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KOPAN-DOWN-UNDER LAMRIM RETREAT COURSE 2024

3 January @ 6:00 pm - 14 January @ 12:00 pm AEST

$1.00

 

About Event:

Many of our students were initially inspired by the courses offered by our ‘mother’ centre, Kopan Monastery outside Kathmandu, where Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche started teaching Westerners in the late sixties. The one-month courses given there became world famous, and many of the early students then went on to establish FPMT centres throughout the world, including Chenrezig Institute.

The courses were based on the teachings of Lamrim, a teaching of a complete and gradual spiritual path leading to enlightenment. In 1974 Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught the first of these courses in the west in a valley nearby and from this exciting beginning nearly 50 years ago, our centre here in Eudlo was created. The Lamas continued to visit and teach often in the early years and we continue to offer these teachings annually in our Kopan-Down-Under Retreat… 

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 and will be assisted by our dear friend Ven Thubten Chokyi as assistant teacher, leading discussions and meditations on the profound material.

The course will be based this time on Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Short Lamrim known as The Song of Spiritual  Experience (you may also see it as Abbreviated Points of the Graded Path, and often The Hymn of Experience), and 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, Bodhicitta and Enlightenment

The full retreat schedule (and a copy of the text will be uploaded as plans become clear and it is likely that a  Refuge Ceremony will be offered by Geshe Tsultrim on the final day of the retreat for students wishing to take refuge for the first time, and for all those wishing to refresh their vows.

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 one of his professional translators, in this case Ven Dorje.

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:

We are overjoyed to welcome Ven Thubten Chokyi back to lead 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. 

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.

Geshe Tsultrim will be joined by our Basic Program interpreter Ven Lobsang Dorje, who works on Zoom from Atisha Centre in Bendigo. Geshela and Ven Dorje have formed a close relationship over the months and we are very grateful that Atisha Centre continue this very beneficial agreement with us. 

Ven. Dorje grew up in South Africa. He ordained in 2003 and lived and studied at Nalanda Monastery in France and Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, before moving to India in 2010. After studying Tibetan at Sera Monastery for three years, he graduated from the FPMT’s translator programme in Dharamsala in 2014. He has been translating at Atisha Centre in Bendigo since 2016. 

You can download the schedule for the whole retreat here: Schedule for Lam Rim 2024:

REGISTRATION

Registration, for the entire retreat, both in person and online, will open 1st September, with reduced price early bird accommodation and food packages available until 31st October. 

Find details of these reduced price packages here EARLY BIRD Acc & Food

After that, accommodation and food packages will return to our very reasonable normal charges. At this stage, please book these packages through info@chenrezig.com.au 

News!! our REGISTRATION possibilities have changed!

 

You are free to decide just what you are happy to contribute to attend this whole 10 day retreat – with a minimum payment of only $1!

$1 minimum requested contribution – so everyone can come (or join online)

$150 will cover about half the costs – and still help us to continue

$300 for the ten days will cover our basic costs for this retreat

A $400 contribution will cover costs, and help us continue to offer courses and retreats like this into the future, as well as the many events we offer free of charge.

Of course you are always free to offer more if you can –  please give as generously as you are able to benefit other students at Chenrezig Institute! 

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

 

 

REGISTER FOR ATTENDANCE OF THE FULL RETREAT IN PERSON

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Minimum contribution: $1.00

 

REGISTER FOR ATTENDANCE OF THE FULL RETREAT ONLINE:

Minimum contribution: $1.00

 

 

 

From 3rd December it will be possible to register for single days – either in person or online.

Once again, you are free to decide just what you are happy to contribute to attend – with a minimum of only $1!

$1 minimum requested contribution 

$15 per day will help cover our basic costs

$25 will cover our costs for this retreat

and $50 per day will help us continue to offer courses and retreats like this into the future as well as all the other events we offer free of charge.

Of course you can always donate more – give generously so others may benefit!

register to attend single days in person

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Minimum contribution: $1.00

register to attend single days online

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Minimum contribution: $1.00

Details

Start:
3 January @ 6:00 pm AEST
End:
14 January @ 12:00 pm AEST
Cost:
$1.00
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Venue

Chenrezig Institute Gompa and Online
33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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Other

Zoom Passcode (if applicable)
342413
Zoom Meeting ID (if applicable)
843 5201 4752
Any Additional Details
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84352014752?pwd=Mi9HRzd6RFdOT2hUYnRUR0t0YUVjdz09 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1MxeJ3Xhzi3rGTgT_9gcxT9tgxobLwmi

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