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Refuge Vows: Becoming a Buddhist

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- Free

In this ceremony Resident Teacher, Kadam Mick will explain the practice of refuge and grant the Refuge Vows. By taking these vows we commit ourselves to finding happiness from within by relying upon Buddha, Dharma and Sangha throughout our life. Through this we enter into Buddhism and become a Buddhist. By learning to keep the refuge commitments, we will easily gain protection from fear and harm, and in particular from strong delusions that prevent us from making progress on the path to enlightenment. This is a very special opportunity to take the vows for the first time or to retake your vows.

Please note: for those who wish to take the vows for the first time, please consider reading through the twelve commitments of refuge as explained in The New Meditation Handbook.

Free of charge

Time and date:
Sat 13 Apr 7.00pm-8.30pm

Please RSVP info@meditateinnewcastle.org or 40230215.



April 13
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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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