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Empowerment of Buddha Amitayus

February 3, 2018

- $45 - $55

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Our human life is our most precious possession because it gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment. We therefore need a long and healthy life. To engage successfully in spiritual practice we also need wisdom, as well as the merit or good fortune that gives our mind the strength to support the growth of inner realisations. Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit, and wisdom. Through receiving the empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and engaging in his practice we can develop these qualities and eventually attain the deathless state of enlightenment. We can also use this practice to help remove obstacles endangering the lives of others, especially our close friends and family. The empowerment itself will be a blissful guided meditation through which we make a special connection with this Buddha.
The empowerment will be followed the traditional annual two day Amitayus retreat and will be held at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre

The Teacher

Buddhist Teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will grant the empowerment and give commentary to the practice of Buddha Amitayus. Kadam Mick is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre. He has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 13 years.

Saturday empowerment timetable

10-10.15am        reception
10.15-12.15pm   empowerment
12.15-1.30pm     vegetarian lunch (provided)
1.30-3pm            teaching
3-3.45pm            refreshments
3.45-5pm           guided meditation

Sunday/Monday retreat timetable

8 – 9.15am           session one
11 – 12.15pm       session two
2.45 – 4.00pm    session three
6.00 – 7:15pm    Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog offering (Sunday night only)

Please note all retreat sessions are free of charge

Empowerment cost and booking

$55 full, $45 conc, $5 LDKBC card holders.
Light refreshments and a vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Pre-booking and payment is required for this event.

Details

Date:
February 3, 2018
Cost:
$45 - $55

Organizer

Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Phone:
02 40230215

Venue

Mercy Services, 32 Union St, Tighes Hill
32 Union St
Tighes Hill, NSW Australia
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Day Courses

 

Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.

 

 

 

What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso