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Annual Kopan Down Under Retreat 2023

04/01/2023 @ 6:30 pm - 15/01/2023 @ 12:00 pm AEST

$30.00 – $200.00


About Event:

The Lamrim teachings, based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, form a complete and gradual spiritual path leading to enlightenment. Through cultivating an awareness of our present situation, we gain an understanding of the nature of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness, the causes for these states of mind and how we can overcome them. The Lamrim teachings give us the tools to deal more effectively with any situation, be it positive or negative.

Our resident Tibetan Geshe, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim, will teach this course, assisted by Venerable Tenzin Tsapel, a devoted student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who lived at Chenrezig Institute for many years.

Geshe Tsultrim will be teaching from two key texts: Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment by Atisha, and The Foundation of All Good Qualities by Lama Tsongkhapa.

The course will cover many important topics such as the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the Four Noble Truths, Karma, The Nature of our Mind, Conventional and Ultimate Truth, Twelve Links of Dependent Origination and Bodhicitta, just to name a few.

The Annual Lamrim course at Chenrezig Institute began in 1974 in Diamond Valley with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. It was the first Lamrim course that the Lamas taught outside of Kopan Monastery, Nepal. Since then the course has been held every year and has been attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people looking for meaning and happiness in their lives.

The full retreat schedule is to be found here: Schedule for Lam Rim 2023:

A Refuge Ceremony will be offered by Geshe Tsultrim on the final day of the Lamrim retreat – Sunday 15 January 10:30am – 12:00pm for students wishing to take refuge for the first time, or those wishing to refresh their vows.

Please notify our Spiritual Program Coordinator if you are wishing to take refuge for the first time:

AND – After the Refuge Ceremony Geshe Tsultrim will offer the lung for the Tara Mantra and the Praises to the 21 Taras

Geshela’s recent meeting where he outlined his vision for the development of Chenrezig Institute has inspired us all! In order to create conditions conducive to the success of his projects, Geshela has requested that the Chenrezig community participate in reciting the 21 Praises to Tara to clear obstacles. As part of this Geshela has agreed to offer the lung for the Tara mantra and the 21 Praises.

[lung (pronounced loong) is the oral transmission of a text, mantra, or practice by an authorized holder. Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains more about lungs in a video here:]

Everyone is welcome to attend this event after the Refuge Ceremony on the morning of 15th January.

Note: the Refuge Ceremony and the conferring of the lungs will be available in person only! No online participation.

About Teacher:

Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warm and approachable way in which he presents the Dharma and inspires our community. 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 began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He teaches in Tibetan with the help of his professional translator, Ven. Kartson.

Geshe Tsultrim has a warm hearted, caring and practical approach to teaching Dharma. He has been the resident Geshe at Chenrezig Institute since 2014. Since then he has taught Dharma from both the Gompa and by the example he sets outside of the Gompa.

About Assistant Teacher:

Venerable Tenzin Tsapel was inspired to become a Buddhist after she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa in 1979. She was ordained five years later by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Venerable Tsapel served as a resident teacher at FPMT Centres in Sydney, New Zealand and in Mongolia. She taught and/or tutored at Chenrezig Institute for many years and helped to establish Chenrezig Nuns Community , even putting on a nail bag and helping to build their cabins with her own hands.

Venerable Tsapel has led many group retreats and completed a number of solitary retreats including a two-year calm abiding (mindfulness) retreat on Kangaroo Island after attending a group retreat led by Alan Wallace. Currently, she is establishing a nunnery in Bendigo, Victoria.

She is a popular and entertaining teacher with a strong basis of understanding because of her many years of study (she is a Basic Program Graduate) and her various retreats.

About our Interpreter

We are grateful and delighted to welcome Jennie Dzidowski who is joining Geshe Tsultrim as his interpreter for this retreat. Jennie will also be doing zoom translating for Geshela regularly throughout 2023.

Registration is now open for those wishing to attend the whole 10 day retreat OR SINGLE DAYS – either in person or via Zoom.


Although there are no legal requirements around covid restrictions at the moment (and this may of course change), we are always mindful that we have vulnerable people in our community, which includes some of our staff, visitors and sangha members.

In addition, we have had to prematurely end one of our retreats this year due to a COVID outbreak during the event.

We therefore request that you seriously consider our requests in this regard, for your own and others’ benefit.

In order to attend one of our retreats we strongly suggest that participants do a RAT test at home on the day of joining the retreat and we encourage people to wear masks in the gompa and any congested areas, especially if you have any respiratory symptoms no matter how minor.

The suggested contribution for the entire retreat is $400 with a minimum charge of $200 (FOR SINGLE DAYS $50 WITH A MINIMUM OF $30) As always, if you find even the minimum contribution is too much, please contact to request a further reduction. 

To book accommodation and meals (which are not included in the registration contribution) please email

Once again we ask that people who are using centre accommodation to please bring their own sheets (single) and towels to lighten the load on our limited staff and volunteers. At the suggestion of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, all retreaters will be requested to take part in some karma yoga activities (usually in the gompa, kitchen or housekeeping).

Links for online attendance by Zoom and to the YouTube recordings will be sent to you in your ticket after registration. If you cannot find them there or do not receive your ticket as expected, please contact in advance. It is important that people wishing to attend online book at least a day or two in advance to make sure they have this information. 


(recommended contribution is $400 with a minimum of $200)

As always, if you find even the minimum contribution is too much, please contact to request a further reduction. 

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As always, if you find even the minimum contribution is too much, please contact to request a further reduction. 

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04/01/2023 @ 6:30 pm AEST
15/01/2023 @ 12:00 pm AEST
$30.00 – $200.00
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