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The Tea, not the Cup: Tasting the Essence of Buddhist Practice

27/05/2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST


About this Event:

 A new 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 going forward 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 here at Chenrezig Institute, this course, The Tea, not the Cup: Tasting the Essence of Buddhist Practice, has emerged. 

It is a course written and presented by Chenrezig Institute students, for Chenrezig Institute students, a course that intends to build upon and hopefully add 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. This course has been written and designed specifically to draw on and utilise their skill sets. The material that will be presented draws 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 scaffolding for those that choose 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 liberated mind, our potential fulfilled. Quite a ride!

We want to create a classroom atmosphere conducive to experiential understanding and this means that the class size will be limited to ten students in order to facilitate discussion, questions and meditation in class time.

The classes will be scheduled in our lovely Tara Room (on the right under the main meditation hall) over eight consecutive Saturday mornings from 27th May, with two sessions of approximately seventy-five minutes each. The intent is to create conditions that are most conducive to an immersive learning experience.

This course has been formulated as an eight-week course, and we encourage people to attend the full eight weeks, if possible, in order to get the most out of it.  We appreciate that making an eight-week commitment is asking a lot, and so would like to offer the discounted price of $200 to all those who are able to commit to the entire eight weeks.

Thank you for your support of the centre and its program. We are excited to introduce this new element and to see how it goes.

This first round of our new course will be facilitated by one of our most experienced students, Ben Isbel.

Ben Isbel is a mindfulness teacher with over 25 years’ experience spanning both traditional Buddhist meditation techniques and contemporary psychological approaches to mindfulness. Ben has studied in both the Theravadin and Mahayana Buddhist traditions and holds a B. of Psychology (Honours) and a PhD in Psychology.

Until recently Ben was the Research Program Coordinator at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic where he investigated the use of mindfulness to prevent the development of age-related cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. As a neuroscientist and contemplative researcher, Ben has developed a comprehensive cognitive model of mindfulness and has used advanced EEG techniques to show how mindfulness training can improve cognition and mood in older adults while at the same time transforming the ageing brain.

Ben is currently offering mindfulness training at Pramana Wellbeing in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Ben Isbel Intro to Mindfulness

Registration is only available for people to attend in person.

At this stage we are opening registration for the entire eight weeks of the course – at a reduced fee of $200.

If all the ten places are not filled by the beginning of May, we shall open registration for single days.

Of course if you are having financial difficulties, please contact to request a further discount to enable you to attend.

If you wish to take lunch afterwards at the Big Love Cafe, please make sure you book in at least 24 hours in advance here.


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33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, Queensland 4554 Australia
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