Learn to Meditate weekend retreats
13-15 November / 19-21 February / 22-24 April
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:
7.30 – 8.30pm Introduction
7 – 9am Breakfast
10 – 11am Meditation Class
12 – 1pm Meditation Class
1 – 2pm Lunch
3 – 4pm Meditation Class
5 – 6pm Meditation Class
7.30 – 8.45pm choice of Chanted Prayers or Q&A session
7 – 9am Breakfast
10am – 11am Meditation Class
12 – 1pm Meditation Class
1pm Lunch and departure
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.
How to rely on a Spiritual Guide in the modern world
5 – 7 February 2016 with Kadam Neil Elliott
Relying sincerely on a qualified Spiritual Guide has a special place in Kadampa Buddhism. It is essential for making genuine progress on the spiritual path.
Through teachings, stories and meditations Kadam Neil, Resident Teacher at KMC London, will offer advice on how to identify and rely upon a qualified Spiritual Guide, and how to carry the practice in our everyday life.
Kadam Neil Elliott is the Resident Teacher at KMC London and has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for nearly 40 years. He has worked closely with him on editing and translating many of his books.
Kadam Neil is a senior teacher who teaches the Special Teacher Training Programme at KMC London with over 800 people around the world studying on the programme by correspondence.
Having taught internationally for many years, Kadam Neil brings a wealth of practical and meditative experience to his teachings.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Friday 5th February
Saturday 6th February
9am – 10:30am Session 1
11.30am – 1.00pm Session 2
4:30pm – 6.00pm Session 3
7.30pm – 9.00pm WFJ + Surprise
Sunday 7th February
9am – 10:30am Session 4
11.30am – 1.00pm Session 5