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Refuge half-day course and vows | Sun 19 Apr

April 19, 2020

Due to the corona virus we are now offering our classes/events via live streaming. These classes/events are open to those who live in the following areas:
-Lake Macquarie
-Hunter Valley
-Port Stephens
-Mid North Coast up to and including Coffs Harbour
If you live outside these areas, please use the live streaming service of your nearest Kadampa Centre.


Refuge half-day course and vows

The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge – to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to the Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the spiritual path to pure happiness. On this half day course, Kadam Mick will explain the practice of refuge and then later, grant the Refuge Vows. By taking these vows we become a Buddhist and commit ourselves to finding happiness from within by relying upon Buddha, Dharma and Sangha throughout our life. By cherishing the commitments of refuge, 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. Everyone is welcome to attend either or both events via live streaming.

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’.


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, Mick inspires us to develop a pure and happy mind.




9.30am – 10.45am   Teaching/meditation session
10.45 – 11.15am   Tea break
11.15 – 12.30pm  Teaching/meditation session

2.30-4.00pm Refuge Vow ceremony
Optional: 5-6.15pm Wishfulfilling Jewel
Half-day Course Cost
$20 / $16 conc. / Free for LDKBC members
Refuge Vows Cost


April 19, 2020

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