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January 2018

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Guided & Unguided retreats

January 9, 2018 - January 15, 2018
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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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 ... Read more

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February 2018

Empowerment of Buddha Amitayus

February 3, 2018
Mercy Services, 32 Union St, Tighes Hill, 32 Union St
Tighes Hill, NSW Australia
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$45 - $55

The_Empowerment 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 ... Read more

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A Meditation Day Workshop by the Lake

February 11, 2018
Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake St,
Warners Bay, NSW 2282 Australia
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$40 - $50

                          Date and Time: 10 - 4pm Sunday 11th February Timetable: 10.00-10.15 reception 10.15-11.15 teaching 11.15-11.45 tea break 11.45-12.30 meditation/Q&A 12.30-1.45 lunch 1.45-2.45 teaching 2.45-3.15 tea break 3.15-4.00 meditation/Q&A Cost: $50 full, $40 conc, free for LDKBC card holders Start 2018 with a ... Read more

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March 2018

How to Stop Negative Thoughts

March 3, 2018
Merewether SLSC, Watkins St & John Parade,
Merewether, NSW Australia
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$40 - $50

Topic: Negative thoughts directed at ourself, others, and the world we live in are the source of all our unhappiness and problems. By learning how to identify, reduce and finally abandon such thoughts we will enjoy a mental freedom and peace of mind that cannot be destroyed!  | Date: Saturday 3rd March, 10am - 4pm ... Read more

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Meditation Basics in Port Stephens

March 24, 2018
Tomaree Library, 20 Town Centre Circuit
Salamander Bay, NSW
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$20 - $25

Meditation Basics Meditation is a way of calming the mind and developing a more positive approach to life. This half day course provides an opportunity to learn how to meditate and how to use your experience of meditation to improve your daily life. A great course both for beginners and those who wish to improve ... Read more

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April 2018

The Art of Positive Thinking

April 7, 2018
Merewether SLSC, Watkins St & John Parade,
Merewether, NSW Australia
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$40 - $50

Topic: Are you a pessimist, realist or optimist? Is the glass half empty or half full? This depends on your own point of view. In this course discover how to develop a more positive attitude at work, home or wherever you are! Learning how to transform an apparent negative into a positive, is the real ... Read more

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Introduction to Meditation; Weekend Retreat

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Glenrock Scout Centre Australia, Hunter & Coastal Region Scouts, Rifle Rd.
Whitebridge, NSW Australia
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$200

The Retreat: The retreat conditions at Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp provide a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind & gain deep experience of meditation. During the retreat, Resident Teacher Mick Marcon will explain the basics of meditation practice. Mick will guide each of the eight sessions over the weekend starting with an introduction on the Friday ... Read more

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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