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Buddhist retreat is a time when we take a break from our normal activities and focus on special meditations that lead to inner peace and happiness.
 

Drop of Essential Nectar (Avalokiteshvara fasting retreat - Nyungnä) Heruka KMC, Golders Green
Sat 12 April - Sun 13 April

This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in "Drop of Essential Nectar" – a 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. The practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma, pacifying strong delusions and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

Please note: There is no need to book in advance - you are welcome to just turn up. Anyone wishing to attend must take Mahayana precepts which will be granted by Kadam John McBretney at 6.30am. If you haven't taken precepts before you will need to take them at Heruka Centre.

Dates: Sat 12 April to Sun 13 April

Session times
Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the retreat sessions at the following times:

1000-armed Avalokiteshvara
1000-armed Avalokiteshvara
Retreat session times for both days:
  • Precepts: 6.30am - 7.15am (not optional)
  • 1st session: 8am - 9.15am
  • 2nd session: 10.30am - 11.45am
    Please note: we will be observing silence until lunchtime
  • Lunch: 12.30pm (available at Heruka KMC on first day only)
  • 3rd session: 3.30pm - 4.45pm
  • Wishfulfilling Jewel: Saturday only, 6pm - 7.15pm
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.

For details about this practice, please contact Heruka Centre on 020 8455 7563.

Suggested donation: £2 per session

Venue
Heruka Centre, 13 Woodstock Road,
Golders Green, London, NW11 8ES
see map or get directions
 
 

Refuge retreat - Heruka KMC, Golders Green
28 April - 3 May

Dates: Mon 28 April - Sat 3 May

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
  • 7am - 8.30am
  • 10.30am - 12pm
  • 4.30pm – 6pm
  • 7.30pm - 9pm

Daily Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers: 12.15pm - 1pm

Suggested donation: £2 per session

Venue
Heruka Centre, 13 Woodstock Road,
Golders Green, London, NW11 8ES
see map or get directions
Buddha Shakyamuni
Buddha Shakyamuni
 

Lamrim Retreat, Heruka KMC, 9 - 14 June

This meditation retreat is ideal for newcomers, those familiar with Lamrim, and those wishing to rediscover the joy of meditation. A great opportunity to deepen our experience of the 21 Lamrim meditations. Find out more about Lamrim.
Dates: Mon 9 June - Sat 14 June

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the retreat sessions.

Session times
  • 7am - 8.30am
  • 10.30am - 12pm
  • 4.30pm – 6pm
  • 7.30pm - 9pm

Daily Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers: 12.15pm - 1pm

Suggested donation: £2 per session

Venerable Atisha
Venerable Atisha
 

Please note
Sessions will not be guided on this retreat
On Mon 9 June session 4 will be replaced by Monday eve class
On Tue 10 June session 4 replaced by Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja
On Wed 11 June there is no retreat for session 4



Venue
Heruka Centre, 13 Woodstock Road,
Golders Green, London, NW11 8ES
see map or get directions

 

Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering retreat - Heruka KMC, 4 - 17 July

Dates: Fri 4 July - Thu 17 July

Guru Yoga & Mandala Offering retreat provides a special opportunity to engage in the practices for accumulating merit and receiving blessings.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the retreat sessions. There is no need to book in advance.

Session times
  • 7am - 8.30am
  • 10.30am - 12pm
  • 4.30pm – 6pm
  • 7.30pm - 9pm

Daily Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers: 12.15pm - 1pm

Fee:
donations welcome
Je Tsongkhapa
Je Tsongkhapa

Please note
Sessions will not be guided on this retreat
On Mon 7 and 14 July session 4 will be replaced by Monday eve class
On Wed 9 and 16 July there is no retreat for session 4

On Thu 10 July session 4 replaced by Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja

Venue
Heruka Centre, 13 Woodstock Road,
Golders Green, London, NW11 8ES
see map or get directions



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