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Going for Refuge Week Retreat

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Friday 23rd March-Thursday 29th March, Starts 19:30 Finishes 13:00
(Individual days can be attended)

Class/Course Level:
GreenSuitable for all levels

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN

Buddha 3 throne with offerings and background

During this retreat we will spend time developing the beautiful mind of refuge, our actual protection from pain and problems.  Through practising refuge, we gradually build stable peace, joy and freedom within our own heart, giving us the confidence and strength to make authentic spiritual progress that we can then share with others.

We attain permanent freedom from suffering by sincerely relying upon  the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  Dharma is like medicine that prevents the sufferings of samsara, Buddha is the doctor who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us.  Understanding this, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.



The retreat venue

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 retreatants 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.

About the teacher


Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Chönden, is an ordained Buddhist Monk.

Born in England, and ordained by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1993, he has been studying and teaching under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for close to 30 years.

He is a very experienced and inspiring teacher: his teachings comprise a great wealth of clarity, insight and wisdom and are powered by his very visible and infectious enthusiasm for Buddhadharma.  He enjoys sharing this love of Dharma with all, helping people to find new and beneficial ways of seeing themselves, their world, and their problems.


The retreat schedule

The retreat will begin on the evening of Friday 23 March, at 7.30 pm, with an introduction and conclude on Thursday 29 March at 1 pm with lunch. 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.

The following session times are indicative:

Saturday 24 March
We are offering this as a day course, from 10 am until 4 pm (please see ‘Shelter from the Storm’):

Session 1: 10 am – 11 .15 am
Session 2: 12 noon – 1 pm
(Lunch will be served at 1pm to those who have booked it)
Session 3: 2.15 pm – 3.15 pm

Optional session 4, Refuge Ceremony: 4 pm – 5 pm

Chanted Prayers (Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog): 7 pm – 8.30 pm

Sunday 25 March – Wednesday 28 March

Session 1: 7 am – 8.30 am
Session 2: 10 am – 11.30 pm
Session 3: 4 – 5.30 pm
Session 4: 7 pm – 8.30 pm (on Sunday 25 March this session will be replaced by Offering to the Spiritual Guide, from 7 pm until 8.45 pm)

Each session will consist of traditional Buddhist prayers, a short Buddhist teaching to introduce the meditation for the session, and a guided meditation. Retreatants are encouraged to attend whatever sessions they can within their own capacity and in a way that feels comfortable and natural.

Please contact the centre for more information.

Class/Course Fee:
Please contact centre (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.

Payment Information:
We use PayPal as our payment gateway, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. After you have registered for your course, you will automatically be directed to PayPal to process your payment, where you can choose to "Check Out as a Guest".