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Calm and Clear for the New Year

Meditations on the clarity of the mind and ultimate truth, emptiness

January 15th – 20th

Meditations on the clarity of the mind and ultimate truth, emptiness

The first part of this retreat (Saturday and Sunday) will take you on an inner journey into the clear and limitless nature of your own mind and help you to experience the peace and clarity within. Gen Thekchen will explain and guide simple, yet profound meditations that begin to open up a whole new inner world to gain deep insight and ability to understand and control your mind.

Mahamudra (meditation on the mind) is the heart practice of Kadampa Buddhism. A great favourite among practitioners and praised as being one of the best methods to improve mindfulness and concentration. Deeply relaxing and profoundly illuminating, these meditations will improve your meditation skills and empower you to maintain a happy and peaceful mind in your daily life.

Dive into the silence and the clarity of your own mind and experience the tranquility and transformative quality of the mind’s pure nature, allowing you to let go of limiting and painful self-conceptions and to progress towards becoming the person you wish to be.

The second part of the retreat (Monday-Wednesday) will explore the profound subject of ultimate truth, emptiness.  Gen Thekchen will guide a series of meditations to help you discover the dream-like nature of reality and free the mind from grasping at an exaggerated sense of self that is simply a hallucination.  Realizing the true nature of our self, our mind and the world around us, liberates us from all suffering and problems.

Everyone is welcome. The retreat is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners.


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.


Friday 15th:
7.30pm – 8.45pm: introduction to retreat.

Saturday 16th – Tuesday 19th:

9.00am – 10.15am: Guided retreat session

11.30am – 12.45pm: Guided retreat session

4pm – 5.30pm: Guided retreat session (includes Q&A)

7pm – 8.15pm: Guided retreat session

Wednesday 20th:

9.00am – 10.15am: Guided retreat session

11.30am – 12.45pm: Guided retreat session


The prayer booklet we will be using for the weekend is “Heart Jewel” then for the rest of the retreat we will use “Hundreds of Deities of the Joyfulland According to Highest Yoga Tantra”.  This is found in the back of the book, “Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra”.  It can also be purchased as an ebooklet here

Books we will be using include “Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra”, “Mahamudra Tantra”, and the emptiness chapter found in “New Eight Steps to Happiness” or “How to Transform your Life” or “Modern Buddhism”. You can order these books here


When you sign up, you will receive an email with the links to the live retreat sessions. After each session is finished you can use the same links to access the recording of the class which will remain valid for 7 days.
If you don’t receive an email, please check in your junk box as it may have landed there!

Easy event access: As of December the way to access our courses will be slightly different and much more simple.
You will have 2 ways to access.
  • You can access via the confirmation email you received with your booking.  Easy links will be listed in the additional information section.
  • You will receive a reminder one hour before the event and this reminder will include easy links to the event

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Everyone needs to register including members.

Our classes are intended for people in our local area (Sussex), if you live elsewhere you can find your local centre who will be offering livestream classes here

Whole Retreat | January Friday 15 – Wednesday 20 | £40

Weekend Only | January Friday 15 – Sunday 17 | £25