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The Way of Loving Kindness – The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya

February 23 - February 25

Buddha Maitreya is the embodiment of the loving kindness of all the Buddhas. The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation that connects us to Maitreya’s enlightened love, giving us great power in our spiritual development.

When we have a strong loving mind, our whole experience of the world changes. In addition, others feel this change and respond to it. In this very real sense, love has the power to transform our world.

On this weekend, Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will grant the empowerment of Buddha Maitreya, give commentary to The Yoga Of Buddha Maitreya, and then guide a day retreat on this practice.  Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is required.

Please note: to attend the day retreat, you must have received the empowerment of Buddha Maitreya.

Timetable:

Friday night
7:00 – 8.30pm  Commentary Teaching 1

Empowerment day timetable (Saturday)
10:00 – 10:30am  Registration
10:30 – 12:30pm  Blessing Empowerment
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm Commentary Teaching 2
3:30 – 4:00pm Refreshment Break
4:00 – 5:00pm Guided Meditation

Day retreat timetable (Sunday)

9:30 – 9:45am Registration
9:45 – 10:45am Session 1
10:45 – 11:30am Tea break (in silence)
11:30 – 12:30pm Session 2
12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45 – 2:45pm Session 3
2:45 – 3:30pm Tea break
3:30 – 4:30pm Session 4

 

Cost & Booking: 

Friday & Saturday: $67 full, $55 conc, $8 for LDKBC members

 

 

 

Whole weekend: $105 full, $90 conc, $16 for LDKBC members.

 

 

 

 

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:
February 23
End:
February 25

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