The Three Principle Aspects of the Path 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 20 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.

The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

A deep dive into Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Wisdom realizing emptiness

One of the clearest presentations of the path to Enlightenment is a short poem called, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path. This legendary brief poem was composed 600 years ago by the extraordinary Spiritual Guide and founder of the New Kadampa lineage, Je Tsongkhapa. In merely 15 verses, Je Tsongkhapa distils the vastness of the Buddhist stages of the path to enlightenment to three essential realizations, or experiential understandings. Gaining experience of these three – renunciation, bodhichitta, and the wisdom realizing emptiness – will give us the psychological and spiritual tools we need to transform every aspect of our life into our spiritual path, confidently and joyfully. Gen Thekchen will take us on a spiritual journey step-by-step through the development of each of these three understandings, based on the commentary by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in his most recent book, The Mirror of Dharma (with Additions).


Friday 14th

7-8.30pm: Introduction

Saturday Jan 15 – Wednesday Jan 19

9-10.15am: Teaching and meditation

11.15-12.30pm: Teaching and meditation

2-3.15pm: Teaching, meditation and Q&A

7-8pm: Heart Jewel with meditation (Saturday Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog)

Retreat materials

The prayers for this retreat will be from the sadhana “hundreds of deities of the joyful land”


Entire week
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