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The Wheel of Life: how to become a renunciant

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - June 15 @ 1:00 pm

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.







Friday 11th
4.00 – 7.00pm Registration
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Introduction / Session 1
Saturday 12th
6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
Silence begins at 8am
8.00 – 9.30am Session 2
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 3
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 4
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Session 5
Sunday 13th
6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 6
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 7
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 8
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Wishfulfilling Jewel chanted meditation with Tsog (Bring a
vegetarian food offering if you wish)
Monday 14th
6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 9
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 10
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 11
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Session 12 with Q&A
Tuesday 15th
6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 13
Silence ends at 9.30am
9.30 – 10.30am Clear out rooms
10.30 – 12.00pm Session 14
From 12.00pm Final site pack up (volunteers needed)
12.30pm Lunch
Leave site no later than 3.00pm


June 11 @ 6:00 pm
June 15 @ 1:00 pm


The Old Monastery
47, St Clairs Rd
Stroud, NSW 2425 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