Retreats

Menla Prayer Wheel at Karuna Retreat Centre

Australian Retreats November 2017

Wangdrak Rinpoche will be leading two retreats this year. The first will be a general retreat of 3 days for experienced as well as new students. The second will a 7-day retreat for his senior students, who have previously attended one of his 7-day retreats and have committed to his practice path, including Ngondro. Both retreats will be at Karuna Sanctuary in the NSW Blue Mountains. Registrations are now open and please go to Registration Form_Wangdrak Rinpoche 2017 Retreat If you have difficulty downloading this form please email gebchakretreats@gmail.com.

Cultivating Shamatha together with Bodhicitta
16 November – 20 November 2017
Venue: Karuna Sanctuary, Saywell Rd, Katoomba, 2780
Cost: $415.00 (no cost for ordained sangha) Full residential retreat
In this general retreat Wangdrak Rinpoche will guide students to expand our regular meditation practice with the insight of Buddha Nature, and with the heart-energy of Bodhicitta that is so essential for full realisation of our enlightened potential. Arrival and registration will be late afternoon on the 16th November and the retreat will finish after breakfast on 20 November.

The Seven Vajra Points of the Uttaratantra Shastra
21 November – 29 November 2017
Venue:
Karuna Sanctuary, Saywell Rd, Katoomba, 2780
Cost: $830.00 (no cost for ordained sangha) Full residential retreat
In his usual spontaneous style, Wangdrak Rinpoche will explain the Seven Vajra Points that comprise the Uttaratantra Shastra (“Gyu Lama” in Tibetan). the Uttaratantra is a philosophical treatise attributed to Maitreya-natha, and its commentary to Asanga. It is a core text of Yogacara and Tathagatagarbha philosophy in Tibetan Buddhism, and considered a bridge that leads from the Sutra approach to Tantra. Rinpoche will follow the main points of this text as a way of laying out the essential nature of the mind, and assisting us to deepen our recognition and experience of unconditioned Buddha nature. In doing so, Rinpoche will continue to instruct us in meditation as he has in previous retreats. Rinpoche will also offer further instructions on the Ngondro practices, which cultivate the basis for this meditation training.
Arrival and registration will be late afternoon on the 21st November and the retreat will finish after breakfast on 29 November.

Karuna Retreat Centre is 10 minutes from Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains 90 kilometres west of Sydney CBD. At an altitude of just over 1,000 metres in 374 acres of native bushland, with dramatic cliff-top views of Megalong Valley, Karuna is an ideal place for retreat and meditation. We will endeavour to give everyone a single room with shared bathroom facilities. If coming from interstate, take the Airport line train to Central Station and transfer to the Blue Mountains line to Katoomba station for a short taxi ride. Further information about what to bring will be given after registration.

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