Discovering Buddhism: Preparing for Retreat with Venerable Chokyi
Chenrezig Institute 9:00am - 3:45pm
General Interest, Special Interest, Spiritual
33 Johnsons Road
Eudlo , Queensland, 4554
Why is retreat important? “In order for our spirituality, wisdom, concentration, and insight into reality to grow, we need time and space. Our normal modern environment does not give us this…You can see, that Jesus and other great spiritual leaders went into solitary retreat. Christian, Muslim, Indian, Tibetan; all went into isolation for certain periods and gained their high accomplishments through practicing intensively like that.
So the history of human experience also shows that Dharma realizations come only through concentrated, twenty-four-hour-a-day practice. And when you are in that situation, you can conduct research into your experiences, just like scientists investigate phenomena in their laboratories.
You can analyze your dreams, your sleep and whatever else come up, and you can supplement your research by reading and study.” - Lama Thubten Yeshe In this weekend course, we will spend time investigating methods of retreat and discussing the benefits that can be found in both solitary and group retreat experiences. We’ll explore the Special Integration Practices of the Discovering Buddhism Program – Lam Rim Retreat, Preliminary Prostrations, Vajrasattva Practice and Nyung Na Retreat.
We’ll grow to understand how each of these intensive practices help to prepare our minds in the best possible way to gain realisations on the path to enlightenment. This is a perfect preparation for students joining us for our annual Vajrasattva and Lam Rim Retreats. Saturday 8th Dec 9:00am - Sunday 9th Dec 3:45pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $108
Established 1974, Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat and practice nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Institute is home to a Tibetan Geshe (Lama), a large community of ordained Sangha (monks and nuns), students, residents, volunteers, retreat goers and guests.
Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in formal garden, espresso in the cafe or a vegetarian meal.
Teachers’ availability subject to change; please http://www.chenrezig.com.au/programme/calendar/ for updated information.
Also below the far carpark is ‘The Wellbeing Centre’ which provides courses focusing on cultivating physical, emotional and mental balance and wellbeing. They include authentic traditional and modern psychological approaches to health and lifestyle. They are suitable for everyone who maybe looking for genuine happiness and well-being in a non-religious framework.