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The Happiness Toolkit – Winter Meditation Challenge

July 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - July 25, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

- $12

Winter Meditation Challenge

Knock the winter blues on the head and uplift your mind by learning the art of meditation, acceptance, kindness and generosity. Experience for yourself the joy that comes with a peaceful mind, and start to become a source of benefit for everyone you meet. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all the sessions.

The Details:

venue: Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre

date : 22-25 July 2019

cost & booking: $12 ($10 conc) per night or $40 ($35 conc) for all four nights. No charge for LDKBC card holders
Booking essential, book online via link below

*note: we will be providing soup for $3 each night from 6pm. No need to book, first in first served!


Mon 22nd – 7.00 – 8.30pm  
Finding Peace of Mind

Tue 23rd – 7.00 – 8.30pm  
Learning to Accept

Wed 24th – 7.00 – 8.30pm  
All You Need is Love

Thu 25th – 7.00 – 8.30pm  
The Joy of Giving



July 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
July 25, 2019 @ 8:30 pm


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