Chenrezig Institute for Wisdom Culture
Tradition : Tibetan, Gelugpa, Vajrayana (FPMT)
PO Box 41 - 33 Johnsons Road
Phone : 5453 2108
Fax : 5453 2188
Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat, and practice
nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia.
Chenrezig Institute was one of the first centres of Tibetan Buddhism to be
established in the western world. In 1974 a month long meditation course, the
first ever of its kind, was conducted by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa
Rinpoche in nearby Diamond Valley, Mooloolah. This now historic course
attracted approximately 200 people from all across Australia, many of whom
went on to play key roles in establishing and running centres in other states of
Australia, and indeed the world.
During the course many students decided they wanted the opportunity for
ongoing study and so the Eudlo property was donated by four of the Lamas'
students so that a meditation centre could be established. This rather barren plot
of land, lying fallow, became what is now the lush sub-tropical environment of
Chenrezig Institute. This transformation from one-time cattle grazing land to
thriving centre for Tibetan Buddhist education and practice was made possible by
the hard work of countless volunteer students and visitors over many years.
Today, the Institute is home to a Tibetan Geshe (Lama), a large community of
ordained Sangha (nuns and monks), students, residents, volunteers, retreatants,
Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm
and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush
paths, wander in the formal garden, sip espresso in the café, have a vegetarian
meal, drop in for a meditation class or teaching, or just sit and listen to life.
Chenrezig Institutes' mission is to transmit the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the
path to ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering.