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The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Guided & Unguided retreats

January 9, 2018 - January 15, 2018


Topic: ‘The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra’ is the explanation of a special sequence of Highest Yoga Tantra meditations that lead to the accomplishment of the union of great bliss and emptiness and eventually the union of Buddhahood, full enlightenment. Venerable Geshe-la says, ‘Eventually, through practising Mahamudra meditation we will be able to benefit each and every living being every day. There is no greater meaning than this’.

Following on from the Australian Festival in Melbourne (Dec 29 – Jan 3), in which NKT General spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will give the oral transmission of these blessed instructions, our local Resident Teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will guide a 5 day retreat beginning with an introduction on the 9th Jan. This retreat will be followed by a five day un-guided Mahamudra retreat. Check our Calendar for more details.

Timetable:

Session 1    8am
Session 2   11.00am
Session 3   4.30pm
Session 4   7.30pm

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 When are the guided sessions?
Tues 9th Jan – Intro @ 7.30pm
Wed 10th Jan – Sessions 1,2,3 (no session 4)
Thurs 11th Jan – Sessions 1,2,3,4
Fri 12th Jan – Sessions 1,2,3,4
Sat 13th Jan – Sessions 1,2,3,4
Sun 14th Jan – Sessions 1,2,3 (no session 4)
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When are the unguided sessions?
Jan 15th-19th – Sessions 1,2,3,4 each day
 
Prerequisites: Both retreats will be open ONLY to those who have attended the Australian Festival, who have already received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment’s or, who have the sincere intention to do so in the near future.
 
Booking for this retreat is essential.

Details

Start:
January 9, 2018
End:
January 15, 2018

Organizer

Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Phone:
02 40230215

Venue

Losang Dragpa Centre
36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 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