Torma Making Workshop

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW, Australia

Torma-making workshop with qualified Torma maker Happy Ho Torma making Tormas are traditional food offerings (usually made of marzipan or fondant) that are offered to the Buddhas in various ritual practices and prayers such as empowerments, retreats and chanted prayers. Representing an offering of great bliss, tormas can range from very simple to exquisitely beautiful. ... Read more

$40

The Stillness Within meditation challenge

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW, Australia

The Stillness Within meditation challenge In these uncertain times our mind is often anxious, stressed, distracted and disturbed. This can be exhausting and robs us of our mental space and clarity. During our new year’s Meditation Challenge Resident teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon will give a sequence of teachings and guide meditations through which we can ... Read more

How to Tame the Monkey Mind half-day course

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Half-Day Course  |  Sat 22 January |  2.00pm–5.00pm Emerald Downs Community Centre, Lower Level, Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2446 Buddha called an uncontrolled mind a “monkey mind” precisely because it’s jumping all over the place from one object to the next. Our mind can only focus on one object ... Read more

$25

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Losang Dragpa Centre 36 Texas St., Mayfield, NSW, Australia

Saturday nite Dharma & a slice of cake | Sat 29 Jan | 7 – 8.30pm (cake & other goodies will be served from 8.30pm) Have you ever noticed the ‘playlist’ of thoughts in your mind? If we did, we would probably notice thoughts like ‘Poor me’, ‘I was here before them’, and ‘If I ... Read more

Freedom from Fear with Gen Rabten

FREEDOM FROM FEAR online event with Gen Rabten We have many fears-fear of death, fear of being separated from people we love, fear of losing control, fear of commitment, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing our job, the list is never-ending! On this half day course, Gen Kelsang Rabten will explain why ... Read more

$20

Anger Management half-day course

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Half-Day Course  |  Sat 26 February |  2.00pm–5.00pm Emerald Downs Community Centre, Lower Level, Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2446 Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind almost every day. It is the source of so many of the relationship problems and ... Read more

$25

Choose Happiness half-day course

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Half-Day Course  |  Sat 19 March |  2.00pm–5.00pm Emerald Downs Community Centre, Lower Level, Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2446 Each and every one of us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation presents the techniques for training the mind that we need ... Read more

$25

Rest, Reflect & Refresh day retreat

F.U.N Yoga 21 Redbank Road, Redbank, NSW, Australia

Saturday 30th April F.U.N Yoga 21 Redbank Road, Redbank (Wauchope) NSW 2446   Life can become very hectic and before we know it we are carried along by busyness and forgetting how important it is for our well being to take time out. A rest, reflect & refresh retreat gives us a wonderful opportunity to stop, ... Read more

$55

Introduction to Meditation day retreat

F.U.N Yoga 21 Redbank Road, Redbank, NSW, Australia

Saturday 20th August F.U.N Yoga 21 Redbank Road, Redbank (Wauchope) NSW 2446   Meditation is a way of calming the mind, reducing stress, and developing a more positive approach to life. Suitable for everyone, this day retreat will provide the perfect opportunity to discover how meditation connects us with our potential for inner peace and ... Read more

$55

Living in the Moment half-day course

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Half-Day Course  |  Sun 25 September |  9.30am–12.30pm Emerald Downs Community Centre, Lower Level, Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2446 In our busy lives we find it very difficult to relax and enjoy the moment. Even while we are doing the things we like, our mind is never in the present, we ... Read more

$25

STRESS-LESS

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

 Sunday December 4th- 9:30AM- 12:30PM, Suite 1 (Lower level), Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Places/Community-Halls/Emerald-Downs-Community-Centre Stress is the cause of many of our problems. It undermines our health, happiness and peace of mind. In this course we will explore how meditation, combined with a change in perspective on life, can enable us ... Read more

ANXIETY Meditation Half Day Workshops

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

    Sunday 22nd Jan@ Emerald Downs Community Centre Port Macquarie  Anxiety and stress are an increasingly common problem for people in our busy, modern world. These states of mind prevent us from experiencing peace and enjoying life. Meditation is an effective way to combat negative states of mind and create a sense of mental ... Read more

Introduction to Buddhism- Half Day Workshops

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

    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 ... Read more

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