Meditation Breaks

Weekend courses are a great way to getaway from the stresses of busy life and take a break. These meditation courses and retreats are suitable for beginners and those with more experience and are a great way to learn new things or deepen your present spiritual understanding and experience. Every body is welcome.

Seating is either on chairs or cushions, whichever you prefer. A variety of accommodation types is available – just click the booking info link to see room types and prices.

 

 

 

 

Buddha ShakyamuniNorthern Dharma Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to receive teachings and inspiring blessings that help us on our spiritual path.

Whether we’re just starting out in meditation or we’ve been practising for a long time, our meditation practice can always be improved upon. On this course, Kadam Bridget will teach us how to integrate our meditation practice into the five forces; special methods that cause our spiritual practices to bear fruit. These practices help to inspire and encourage us, bringing great energy and enthusiasm to our spiritual life.

If we learn to integrate all our meditation practices into these five forces we will quickly come to experience deep spiritual realizations.

This Dharma Celebration will include the Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism in this world. An empowerment is a way of making a strong connection with this holy, enlightenend being and receive special blessings that have the power to transform our mind from a negative state to a positive state, from a state of confusion to a state of wisdom.

Everybody is welcome to this Dharma Celebration!

Kadam Bridget HeyesKadam Bridget Heyes is the NKT – IKBU National Spiritual Director of the UK and Resident Teacher of Nagarjuna KMC, Northants. She is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practising and teaching meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years. Her down-to-earth teachings and joyful example are an inspiration to all.

12 – 14 September 2014

Timetable to be confirmed soon

International Temples ProjectVenerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of NKT, has dedicated his life to helping the people of this world find true happiness by developing inner peace, or peace of mind, through meditation and other practices.
He has designed an international education programme that provides everyone regardless of nationality, age or gender with the opportunity to learn simple techniques for developing the capacity of their mind and eventually attaining the permanent inner peace of enlightenment. To date, this programme has been implemented in over forty countries.
Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit. The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions. These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centres (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs), World Peace Cafés, the International Schools Project, and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
All International and National Festivals as well as Dharma Celebrations are hosted by KMCs and KBCs and many are held in the Temples for World Peace. The proceeds from all these courses are dedicated to public benefit through the ITP, so simply by attending them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.

Madhyamaka KMC was the first centre founded by renowned Buddhist Teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been located at Kilnwick Percy Hall since 1986.

Now an internationally-renowned Kadampa Meditation Centre, thousands of people attend courses, meditation classes and events throughout the year, as well as visit the gift shop, Bed and Breakfast, World Peace Cafe and historic building and grounds.

With 42 acres of grounds, including a beautiful lake, walled gardens, woodlands and parkland, it’s an ideal place to come for a stroll or a picnic. We also hold regular guided history tours of the building and grounds.

For information on fees, please follow the link below:

 

Learn to Meditate Weekend Retreats

Learn to meditate weekend retreats

19 – 21 Sept 2014

13 – 15 Feb 2015

These learn to meditate weekend retreats are ideal if you are seeking relaxation and gentle guidance to help you cultivate a spacious and balanced mind through meditation. These fun weekends give step-by-step instructions for those wishing to learn the very basics of meditation.

Suitable for beginners and also for those wanting to refresh their meditation practice, these meditation weekends are a great way to learn basic meditation techniques, and to improve and deepen our experience of meditation and inner peace in the relaxing environment of Madhyamaka KMC.

Quotes by previous retreaters:

“Inspirational teaching, good food, and lovely company. A thoroughly uplifting experience :)

“Wonderful weekend – peaceful, enriching, restorative and new friends too! Thank you to everyone at the centre who works so hard to make Madhyamaka such a magical place.”

Weekend Retreat Schedule:

Friday:

6pm Supper
7.30 – 8.30pm Introduction

Saturday:

7 – 9am Breakfast
10 – 11am Meditation Class
12 – 1pm Meditation Class
1 – 2pm Lunch
3 – 4pm Meditation Class
5 – 6pm Meditation Class
6pm Supper
7.30 – 8.45pm choice of Chanted Prayers or Q&A session

Sunday:

7 – 9am Breakfast
9.30 – 10.30am Meditation Class
11.30 – 1pm Meditation Class & Prayers for World Peace
1pm Lunch and departure

Course cost £50 non -residential. Accommodation prices include all meditation sessions, meals and accommodation. Contact info@madhyamaka.org to book a place.

