There are few better ways to give ourselves a break from routine and rethink our priorities than by taking part in a meditation retreat. On retreat we stop all forms of ‘busyness’ and everyday activity in order to focus deeply on a specific spiritual theme or practice. Jampa Ling Kadampa Buddhist Centre offers retreats that range in length from half a day to a full weekend, and are suited to different levels of experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced practitioner, please feel welcome to join us for one of our in-house or country retreats.
For more information please press on the retreat links below.
Nyungnay Retreat: a purifying ritual practice
April 15th marks the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni demonstrating the attainment of enlightenment in 589 BCE. This event is marked by special purification and fasting retreats in Kadampa Buddhist Centres worldwide and is based on the practice Drop of Essential Nectar. This practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.
Jampa Ling KBC will hold this retreat on Saturday, April 14.
- Precepts* 6:30-7:00 am
- Session 1 7:00 – 8:15 am
- Heart Jewel 8:30 – 9:15am
- Session 2 11:00am – 12:15pm
- Session 3 4:00 – 5:15pm
*The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of 24 hours. For more information about precepts please refer to our website or ask your class teacher.
Becoming Our Own Protector:
A Silent Country Retreat on Buddhist Refuge
April 27 – 29
with Gen Kelsang Suma
Buddha taught that peace and goodness are an indestructible part of our nature. Yet we find ourselves caught in a cycle of pain and confusion. By sincerely taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we can begin to build the inner refuge of true protection from suffering and awaken to our pure nature.
Within the tranquility of retreat, we will be exploring how to build this inner refuge. Friday night will be an introductory teaching. On Saturday and Sunday each retreat session will include a brief teaching, prayers and a period of meditation.
Although this retreat is especially suitable for those with some previous experience of Buddhist meditation, anyone with a sincere interest is welcome to attend.