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July 2017

Day Course

July 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Glenrock test event

July 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
September 2017

Overcoming Anxiety; Glenrock Weekend Retreat

September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Glenrock Scout Centre Australia, Hunter & Coastal Region Scouts, Rifle Rd.
Whitebridge, NSW Australia
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$200

Overcoming Anxiety:  Stress, anxiety and depression are endemic in our busy, fast paced life and we tend to think that situations or people in our life are the causes of our stress or unhappiness. However, Buddha taught that all our unhappiness, stress and anxiety comes from our mind, specifically from our unrealistic expectations and our ... Read more

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November 2017

The Magic of Tantra, a Special Day Retreat

November 19, 2017
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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$40 - $50

In his Sutra teachings Buddha gives us great encouragement to accomplish the ultimate goal of human life. This goal will be accomplished quickly through the practice of Tantra’. Tantra, or secret Mantra is the quick path to the ultimate bliss of full Enlightenment. On this special day retreat Mick will give a practical introduction to ... Read more

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December 2017

How to Forgive and Let Go; Day Course

December 2, 2017
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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$40 - $50

It is impossible to go through our life without feeling harmed or insulted by others. If we develop a deep self confidence and a compassionate mind towards others we will be able to remain at peace in these situations. We will then have the ability to let go of painful attitudes such as resentment and ... Read more

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January 2018

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Guided & Unguided retreats

January 9 - January 15
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
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
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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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