Focused Retreat

The way to deepen your experience of meditation

 A retreat can last for one to five days. Each day typically consists of 4 sessions, two in the morning, one in the afternoon and 1 in the evening. This may vary depending on the retreat and day of the week.

Unfortuately we do not usually provide meals, however the are plenty of cafes near by.

There is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine and reassess your life, than by engaging in a meditation retreat.

Retreat provides an opportunity to gain deeper experience of meditation. On retreat we withdraw from our usual routine and structure our time and conditions so that we can get the most out of our meditation.

We offer a wide range of retreats suitable for people with all different levels of experience, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners.

Everyone is welcome.  You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend most of our retreats, or to benefit from the techniques taught. Sometimes however a retreat will be for experienced practitioners only (this will be clearly indicated).

Many of our retreats are free. To attend these just fill in the registration form and let us know which retreat and sessions you will be attending. Please send us your emial address so that we can send you links for the zoom meeting. 

If payment is required please pay in full using the Paypal button (Buy Now). Payments by Paypal and Credit Card are accepted. We will automatically receive details of your payment with your email address. We will use this contact address to forward your link for the teaching.

Alternatively you can purchase a Centre Card for £20/month (you can cancel anytime) which gives you free access for all classes except special events and the Study Programme. If you have a Centre card you still need to use the booking system to register for a place.

Guided retreats will include short prayers to prepare our mind, a teaching and then a guided meditation. Sessions will last from 75 – 90 minutes. You are not required to come to all the sessions but come to as many as you can. Guided retreats usually charge a small fee (limited to max 5 people in each session). You can pay on-line using the booking cart.

Unguided retreats will include prayers and time for personal meditation and normally last 60-90 minutes. Normally on the first day of the retreat there is a teaching class for newcomers to learn what is involved. Unguided retreats are free and you can come to as many sessions as you like. You will need to register with us because places are limited to a maximum of 5 people.

Retreat sessions will not be recorded so you will have to attend the Centre in person. Guided meditation sessions have a small charge. Introductory classes will be streamed live using zoom and recorded for 3 day catch up.

Up to 5 people can attend in person but this is by appointment only so please contact the centre with plenty of notice.

Please pay in advance for individual guided sessions using the booking Cart. We accept paypal/cards or you can pay for a Centre Card and get access to all the classes for £20/month – see Membership Fees

On the day of the class we will send you an email with a link to the session.

We will be using the software ZOOM to broadcast the meeting. It is best to download the app Zoom to your computer or phone from the internet. It is free and easy to register your account. 

When you click on the link we have sent you it will automatically open the session for you. Please check that your audio microphone is switched on. If you need to contact us during the session please use the CHAT function within ZOOM.

In summary:

– Pay & Sign up for classes well in advance

– Make sure you have ZOOM on your computer/phone

– Arrange a quiet place at home for the livestream meditation class

– Click on the link we send you 15 min before the start

– Get comfy if you can, loose fitting clothes are best for meditation

– Have a pen and paper handy for notes and writing down questions

We are currently not accepting any visitors due to Covid restrictions. We are hoping to be able to accept visitors to the Centre and at branch venues as soon as possible.

Meditations from the Heart

9 – 13 January 2021

Meditations from the Heart – Essential meditations on the 3 Principal Aspects of the Path to Enlightenment.  January 9 – 13 

Gain practical experience of three essential meditations on the path to Enlightenment – renunciation, compassion and emptiness. Gain the ability to make your mind peaceful; Increase your capacity to benefit others and solve the problems of daily life. Each day will start with a teaching and guided meditation from our resident teacher, Kelsang Chodor. The other 2 unguided sessions will involve prayers to prepare the mind, private contemplation of the essential guidelines and private meditation. The teaching session will be recorded and available for to those who cannot attend live in the morning. To get the most from the retreat it is suggested you bring to the sessions: Joyful Path of Good Fortune and How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Copies can be bought from https://howtotyl.com/ and  https://tharpa.com/uk/  

Each session lasts one hour 30 minutes and will include the prayers Essence of Good Fortune. Beginners are welcome. All sessions are free of charge but donations welcome. If you wish to attend but don’t have a Centre Card please make a booking using the button opposite

Session 1 10.00 – 11.30 pm (teaching and guided meditation)

Session 2 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Session 3 7.00 – 8.30 pm

All sessions will be streamed live via Zoom.

