Retreats are an opportunity to deepen the understanding of Buddha’s teachings that we have gained though our study and daily practice. During a retreat we cut back on our normal activities and take time to focus on our spiritual practice. Through this we can gain deep understanding and a special experience of inner peace.
Buddha Land Meditation Retreats
Buddha Land organizes a number of retreats each year. Most are at the centre however, we also hold residential group retreats at other centres. Many of the retreats are over a weekend and are guided. You can come along to individual sessions of a retreat if you are unable to attend the whole retreat.
These include Yoga of Buddha Amitayus, Refuge Retreat, Stages of the Path Retreat (Lamrim), Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat, Vajrasattva Retreat and many others. If you are interested in attending any of these please contact the centre.
Stages of the Path Retreat
This retreat includes meditations on all the stages necessary to attain the deep inner peace of enlighenment.
This retreat focuses on the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus a method for increasing our merit, wisdom and life span. It is dedicated particularly for the long life of the Spiritual Guide.
When we experience problems and difficulties we seek protection from this suffering. The protection we find in the world is, however, at best temporary and new problems soon arrive. By turning inwards to our mind, Buddha's teachings on the mind, and following the advice and example of experienced practioners, a lasting protection can be developed within our self.
Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat
Guru Yoga is a special way of relying upon our spiritual teacher and a mandala is a type of offering. Though relying upon a spiritual teacher we can make swift progress along the path to Buddhahood. In this retreat we try to develop the causes to attain spiritual insights by making offerings and requests.
Vajrasattva is a the Buddha of purification and in this retreat we emphasise purifying our harmful actions through meditation and mantra recitation. In the past we have developed many harmful minds and actions. This negativity acts as an obstacle to our happiness in general, and our spiritual understanding in particular. Though sincerely practicing purification there is great hope that we can develop a deep and stable experience of inner peace.