Advice from a Yogi - CLOSED

This course is now closed

7:00pm 27 July 2019 - 12:30pm 04 August 2019

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Purelands Retreat Centre


To book this course please select it in the Extras offered after you have chosen your accommodation on the booking form. Please click here to book.

For this course please select 'Purelands' as your accommodation. If you wish to arrive earlier or leave later than the dates of the retreat, please make separate bookings for the extra nights in Samye Ling accommodation.  

During this retreat we will focus on an explanation of the Advice for the People of Dingri by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.

Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result.

People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.

Lama Zangmo will go through the text and give instructions in meditation and contemplations related to the text. A handout of the text itself will be provided.

The retreat programme will be a balanced schedule of teaching sessions, time for Q&A, and plenty of time given to meditation sessions and breaks throughout the day, with a long afternoon break free for either personal practice, walking in the hills, reading or resting.

This retreat is ideal for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have at least a basic familiarity with meditation. It is not suitable for complete beginners. The main part of the retreat will be in full silence.

To make the most of this precious opportunity and to ensure that there are the very best conditions for retreat, all participants are asked to refrain from using mobile-phones or other devices - unless there is an emergency or you have important commitments which cannot be left aside for a week.  

Participants are requested to stay at Purelands. Lunch is taken in the Samye Ling dining room.

Recommended (but not required) reading during the retreat:

A Hundred Verses of Advice by Dilgo Khyentse & Padampa Sangye

The Life of Milarepa –by Lhalungpa

The Rain of Wisdom – Dohas of the Kagyu Lineage

There will also be various Dharma books available for retreatants to borrow at Purelands over this period.

There is no fee for this course although donations are welcome. Your offering will help with the Monastery's considerable running costs, as well as the expenses incurred in inviting teachers.  Donations may be made in the Reception Office.

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche