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Commentary on the Bodhisattva Vows

23 March @ 9:00 am - 24 March @ 4:00 pm AEST


Retreat Weekend – The Bodhisattva Vows

Due to ongoing health issues, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim will not be teaching this weekend course or any of the previously scheduled events at the centre for about  4 weeks.

We are grateful that Venerable Chokyi, Peter Shepherd and Miffi Maximillion have been able to offer their time toward this Retreat Weekend, that we dedicate for Geshela’s health and long life. 

The topic and schedule remain largely unchanged from the previously planned weekend and Geshela has encouraged us to continue to study and meditate on these subjects in his absence. 

This weekend provides an excellent opportunity for those students, and many others, to immediately receive this precious commentary on the vows they have taken – some as recently as during the Kopan-Down-Under retreat course in January

You may download the schedule for the weekend here: retreat weekend schedule March 2024.docx

During the time of Geshela’s absence from the centre, we will be reciting and dedicating these prayers for Geshela’s return to health: Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, The King of Prayers and other auspicious prayers. Please read or download these here for reciting at home.

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May Geshela soon recover and continue to teach us at Chenrezig Institute for a very long time!!

About our Teachers:

We are overjoyed to welcome Ven Thubten Chokyi back to teach during this retreat course. Ven Chokyi was our resident senior teacher for many years and is well known and beloved by our Discovering Buddhism students as well as the many others she has taught and supported here at the centre. She now lives and teaches at the FPMT centres in WA and we will receive her teachings on Zoom… 

Having met the Dharma in 1990, Venerable Chokyi ordained with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in 2006. Until very recently, Venerable Chokyi was the Director of Liberation Prison Project since 2010. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.

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 very grateful and from which he still draws inspiration today.

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.

Peter leads a regular meditation group in Caloundra and we are very thankful that he has agreed to lead meditations and discussions during this retreat weekend.

Miffi Maximillion will now be leading morning meditations on Saturday and Sunday at 9.00am.

Miffi runs the spiritual program at Langri Tangpa Centre, the FPMT centre in Brisbane, and is a registered FPMT teacher. She was brought up a Buddhist and had the great good fortune to play with Lama Yeshe as a child.  His hook of compassion sustained her through the many rebellious stages of growing up.  She took refuge with Lama Yeshe at age 10 and did her first Lamrim and Nyung Na retreats with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at age 16.

She left behind a thriving haute couture and costume business to help her mother Inta Mckimm, who established Langri Tangpa Centre, when she became sick with cancer. Packing her bags for two weeks, she ended up continuing her mother’s life work.  She is still there, teaching classes and leading pujas with great enthusiasm and joy, over twenty years later!

Miffi’s passion is in bridging the seemingly disparate worlds of modern life and the rich inner experience of Buddhist practice. She readily admits to watching far too much late-night TV and is an avid New Yorker Magazine reader.


The recommended contribution for this entire weekend is $120 but under our new by donation policy, you may pay what you feel comfortable with starting at only $1!

The Centre offering the course to its students at $1 will make sure everyone will be able to attend.

A payment from you of $60 will be very helpful

A payment from you of $120 will cover all our basic costs.

A generous contribution of more than this will cover our costs and help us to continue to offer other teachings to so many – often subsidised or free of charge.

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

This retreat/course is open to everyone – in person or online – and especially for those who have taken Refuge and the Bodhisattva Vows. 

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

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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

Minimum contribution: $1.00


23 March @ 9:00 am AEST
24 March @ 4:00 pm AEST
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Chenrezig Institute
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Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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