Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 16th 2019
An 'awakening' road trip
Introductory course to discovering Buddhism
Is Buddhism a religion, a science or somewhere in between?
Over the years Buddhism has held a certain fascination to me, perking my curiosity that until now I haven't fulfilled. I've met individuals over the years, who are devout Buddhism followers and they emit an aura of serenity, a tranquillity and sense of peace, which I find totally awe-inspiring (and at the same time a pang of envy) as to how they manage this outer-countenance of bliss! And, here and now is our opportunity to experience the study of Buddhism at Taste of Tibetan Buddhism Thursdays at the Chenrezig Institute.
I'm not sure if you are aware, but we are blessed with our very own Buddhist retreat and study centre nestled in the hills of Eudlo in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Established in 1974, the Chenrezig Institute was one of the very first Tibetan Buddhist centres in the Western World and today is still one of the biggest.
The Chenrezig Institute is home to a Tibetan teacher; a large number of ordained Sangha (monks and nuns) as well as a thriving community of students, residents, volunteers, retreat goers and guests. And, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Chenrezig Institute on Thursday afternoons - ongoing - for a laid-back, exploration of the world of Tibetan Buddhism. This introductory course covers topics such as mind and its potential, how to meditate, establishing a daily practice, karma and transforming problems.
Every week for several months, a new subject will be examined, ensuring an excellent opportunity to acquire an overview of core Buddhist teachings in the Tibetan tradition. It is not necessary to attend every Thursday, guests are welcome to drop in and attend these sessions on a casual basis.
Learn the benefits of meditation
Bookings to the Taste of Tibetan Buddhism Thursdays are not essential. Everybody is welcome and entry is by donation. The Venerable Lhagsam has more than fifteen years of experience, working in palliative care and combines her insight into the teachings of Buddha with her experience of modern medicine.
The availability of teachers is always subject to change. Please refer to the Chenrezig Institute Calendar for updated information. 'The Wellbeing Centre' is a new addition to the Chenrezig Institute, providing courses that focus on cultivating physical, emotional and mental balance and wellbeing. These courses include authentic traditional and modern psychological approaches to health and lifestyle. Anybody who is looking for genuine happiness and wellbeing in a non-religious framework would find the courses at 'The Wellbeing Centre' beneficial.
Besides being a formal study centre, the Chenrezig Institute is a tranquil, peaceful, calm and relaxing destination to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in the formal garden, or enjoy an espresso or vegetarian meal in the onsite Big Love Cafe.
"If you are interested in "meeting the Buddha" and following his example, then you should realise that the path the Buddha taught is primarily a study of your own mind and a system for training your mind. This path is spiritual, not religious. Its goal is self-knowledge, not salvation; freedom, not heaven. And it is deeply personal. Without your curiosity and questions and your open mind, there is no spiritual path, no journey to be taken, even if you adopt all the forms of the tradition."
I think that Taste of Tibetan Buddhism Thursdays calls for a road trip of a different kind. If, like me, your curiosity needs to be appeased, and you also long for a sense of inner-peace, participating in an introductory course of Tibetan Buddhism, could be the start of an 'awakening' road trip, leading to true liberation of an open mind and achieving long-term peace and happiness.