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.
 
We offer a limited amount of dormitory style accommodation on some retreats. Contact info@meditationinbristol.org 
 
If you require more information, please contact us on info@meditationinbristol.org
There is normally no charge for most retreats but donations are gratefully accepted.
 

Retreats in 2020

March 2nd – 8th: 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. 
Session times are 8am, 10.30am, (12.00  WFJ except Friday when its 7.30pm) , 4pm and 7pm. 
 
April 3rd – 5th : Weekend Away Retreat to Nagarjuna KMC, Northhamptionshire on ‘The Four Profundities’
In preparation for our Manjushri empowerment, we are going on an away retreat to lay the foundations for wisdom in beautiful surroundings at Thornby Hall, home of Nagarjuna KMC. The retreat will follow the book ‘The New Heart of Wisdom.’ Various kinds of accommodation will be available at this retreat, including en-suite rooms. See our page Weekend Away Retreats for more information. 
 
April 11th – 12th: 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.  Session times are 6:30am, 11am and 3:30pm. 
 
May 11th – 17th: 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. 
Session times are 8am, 10.30am, (12.00  WFJ except Friday when its 7.30pm) , 4pm and 7pm.

Aug: 17th-23th: Lamrim Retreat  (TTP).
‘Lamrim’ is Tibetan for ‘Stages of the path’ [to enlightenment]  These  sessions will follow “The Mirror of Dharma with Additions” .  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.
Session times are 8am, 10.30am, (12.00  WFJ except Friday when its 7.30pm) , 4pm and 7pm.
 

December 6th: Medicine Buddha (half day) with Mandy Wright
Medicine Buddha is a healing Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness. On this soothing retreat we will engage in the beautiful healing practice of this Enlightened being.
There is a charge of £10 for this retreat.
 
December 7th – 12th: 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.  
Session times are 8am, 10.30am, (12.00  WFJ except Friday when its 7.30pm) , 4pm and 7pm.