Samsara is the vicious cycle of contaminated life. It is the product of the union of delusion and karma, and has been our reality since time without beginning. While we remain in samsara there is no way to stem the tide of the relentless waves of pain, fear and uncertainty that arise from this great ocean of suffering. Samsara is not the pleasure garden, rather it’s a terrifying mystery flight from life to life.
Renunciation is the wish to escape from samsara. It is joyful mind that empowers the person who possesses it (the renunciant) to strive single pointedly day and night to destroy it’s root; self grasping ignorance, and thereby establish the foundation to experience the unchanging inner peace of nirvana.
Although there are many traditions of Buddhism, renunciation is common to all. It is the essential meaning of all Buddha’s 84000 teachings, making this particular retreat unmissable.
By contemplating and meditating on the meaning of the diagram of the Wheel of Life there is great hope that, within this one life we can generate renunciation, meditate on the true nature of reality, and finally wake up from the nightmare of samsara! How wonderful.
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.
To create favourable conditions for gaining a deeper experience of meditation, the retreat will be conducted in strict silence and held off-site at The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Road, Stroud. Accommodation is included and all meals are catered for.
Venue: The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Road, Stroud
Date: 11-15 June 2021
Cost & booking: $395 single room / $360 shared room
LDKBC Members: $315 single room / $280 shared room
Booking and pre-payment is required.
Silence ends at 9.30am