Retreats in 2021
February 6th – 7th: Amitayus
Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom – the main qualities we need for the happiness of enlightenment. Spending a couple of days in retreat on Amitayus at the start of the year is considered very auspicious for what the whole of the rest of the year will bring.
April 10th – 11th: Nyungnay
This is 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 session (taking the Mahayana precepts) is required, but to get the most from the retreat is it best to attend all sessions.
May 21st – 23rd: Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering
This retreat combines two special practices that help us immeasurably to receive blessings, accumulate merit and develop pure views.
August 27th – 29th: Lamrim
Lamrim is Tibetan for Stages of the path to enlightenment. The meditations we will do in this retreat will be the 21 meditations given in the book ‘The New Meditation Handbook’ and these meditations cover the whole path to enlightenment. Many of them help to improve our intention towards others by improving our love and compassion, and others help us to develop concentration and wisdom.