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How to Stop Overthinking Day Retreat Bonny Hills

November 18, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

- $60
Saturday 18th November
9.30am – 4.30pm
Bonny Hills Community Hall
Graham St, Bonny Hills
With Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon
IN OUR INCREASINGLY busy world our mind often feels jam-packed with information, deadlines we need to meet, commitments we need to fulfil, not to mention the constant chatter of our thoughts which can leave us feeling drained, overwhelmed, or just plain exhausted. Due to this endless stream of thoughts, our life can end up feeling out of control and as though we are not really living it.
On this day retreat Resident Teacher Kadam Mick Marcon will explain why this is our situation and what to do when our thoughts become circular, negative, stuck or unclear. Be guided in simple yet effective meditations that create an inner space and clarity that we can use to navigate modern busy daily life!
Everyone is welcome!
No previous experience required
timetable
9.30-9.45 reception
9.45-10.45 session 1
10.45-11.30 tea break (in silence)
11.30-12.30 session 2
12.30-1.45 lunch (included)
1.45-2.45 session 3
2.45-3.30 tea break
3.30-430 session 4
Cost & Booking –
$60 full, $50 concession, $8 members
Lunch and refreshments included
Booking is essential.

Details

Date:
November 18, 2023
Time:
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:
$60

Organizer

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
Phone
02 40230215

Venue

Bonny Hills Community Hall
Graham St
Bonny Hills, NSW 2445 Australia
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Day Courses

 

Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.

 

 

 

What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso