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3 August @ 8:00 am - 4 August @ 4:00 pm AEST



An introductory course involving inspiring and transformative elements of the ongoing FPMT programs offered at Chenrezig Institute. 

As Buddhism continues its cultural transition from traditional Buddhist countries, there seems to be a conversation happening about what has worked well in that transition and what we can do differently to improve our experience as students and to continue the amazing work that has been done to introduce Buddhism to us.

Some of that conversation is happening here at Chenrezig Institute, and out of those conversations between students and the program office this course, Approaching Buddhism, has emerged.

It is a course written and presented by Chenrezig Institute students, for Chenrezig Institute students, a course that builds upon and hopefully adds something to the existing FPMT programs offered by Chenrezig Institute.

At our centre we are fortunate to have a variety of senior students who have studied in our program intensively and who have the skills to be able to share the results of that study with us. The material presented will draw from the whole range of FPMT courses presented here at Chenrezig Institute and is intended to act as an introduction to those programs, a primer for Buddhist mind training techniques in general, and a framework for those who wish to continue to study here.

To that end, the topics covered trace a line from mind to perfect human rebirth to the qualities of a student then through study, meditation, and contemplation to understanding the role of doubt and correct reasons in our contemplation. Then we see how doubt fits in the progression of the seven types of awareness and how that progression leads to valid awareness. We look at the obstacle that is pride then the role of the practice of rejoicing and we end with a liberated mind, our potential fulfilled. Quite a ride!

The classes will be scheduled in our lovely gompa over the three first weekends in June, July, and August.

Please don’t feel pressured to attend every weekend as this course is presented as part of our ongoing Chenrezig Institute Introductory Program and will cycle around again. Students are encouraged to attend what they can, knowing that any missed content can be accessed at a later time.

About Teacher:

Peter Shepherd was introduced to Buddhism in 2009 when his friend lent him a copy of ‘What Makes You Not a Buddhist’, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. It was the first time he’d ever read anything that was explicitly talking about our reality. This led him to attend the Discovering Buddhism Course with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal at Chenrezig Institute shortly after, to which he is still grateful and from which he still draws inspiration today.

He has a very keen interest in how dharma is relevant to us each day and how it can be applied in every moment. He’s passionate about how this ancient wisdom tradition can be applied to us living in a different part of the world in a very different culture. Whilst at our core we are no different to the Indians and Tibetans of the past centuries, we have a very different education system, upbringing, social circumstances and exposure to a much wider range of experiences and information. As some of our great teachers have shown us in recent years, there are a few very important considerations, to make sure the dharma is received and practiced as intended. 

He has attended numerous study and meditation retreats at Chenrezig Institute and other locations. He currently lives in Caloundra with his partner and works part-time as a landscape architect and Zenthai Shiatsu therapist. His study of Zenthai Shiatsu, Chinese Five Element Theory and Ayurveda have led him to explore the body-mind relationship in greater depth and he is passionate about how other traditions and modalities can support Buddhist practice.

Daily schedule

Download the schedule for all three weekends in June/July/August here

Registration and payment

The recommended contribution for this weekend is $120 ($60 for one day).

BUT – under our new payment policy, you may pay whatever you feel comfortable with – starting at only $1

Offering the course at a $1 payment will make sure anyone at all will be able to attend.

A payment of $30 will be very helpful

A payment of $60 will cover our basic costs.

A generous contribution of $120 will cover our costs and help us to continue to offer other teachings to so many – often free of charge.

Sangha are always able to attend our courses free of charge but are encouraged to please register (using their coupon).

You may register to attend in person or on line…

Sangha are always able to attend our courses free of charge but are encouraged to please register (using their coupon).


REGISTER TO ATTEND weekend three (August) IN PERSON

The recommended contribution for this weekend is $120.

BUT – you may pay whatever you feel comfortable with starting at only $1

A payment of $60 will just about cover our basic costs, but your $120 contribution will help us to continue to offer these precious teachings to so many – often completely free of charge.

Ordained sangha are always invited to attend our courses free of charge, but are encouraged to please register using their coupon (contact if you haven’t received this coupon).

Registration will be in person or online

Always contact to book your accommodation and meals at the centre separately.

Suggested contribution: $120.00

20 in stock

Minimum contribution: $1.00

Register to attend weekend three (August) online

Note: when you register to attend online, please read the attached information and requests for the benefit of our students and volunteers: Information for online participants

Suggested contribution: $120.00

25 in stock

Minimum contribution: $1.00


3 August @ 8:00 am AEST
4 August @ 4:00 pm AEST
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Chenrezig Institute Gompa and Online
33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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4-3107:BA-SP In person 3/4Aug Approaching Buddhism
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4-3107:BA-SP ONLINE 3/4aug24 Approaching Buddhism
$ 1.00
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