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The Four Causes of Happiness – Guru Yoga guided retreat

January 11 - January 14

The Four Causes of Happiness – Guru Yoga guided retreat

Happiness depends upon the mind; it depends upon developing and maintaining positive/virtuous thoughts.
All things, including our thoughts depend upon causes. Positive thoughts depend upon four causes: imprints, the object, appropriate attention and the empowering blessings of enlightened beings.
On this guided retreat, Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will explain how to gather these four important conditions for pure happiness paying particular attention to the fourth condition; receiving blessings. We will learn the importance of blessings and how to receive the inspiring blessings of all the Buddha’s enabling us to cultivate and maintain a positive and happy mind all the time. Everyone is welcome to attend this profound meditation retreat.


Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Newcastle and has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 2004. With his clear understanding of Buddha’s teachings and down-to-earth manner, he inspires us to develop a pure mind, thereby uncovering for ourself a deep contentment and happiness. Mick teaches weekly drop-in classes, our courses and retreats, as well as the Foundation Program.



Cost & Booking:

Book online ALL FOUR DAYS: $110 full, $90conc, free for members (introduction included) [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $30 full, $25conc, free for members (Introduction included):
Pay per session at the centre: $12 full, $10conc, free for members

Book online ALL FOUR DAYS: $90 full, $75conc, free for members (introduction included) [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $25 full, $20conc, free for members (Introduction included):
Per session streaming not available. 


Tues 11 Jan
11.00am-12.30pm: Session 1
4.00pm-5.30pm: Session 2
7.00pm-8.30pm: Session 3

Wed 12 Jan
11.00am-12.30pm: Session 4
4.00pm-5.30pm: Session 5
7.00pm-8.30pm: Session 6

Thurs 13 Jan
11.00am-12.30pm: Session 7
4.00pm-5.30pm: Session 8
7.00pm-8.30pm: Session 9

Fri 14 Jan
11.00am-12.30pm: Session 10
4.00pm-5.30pm: Session 11
7.00pm-8.30pm: Session 12


January 11
January 14

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