Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat (Post Spring Festival Retreat)Class/Course Date(s) & Time: Friday 2nd June - Wednesday 7th June, Starts 19:15 Finishes 13:00
Class/Course Level: Suitable for all levels
Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information), 3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN
This retreat can be attended for individual days – see below. Love is the true protector – protecting us from negative states of mind and fear, and it is the foundation of all spiritual realisations. By improving our love we become a good natured and good hearted person which leads to harmony in our relationships, our society, and our world. On this meditation retreat we will be focusing on meditations on loving kindness and relying upon Buddha Maitreya – the Buddha of loving kindness.
“It is said that there exists a magic crystal that has the power to purify any liquid it is placed in. Those who cherish all living beings are like this crystal – by their very presence they remove negativity from the world and give back love and kindness.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (Transform Your Life)
The retreat will be based upon the teachings at this year’s NKT Spring Festival 2017, but it is not necessary to have attended this festival to attend this retreat.
The retreat venue – Bodhisattva KMC
The environment of Bodhisattva KMC is very relaxing, and there is plenty of time between retreat sessions to enjoy our café, to meet and chat with other retreaters and the community of Bodhisattva KMC, and to enjoy walking and gentle strolls along the Brighton and Hove sea front and promenade. The peaceful surroundings of Bodhisattva KMC help people to create a comfortable space within their own minds.
The Retreat Teacher – Gen Samten
This retreat will be guided by our special guest teacher Gen Samten. He is among Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students, and he taught for many years in the UK, including at Manjushri KMC. By his example and his teachings, Gen Samten shows clearly how experience of meditation brings inner peace. He has been the Resident Teacher at KMC New York since the autumn of 2008.
The retreat schedule
The retreat will begin on Friday evening (2nd June) at 7.15 pm with an introduction and end after lunch on Wednesday 7th June at 2.00 pm. There will be four sessions of retreat each day and, to preserve the peaceful experience of the retreat, silence will be observed during the mornings.
Friday evening (2nd June):
7.15 – 8.45 pm: Introduction to retreat
Saturday – Tuesday (3rd June – 6th June):
09.00 – 10.30: Guided retreat session 1
11.45 – 13.00: Guided retreat session 2
16.30 – 17.45: Guided retreat session 3
19.15 – 21.00: Unguided prayers and meditation session
Wednesday (7th June):
09.00 – 10.30: Guided retreat session 1
11.45 – 13.00 : Retreat conclusion
For those who attended the NKT Spring Festival 2017, there will be transport available from Manjushri KMC, the venue of this year’s International Spring Festival, direct to Bodhisattva KMC. The transport will leave on the last day of the festival from the circle car park at 2:30pm on Wednesday 31st May. To guarantee yourself a place for the transport, please reserve your space in advance through our online booking system. The cost is £30 per person.
Fees for the retreat (6 days, 5 nights)
Whole course (includes all food – breakfast, lunch, supper): £118.50
Per individual full day (includes lunch and supper): £22.50
Single room: £150 (per person)
Twin Room: £200 (for two people)
Double Room: £200 (for two people)
Male Dormitory: £60 (per person)
Female Dormitory: £60 (per person)
Camping: £25 (per person)
(As the retreat will be starting on the 2nd June, and the NKT Spring Festival ends on the 31st May, there will be pre-retreat accommodation available on the 31st May & 1st June at Bodhisattva KMC. This accommodation can be booked through our online booking system)Class/Course Fee: £118.50 (includes food and refreshments) This course can be attended non-residentially
Course Booking: Our weekend courses can be booked with a 25% deposit. The booking system is easy to use and will give you all the information you need regarding accommodation options and fees. All bookings are made through a secure online system, and you will receive an instant payment notification as well as confirmation of your course booking.
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