How to Enjoy a Happy and Meaningful life – Retreat


Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition.  He has been a Buddhist monk and teacher for 23 years, having taught in many Centres in the UK and Canada.  He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and often humorous way that enables the listener to easily understand the teachings and put them into practise.

How to Enjoy a Happy and Meaningful life

Guided retreat based on the book “Mirror of Dharma” with Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Thekchen

We all want to live a life with meaning and we all wish for lasting happiness and peace.  This special guided retreat will introduce profound meditations that create peace and happiness from within and make our human life extremely meaningful.

The “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”, or “Lamrim”, are a powerful series of contemplative meditations revealing hidden spiritual truths that awaken our love, compassion and understanding.  This retreat will offer a wonderful opportunity to get an overall understanding of how to find real meaning and happiness.  Meditation topics include contemplating how precious and rare our human life is, understanding impermanence, karma and where our problems come from.  We will also look at a series of meditations that open our heart of universal love and compassion.

On this retreat, Gen Thekchen will explain and guide us on these meditations.

Each session will include a short teaching, some preparatory prayers and a guided meditation.

The retreat is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced meditators.

A perfect way to start the new year!

This retreat can be attended for individual days.

It is an opportunity to deepen our experience of the Buddhist path to Enlightenment. Everyone is welcome to attend our retreat; Even if you can only make a day.


Friday 7th

7-8.30pm: Introduction

Saturday 8th

9-10am: Precious Human Rebirth

11.30am-12.30pm: Death and Impermanence

3.30-4.45pm: Dangers of Lower rebirth and Q&A

7-8pm: Wishfulfilling jewel with Tsog

Sunday 9th

9-10am: Going for Refuge

11.30am-12.30pm: Karma

3.30-4.45pm: Renunciation and Q&A

7-8pm: Unguided meditation with Heart Jewel Prayers

Monday 10th

9-10am: Determination to recognize, reduce and abandon self grasping

11.30am-12.30pm: Determination to practice the 3 Higher Trainings

3.30-4.45pm: Determination to attain True Cessations and Q&A

7-9pm:  Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja with Tsog

Tuesday 11th

9-10am: Cherishing all living beings

11.30am-12.30pm: Universal Compassion

3.30-4.45pm: Supreme Good Heart Bodhichitta and Q&A

7-8pm: Unguided meditation with Heart Jewel Prayers

Wednesday 12th

9-10am: Determination to practice the 6 perfections

11.30am-12.30pm: Meditation on emptiness

3.30-4.45pm: Reliance upon the Spiritual Guide and Q&A

7-8pm: Unguided meditation with Heart Jewel Prayers

Retreat materials

The prayers for this retreat will be from the sadhana “Heart Jewel”

The retreat will be based on the book “Mirror of Dharma with Additions” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

You can purchase and download the book here.


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