Meditation Practice Retreat

2:00pm 06 October 2019 - 12:30pm 13 October 2019

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Everyone who wishes to participate in this retreat must register even if Samye Ling accommodation is not required.  Please use the online booking system to book both accommodation and a place on the course.  If you are not staying with us, select “No Accommodation” as the room type.

Please click here to book - remember to select the course on the Additional Extras page after selecting your room type.

For the 6th Anniversary since Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche passed away, there are changes in the timing and also the format of this commemorative Meditation Practice Retreat.

Akong Rinpoche’s anniversary on 8th October will be mid-week in 2019, also there is a tradition of commemorating such anniversaries early, though not later.  Therefore, Drupon Rinpoche has kindly offered to begin the Retreat on Sunday 6th October to make it easier for participants to arrange holiday time from work and so on.

There will also be a change in the format of the meditation sessions – Drupon Rinpoche will guide the retreatants in an exploration of mind and thoughts by posing questions and highlighting possible issues with some of the answers we might assume to be correct.

In his teachings in Samye Ling in the past, Drupon Rinpoche has often pointed out that meditation is not traditionally taught through explanations but by the master asking the disciples questions and thus letting them come to find the truth of real meditation for themselves.  This year, for the first time, Rinpoche will provide a rare opportunity to experience this unique, traditional means of teaching authentic Buddhist meditation.  The emphasis will be on developing an understanding of what meditation really is, rather than on learning different methods.

This revised format will be especially insightful for those who are slightly more experienced in meditation.  Anyone who is genuinely interested in developing an authentic and effective meditation practice is strongly encouraged to come – but please be aware that the condition is that all the sessions must be attended.  If you feel you may not be able to keep that commitment then better not come.

In previous years the practice sessions have included recitation of the Karma Kamtsang Guru Yoga practice, and this will be scaled back to just a few preliminary prayers at the start of each practice session to make time for the questions to be presented and investigated.

Everyone who participates in the Retreat must register and must undertake to attend ALL teaching and practice sessions.  Due to the nature of the meditation instructions only those registered may attend, there will be no option to attend a part of the retreat.

Drupon Rinpoche will continue teaching from Nagarjuna's ‘Letter to a Friend’ and anyone who attended last year's retreat should bring their text with them.  

If you have them please also bring Prayers for Teachings (used during all teaching sessions).

As in previous years, this retreat will follow a full retreat schedule, with two teaching sessions and four meditation sessions each day

Daily Programme:

05.30 – 07.00  Teaching & Meditation Session

07.00                  Breakfast

08.00 – 10.00  Teaching & Meditation Session

10.30 – 12.00  Teaching & Meditation Session

12.30                  Lunch

14.00 – 16.00  Teaching & Meditation Session

16.30 – 17.30  Teaching & Meditation Session

17.30 – 18.00  Mahakala Prayers

18.00                  Soup

19.00 – 20.30  Teaching & Meditation Session

The Retreat will begin at 2pm on 6th October and finish at lunchtime on 13th October.

It is essential to register before joining the retreat – even if you are a resident of Samye Ling or if you are not staying in Samye Ling. 

There is no course fee, though donations towards overheads are most welcome.  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