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Introduction to Buddhism- Half Day Workshops

March 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Buddha’s teachings reveal a blueprint that anyone can follow to improve their daily life and awaken their fullest potential. In Buddhism we find simple and practical instructions to help us deal with our day-to-day stress and worry, improve our relationships and increase our joy and happiness. Ultimately, if we wish, the Buddhist path will take us beyond our own suffering and problems and along a joyful journey to enlightenment. During these workshops, Libby will explain the core insights and practices of Buddhism and guide meditations to help us understand and integrate essential aspects of the Buddhist path into our daily lives.

Cost and Booking 

Full: $25 Concession: $20, Free for Members

Port Macquarie • Mar 11th • 2-5pm
Emerald Downs Community Centre
Lower level of Emerald Downs Shopping
Centre (take Emerald Drive exit off roundabout)






About the Teacher

The teacher of these workshops is Libby Evans, an experienced Buddhist teacher
who has studied Kadampa Buddhism for many years. With kindness and warmth, she explains Buddha’s teachings practically for modern people.



March 11, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
02 40230215


Suite 1 (Lower level), Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie 2444

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