Mini Retreat: The Power of Concentration (Weekend Course)

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Friday 27th April-Sunday 29th April, Starts 19:30 Finishes 13:00

Class/Course Level:
GreenSuitable for all levels

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


A Weekend of Learning how to develop concentration, including a silent day retreat.

A special opportunity to experience the deep inner peace that comes from a concentrated mind.

You can attend this as either just a day of silent retreat or as a weekend event.

Life can be hectic and overwhelming; it’s easy to be “on” all the time without ever taking the time to be quiet and enjoy a simple day of rest and recharging. On Saturday, there is a wonderful opportunity to take a break and enjoy a day of silence, meditation, rest and reflection.  This retreat will include guided meditations on the breath using the very simple yet profound mantra; OM AH HUM, the mantra of all Buddhas.  Gen Thekchen will guide 5 short meditation sessions to help lead the mind to a state of deep concentration and peace.  There will be short breaks to go for a walk, read and contemplate in silence.   You’ll even have the option to securely put away your phone for the day to help stop distractions!

You can come for the day on Saturday or if you wish, you can make a weekend out of it! On Friday night Gen Thekchen will give a teaching on how to develop concentration in meditation and how to stop the obstacles of mental excitement and mental sinking.  On Saturday, there will be brief explanations and guidance on how to engage in the meditation during the sessions.  Then on Sunday, there will be 2 sessions of teachings and meditations on how to integrate our meditation practice into our daily life.  It’s really important to understand how we can bring the peaceful minds we generate in meditation into our daily activities.  Sunday morning, we will learn how to do this.


Friday 27 April

7.30 – 8.45pm:  Teaching on developing concentration and stopping distractions with Gen Thekchen

Saturday 28 April

9 am – 9.45 am:      session 1

10.30 am – 11 am:   session 2

11.45 am – 12:30 pm:   session 3

2 pm – 2.30 pm:      session 4

3.15 pm – 4 pm:      session 5

Sunday 29 April

9.30 am – 10.45 am – Teaching and meditation

11.45 am – 1 pm Teaching and meditation

The Teacher
Kelsang Thekchen 2018 1 - Copy

Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition.

He comes from Canada, and was previously the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Vancouver, one of the many worldwide Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Centres.

Gen Thekchen has been practising and teaching Buddhist meditation for over 20 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.

The 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.

During the breaks our café is open for you to relax, unwind and enjoy light and tasty refreshments.


Saturday Day Course (including lunch): £25

Weekend Course (includes meals and refreshments): £58

For the Day Course, please book by following this link:  Mini Retreat – Saturday only

Or for the Weekend Course, please book by clicking on the button below.

Accommodation options (per person):
If you like, you can stay overnight at Bodhisattva Centre during the weekend course.  The following are costs of different types of accommodation that we have available.  Each includes breakfast both mornings, and is the cost for the whole weekend.

Single room: £90
Twin Room: £60
Double Room: £60
Male Dormitory: £30
Female Dormitory: £30

Class/Course Fee:
£58 (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".