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…

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

Guru Yoga

Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat

Sat 14 July – Sun 15 July 2018

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.

“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

About the sessions

14 July
  • Session one: 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Session two: 4pm – 5.30pm
15 July
  • Session one: 9am – 10.30am
  • Session two: 11am – 12.30pm
  • Session three: 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Session four: 4pm – 5.30pm
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:

Suggested donation is £2 per session

Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara Fasting Retreat

14 – 15 April 2018
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
  • Lunch 1pm (on Saturday only)
  • Session three: 3.30pm – 4.45pm
  • Saturday 1.45 – 2.45pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel puja
  • Sunday 1 – 2pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel puja
  • Sunday 6.15 – 8pm: Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja (Buddha’s Enlightenment day)
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

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

Mon 23 April – Fri 27 April 2018
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

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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