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…

Guru Yoga

Mandala OfferingGuru Yoga Mandala Offering retreat

Sat 25 Nov – Thu 30 Nov 2017

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 fulfill our spiritual wishes.

‘Most people usually seek happiness from external material things, but these can never bring true happiness. From beginningless time, we have all tried to find happiness by improving material things and external conditions, but instead of making people happy, improving external conditions has only increased the suffering, dissatisfaction, fear, and danger in the world. We can see this very clearly. From our side, therefore, we need to seek happiness from a different source.’ 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

Suggested donation is £2 per session

Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Sat 24 June – Thu 29 June 2017
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: The following sessions are replaced by pujas or weekly classes

  • Sun 25 June: session 4 replaced by Offering to the Spritual Guide puja
  • Mon 26 June: session 4 replaced by weekly class
  • Wed 28 June: sessions 2 and 4 replaced by weekly classes
  • Thu 29 June: session 2 replaced by Melodious Drum puja

Suggested donation is £2 per session

Refuge

Buddha Shakyamuni 3_transparentRefuge retreat

Sun 2 April – Fri 7 April 2017
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.

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

Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara Fasting Retreat

21 – 22 April 2017
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:

  • Mahayana Precepts 6.30am – 7.30am
  • Session one: 8am – 9.15am
  • Session two: 10.30am – 11.45am
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel puja: 12pm – 1pm (with tsog on Friday)
  • Lunch 1pm (on Friday only)
  • Session three: 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.

  • Please note: we will be observing silence until 12.30pm each day
  • Suggested donation is £2 per session
  • There is no need to book in advance – you can just turn up

Lamrim

Guided Lamrim Retreat

Introduction with Kadam John McBretney, Mon 2 Jan, 7.30pm
Tuesday 3 January – Friday 13 January 2017
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Please note: the last session of the retreat will be session three on Friday 13 Jan. There is no session four that day.

Everyone is welcome to come to the free introduction to Lamrim retreat with Kadam John McBretney, the Resident Teacher of Heruka KMC, on Monday 2 January, 7.30pm. Kadam John will explain some 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.

The retreat will be guided by Kadam John and will be based on the 14 Lamrim meditations from Geshe Kelsang’s book How to Understand the Mind and runs from 3 – 13 January. 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.

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 guided 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 last session of the retreat will be session three on Friday 13 Jan. There is no session four that day.

Suggested donation is £2 per session.

Amitayus

Amitayus Retreat

Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 January 2017
Buddha Amitayus

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom. By engaging in Amitayus practice we can develop these qualities, which are essential for our spiritual development, and eventually attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment.

About the sessions

You are welcome to drop-in to any or all of the retreat. There is no need to book in advance. There will be three retreat sessions per day consisting of chanted prayers and silent periods for 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 on the 14 and 15 of January:

  • Session one: 10.30am – 11.45am
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12pm – 1pm
  • Session two: 3pm – 4.15pm
  • Session three: 5pm – 6.15pm

Suggested donation is £2 per session or £6 for the day.

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