15 Jan 2017

There will be a golden opportunity for men to participate in a One Year Ngondro Retreat in our Samye Dechen Shing Men’s Retreat on the Isle of Arran, beginning in approximately mid-October 2017.

Applicants should be in good physical and mental health and fully committed to spending one year in retreat practicing the traditional Mahamudra Foundation Practices.

The retreat will be led by Drupon Rinpoche, Khenpo Lhabu, who will be assisted by Kating Lama.

Drupon Rinpoche will give preliminary teachings for the retreat in Samye Ling from 21st September to 7th October 2017 (click here for details). 

Also, during the retreat, all the teaching Rinpoche gives in Sekar Retreat in Nepal will be transmitted to the Men’s Retreat.  So this is a very special opportunity for anyone wishing to study and practice under the guidance of an excellent teacher and in an ideal retreat environment.

If this initial one year of retreat goes well, there is also the possibility of remaining in the retreat for up to three years.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you interested in joining the retreat.

To apply please send an email to, including information about yourself, who your teacher is, how long you have been practicing and any retreats you have done.

A long term retreat for women is already in progress so the Women’s Retreat on Holy Isle is not currently available for a new intake of retreatants, therefore this one year retreat is open only to men.

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.
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Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
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Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
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To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
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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.
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Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
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Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
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Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
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