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Amitayus Retreat

February 5 - February 6

- Free

The retreat

On this two day retreat we have the opportunity to increase our lifespan, merit and wisdom, through the special meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus. Our human life is our most precious possession, because it gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment. For those who wish to experience pure happiness, the greatest obstacles are death and ignorance. Death destroys the opportunity that we have to take the essence of our human life and ignorance destroys our opportunity to develop a  pure experience of Dharma. To overcome these obstacles, we need to increase our lifespan and our wisdom, and the principal method for doing this is the practice of Buddha Amitayus. By engaging in this practice we create the cause to increase our lifespan, merit and wisdom, enabling us to take the essence of our precious human life.
Each session lasts for 1hr, 15mins and consists of chanted meditations sung in English and silent mantra recitation.
Long life pills that have been blessed throughout the retreat will be distributed after the last session on the last day


Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 36 Texas St. Mayfield.

Date and time

Saturday 5th  – Sunday 6th February

Daily session times

Session 1    9.00 – 10.15am
Session 2   11.30 – 12.45pm
Session 3   3.00 – 4.15pm

Cost and booking

Cost: FREE

Attending in-person: No need to book for in-person, just drop-in to any or all the sessions. Note: this is a self-guided retreat, if you have not attended such a retreat before, please arrive 5-10 mins early for brief instructions.
There are 3 sessions a day. Each session is approximately one and a quarter hours and consists of chanted prayers and meditation.

Attending online: [CLICK HERE]



February 5
February 6


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