 

Mindfulness & Concentration

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Mindfulness & Concentration weekend course

27 – 29 March 2015 with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

This course will look at how to develop and increase our mindfulness and concentration during meditation and in daily life so that we can strengthen our meditation practice, experience a calm and peaceful mind, improve our relationships and have a happier, meaningful life.

to be confirmed

Course cost £50 non -residential.

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Healing Retreat in Spain

Healing Retreat in Spain

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14 – 19 April 2015 with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

Getaway with the Madhyamaka community to KMC Spain in Malaga for a guided retreat with Gen Thekchen. This retreat will explore different Kadampa meditations for healing our body and mind. For all levels of experience.

Retreat Schedule:

to be confirmed

Prices coming soon. Contact info@madhyamaka.org for more information.

 

 

 

Relaxation Weekend Retreat

Relaxation Weekend Retreat

1 – 4 May 2015

A gentle schedule of simple guided meditations and instruction on how to develop a regular meditation practice.

Suitable for beginners and also for those wanting to refresh their meditation practice, these meditation weekends are a great way to learn basic meditation techniques, and to improve and deepen our experience of meditation and inner peace in the relaxing environment of Madhyamaka KMC.

All meditations will be explained and guided by the teacher so no need for any previous meditation experience. Seating is on chairs or cushions, whichever you prefer.

Schedule:

Friday intro 7.30pm

Saturday
10am – 11.15am teaching & meditation
12.00pm – 1pm teaching & meditation
4.30pm – 5.45pm meditation & discussion
7.30pm – 8.30pm WFJ with tsog

Sunday
9.30am – 10.30am teaching & meditation
11.30am – 1.00pm  teaching & meditation with Prayers for World Peace
4.30pm – 5.45pm meditation & discussion
7.30pm – 8.30pm WFJ or movie of Buddha’s Life

Monday
10am – 11.15am teaching & meditation
12.00pm – 1pm teaching & meditation

Course cost £75 non-residential. Accommodation prices include all meditation sessions, meals and accommodation.

 

The Four Seals

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The Four Seals

19 – 21 June 2015 with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

The four seals are four special insights into reality that enable us to experience the liberating wisdom of the true nature of things. We will explore profound and extraordinary topics such as subtle impermanence, the nature of the mind, eliminating the source of suffering, and understanding ultimate truth, emptiness.

to be confirmed

Course cost £50 non -residential. Accommodation prices include all meditation sessions, meals and accommodation. Contact info@madhyamaka.org to book a place.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Course - Basic Buddhism & Meditation

Basic Buddhism & Meditation

1 – 4 July 2015

Learn the basic meditation techniques, views and practices found in Buddhism; this course will emphasise practical methods to help develop and maintain a peaceful, positive mind in daily life.

Suitable for beginners and also for those wanting to refresh their meditation practice, these meditation weekends are a great way to improve and deepen our experience of meditation and inner peace in the relaxing environment of Madhyamaka KMC. With over forty-two acres of stunning grounds including parkland, woods and a beautiful lake, it’s the ideal place to relax.

Friday    

7:30pm            Introduction

Saturday 

10-11:15am            Teaching and meditation

12-1pm                    Meditation

4:30-5:45pm         Teaching, meditation & discussion

7:30-8:30pm         Chanted Prayers – Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers

Sunday 

10-11:15am            Teaching and meditation

12-1pm                    Meditation

4:30-5:45pm         Teaching, meditation & discussion

7:30-8:30pm        Chanted Prayers (Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers) or Life of Buddha movie

Monday

10-11:15am            Teaching and meditation

12-1pm                    Meditation

4:30-5:45pm        Teaching, meditation & discussion

7:30  – 8:00pm     Chanted Prayers (prayers to Buddha Tara)

Tuesday 

10-11:15am            Teaching and meditation

12-1pm                     Meditation

 

Course cost £100 non-residential.

 

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