, inspired by the well-loved 16 Guidelines. We use a variety of fun activities including stories, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, music, relaxation and craft to help create interest and meaning. A different concept is explored each month.

These ‘exercises’ can help our children make wise and compassionate choices on how to lead a happier and calmer life, by showing kindness and understanding to others.

Take precious time out with your child for these popular sessions in our beautiful centre. It’s a chance to focus on what really matters. Suitable for all families who want to come together to have fun and learn practical tools to help the children in their life.

First Saturday of each month 10.30am – 11.45am

During Covid times we ask that people please register if they can. There is no charge, but a gold coin donation helps us to provide materials. A parent or guardian should accompany children and take part in activities. Our wonderful Kind Kids Crew leads each session, all experienced grown-ups.

Let’s Have a Chat about Death

Venerable Pende

These meaningful monthly talks always draw a group of interested people to Chenrezig. You may be in the process of caring for someone with a terminal diagnosis, or have a loved one approaching death. You may be dealing with the recent loss of someone close. You may be in one of the caring professions or have an enquiring mind about death from the Buddhist perspective.

Whatever your reason for coming, you’ll be made welcome and be cared for by Venerable Pende, a senior monk who has extensive experience working with the dying and their families. He established both Karuna Hospice in Brisbane and Cittamani Hospice in Palmwoods. Venerable Pende has taught widely on death and dying, both in Australia and overseas.

No charge, but we welcome donations if this is possible.

 

Guided Tours of Chenrezig Institute

Come along to our popular free Saturday Guided Tours. If you haven’t been here before, we are a little slice of Tibet in the Eudlo hills.

Tours start at reception at 11.15am every Saturday morning and last for about an hour. No bookings required. Meet at reception.

Take in the developing Nalanda Masters Garden, consecrated in 2020 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Admire Tibetan sacred art and artefacts, prayer wheels, and step inside the heart of our centre, the gompa (temple).  If there’s time, you’ll head down to the Garden of Enlightenment. Find out about our interesting history and much more, as Chenrezig Sangha show you around this magnificent space.

Bring friends and family along for this enjoyable introduction. We hope this will give you an appetite to spend longer here on the day, or to return in the future.

You may like to arrive earlier and enjoy traditional home-made chai in the Big Love Café, made to our own authentic 45 year-old-recipe. Our Dharma shop is open for a browse too.

Remember to book lunch online 24 hours ahead if you’d like to stay on for a wholesome meal, served between 12.00 noon and 1.00pm.

Our site has numerous steps and steep inclines, so come prepared with good footwear.

Introduction to Buddhism

Ben Isbel

What motivated the Buddha to teach? What exactly did the Buddha have to say that had never been said before?

In these Introduction to Buddhism afternoons, Ben Isbel will guide students to examine the unique hallmarks of Buddha’s teachings: the Four Seals, the Four Noble Truths, the Two Truths. He will show how these teachings lead to a single goal, like a hundred rivers that pass under a single bridge. The goal is the elimination of suffering.

This overview of Tibetan Buddhist concepts and practice is ideal for complete beginners. It is also suitable for those who have read some Buddhist teachings, but want to explore more deeply the path to enlightenment, as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Weekend course with Ben Isbel

The practice of mindfulness is grounded in the Buddha’s teachings, so this simple yet profound practice can lead us directly into the heart of the Buddha’s wisdom. In this way, we may come to see that mindfulness can take us far beyond what we may have thought possible.

Guided Meditations

Friday afternoons, 1.15pm – 1.45pm with Chenrezig Sangha

If meditation is something you’ve always wanted to try, this a gentle and supportive environment in which to start and all are welcome, experienced or not.

Settle gently into your chair or on a cushion and be guided into a beautiful Buddhist meditation which will take around half an hour, but will seem much shorter. Leave here feeling peaceful and more familiar with yourself.

No bookings required. By donation. Your generosity means we can continue to offer our program for the benefit of all.