Meditation Courses & Longer Retreats 2022

Welcome to Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

Happiness is an inside job!

Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre offers both introductory and in depth meditation courses and retreats.  Everyone is welcome to attend them either in person or online.
Weekend courses offer on site accommodation.

Learn how to bring meditation, love and wisdom into your daily life.

Retreat info

Below is a 2021 schedule of guided and unguided meditation retreats: longer retreats, weekend retreats, day courses and mini courses. For more information, how to attend, and how to book, click on the underscored course or retreat titles.

Mini Courses

  • Mar 12 – Start your own Practice with Kelsang Drolkar
    • Visiting teacher, Kelsang Drolkar, will explain everything from how to begin a practice, how to create a sacred space for meditation, how to set up a shrine, why we make offerings, how to prepare the mind for successful meditation and how to engage in a systematic daily practise that familiarizes us with the essential minds of wisdom and compassion that fulfils our human potential. An event not to be missed!
  • Mar 26 – Everyday Gratitude with Susan Tait
    • Grateful people are happy people!  We can often be so focused on what we don’t have, we forget to appreciate and feel grateful for what we already have and the enormous amount of benefit we receive from others.
    • Discover for yourself the uplifting experience of contentment, joy and positive energy that comes from meditating on gratitude. Through simple meditations we can reflect on the truth of our situation, take the time to fully appreciate our life and wish to use it to its full potential.
    • By living with an awareness of the kindness of others, we can maintain a warm heart and a feeling of being close to everyone.This special way of looking at the world brings joy and creates the foundation for stable and loving relationships.
    • In this way through making gratitude part of each day we can live a life of genuine happiness, fulfillment and inner purpose.

Weekend Courses

  • Feb 26-27 – Shelter from the Storm
    • Buddha taught how all of our problems and unhappiness are rooted in negative states of mind such as anger, attachment, and confusion. Unless we learn practical methods to let go of these negative minds it will be impossible for us to experience real freedom and happiness, and we will find that we are unable to maintain a happy mind when things are not going well for us in life.On this weekend course we will look at how, by seeking refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma (Buddhist teachings), and Sangha (the spiritual community), we can overcome our negative states of  find, find mental stability, and permanent freedom from our problems. Seeking refuge in the Three Jewels is the essence of the Buddhist way of life.

      On Saturday afternoon there will be an opportunity to make a firm commitment to following the Buddhist path by taking refuge vows.  The essence of the vows is to put effort into receiving Buddha’s blessings, receiving help from Sangha and putting Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) into practice.

      There will be a beautiful ceremony enabling us to enter into Buddhism by taking the Refuge vows.  This session is optional.

      If you wish to just learn about the practice of Buddhist refuge, the morning sessions are perfect.

      On Sunday there will be a guided retreat led by Gen Thekchen, to help us develop the mind of refuge and put it into practice by meditating on compassion and wisdom.

  • Mar 18-20 – Worrier to Warrior
    • Imagine living without stress and tension – a life free from worry, anxiety, and the many daily problems these negative states of mind create. On this course we will look at how meditation can eliminate stress and help you to be more relaxed, peaceful and positive in daily life. Train in powerful stress-busting techniques derived from ancient Buddhist wisdom, face life’s adversities with a happy heart, learn how to deal with ‘difficult people’ without getting angry, and transform hardships into opportunities for spiritual growth.

The retreats and courses are taught by our Resident Teacher, Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, and other senior teachers, who will guide all the meditations and answer any questions you may have about Buddhist meditation practice. In between sessions there is plenty of time to relax, go for walks, rest, and spend time with like minded people.

At the moment these retreats and courses are accessible online. When the option to stay on site becomes available, all meals are provided during our day courses, weekend- & week-long retreats. The meals are vegetarian, home-cooked and delicious! During the breaks our World Peace Café is open for you to relax, unwind and enjoy light refreshments.

Meditation Retreats & Getaway Breaks (Brighton)

Buddhist meditation retreats

Bodhisattva Centre, Brighton: Meditation Retreats on mindfulness, overcoming stress & anxiety, developing self-confidence, and Buddhist wisdom & compassion. All perfectly suited to bring peace into modern life. Onsite parking, world peace cafe, quiet gardens, peaceful meditation rooms and we are situated close to the sea & local parks. Everyone welcome.

At Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre we offer a range of weekend and week long residential Buddhist meditation retreats that will give you an opportunity to relax and take a break from your life as well as helping you to find inner peace, contentment and happiness from within.

Our retreats are attended by men and women from all walks of life  (read our testimonials – bottom of this page) and bring many long term benefits into peoples lives. They explore different Buddhist meditation topics such as mindfulness, meditation, loving kindness, compassion, patience, wisdom and how we can practically apply them in daily life to solve our problems.

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 retreaters 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.

Retreat accommodation options

To gainDSC_0037 maximum benefit and to be fully immersed in a meditation retreat people have the option to stay at Bodhisattva KMC. We offer a range of warm, clean, and comfortable residential accommodation (single, double, twin and dormitory rooms) and this can be booked through our online booking system.

Our amenities include onsite parking, world peace cafe, quiet gardens, peaceful meditation rooms and we are situated close to the sea & local parks.