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The Stillness Within meditation challenge

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - January 20 @ 8:30 pm

The Stillness Within meditation challenge

In these uncertain times our mind is often anxious, stressed, distracted and disturbed. This can be exhausting and robs us of our mental space and clarity.

During our new year’s Meditation Challenge Resident teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will give a sequence of teachings and guide meditations through which we can discover and enjoy a profound stillness within.

By training our mind in meditation, we can tap into our natural capacity for peace, so we feel more inspired and confident to deal with the difficulties we face in daily life. Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the Challenge. Are you up for the challenge?


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 & Bookings

In-person (limited places)

Book online ALL FOUR DAYS: $40 ($35 conc, LDKBC member free) for all four nights [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $12 ($10 conc, LDKBC member free) per night. Booking essential, please call Centre to book per night on (02) 4023 0215.

Live streamed

Book online ALL FOUR DAYS: $35 ($30 conc) for all four nights [CLICK HERE]
Book online PER DAY: $10 ($18 conc) per night:
No charge for LDKBC members.


January 17 @ 7:00 pm
January 20 @ 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