As the new year approaches, it’s often a time of reflecting on our bad habits and setting resolutions for new ones. Yet sometimes we feel so driven by our habits, it’s almost as if we have no choice even if we want to do the right or healthy thing. Whether it’s eating too many sweets or reacting too quickly with anger, it’s a strong habit because that’s what we’ve practiced. The good news is we can change if we practice the right antidotes. Through instruction and meditation, learn practical skills from Buddhism, a psychology of the mind, to use loving kindness, compassion, and other positive states of mind to overcome old bad habits. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to use the techniques – just take what works best for you!
On New Year’s Eve, the 7:00pm session will be open to anyone who’d like to attend the Dorje Khadro fire puja. Dorje Khadro is a Buddha who, out of compassion, takes on our negativities through this ritual where we offer black sesame seeds that represent our negative karma (from past actions) that are burned up in the puja. There are no pre-requisites to attend, but it is most meaningful for those who have a background or refuge in Buddhism.
Beginner level retreat led by Venerable Lozang Yönten.
Pre-registration required. $220 course fee and meals; plus accommodation. Course starts at 6:00pm Thursday with dinner and runs through 3:30pm Monday.
To register, please submit our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.
If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark.