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March 2018

How to Stop Negative Thoughts

March 3
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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Purification retreat

March 4 - March 8
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Free

Purpose of retreat We dedicate most of our time and energy trying to avoid problems by making changes to the external world. However, the main cause of our unhappiness and difficulties cannot be found in external conditions. The main cause of our unhappiness and difficulties is the negative karma we have created in the past ... Read more

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Sat. Night Dharma: What was that all about?

March 10
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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$15

The Topic Imagine being able to die with confidence, without fear, confusion, or the thought ‘what was that all about?’ Throughout their life, many people feel lost and have no clear direction or understanding what the real meaning or purpose of life is. Some people wish away moments of their life in favour of moments ... Read more

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Meditation Basics in Port Stephens

March 24
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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Weathering the Storm: Refuge Day Retreat

March 25
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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$35 - $40

Topic Going for refuge means seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma & Sangha. The purpose of this practice is to protect ourself permanently from future suffering and establish the foundation for pure happiness. By entering and remaining inside Buddhism we have the opportunity to complete the Buddhist path to liberation and enlightenment. On this retreat we ... Read more

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April 2018

The Art of Positive Thinking

April 7
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 13 - April 15
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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May 2018

Self Esteem

May 5
Merewether SLSC, Watkins St & John Parade,
Merewether, NSW Australia
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Topic We all want to feel good about ourselves. Suffering from a lack of self esteem can adversely affect our daily life, relationships and spiritual development. On this day course we will see how Buddhist wisdom offers us a different way of viewing ourself, relating to the extraordinary potential we all have rather than our limitations. Developing this inner confidence will naturally ... Read more

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June 2018

Meditations for Health and Well being

June 2
Merewether SLSC, Watkins St & John Parade,
Merewether, NSW Australia
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$40 - $50

  Topic So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from the mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. When our mind becomes peaceful through meditation, a deep happiness ... Read more

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Empty Like Space: 5 day silent retreat on emptiness

June 15 - June 19
The Old Monastery, 47, St Clairs Rd
Stroud, NSW 2425 Australia
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Topic Happiness is a part of our mind that experiences mental peace. 'There is no greater method for experiencing peace of mind and happiness than to understand and meditate on emptiness'. 'In Buddhism, emptiness has great meaning. It is the real nature of things, and is a very profound and meaningful object. If we realize ... 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