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The mind of calm abiding is an especially settled meditative concentration that can focus effortlessly on its object.
The retreat, Cultivating the Joyous Mind of Calm Abiding, will be led by Michael Joseph, who is a regular teacher at the centre and a long-time student of the Society’s founder and spiritual guide, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden.
Having developed calm abiding we experience great mental and physical joy. Calm abiding sustains our health, and in conjunction with special insight makes it easy to develop realisations such as great love, great compassion, the wisdom perceiving emptiness, and generation and completion stages.
The Indian Buddhist texts lay out the nine stages of increased single-pointed concentration that lead to calm abiding. During this retreat you will learn about those nine stages, and also the various obstacles and supports to developing deep concentration. Each session will include guided meditation on how to cultivate calm abiding.
His Eminence Ling Rinpoche will be visiting the Tibetan Buddhist Society during the first week of April. Therefore, this year the retreat will only be over two days, and will not be live-in.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. An online registration form will be posted by early March.
The cost of the retreat for the two days is $120 or $60 per day. It includes morning and afternoon refreshments and light lunch.
The retreat will be held in the magnificent traditional Tibetan temple at The Peaceful Land of Joy in Yuroke. The temple is situated in ten acres of flower gardens.
Between meditation sessions, you can take time to smell the roses, stroll the lawns and meander paths or sit in the shade by the lake. Both the food and company will be marvellous.
The retreat is suitable for newcomers and experienced students alike.