Green Tara Retreat
Lam Rim Retreat with Venerable Lobsang Namgyel
12-17 December 2019
Join us for this 6 day retreat at the beautiful rural setting in Colville Coromandel at the Mahamudra Retreat Centre. This is an introduction to the practice of Green Tara and the Buddhist Philosophy, the Lam Rim; which is the graduated path to enlightenment.
Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form. The Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, wept with compassion as he looked out onto the world and observed the depth of suffering experienced by all sentient beings. It was from a single tear that Tara, female Buddha of enlightened activity, was born. Tara, whose name means “she who ferries across”, can be seen stepping out in immediate readiness to assist any sentient being who is suffering. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.
The lam-rim contains every single teaching of the Buddha. Even one syllable of a lam-rim teaching can be seen by the practitioner striving to achieve enlightenment as a personal instruction. The goal to study and understand the lam-rim is to tame the mind, because your heart and mind are the creators of all the suffering. When you transform your heart, you are the creator of your happiness and peace, liberation and enlightenment.
This retreat serves as either an introduction to Buddhism or as a complementary course for those who have already attended an introductory course and would like to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism. The retreat will include visualisation meditations; mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes and Green Tara practices group discussions. Outside of the discussion sessions the retreat is in noble silence with no devices.
About the Retreat Leader
Venerable Namgyel is a Western senior monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start. His western view of Buddhism allows students to understand the Buddhist Psychology in a very experiential manner.
Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat. Please note that we don’t offer a credit card option for teacher offerings.
Click here to learn more about Venerable Namgyel.
This cost covers a facility fee, fully catered vegetarian meals, meditations and the opportunity for direct audience time with Venerable Namgyel.
Accommodation including camping, is available at the Centre at an extra cost as well as in the surrounding Coromandel area. Centre accommodation is offered at a 20% discount to retreatants attending the course.
10% membership discounts are also applicable for members (please contact the Main Office)
Prices per person/ per night
Single Room (w/ shared toilet facilities) $49.00 – 20% = $39.20
Double Room (w/ shared toilet facilities) $35.00 – 20% – $28.00
Bed in the Dormitory (w/ shared toilet facilities) $28.00 – 20% = $22.40
Tara Hut (w/ shared toilet facilities) $49.00 – 20% = $39.20
Single Cabin (self-contained) $80.00 – 20% = $64.00
Deluxe Cabin (self-contained) $100.00 – 20% = $80.00
Camping (no hook-ups) $18.00 – 20% = $14.40
Please note your accommodation option on the booking form and we will send you the confirmation details.