Welcome to our Community & Social schedule
Fun social events for our community with an emphasis on sharing and celebrating. Here you’ll find information about our children’s program and learn how everyone in your family (even your pets!) can be involved in the centre.
Kind Kids Program 2018
Children and their families are invited to join us for meditation, stories, yoga and creative experiences in a welcoming friendly environment.
Throughout 2018 we’ll be exploring:
How we Think (Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight) and
How we Act (Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Thoughtful Speech).
In 2019 the program will continue with How we Relate to Others (Forgiveness, Respect, Gratitude, Loyalty) and
How we Find Meaning (Aspiration, Principles, Service, Courage)
This program is based on the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life. It is suitable for all families who want to come together to enjoy these practical tools and fun experiences for creating more kindness in the world.
This event is by donation. Donations to the Kind Kids program cover the cost of art materials, resources and morning tea for the children.
Sunday 5th August 9:00am – 10:00am This months program will take place in the Gompa and it’s surrounding. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can create and have fun in.
Chenrezig Yarning Group
Join us in the Big Love Cafe for a fun get together working on knitting and crochet projects to support those in need in our community.
Bring along your own project or join in with one of ours and enjoy connecting with others and sharing our stories over chai. Together we’ll weave something unique and beautiful to share with others.
Not sure how to knit? No worries. Let us make you comfortable and show you how.
Everyone is ready to make you welcome. Can’t make it on Fridays but still want to join in? We’d love to have your knitting donations of blanket squares, knitting needles, and wool. Please get in touch to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 18 May 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 8 June 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 22 June 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 6 July 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 20 July 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 3rd August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 17th August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Friday 31st August 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Big Love Cafe
Celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday at Chenrezig Institute Friday 6th July
You’re invited to a very special Birthday Celebration!
Recently when His Holiness was asked what he wished for on his birthday he replied:
“The same as all beings, I wish to live a happy life. We all face a lot of problems that are essentially our own creation. The real point here is with our emotions. Unless we have some knowledge of how to tackle them we’ll run into trouble. My life is dedicated to the well-being of others. If humanity is happy, then I’ll be happy, because each of us is dependent on others.”
Please join us in the Gompa as we gather together to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday with Long Life Prayers, offerings, chai and birthday cake.
Friday 6th July. All events on the program today are freely offered. Please don’t forget to book your lunch in the Big Love Café from 12.00pm. Lunch is $12.50 pp
9:00am – 9:30am Sang Puja at the back of Gompa
10:30am – 12:00pm Long Life Prayers for HHDL in the Gompa with offerings to HHDL throne
12:00pm – 1:00pm Community Lunch in the Big Love Cafe
1:00pm – 2:00pm Prayers and Cake and Chai
3:00pm – 4:30pm Movie Screening at Gompa
We expect today to be busy. Don’t forget to book your lunch before 10:00am today and tell us if you need a gluten or dairy free meal so we can prepare something delicious for you.
Students are encouraged to bring offerings of flowering plants to create a beautiful altar for today’s events.
Buddha Day: Wheel Turning Day – Monday 16th July
Today we celebrate the occasion of the Buddha’s first teaching. We do this by coming together as a community to engage in prayer and meritorious activities and rejoice in the positive karmic potential created by ourselves and others.Join us for working with holy objects, light offerings, and Shakyamuni Buddha puja.
All these activities are freely offered to our community except lunch (Lunch is $12.50).
Schedule for the day:
9:00am – 3:30pm Working with Holy Objects – Garden of Enlightenment
2:00pm Afternoon Tea on the Lawn offered to all Sangha in recognition of their vows and commitment to the Buddha’s Teachings.
4:00pm Set up Light Offerings – Gompa
6:30pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja in Main Gompa
We hope you can join us. Buddha Days are often busy. Don’t forget to book your lunch before 10:00am on the day.
Welcome Day – 5th August
Welcome Days are filled with opportunities to explore what Chenrezig Institute has to offer. Bring the whole family for a relaxing day out! Start the day by heading into reception where our friendly team will welcome you with a map and answer any questions you have about the day’s program.
Between 9:00am and 10:00am younger family members will enjoy the fun activities in our Kind Kids program. Alternatively, allow yourself to unwind and relax as you wander to the Garden of Enlightenment to see the building that drew His Holiness the Dalai Lama here in 2011.
Between 10:30am and 11:30am one of Chenrezig Institute’s resident nuns will welcome you to our temple (Gompa) and after a short introduction share a peaceful guided meditation.
Wander down past the Bodhi tree and browse in our Buddhist book and gift shop before joining us for a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Big Love Café.
Relax in the sun on the prayer wheel lawn with relaxing music and a cool drink before heading back to the temple for Geshe Tsultrim’s Introductory Talk “What the Buddha Said” at 2:00pm.
Refresh yourself with our famous chai and cake for afternoon tea before visiting our Art Studio in the afternoon for a workshop on traditional Buddhist painting that everyone can enjoy.
All activities on Welcome Day are freely offered, with the exception of Lunch in the Big Love Café which is $12.50pp.