Illuminating Insights - Christmas / New Year Retreat: Part One

7:00pm 23 December 2017 - 12:30pm 28 December 2017

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Led by Ken Holmes and based on Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation.

“So often, thanks to my wise teachers, I have been mind-blown to discover the deep and powerful meanings below the often-unfamiliar surface of Tibetan Buddhist practice and terminology. They are so directly relevant to life—so transformative when applied properly. Without that understanding, there is only the hollow shell of a religion. My life’s wish has been to share these with others.”

Part One: Christmas Retreat Dec 23 - 28
Meaningful, Powerful Practice: As It Should Be

Based on the chapters from Gampopa about taking the bodhisattva vow, Ken will unlock the meaning behind basic practices such as prostrations, making offerings, purification and so forth. Whether they work magnificently or not at all depends entirely on this understanding of how they can and should be used to transform the mind.

The 5.00-6.00 session each day will be devoted to detailed instruction in Chenrezik practice. Open to all.

The Christmas Retreat begins at 7pm on 23 December and ends at lunchtime on 28 December.

Part Two: New Year Retreat Dec 28 - Jan 2 2018
Perfect Wisdom

Based on the prajnaparamita chapter from Gampopa. Ken will use this chapter to present the key, Kagyu, understanding of voidness (sunyata), while dispelling the many widespread misconceptions commonly encountered about “no-self” or “things not existing in an absolute sense” and the like. This will not be a technical or scholarly course but one for meditators and those wanting to understand heartfelt compassion in an illusory world.

The 5.00-6.00 session each day will be devoted to detailed instruction in Chenrezik practice. Open to all.

The New Year Retreat begins at 7pm on 28 December and finishes at lunchtime on 2January 2018.

Ken Holmes this year published a new translation of Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation. The present Karmapa wrote: “I would like to commend Ken and Katia Holmes for bringing Gampopa’s words directly to English speakers. Though there are several ear­lier translations of Ornament of Precious Liberation, this translation is the most readable and faithful.”

There is no fee for this course although donations are welcome. Your offering will help with the Monastery's considerable running costs, as well as the expenses incurred in inviting teachers.  Donations may be made in the Reception Office.

Tariff and Charges Guest Info
The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche