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.

 

Amitayus

Northern Dharma Celebration 2015

11 – 13 September with Kadam Bridget Heyes

Amitayus Empowerment and explanation of the practice

During this special weekend course, Kadam Bridget Heyes will give a commentary to the practice of Amitayus – the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom.

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.

Kilnwick Percy HallMadhyamaka 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 47 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.

Online booking for this event will open shortly. In the meantime, please email info@madhyamaka.org to book a place.

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.

Friday 11th September
7.30pm Introduction

Saturday 12th September
9am – 10am Guided Meditation
11am – 1pm Empowerment of Buddha Amitayus with Kadam Bridget Heyes
4pm – 5.30pm Teaching with Kadam Bridget Heyes
8.30pm – 9.30pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Offering

Sunday 13th September
9am – 10am Guided Meditation
11am – 12.30pm Teaching with Kadam Bridget Heyes

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to Meditate weekend retreatsLearn to meditate weekend retreats

Dates to be confirmed

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.”

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.

If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly.

However, since we cannot have everything we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, serves only to cause us pain. On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something that we like, we become despondent or irritated.

For example, if we are forced to work with a colleague whom we dislike, we will probably become irritated and feel aggrieved, with the result that we will be unable to work with him or her efficiently and our time at work will become stressful and unrewarding.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sand castle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide.

By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.

To read more on this subject, see The New Meditation Handbook, Transform Your Life, and Eight Steps to Happiness.

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
10 – 11am Meditation Class
12 – 1pm Meditation Class
1pm Lunch and departure

Booking will open shortly

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