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Death and Impermanence Stroud Retreat

July 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - July 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Death & impermanence • 7-day silent retreat • 14-20 July
Meditation on death is the doorway to pure and powerful spiritual practice. It shatters our spiritual complacency, liberates us from the worries and concerns of this life and inspires us to make the most of every moment of our life in a meaningful way. For those who possess death awareness, it is their wise spiritual guide. In Great Beyond Sorrow Sutra Buddha says: ‘When many different animals have been in the field and have left their footprints, we see it is the elephant who leaves the deepest footprint. In a similar way, when we have practiced many different meditations we shall experience their effects; but it is the meditation on death that makes the deepest impression on our mind’.

On this silent retreat, Resident Teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will explain how to meditate on death and how to use death awareness to solve our daily problems and give energy to our spiritual life. To create favourable conditions for gaining a deeper experience of meditation, the retreat will be conducted in strict silence and held off-site at The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Road, Stroud.

Cost & Booking:
Single room: $630 ($510 for members)
Dormitory: $560 ($440 for members)
Cost includes accommodation and all meals.
Booking and prepayment is required.

 

About the Teacher:

Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre and has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 2004. With his clear understanding of Buddha’s teachings and down-to-earth manner, Kadam Mick inspires us to develop a pure and happy mind.

Details

Start:
July 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
End:
July 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Organizer

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
Phone
02 40230215

Venue

The Old Monastery
47, St Clairs Rd
Stroud, NSW 2425 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