Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule
For those who would like to spend 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.
Calm Abiding Meditation Practice with Peter Shepherd
Shamatha or Calm Abiding meditation focuses on the calming practice of following the breath. Senior student Peter Shepherd will support your developing practice by gently leading you through a range of meditations. Join us for an inspiring afternoon of meditation practice.
Peter Shepherd has completed the Discovering Buddhism course and a number of subjects from the Chenrezig Institute Buddhist Studies Program. Over the last decade he has completed a number of personal meditation and study retreats. He has been leading meditations for Chenrezig Institute for the past three years.
Comfort and Ease: White Tara Retreat with Venerable Ailsa
The practice of White Tara strengthens and restores good health and life-force energy by gathering all the various elements needed to sustain and nurture health and removing life obstacles. If one has experienced health issues, especially depression, or a loss of “lust for life,” the practice of White Tara can be especially powerful.
Please join us for this beautiful and inspiring Buddhist retreat based on chanting, meditation and making offerings to uplift your mind and spirit. The practice can also be dedicated to the health and long life of others.
Ordained in 1987, Venerable Ailsa is a close student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has been editing his teachings since 1984 for the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
Yes, You can Meditate! with Venerable Damchoe
This one-day interactive workshop teaches a range of meditation techniques and is suitable for beginners, or those wanting to extend their practice.
You will learn about the different types of meditation, the benefits of practice, how to sit comfortably and how to deal with problems as they come up. Lots of time for discussions and questions.
Venerable Thubten Damchoe is a Buddhist nun and student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced study program. She particularly enjoys welcoming new students.
Shamatha Meditation Retreat with Peter Shepherd
If you’ve been enjoying our regular meditation days then this is the retreat you’ve been requesting!
Shamatha, or Calm Abiding meditation, is designed to help you build a stable, calm base of relaxation. This soothing place is one you can return to when you need to recharge and regroup. The practices are designed to create the mental space you need to make sound judgments and wise and compassionate decisions for yourself and others.
Peter Shepherd is a senior student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced study program. He is committed to sharing the benefits of meditation in a caring and supportive way.
Giving and Receiving Meditation with Ven Palyon
Giving and Taking meditation or Tong Len is one of the richest and bravest practices we can do. It is described as one of the great meditation jewels that offers a way for us to cultivate our natural compassion towards ourselves and others. Use your own challenging personal experiences to propel yourself along the spiritual path and develop your compassionate heart. Ven Palyon will create a warm and supportive environment for this uplifting practice.
Saturday 14 October 9.00 am to 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $45
Calm Abiding Practice Day with Peter Shepherd
Shamatha, or Calm Abiding meditation, is designed to help you build a stable, calm base of relaxation. This soothing place is one you can return to when you need to recharge and regroup. The practices are designed to create the mental space you need to make sound judgements and wise and compassionate decisions for yourself and others. Join this friendly group of meditators to help sustain your regular practice.
Sunday 15 October 9.00am to 3.30pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $25
Beyond Disappointment and Delight with Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)
Lama Yeshe used to talk about our yo-yo mind. “I get a present! I feel so happy!” “I lost that wonderful gift. I’m so unhappy.” We have bought into the appearances of this life, thinking that money and material things, praise and approval, a good reputation and marvelous sense experiences are the epitome of happiness. But then we get disappointed and frustrated when we discover that they don’t give us genuine happiness, but fear of losing what we have, jealousy when others have more, and an empty feeling inside our hearts.
Ven. Tsultrim will guide us to stop looking at what we can get from the world and refocus on what each of us can bring to it. Step out of the cycle of Disappointment and Delight and connect with genuine happiness. Friday 1 December 9.00am – Thursday 7th December 3.30pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Fri, 1 December 2017, 6:30pm – Thu, 7 December 2017, 3:30pm held in the gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee: $350 Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.
Carla Pearse is a Buddhist nun from the Tibetan tradition who has worked with many hundreds of people at risk of suicide over the past 15 years. She has extensive professional experience in suicide intervention and prevention with CAPS and Lifeline.
Overflowing with Compassion: Chenrezig Retreat with Ven Damchoe
“A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir – a constant source of energy, determination and kindness.”. His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Compassion, the wish that everyone be free of suffering, lies at the heart of the Buddhist path. This retreat focuses on developing compassion through the joyful and uplifting practice of reciting the mantra of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. This retreat is dedicated to the long life of the Dalai Lama.
