Photo: Mark Sakomoto

Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan), is renowned as the embodiment of compassionate activity. The mantra of Chenrezig is the most widely recited mantra in Tibetan Buddhism and has great power for developing a good heart.

The retreat begins with supper on Tuesday 27th December and finishes on January 1st after breakfast. This is a wonderful way to end the old year and start the new.

The retreat is a wonderful opportunity to awaken our own buddha nature, an extensive wisdom and deep compassion, which enables us sincerely to benefit others, without attachment. No particular requisites for attending other than a wish to generate a positive attitude to benefit others.

Ven. Gyatso at Nalanda Monastery


Venerable Gyatso was ordained by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s and was one of the first Westerners to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Gelug school. He is an FPMT veteran who has been instrumental in establishing a number of Dharma centres around the world for Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

After graduating as a physician, and practising medicine in Australia and overseas, he travelled for several years through Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, eventually finding his way to a Tibetan monastery in Nepal. His books A Leaf in the Wind, and The Perfect Mirror: Reflections on Truth and Illusion, reflect his spiritual exploration and reflections on Buddhism.

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