Deepening Experience

We have a range of varied group meditation guided retreats scheduled throughout the year that are an ideal way to gain real experience of certain practices, or deepen current experience. Some sessions are guided with teachings, but the emphasis is on meditation.  What makes a retreat ‘a retreat’ is the boundaries we put on our activities of body, speech and mind.
 
Retreats need to be booked in advance, so please contact us for further information.

Upcoming Retreats 

January 3rd – 9th: – Lamrim (TTP)

‘Lamrim’ is Tibetan for ‘Stages of the path’ [to enlightenment]
The sessions follow the schedule given in the appendix of The New Meditation Handbook . This schedule covers 28 sessions in one week and is repeated four times in the January retreat. The first week often includes guided meditation and so is ideal for beginners.
These meditations cover the whole of the path to enlightenment. Many of them are helping us to improve our intention towards other beings by improving our love and compassion for them. Others help us to develop concentration and wisdom.

January 10th – 14th : – Guided Vajrayogini Retreat.(only for those with HYT empowerments)
Focus will be on the practice of The Blissful Path . On retreat we can deepen our experience of this blissful practice taking us out of the ordinary and into the  PureLand.

February 2nd – 4th: – Amitayus Retreat
Amitayus is the Buddha of infinite life. He also bestows merit and wisdom. We traditionally do a few days of ‘The Yoga of Buddha Amitayus early in the year. On Friday 2nd February at 7pm Kelsang Lamchen will give a short introduction. The following sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be at 8am, 10.30am and 3pm. Each session lasting a little over an hour.
Accommodation is available for this retreat. Please email info@meditationinbristol.org  for further information.

March 5th – 11th: – Refuge (TTP)
The practice of going for refuge is the gateway to Buddhadharma. It entails understanding our situation as living beings and recognising that we need help if we are ever to bring our suffering to an end. With the understanding that the Three Jewels that are Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are completely reliable sources of protection from all suffering, we turn to them for help.

April 14th – 15th: – Nyungnay
A special fasting retreat in conjunction with 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara. This retreat includes prostrations and is an excellent way of purifying negative karma. Attendance at the first (6.30am) session (or taking Mahayana precepts at home at 6.30am) is required for each day that you want to attend any sessions. To get the most from the retreat it is best to attend all the sessions.
Accommodation is available for this retreat. Please email info@meditationinbristol.org  for further information.

May 14th – 20th: – Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering (TTP)
This retreat combines two special practices that help us immeasurably to receive blessings, accumulate merit and develop pure views. We do this retreat twice in the year. Session times are 8am, 10.30am, (12.00  WFJ except Friday when its 7.30pm) , 4pm and 7pm. No afternoon sessions on the last day.

June 2nd & 3rd – Post Spring Festival Retreat
We’ll review and meditate on the teachings received at the Spring Festival.
Session times: 8am,  10.30am, ( 12.00 Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers followed by lunch which can be provided),   2.30pm,   4.30pm (no 4.30 session on Sunday)
(Only suitable for those who have attended the Spring Festival or those who have had many teachings on emptiness.)

August  20th – 26th: – Lamrim (TTP)
‘Lamrim’ is Tibetan for ‘Stages of the path’ [to enlightenment]
The sessions follow the schedule given in the appendix of The New Meditation Handbook .
These meditations cover the whole of the path to enlightenment. Many of them are helping us to improve our intention towards other beings by improving our love and compassion for them. Others help us to develop concentration and wisdom.

September 24th – 29th: – Guru Yoga and Mandala offering (TTP)
This retreat combine two special practices that help us immeasurably – to receive blessing, accumulate merit and develop pure view. We do this one twice in the year.

December 9th  10.30am – 1.30pm:   Medicine Buddha Half Day Retreat
On this soothing retreat we will engage in the beautiful healing practice of this Enlightened Being, Medicine Buddha.

December 10th – 15th: – Vajrasattva (TTP)
A powerful purification practice to remove the imprints of negative karma from our mind. All our suffering and our obstacles to spiritual progress come from our negative karma. Purifying our mind brings immeasurable benefit.

Accommodation can be made available if required. Please email info@meditationinbristol.org for more information.