Winter Guided Retreat – Be Your Own Doctor 3 – 7 January

In January we have arranged two series of guided retreats, open to everyone including beginners. You don’t have to attend all the retreat but can come to as many sessions as you wish.

Learn how to up-lift your own mind through the power of meditation and daily spiritual practice, and discover the potential of the mind to experience inner peace. Suitable for beginners, this retreat gives everyone the opportunity to try methods that make the mind clear, peaceful and compassionate. Each session is self contained so please feel free to attend those you can even if just one or two. For flexibility the sessions include weekends and weekdays as well as mornings and evenings. In this retreat Gen. Chodor will guide us through the fourteen meditations in the ground breaking book ‘How to Understand the Mind’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Winter Guided Retreat – Happiness is Easy 10 – 14 January (No session 4 on 10th)

Finding lasting happiness does not mean we have to abandon others and become even more self-obsessed. Happiness is a sense of deep inner peace that comes from cherishing others and putting that love into action. In the book ‘How to Transform Your Life’ Geshe Kelsang has mapped out a simple but profound path to lasting inner peace based on wisdom and compassion for all living beings. In this retreat Gen. Chodor will guide you step by step along this blissful path of inner development that has the power to fulfil all wishes and solve all problems. Previous experience not required.



Session 1 9.00 – 10.15

Session 2 11.15 – 12.30

Session 3 16.30 – 17.45

Session 4 19.00 – 20.15 (no session 4 on 10th – instead Offering to the Spiritual Guide Tsog Puja)


Session 1 9.00 – 10.15

Session 2 11.15 – 12.30

Session 3 14.00 – 15.15

Session 4 16.15 – 17.30 


Fee 3.00 per session/10.00 per day/30.00 for whole retreat. Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start of each session.

Each session will include a short teaching that will explain the object we focus on and how to integrate the practice into our daily life . It is not necessary to wear special clothing and we sit on chairs or on a cushion.

Everyone is welcome.

You can pay in advance using the paypal button below (for paypal and credit cards) or pay in cash on the day. Please also contact the centre to let us know which sessions you will be attending.

Be Your Own Doctor - Meditation Outlines

Wednesday 3rd

Session 1 Boosting Mental Health – the nature and function of meditation

Session 2 What We Should Aim For – meditation on our precious human life

Session 3 Boosting Our Effort – using uncertainty of death to overcome laziness

Session 4 Receiving Encouragement – meditation on the dangers of lower rebirth

Thursday 4th

Session 1 How to Accomplish Our Goal – meditation on going for refuge

Session 2 The Foundation of the Path – meditation on karma (action)

Session 3 What We Should Know – meditation on the sufferings of samsara

Session 4 What We Should Know – meditation on 4 types of suffering

Friday 5th

Session 1 What We Should Know – meditation on the 3 types of suffering

Session 2 What We Should Abandon – meditation on the root of suffering

Session 3 What We Should Practice – meditation on the path to Liberation

Session 4 What We Should Attain – meditation on the state of purity

Saturday 6th

Session 1 Cherishing Love For All Living Beings

Session 2 Universal Compassion

Session 3 The Supreme Good Heart – wishing love

Session 4 The Supreme Good Heart – compassion

Sunday 7th

Session 1 Starting the Path to Enlightenment

Session 2 Training in Pure View – emptiness of our body

Session 3 Training in Pure View – emptiness of our self

Session 4 Training in Pure View – absorption of cessation

Happiness is Easy - Meditation Outlines

Wednesday 10th

Session 1 What is Meditation?

Session 2 What is the Goal of Meditation?

Session 3 Meditation on Loving Kindness for All Living Beings

Session 4 No Class (Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja)

Thursday 11th

Session 1 Meditation on Cherishing Love

Session 2 How to Learn from Others Faults

Session 3 How to See Everyone as Important

Session 4 How to See the Purity in Everyone You Meet

Friday 12th

Session 1 The Inner Obstacles to Pure Love

Session 2 The Faults of Putting Your Self First

Session 3 The Benefits of Putting Others First

Session 4 How to Be The Change – exchanging self with others

Saturday 13th

Session 1 Great Compassion 1

Session 2 Taking Away Others Physical Suffering

Session 3 Great Compassion 2

Session 4 Taking Away Others Mental Suffering

Sunday 14th

Session 1 Wishing Love

Session 2 Giving Happiness

Session 3 Pure Intention – mind of enlightenment

Session 4 Pure View – emptiness of the self

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