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Purification Retreat- Purify your mind from negative Karma.

April 18, 2023 @ 8:00 am - April 23, 2023 @ 9:30 am

We dedicate most of our time and energy trying to avoid problems by making changes to the external world. However, the main cause of our unhappiness and difficulties cannot be found in external conditions. The main cause
of our unhappiness and difficulties is the negative karma we have created in the past through performing harmful actions. By relying upon Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification and practising a special meditation we can free ourselves from all our negative karma, thus, removing the cause of unhappiness and difficulties from our mind.

Retreat sessions Each session lasts for one and a half hours and consists of chanted meditations sung in English and silent mantra recitation. You are welcome to drop in for any or all of the retreat sessions and there is no charge.

Vajrasattva 

The buddha of purification. by purifying our mind

through the practice of vajrasattva we shall experience greater

inner peace and happiness in our daily life and eventually attain the state of full Enlightenment.

Session Times 

Tue 18th April – 8-9.30am, 4.30-6pm

Wed 19th April – 11-12.30pm, 4.30-6pm

Fri 21st April –  4.30-6pm,  7.30-9pm

Sat 22nd April – 8-9.30am, 7.30-9pm

Sun 23rd April – 8-9.30am

Please check the website for up-to-date session times as they can be subject to change.

Details

Start:
April 18, 2023 @ 8:00 am
End:
April 23, 2023 @ 9:30 am

Organizer

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
Phone
02 40230215

Venue

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
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