Ven. Namgyel is a Western senior monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start. His western view of Buddhism allows students to understand the Buddhist Psychology in a very experiential manner.
Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form.The Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, wept with compassion as he looked out onto the world and observed the depth of suffering experienced by all sentient beings. It was from a single tear that Tara, female Buddha of enlightened activity, was born. Tara, whose name means "she who ferries across", can be seen stepping out in immediate readiness to assist any sentient being who is suffering. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.
The lam-rim contains every single teaching of the Buddha. Even one syllable of a lam-rim teaching can be seen by the practitioner striving to achieve enlightenment as a personal instruction. The goal to study and understand the lam-rim is to tame the mind, because your heart and mind are the creators of all the suffering. When you transform your heart, you are the creator of your happiness and peace, liberation and enlightenment.
This retreat serves as either an introduction to Buddhism or as a complementary course for those who have already attended an introductory course and would like to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism. The retreat will include mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes, Green Tara practices group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.
This retreat will include full days in silence.
|Sat 3 Nov|
|4.00pm||Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)|
|7.00pm||First session with Venerable Namgyel|
|Sun 4 to Thu 8 Nov|
|9.00am||Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)|
|3.30pm||Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)|
|7.00pm||Evening meditation/Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa
(alternate days to be announced)
|Fri 9 Nov|
|9.00am||Last Session with Ven. Namgyel (with tea break)|
|12 noon||Big Love Lunch|
Note: This schedule is subject to change.