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Amitayus Retreat

February 6-7

There is nothing more precious than our life. Because we have a precious human life, we have the opportunity to experience both temporary and ultimate happiness. We usually regard material possessions as very important and put much effort into acquiring them, but in reality our human life is our most important possession. If we lose our life, we shall have no opportunity to enjoy a human life, to practice Buddha’s teachings and to actualise our potential for enlightenment. Therefore in order to complete our spiritual journey to temporary and ultimate happiness we need to increase our lifespan, merit and our wisdom. The principal method for doing this is the Yoga of Amitayus.

It is traditional for Kadampa centres to engage in short retreat on this beautiful practice early in the year.

This retreat is unguided. Everyone is welcome to any of the sessions.

For each session, we will engage in the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus, with time for visualisations and mantra recitation as explained in the sadhana.


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

Gen Thekchen has been practising and teaching Buddhist meditation for over 25 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.


February 6 – 7th

9am – 10.15am: Session 1

11:15am – 1pm: Session 2

4pm – 5.15am: Session 3


This is a free retreat – links to each session will be available on this page closer to the time.