Introduction to Buddhism

6 Day Silent Meditation Retreat

22 – 27 October 2021

This retreat will include mindfulness meditation and guided meditation on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Some of the main topics covered include:

  • Suffering and its causes
  • The mind and mental afflictions
  • Death and rebirth
  • Bodhicitta – the mind aspiring to enlightenment for the benefit of others
  • Shamatha meditation – developing a calm, clear and focused mind
  • Vipashyana meditation – gaining insight into the nature of reality

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. It provides not only an extensive introduction into the theory and practice of the path to enlightenment but is also an excellent opportunity for more advanced students to deepen their understanding and practice.

The daily schedule will include Dharma talks, meditation and yoga/mindful movement sessions. The retreat will be in silence, but full instruction and support will be given to all participants.

The retreat will start at 4pm on 22 October, so participants are requested to arrive and complete check in by 3pm. It will conclude after lunch on 27 October. (However, see note below about special program on the 27th and option to stay on.)

Sample daily schedule:

  • 7.15am-8:00am    Morning Meditation
  • 8:00am      Breakfast
  • 9.00am-10.00am  1st Session
  • 10.00am-10:15am  Break
  • 10.15am-11am     Mindful Movement / Yoga
  • 11am-11:30am     Break
  • 11.30am-12:30pm  2nd Session
  • 12.30pm    Lunch
  • 2.30pm-4.00pm    3rd Session
  • 4.00pm-4.30pm    Break  
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Walking Meditation
  • 5.15pm-6.15pm    4th Session
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm   Dinner
  • 7:15pm-7:45pm   Evening contemplation

SPECIAL NOTE: This retreat will end on 27 October, a very special day for Buddhists, when we celebrate the Buddha’s descent to earth (Lhabab Duchen in Tibetan). It’s a holy Buddhist day, when any virtuous practices we do are particularly powerful. The schedule for 27 Oct, the last day of the retreat, will be as follows:

7.15am-8:00am    Morning practice
8:00am      Breakfast
9.00am-10.00am  Last retreat session and feedback
10.00am-10:30am  Gompa preparation for puja
10.30 am TSOG Special puja
12.30pm    Lunch

Because this is such a special day, you might want to stay an extra night and also join us for the following afternoon program on 27 Oct:
4.30 to 6.00pm: Emptiness practices & meditations, recitation of the Vajra Cutter & Heart Sutras
6.00pm: Dinner (at extra cost)
8.00pm: Light offerings at the Stupa

About the Teacher

Venerable Thubten Khadro

This retreat is guided by Ven. Khadro, who has a unique gift to make these authentic, ancient teachings relevant to the 21st century and our modern lives.

Ven. Khadro was born in Venezuela of European parents, emigrated to New Zealand in 2004, and has led courses and retreats for FPMT Centers in NZ, Australia, India, Nepal, Germany, Spain, US and Latin America. Her international background allows her to have an open, friendly and warm manner. Ven Khadro is a FPMT Registered Teacher; currently studying in an online Master Program in Buddhist Philosophy, is a Buddhist Hospice / Healthcare Chaplain, a 16 Guidelines Accredited Facilitator and has served in various FPMT centres around the world.

Your investment is… 

…$390

This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan/gluten free options are available).

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Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost. When making your booking or booking enquiry, please let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will get back to you. (Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system on our Accommodation page.)
 

Accommodation - Prices per night


Camping per person (unpowered)                             $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)         $32

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                         $55

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                 $55

Single cabin (self-contained)                                           $100

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                   $76 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                            $100 (for 2)

Triple room                                                               $94 (for 3)

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