Chenrezig Institute celebrates the Dalai Lamas 84th Birthday
We were invited as media to cover the day’s events at Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo yesterday as two Geshemas (Buddhist Nuns) from the Dalai Lamas’ own community in Dharmasala ahead of his birthday celebrations. Geshema’s Tenzin Lhadron and Tshering Dolma both spoke eloquently about their role as Geshemas as they travel and the Dalai Lamas’ knowledge. We spent approximately 10 minutes with Tenzin Lhadron who told us about a typical day in the life of a Geshema.
6th July, 2019
Geshemas can be inducted into the training centre’s from as young as 7, but in most cases girls aged 15-25 are chosen. They can spend up to 17 years studying philosophy, Tibetan and English language skills, debating, Buddhist Religon and much more.
My take on Buddhism is different to what most people would believe, in that, the art of practicing Buddhism is a daily habit. A Buddhist person is kind, compassionate to others, would not bring harm upon a person, would offer assistance, would give freely without need for compensation and still have time for thanks to his Holiness the Dalia Lama.
All too often in modern society we crave material things to show our level of wealth, or fight for a cause we do not believe in, just because it’s what friends do. A Buddhist person takes a more holistic view. They are prepared to listen, instill good values, be open to other cultures and races – all without judgement. I challenge you to find a practicing Buddhist that is a bad person (they don’t exist).
Too many youngsters flaunt the law because they know that the justice system will let them go scott-free. We learned that in Buddhist culture the values of kindness, compassion, friendliness, honesty are all instilled by parents and the community at a young age. You won’t find petty crime in Tibet or across sections of India that practice Buddhism.
About Chenrezig Institute
Chenrezig Institute is a Buddhist retreat and study centre nestled in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. Established in 1974, the Institute was among the first Tibetan Buddhist centres in the Western World and remains one of the largest. It is a registered charitable organisation affiliated with the FPMT.
The Institute is home to a Tibetan teacher, a large number of nuns and monks, and a thriving community of students, volunteers and guests. We provide a range of Buddhist and secular programmes through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed for the benefit of others.
Our programmes include meditation retreats, teachings on Buddhism, advanced study courses, art classes and workshops on Buddhist psychology and mental well being.
The centre also has accommodation facilities, a vegetarian cafe, library, meditation hall, art studio, memorial garden and beautiful grounds which are all open to the general public from Thursday to Sunday every week.
Everyone is welcome to visit. If you live on or near the Sunshine Coast then you MUST visit here and support this Institute. They offer wonderful programs.
We began the day meeting both Geshemas and getting to know them. They are truly very inspirational women who have a deep knowledge of Buddhism, and an even greater sense of philosophy and beliefs around how we, as humans, should behave and treat one-another in society.
From 8.30am – 9am we had Morning Dharma Practice
10.30am – 12 noon – Public Talk from both Geshemas
12 noon – 1pm Amazing Lunch provided by the Big Love Cafe on site.
We celebrated his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday with Chai Tea and Cake
Afterwards there was a movie played about the Dalai Lama and then Puja from 3.30pm to 6pm.
If you ever want to get out of your armchair and experience a day filled with enlightenment, then visit Chenrezig Institute. The team at Explore the Sunshine Coast had a great day out and the self discovery and philosophies told by the Geshemas were well received.
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