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.

 

Learn to Meditate Weekend Retreats

Learn to meditate weekend retreats

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.”

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

 

 

Special Weekend Event with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

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Life is but a Dream

20 – 22 March 2015 with Gen-la Dekyong

Milarepa said:
“Last night’s dream is my Teacher. Is it the same for you?”

During this special weekend course, Gen-la Dekyong will give a commentary to this beautiful and profound quote revealing Buddha’s teachings on emptiness.

Sunday morning will be a guided retreat on the teachings with Gen Kelsang Thekchen.

Gen-la_Dekyong2Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union and the Resident teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria. She is loved for her joyful dedication to Kadampa Buddhism and her inspiring and practical teachings.

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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.

Mindfulness in this context means remembering something positive – in these mindfulness courses we learn how to be mindful of positive things and let go of negative things so that our mind remains peaceful and happy. If we can learn to be more aware, or mindful, of what is happening in our mind moment by moment then we can develop the ability to stop negative thoughts such as anger or unhappiness, and use special ways of thinking to replace them with positive thoughts.

In meditation we learn to be deeply familiar with positive minds such as love, patience and wisdom and then we train in being mindful of these positive states in our daily life. In this way we can become happier; more loving, patient and wise.

Generally, if we become familiar with mindfulness this brings great benefits to our general health and well being, reduces stress and anxiety, improves our sleep and relaxation and makes our relationships with others more harmonious.

In particular, mindfulness aids our concentration thereby improving our memory and deepening our meditation practices.

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.

Enjoy a taste of Spanish sunshine and meditative bliss! Join us on a group spiritual holiday to the warm, peaceful, and inspiring setting of Kadampa Meditation Centre Spain, situated close to Malaga. This retreat will be a perfect opportunity for re-balancing your life through rest, reflection, and engaging in meditation retreat. The retreat will be led by Gen Thekchen, Resident Teacher of Madhyamaka KMC and will explore different Kadampa meditations for healing our body and mind. This retreat is suitable for everyone.

The location – KMC Spain

The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Kadampa Meditation Centre Spain, located near Málaga in the heart of sunny Costa del Sol in Southern Spain, the perfect setting for a meditation retreat in the sun. The meditation retreat in Spain is a great way to gain some experience of meditation and learn about Kadampa Buddhism. It is within easy access to the nearby mountainous region of ‘Mountain of the Snows’. With over 300 days of sunshine every year, the KMC is noted for its healthy environment. The entire site is non-smoking.

You can relax and unwind in Café de la Paz, which offers a wide variety of food and snacks, refreshments, as well as exotic and natural teas and coffees. In the coffee shop there is an air-conditioned hall, an open air terrace with views of the garden. 

Accommodation

There are a number of comfortable options at KMC Spain including single, twin, double, and triple rooms as well as dormitory accommodation. All rooms are just a few steps away from the large swimming pool which guests can enjoy at their leisure.

The Meditation Temple

The meditation retreat sessions will be held in the Meditation Temple. These temples are dedicated to peace in the world and create a space for us to develop inner peace through meditation by applying Buddhist wisdom to everyday life. 

Transportation arrangements

Please arrange your your travel.

Ryanair operate flights from Leeds Bradford to Malaga (Flights are approximately £111 return – checked on 21st November 2014)

Easyjet also operate flights from London, Liverpool and Manchester airports. (prices vary)

From Malaga Airport

  • Taxi service – from the airport: Approx £25 (Tuesday-Thursday during the day), £30 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and during the night)

Buses from the airport

  • At the exit of Terminal 3 you can catch the bus called ” Line A “. This bus takes you to Málaga bus station and the train station “Maria Zambrano” which are both located in the same place. The bus “Line A” runs every 30 minutes and the journey takes 25 minutes.

Buses from Malaga

  • From the Bus station in Malaga you can take the bus to Alhaurín el grande from platform 27 or 29 (bus Portillo). You will need to inform the driver that you are going to the Kadampa Meditation Center or Camino Fuente del Perro so he/she will know they will need to stop there. The meditation centre is about a 400 meters walk from the drop off point.
  • The bus stop (for buses travelling back to Malaga) is a 400 meter walk from the Kadampa Meditation Centre. The estimated duration of the trip to Malaga by bus is 1 hour. 

Address of KMC Spain

KMC Spain
Camino Fuente del Perro s / n,
(A-404 road km 12)
Alhaurin el Grande
Malaga 29120
Tel: (+34) 952 49 09 18 (NOT for booking enquiries – contact Madhyamaka KMC)

 

 

 

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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