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The Magical Practice of Taking and Giving – 7-day Silent Retreat

August 23 @ 4:00 pm - August 29 @ 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magical Practice of Taking & Giving • 7-day silent retreat • 23-29 August

The practice of taking and giving is an especially powerful method for developing the realizations of love, compassion and exchanging self with others. In addition, through this meditation we will develop a very strong mind that can bear adversity, one that is undisturbed by any hardship that life throws at us. In this way we will become a real hero or heroine and nothing will interfere with our path to enlightenment. How wonderful!

On this special 7 day silent retreat Resident Teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will explain and guide this precious meditation.

The Old Monastery at Stroud provides the perfect backdrop for the retreat, offering perfect conditions to gain a deep and authentic experience of the practice of taking and giving. A limited number of single and dorm rooms are available. All meals are included.

Please click on the booking link below to apply to attend.

Cost & Booking:
Single room: $630 ($510 for members)
Dormitory: $560 ($440 for members)
Cost includes accommodation and all meals.
Booking and prepayment is required.

 

About the Teacher:

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.

 

 

 

Timetable

Friday 23rd

4.00 – 7.00pm Registration
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Introduction / Session 1

Saturday 24th

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 Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog chanted meditation (Bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish)

Sunday 25th

6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 6
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 7 Q&A
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Offering to The Spiritual Guide (Bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish)

Monday 26th

6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 8
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 9
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 10
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm Session 11

Tuesday 27th

6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 12
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 13
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 14
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00 Session 15 Q&A

Wednesday 28th

6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 16
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 17
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 18
6.00 – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30 – 9.00 Session 19

Thursday 29th

6.30 – 7.30am Breakfast
8.00 – 9.30am Session 20
**Silence ends**
9.30 – 10.30am Clear out rooms
10.30 – 12.00pm Session 21
From 12.00pm final site pack up (volunteers needed)
12.30pm Lunch

Details

Start:
August 23 @ 4:00 pm
End:
August 29 @ 3:00 pm

Organizer

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
Phone
02 40230215

Venue

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