Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat
Posted by Gillian
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Cost: Free
Website: www.chenrezig.com.au
Date: 15th November 2005
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Location: Nearest town is Eudlo, which is on the main Brisbane to Nambour line. From Eudlo it`s a 15 minute drive/hitch/taxi ride following the signposts.

Chenrezig was established in the early 70s with the philosophy of creating a place where young westerners could study the profundities of Tibetan Buddhism in their own language. Although Chenrezig is of interest for it`s colourful and ornate Tibetan fixtures, such as the Gompas (Tibetan for "place of meditation"), Prayer Wheels, and the Stupa (symbolic sculpture), it`s no Tibetan theme park. Its unique provision of informal yet authentic teaching has attracted students and teachers from all over the world, and Chenrezig supports one of the largest Sangha (community of Monks and Nuns) in the West. There are ongoing guided mediations, one-day workshops and intensive courses open to the public.
Chenrezig is surrounded by it`s own 160 acre sub-tropical rainforest, and provides private, dormitory and retreat accommodation, an eclectic library, 2 Gompas, a gift/bookshop and "Lama Yeshe`s Big Love Café", where you can find healthy vegetarian meals and snacks that don`t compromise on the yummy factor. Chenrezig is a not-for-profit organisation, and the near daily guided meditations and Geshe-la`s Wednesday morning General teaching are open to all on a donation basis. There are reasonable charges for longer courses. Breakfast and a soup supper cost $5.50 each, lunch (the main meal of the day) is $9.00. There are camping facilities available from $12.00 per person, and accommodation costs between costs between $15.00 and $42.00 per night. Day visitors should call ahead to book for meals.
I spent a few months there this summer and am still reaping the benefits. Of all the places I went to in Australia on my Working Holiday year, this was definitely the first place I urge you to head for. Check it out, check up, chill out!

Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - One of the Glasshouse mountains: a spectacular natural phenomenon not far from 
Chenrezig.
Posted by Theresa
Date: 07th March 2006
One of the Glasshouse mountains: a spectacular natural phenomenon not far from Chenrezig.
Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - Here is a photo of the Gompa at Chenrezig which is referred to in the article. Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - Garden of Enlightenment at Chenrezig, Feb 2006 Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - Stupa at Chenrezig, Feb 2006 Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - Bush Turkey at Chenrezig Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - Prayer Wheel at Chenrezig, Feb 2006 Australia - Queensland - Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Study and Retreat - One of the Glasshouse mountains: a spectacular natural phenomenon not far from 
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Posted by: Theresa
Date: Tuesday, 07th March 2006 01:39 PM
I fully endorse Gillian's commentary about Chenrezig. I've just returned from a ten day stay, so I have included some photos to help whet the appetite of anyone on the path, or thinking of taking their first step. Peace, Theresa
 
Posted by: Nicole - nicolehutchinson[at]hotmail dot com
Date: Friday, 23rd November 2007 01:20 PM
I am currently looking into Buddhism. I am reading a few books and would love the opportunity to learn meditation techniques and speak to others whom already practice the precepts in their day to day life. Is this what Chenrezig is about? Please explain what I could expect on a visit to Chenrezig? Waiting in anticipation.. warm and kind regards, Nicole
 
Posted by: Theresa - theresa dot wyborn[at]vu dot edu dot au
Date: Saturday, 05th April 2008 11:01 PM
hi Nicole, this reply might be abit late, but yes, Chenrezig offers courses and daily meditations from beginners level to advanced. There is something for everyone. The best thing to do is visit their website and check out their monthly newsletter so you can see what workshops and meditations are being offered. If you plan to stay there, you often need to book in advance, especially if you want to go at the same time that a special retreat in in progress. Enjoy your journey.
 
Posted by: Jacqui
Date: Saturday, 19th March 2011 03:19 PM
Hi, I live in Ninderry and just bought some flowers from the local Fruit and Vegie shop, the lady said a man from the Bhuddist retreat have her the flowers to sell. I am amazed and I have lived on the coast for many year\'s and did\'nt know it existed. I am so excited to visit tomorrow with my family. WOW! VERY HAPPY!
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