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Guru Yoga Mandala retreat

February 20 - February 26

- Free

Guru yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of our Spiritual Guide. All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.

Mandala means pure universe. The purpose of making mandala offerings is to help us accumulate merit or positive karma within our mind. With our mind filled with positive karma and the blessings of our Spiritual Guide, we will find it easy to fulfil our wish for temporary and ultimate happiness.

Detailed information regarding these practices are available to read onsite at the Centre.

Everyone is welcome to attend, no previous experience is required.

Sessions:

Sunday 20th February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – In-person & online [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – In-person & online   [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
No Session 3 due to Wishfulfilling Jewel Chanted Meditation at 5pm
Session 4: 7.30-9.00pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Monday 21st February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 4: 7.30-9pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Tuesday 22nd February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – Online only [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – Online only [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – In-person & online   [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 4: 7.30-9pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Wednesday 23rd February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – In-person & online [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11.15-12.45pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 4: 7.30-9pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Thursday 24th February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – In-person & online [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 4: 7.30-9pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Friday 25th February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – Online only [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – Online only [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
No Session 4 due to Offering to the Spiritual Guide Chanted Meditation at 7.30pm

Saturday 26th February

Session 1: 8-9.30am – In-person & online [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 2: 11-12.30pm – In-person & online  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 3: 4.30-6pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]
Session 4: 7.30-9pm – Online only  [CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE]

Cost & Bookings

1) In person: at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre. Cost: FREE

2) Live Streaming: Stream any session live by clicking on the link next to the the date (no need to book).

 

To support your local Centre and respect the activity of other Kadampa Centres, we ask those who wish to book online classes to abide by the following conditions.
-Live streaming from this Centre is available only to those who live anywhere within the area between Lake Macquarie and Coffs Harbour (or those who would have physically attended the event)
If you live outside this area, please use the live streaming service of your nearest Kadampa Centre.
-Classes are not to be recorded
-Class YouTube link(s) are not to be shared with others
-Book tickets for the actual number of people viewing

Details

Start:
February 20
End:
February 26
Cost:
Free

Venue

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