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Stages of the Path according to Offering to The Spiritual Guide

December 31, 2021 - January 6, 2022

Stages of the Path according to Offering to The Spiritual Guide guided retreat

 

Offering to The Spiritual Guide  is a special Guru yoga of the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa. Although the main practice is reliance upon the Spiritual Guide, it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path which lead to the unchanging happiness of enlightenment.
On this retreat Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will explain and guide us through these profound meditations as they are presented in the book, Great Treasury of Merit;  a commentary to Offering to The Spiritual Guide.

Everybody is welcome and no previous experience is required.

Cost and Booking:

In-person
Book online ALL SIX DAYS: $220 full, $190conc, free for members (introduction included) [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $40 full, $35conc, free for members (introduction included):
Jan 1 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 2 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 3 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 4 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 5 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 6 [CLICK HERE]
Pay per session at the centre: $12 full, $10conc, free for members

Streaming
Book online ALL SIX DAYS: $190 full, $160conc, free for members (introduction included) [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $35 full, $30conc, free for members (introduction included):
Jan 1 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 2 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 3 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 4 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 5 [CLICK HERE]
Jan 6 [CLICK HERE]
Per session streaming not available.

Timetable:

Fri 31 Dec

7.00pm: Introduction to the retreat

Sat 1 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 1

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 2

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 3

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 4

Sun 2 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 5

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 6

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 7

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 8

Mon 3 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 9

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 10

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 11

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 12

Tues 4 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 13

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 14

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 15

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 16

Wed 5 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 17

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 18

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 19

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 20

Thurs 6 Jan

8.00am-9.15am: Session 21

11.00am-12.15pm: Session 22

4.30pm-5.45pm: Session 23

7.30pm-8.45pm: Session 24

Details

Start:
December 31
End:
January 6, 2022

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