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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Session 1 Great Compassion 1
Session 2 Taking Away Others Physical Suffering
Session 3 Great Compassion 2
Session 4 Taking Away Others Mental Suffering
Session 1 Wishing Love
Session 2 Giving Happiness
Session 3 Pure Intention – mind of enlightenment
Session 4 Pure View – emptiness of the self