Buddhist Retreats In-depth Buddhist Retreats at Heruka KMC

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In Guide to Dakini Land, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains: ‘On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice’. Read more…

Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Sat 1 June – Tue 4 June 2019
Buddha Vajrasattva

Everyone wants to be free from problems – even in our dreams we try to be free from problems – but unless we purify our negative minds and negative actions it is impossible to be free from suffering, fear or danger. It does not matter what we do externally to try to avoid suffering, if the cause of suffering remains in our mind, suffering is what we will experience. This is why purification is so important. It is the only method to free ourself from the real causes of suffering. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

About the sessions
You are welcome to drop-in to any or all of the retreat. There will be four retreat sessions per day consisting of chanted prayers and silent periods for meditation and mantra recitation. Previous experience is helpful but not essential. Everyone is welcome to come to one or more of the following daily sessions:

  • Session one: 7am – 8.30am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 12pm
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12.15pm – 1pm
  • Session three: 4.30pm – 6pm
  • Session four: 7.30pm – 9pm

Please note:
Session 4 on Tue 4 June is replaced by Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja to celebrate Buddha’s Turning of the Wheel of Dharma day and the birthday of our Founder Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Everybody is welcome to join this special celebration. More details about pujas

Suggested donation is £2 per session

Refuge

Buddha Shakyamuni 3_transparentRefuge retreat

Fri 5 July – Mon 8 July 2019
On this retreat we deepen our practice of refuge in the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Only the Three Jewels have the ability to protect living beings from all suffering. Please note: Session 4 on Mon 8 July is replaced by a weekly class.

Session times

  • Session one: 7am – 8.30am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 12pm
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12.15pm – 1pm
  • Session three: 4.30pm – 6pm
  • Session four: 7.30pm – 9pm
Suggested donation is £2 per session

Guru Yoga

Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat

Fri 12 July – Mon 15 July 2019

Engaging in the practice of Guru Yoga together with making mandala offerings creates a vast collection of merit through which we can receive the powerful blessings of our Spiritual Guide and fulfil our spiritual wishes.

“Making mandala offerings is the best method to free us from future poverty and to enable us to obtain future rebirth in a Pure Land. Buddha Vajradhara made a guarantee that practitioners who sincerely make mandala offerings would never suffer from future poverty. Kadampa Geshes also said that if we want to be wealthy in the future, then we should stop ordinary business and make mandala offerings. We need to remind ourself of this many times.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Session times

  • Session one: 7am – 8.30am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 12pm
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12.15pm – 1pm
  • Session three: 4.30pm – 6pm
  • Session four: 7.30pm – 9pm

You are welcome to drop-in to any or all of the retreat. There will be four retreat sessions per day consisting of chanted prayers and silent periods for meditation and mantra recitation. Previous experience is helpful but not essential. Everyone is welcome to come to one or more of the following daily sessions:

Please note: The following sessions are replaced by chanted prayers or weekly classes
  • Mon 15 July: session 4 replaced by weekly class

Suggested donation is £2 per session

Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara Fasting Retreat

13 – 14 April 2019
Avalokiteshvara 1000 armed Everyone is welcome to this special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Each session of the retreat Involves making prostrations*, chanting prayers and reciting mantras. *A prostration is a positive action of showing respect with body, speech, or mind. See Joyful Path of Good Fortune and The Bodhisattva Vow. By engaging in this retreat, we will experience
  • powerful purification of negative karma
  • pacification of strong delusions
  • an increase in our love, compassion and bodhichitta
Anyone wishing to attend should take precepts each day at the Centre. You can attend any or all of the retreat sessions at the following times:

Saturday 13 March

  • Taking Precepts: 6.30-7.15am
  • Session one: 8.00am – 9.15am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 11.45am
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel puja: 12noon – 12.45pm
  • Lunch: 1pm (on Saturday only)
  • Session three: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

Sunday 14 March

  • Taking Precepts 6.30am – 7.15am
  • Session four: 8.00am – 9.15am
  • Session five: 10.30am – 11.45am
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel puja: 12noon – 12.45pm
  • Session six: 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Anyone attending must take Mahayana precepts at 6.30am on both days. If you haven’t taken precepts before you will need to take them at Heruka KMC. On the first day we have only one meal which is at lunchtime. On the second day those who wish to engage in the complete practice refrain from all food and drink for 24 hours.   The suggested donation is £8 for the whole day or £3 per session.  

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Lamrim

Lamrim Retreat

1 – 6 July 2018
Atisha 2_transparent This is a great opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Lamrim meditation, the stages of the path to enlightenment, and the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. Gain personal experience of the invaluable benefits of Lamrim, a special set of instructions that include all the essential teachings of Budhha, structured in a comprehensive way that is easy to understand and put into practice.

About the sessions

You are welcome to drop-in to any or all of the retreat sessions. There is no need to book in advance. There will be four retreat sessions per day consisting of chanted prayers and silent periods for unguided meditation. Previous experience is helpful but not necessary. This retreat is suitable for everyone, everyone is welcome. You can come to one or more of the following daily sessions:
  • Session one: 7am – 8.30am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 12pm
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12.15pm – 1pm
  • Session three: 4.30pm – 6pm
  • Session four: 7.30pm – 9pm
Please note: The following sessions are replaced by chanted prayers or weekly classes
  • Mon 2 July: session 4 replaced by weekly class
  • Wed 4 July: sessions 2 and 4 replaced by weekly classes
  • Thu 5 July: Wishfulfilling Jewel puja with tsog: 3pm – 4pm
Suggested donation is £2 per session
DATE Sun 1 July Mon 2 July Tue 3 July Wed 4 July Thu 5 July Fri 6 July
SESSION TIME Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1
7 – 8.30am 7 – 8.30am 7 – 8.30am 7 – 8.30am 7 – 8.30am 7 – 8.30am
Session 2 Session 2 Session 2 Weekly Drop-in Classes Session 2 Session 2
10.30 – 12pm 10.30 – 12pm 10.30 – 12pm 12.30 – 1.30pm 10.30 – 12pm 10.30 – 12pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers with tsog Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers
12.15 – 1pm 12.15 – 1pm 12.15 – 1pm 3.15 – 4pm 3 – 4pm 12.15 – 1pm
Session 3 Session 3 Session 3 Session 2 Session 3 Session 3
4.30 – 6pm 4.30 – 6pm 4.30 – 6pm 4.30 – 6pm 4.30 – 6pm 4.30 – 6pm
Session 4 Weekly Drop-in Classes Session 4 Foundation Program Session 4 Session 4
7.30 – 9pm 7.30 – 9pm 7.30 – 9pm 7 – 9.15pm 7.30 – 9pm 7.30 – 9pm

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