 

The Fulfilment of Wishes

16 – 20 January 2021

The Fulfilment of Wishes January 16 – 20

Unguided retreat on the Vajrayogini practice of Quick Path to Great Bliss. Open to practitioners of Highest Yoga Tantra only, the Centre will be engaging in 5 days of unguided retreat to improve our training in self generation.

Each session lasts one hour 30 minutes and will include the prayers Quick Path to Great Bliss. All sessions are free of charge but donations welcome. If you wish to attend but don’t have a Centre Card please make a booking using the button opposite. All sessions will be streamed live via Zoom.

Session 1 7.00 – 8.30 am 

Session 2 10.00 – 11.30 am

Session 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Session 7.00 – 8.30 pm

 

Amitayus Retreat

for long life

13 – 14 February 2021

Amitayus Retreat 

Saturday 13 – 14 February

In this retreat, we make prayers and offerings to Buddha Amitayus for everyone to enjoy a long life endowed with good fortune and great wisdom. It is a very blessed traditional retreat practised for centuries by Buddhists all over the world. The retreat is open to everyone. There is no charge for this retreat but let us know if you are coming. Each session will include the prayers The Yoga of Buddha Amitayus. Copies can be ordered from https://tharpa.com/uk

Session 1 – 9.00am – 10.15am

Session 2 – 11.30am – 12.45pm

Session 3 – 3.00pm – 4.15pm

 

Going for Refuge

17 – 21 February 2021

Going for Refuge  Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st Feb (5 days unguided retreat with on-line option)

This refuge retreat is an opportunity to create special causes in our mind for our Lamrim meditation to produce inner peace. Refuge means permanent protection from suffering and its nature is wisdom. To develop this peaceful mind we need to go for refuge in Buddha, Dharma (the teachings of Buddha) and sangha (pure spiritual practitioners). The retreat starts with an introductory teaching in the morning and then is followed by 5 days of unguided sessions. All sessions are free. Its a good idea to let us know if you are coming using the booking button opposite.

Each session will include the prayers Essence of Good Fortune. Copies of the prayer booklet can be obtained from https://tharpa.com/uk

 Wednesday 

Session 1 10.00 – 11.00 (Introduction to the retreat – recording available for 3 days)

Session 2 11.30 – 1.00 pm
Session 3 4.00 – 5.30 pm
Session 4 7.00 – 8.30 pm

 

Thursday – Sunday

Session 1 10.00 – 11.30 pm

Session 2 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Session 3 7.00 – 8.30 pm

 

 

Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering Retreat (unguided)

3 – 7 April 2021

Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering  Sat 3 April – Wednesday 7 April  (5 days unguided retreat with on-line option)

Spiritual practices such as meditation are methods to improve the nature and capacity of our mind to be peaceful. They are only effective, however, if we have an abundant collection of positive and inspiring energy in our mind. Learn 2 powerful methods for accumulating this energy so that our meditations will have the power to make the mind peaceful.

The retreat will start with a short talk by Gen. Chodor in the morning followed by 5 days of unguided retreat sessions. Each session lasts one and half hours and will include prayers (Offering to the Spiritual Guide – Booklet). To buy a copy go to https://tharpa.com/uk/store/prayers/printed-prayers-and-practices.html). All sessions are free and available on-line. Please let us know which sessions you wish to attend so that we can send you the links.

Saturday 

Session 1 10.00 – 11.00 (Introduction to the retreat – recording available for 3 days)

Session 2 11.30 – 1.00 pm
Session 3 4.00 – 5.30 pm
Session 4 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Sunday – Wednesday

Session 1 10.00 – 11.30 pm

Session 2 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Session 3 7.00 – 8.30 pm

 

Nyungnye Fasting Retreat 

for a pure life

17 – 18 April 2021

Nyungnye Fasting Retreat

Saturday 17 – 18  April

This is a special fasting and purification retreat performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is a very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a powerful method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and Bodhichitta. The charge for this retreat is £3 to cover the cost of a special precepts lunch. Beginners welcome. Please let us know if you are coming. Pay for lunch on the day.

Precepts 6.30 am – 7. 10 am (Taking precepts is necessary if you want to take part in this retreat. Practitioners who have already taken them in the past can take them at home)

Session 1 8.00 -9.15 am

Session 2 10.30 – 11.45 am

Session 3 15.00 – 16.15

 

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