Everyone is welcome! You don’t need any previous retreat experience to participate in this life-changing opportunity.
Friday 15 December 6.30 pm – Sunday 17 December 3.30 pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
This course is freely offered by our community for participants who register.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase.
Venerable Thubten Damchoe is a Buddhist nun and a student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced Studies Program. She particularly enjoys welcoming new students.
Release and Renew: Vajrasattva Retreat with Ven Chokyi
Complete your year with the powerful act of releasing all that has gone before and start the New Year with a renewed sense of calm, feeling inspired and motivated. In Buddhist purification, we can let go of the past with mindfulness and perception, and open up to the brightness and potential of the present moment. In this state of openness, we resolve to make beneficial changes in our lives which help increase our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Our week-long Purification retreat has been described as life-changing by previous participants. With time for deep reflection in beautiful surroundings, we begin to see how our thoughts, speech and actions have influenced the course of the year; we start to notice how our relationships have been impacted by our own responses to life.
Through the gentle but powerful and stabilising practices of meditation, Buddhist mantra recitation and visualisation we are encouraged to loosen our hold on the past, release our anxieties and regrets, and let go of our pain and heartache. Through the beautiful and profound act of purification, we refresh ourselves with strong, positive mental habits, replacing negativities and worries with potent, aspirational resolutions for the future. This transformative process clears the way for us to fully embrace a more relaxed, peaceful, and happy approach to life.
Come along and join us for this period of surrender, quiet reflection and positive transformation in the peaceful setting of Chenrezig Institute. You will enjoy the tranquil ebb and flow of a traditional Buddhist retreat and be supported in your journey with like-minded people. The retreat ends with a beautiful symbolic light offering ceremony, a sublime
memory to carry forward into the New Year. This retreat is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners alike, but a basic understanding of karma will greatly benefit your time here. All welcome!
Tuesday 26th December, 6.30 pm – Sunday 31st, 9.00 am. Facility fee $275 Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Venerable Chokyi lives at Vajrayana Institute where she has been studying the Basic Program with Geshe Samten for the past ten years. Venerable Chokyi is Spiritual Program Coordinator at Vajrayana Institute where she has been leading meditation and teaching foundation Buddhist studies, such as Discovering Buddhism, for some years. Venerable Chokyi has been the Director of Liberation Prison Project since 2010. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.
Path to Peace: Annual Lam Rim Retreat with Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim and Ven Chokyi
Our annual lam-rim retreat has been running at Chenrezig Institute since 1974 and benefited many thousands of people looking to understand and integrate the teachings of the Buddha into their everyday life.
This year our Lam Rim will be divided into two phases of teaching. In the first phase Geshela will teach extensively on the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha’s first and most essential teaching. These fundamental teachings are a perfect place to start for new students and an important place to return to for more experienced ones.
In the second phase of teachings Geshela will teach from a rare Lam Rim Commentary “The Blissful Path to Omniscience, the Red Guide to the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” composed by Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen and recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These inspiring teachings will challenge more experienced students to assess how they are applying the teachings in their lives.
Complimenting these teachings will be a program of yoga, meditation, discussion and sacred art experience. You’ll experience daily life in our thriving Buddhist community, and discover the relevance and freshness of traditional Buddhist teachings to your own life. The lam-rim has been greatly appreciated
many thousands of people as an excellent means for clarifying their direction in life, no matter their religion or philosophy. Join us at the start of the New Year for this wonderful retreat, and discover ways to transform your own life. All welcome!
Tuesday 2 January 6:30 pm – Sunday 14 January, 1.30 pm. Facility fee $500.
Accommodation and meals available separately for purchase. They are discounted by 10% for those attending the full retreat.
Geshe Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community. Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim was born in Tibet in 1969. At 14 he became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He spent a further two years studying tantra at Gyume Tantric Monastery. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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.
Meditation & Discussion with Lindsay Pratt
Every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm
Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore.
Meditation with Peter Shepherd
Every Friday 6pm – 7pm
124 Bulcock Street, Caloundra (above Britannia Garage at Ramsdale’s Tang Soo Tao)
Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classes