Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule
For those who would like to spend time in retreat, we offer a variety of deity, teaching and meditation retreats. Please check the flyers for details about the specific requirements and level of difficulty.
The Perfection of Meditation: Teachings from The Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Thubten Sherab
In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since.
Santideva presents methods to harmonize one’s life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires the reader to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva–generosity, ethics, patience, joyus effort, meditative concentration and wisdom.
Special Guest Geshe Sherab returns once again to inspire us with teachings and insight to motivate our meditation practice and help us find solutions to obstacles and challenges. This retreat is an incredible opportunity to learn direct from a master fluent in English.
Accommodation and meals available separately. Book for the entire retreat and receive a further discount of 10% discount to meals and accommodation.
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967 and entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine. After ten years of study, he went to Sera Je Monastery, eventually graduating as a Geshe. He continued on to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks.
From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He also taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos.
After returning to Nepal for his own practices in 2003, he was later appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery (2006 – 2010) and served as acting Abbot in 2011. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers around the world, including USA, Mexico, Guatamala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, USA.
Calm Abiding Practice Day with Peter Shepherd
Peter shares this beautiful and peaceful practice with us. Calm Abiding is the ideal practice for a busy life creating a strong and stable base of calm and relaxation we can return to. Peter will support your developing practice gently leading you through a range of meditations and explaining how these support the Buddhist path.
Facility fee $25 Accommodation and meals available separately.
Healing the Heart: Medicine Buddha Retreat with Venerable Tony Beaumont
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 9th February 6.30 pm to Wednesday 14th February 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.
They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
Days of Miracles: Karma Yoga Retreat
This year February marks the anniversary of the Days of Miracles. During this fifteen-day period, the Buddha performed many miraculous feats in order to inspire the faith and diligence of his students.
On these fifteen days, karmic results are multiplied one hundred million times, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. During this time we are inviting students to join us for a retreat focused on creating harmony and positive karma together.
Each morning of the retreat we’ll gather in the gompa for prayers and to set our motivation. During each day we’ll be working together on projects to prepare the property for Lama Zopa Rinpoches visit. These include: creating a new garden to welcome our Fasting Buddha Statue, painting our Gompa entry and Prayer Wheel House and working on other beautification projects around the property to welcome Rinpoche. We’ll finish the day with a session of dedication and rejoicing in the wonderful work we’ve accomplished together. To complete the last day of the retreat we’ll focus our energies on making beautiful offerings for Chotrul Düchen and creating the celebration for Rinpoche’s visit.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to create a truly beautiful and harmonious atmosphere across the property. To ensure that many students can participate we’ll be offering our retreat participants free accommodation and meals in return for their participation.
Monday 19th February 9.00 am to Thursday 1st March at Chenrezig Institute concluding approximately 8 pm with Shakyamuni Buddha Puja.
Places on this retreat are limited and by an application which you can complete
Cittamani Tara Retreat with Venerable Yonten
Chenrezig Institute is pleased to offer a two-week long Cittamani Tara Retreat starting Sunday 5 March and finishing Sunday 18 March 2018. All students who have received the Cittamani Tara initiation are welcome to attend. This is the highest yoga tantra form of Tara – a Green Tara jenang is not sufficient for this retreat.
To complement the practice there will be some discussion time about the practice during the first week. The retreat will conclude with a ritual fire puja and will fulfill the Approach Retreat Commitment (lerung) enabling students to then participate in self-initiation practice.
This is a fulltime residential retreat and there is a strict course discipline with students required to attend every session and stay on the property until the completion of the retreat and fire puja. Precepts for the retreat will be optional.
The retreat will be led by experienced teacher and retreat leader Ven. Yonten who was ordained and studied for many years at Chenrezig Institute in 2003 and became a fully ordained Bhikshuni (Gelongma) in 2011. In 2012 Venerable Yönten completed the studies and examination to become a Registered In-Depth Teacher with FPMT.
Venerable Yönten is known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style as well as her depth of knowledge and understanding.
Sunday 5th March and finishing Sunday 18th March 2018.
Facility fee: $500 Participants need to register and be accepted for this retreat.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat. Self-catering is not recommended due to the time commitments of the retreat.
Please register as soon as possible. Once accepted we will create an invoice for each participant. Your place will be secured after we have received your full payment of the facility fee.
Calm Abiding Practice Day with Ven. Tsondru
Ven. Tsondru takes time from her own Calm Abiding Retreat to share this beautiful and peaceful practice with us. Calm Abiding is the ideal practice for a busy life creating a strong and stable base of calm and relaxation we can return to. Ven Tsondru will support your developing practice gently leading you through a range of meditations and explaining how these support the Buddhist path.
Facility fee $25 Accommodation and meals available separately.
Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat
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. The ultimate Life to Life Coach!
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. Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a particularly powerful practice 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. The retreat will conclude with a powerful offering ceremony.
Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will attend the retreat, assisting and inspiring us with a transmission of the recitation as well as sharing motivations, teachings, visualizations and other tips to help us understand and benefit from this practice. This retreat is ideal for students who have taken refuge with Geshela.
Retreat Leader will be experienced teacher, Ven Yonten. Known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style Ven. Yonten regularly teaches at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel.
Facility fee $200
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
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. No charge and no need to book.
Finding Balance in a Busy World with Corey Jackson
Stress, anxiety, and depression have become a common part of our modern lifestyle, yet mental well-being is within reach. When we understand how our emotions work, we can use simple tools to prevent being hijacked by them. Further fine-tuning can see our emotional reactions working for us and leading to better relationships, resilience and overall well-being. It’s a balancing act that is surprisingly simple and delivers ever-increasing positive results.
This series of four Wednesday evening talks throughout March will be held in Maroochydore. Corey explores the unique synthesis of traditional Buddhist and modern psychological approaches. Each class will include both practical techniques and meditation.
For more information coming soon.
Corey Jackson trains individuals and organisations around the country in mindfulness and emotional skills. With a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit he trained as a translator of Buddhist Philosophy in India. He is passionate about combining ancient wisdom with modern research.