SHAMATHA and the Lamrim - A Silent Meditation Retreat
Led by TY Alexander
Retreat leader Bio :
Thubten Yeshe (T.Y.) met her teachers Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. For five years she studied in Nepal and India, during which time she was ordained as a Buddhist nun. She remained a nun for nine years. T.Y. has received teachings over the years from many lamas, including Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dargyey, Kyabje Song Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since those early days, she has lived and worked in FPMT centers around the world. In 1985 she moved to Australia, currently resident in QLD where she teaches, lead retreats and engages in other work within the FPMT. TY is a registered, accredited FPMT Teacher, author of Mind and its Potential Module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism Course and is an online course elder.
This strict silent retreat will focus on the practice of shamatha in the context of the LamRim.
It will include meditation, discussion and teachings.
- When : APRIL 17 - 21 2014
Arrival 3pm onwards on 17th - 1st Retreat Induction session 6.30pm -Retreat concludes 3pm on 21st
- Where : FAR SOUTH WILDERNESS LODGE - Strathblane near Dover Tasmania
Attendance in full is a requirement - 'day only' attendance not applicable
- Accommodation is simple comfortable twin shared with shared amenities - linen and pillows provided - no candles in rooms
- Course contribution : $550 -Includes accommodation, venue hire, meals and refreshments, Course materials, visiting teacher care, travel,offerings
Ordained Sangha members are supported with a 50% discount - please confirm on Booking Form
Your generosity is valued deeply
- Do you wish to sponsor a Sangha member to attend this Retreat ?
- Make an offering towards the general facilitation of this event ?
- Specifically make an offering towards Visiting Teacher care ?
Please contact :
Thank you very much for your kindness and good heart in advance
[Dependent upon final course numbers a few single options of accommodation may become available but cannot be confirmed until after all bookings close on April 1st.This option will add an extra $50 to course contribution - please note your interest on Booking Form ]
- Meals - simple delicious vegetarian
- What you need to bring : sleeping bag or doona , towel,warm , layer able clothing, comfortable footwear, wet weather clothes ,torch , pen notebook, preferred sitting cushion or kneeling stool if you wish
- Sleeping bags available at Venue for nominal hire fee - to be organized with Venue Manager upon arrival if required.
- Cushions and chairs for your choice provided in meditation hall
- Please do not bring music players, books or magazines other than pertaining to the Retreat topics - no internet is available onsite
- Travel from Hobart to the Venue can be arranged if required ( approx 1hr 15 min drive) either via carpooling or mini bus
- Please attend to any business necessary prior to your arrival to ensure an uninterrupted experience.
- Contact number for any urgent communications needed during retreat - +61 3 6298 1922
Please also bring along your commitment to make the very best use of this rare and special opportunity for 5 short days , in this most conducive environment , to respect and acknowledge all the guidelines and requirements of this Retreat for your own benefit and with respect for all other retreat participants' experience also.
…Buddhism really comes alive…when it is not just words, not just scholars, but really living Buddhism. When study and realization come together, Buddhism will really last. Wow, then like an ocean in the heart and mind, it will spread and be preserved.
Lama Thubten Yeshe has referred to the lam-rim (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment) as one’s own ‘personal experience.’ This experience is explored in a series of contemplations on life as we live it, how we created it, and our unlimited potential to transform our minds and transcend it. These contemplation's encompass all the teachings of the Buddha.
In order to create this ‘ocean in the heart and mind’ we need to meditate. In order to ‘meditate well’ we need to still the mind; the practice of Samantha (tranquility or calm abiding) is the perfect way to accomplish this still and focused mind with which we can generate the ‘living Buddhism’ that will be sustained for generations to come.
Shamatha is not only a mental state that can lead to exalted levels of spiritual realization; even at the beginning stages of its attainment it brings about a practical peaceful state of mind that can benefit us in every aspect of our daily lives.
Recommended reading Achieving Realizations of the Path
We hope you can join us !
All inquiries are always welcomed via either
- skype: chagtong
If this is your first visit to the Tasmanian state you might like to consider designing a very special trip around your Retreat Experience - Enjoy !
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