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January 2021

Infinite Space Guided Retreat

January 15 - January 19
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Happiness is a part of our mind that experiences mental peace. ‘There is no greater method for experiencing peace of mind and happiness than to understand and meditate on emptiness’. ‘In Buddhism, emptiness has great meaning. It is the real nature of things, and is a very profound and meaningful object. If we realize emptiness ... Read more

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Unguided Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

January 20 - January 23
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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We dedicate most of our time and energy trying to avoid problems by making changes to the external world. However, the main cause of our unhappiness and difficulties cannot be found in external conditions. The main cause of our unhappiness and difficulties is the negative karma we have created in the past through performing harmful ... Read more

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Amitayus Long Life Retreat

January 25 - January 26
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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On this retreat we have the opportunity to increase our lifespan, merit and wisdom, through the special meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus. Our human life is our most precious possession because it gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment. We therefore need a long and healthy life. To ... Read more

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February 2021

Stop Worrying, Start Living

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Gen Kelsang Rabten is the National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. Gen Rabten is also the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane and teaches all the main classes and courses at the Centre. Gen Rabten has trained under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ... Read more

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Postcards from Samsara

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Following on from the popular; ‘Samsara, it’s not a perfume’, Postcards From Samara  is set to stimulate a dispassionate questioning of our present existence and way of life. Join Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon as he continues to explore the true nature of our samsaric reality and life in this not to be missed event! ... Read more

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March 2021

Rest and Recharge weekend meditation retreat

March 12 - March 14
Glenrock Scout Centre Australia, Hunter & Coastal Region Scouts, Rifle Rd.
Whitebridge, NSW Australia
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$220

The retreat conditions at Glenrock Lagoon Scout Camp provide a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind & enjoy the peace of meditation. During the retreat, Resident Kadam Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will explain the basics of meditation practice and how, by relying upon meditation we can alway feel rested and rejuvenated. Mick will guide each of ... Read more

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Guru Yoga Mandala retreat

March 21 - March 26
Free

Guru yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of our Spiritual Guide. All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments. Mandala means pure universe. The purpose of making mandala offerings ... Read more

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April 2021

Refuge Vows & Retreat: An Opportunity to Become a Buddhist

April 10 - April 17
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Free

REFUGE VOWS: Apr 17 The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge - to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to the Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the ... Read more

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May 2021

The Kindness of Mothers

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Join on for this special talk where we will learn how we can view our mothers in the most meaningful and profound way. Kadam Mick Marcon will share unique Buddhist ideas and methods that will help us to deeply appreciate the great kindness of our mothers. A perfect Mother’s Day activity! The talk will be ... Read more

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Overcoming anxiety

May 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Free

Overcoming Anxiety day-retreat Anxiety and stress are an increasingly common problem for people in our busy, modern world. These states of mind prevent us from experiencing peace and enjoying life. Meditation is an effective way to combat negative states of mind and create a sense of mental freedom. By gaining experience of Buddhist meditation techniques ... Read more

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June 2021

Offering Our Faith day retreat

June 4 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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Free

Offering Our Faith day retreat On June 4th Turning the Wheel of Dharma day, we celebrate the 90th birthday of Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. We remember every day the great kindness of Ven Geshe-la, our Root Guru & Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition - but on this auspicious day, with minds of rejoicing ... Read more

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Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Life Half Day Course

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Losang Dragpa Centre, 36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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$25

Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Life half-day course Happiness depends upon the mind. The main cause of happiness is inner peace. By learning how to develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time, we will be able to remain happy, peaceful and free from worry and stress all the time. On this half day course, discover ... Read more

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The Wheel of Life: how to become a renunciant

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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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 ... Read more

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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