Experience Calm Abiding: A Retreat Exploring The Blissful Abiding of Body and Mind in Meditation
Just the word retreat evokes notions of complete rest, deep relaxation, self-nurture and escape. In a meditation retreat, mind and body are given the time and space to settle into stillness, to let go and relax into quiet new routines. The outside world drops away and gentle attention to the presence of each passing moment replaces scattered thoughts and distractions.
By resting in the present moment in meditation, we loosen our grip on ruminations, regrets and analysis about the past, and dampen our desire to constantly control and plot the future. We enter completely into a space of refuge.
The act of withdrawing into the safety, privacy and seclusion of a retreat is a practice that is countless centuries old. And now, in this age of communication and technology overload, it is a practice perhaps more necessary than ever. A retreat is a rare and wonderful opportunity to find the peace we long for in daily life, to come back to ourselves and just ‘be’ without the pressures of the outside world bombarding us minute by minute.
It is also the chance to discover and strengthen the skills of mindfulness, awareness and equanimity: skills we can take away and draw up on at any time in the future.
You can enjoy the unique retreat experience very close to home. As part of its lively and diverse program, Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo is offering the wonderful chance to experience a week-long Calm Abiding meditation retreat (2 October – 9 October), a blissful way for body and mind to rest in stillness and find inner happiness.
Wai Cheong Kok , senior resident teacher at Vajrayana Institute, Sydney will skilfully and gently guide you through daily practices. His approach is gentle and non-pressured, always taking into consideration individual comfort and needs. You may decide to sit on a chair for meditations, lie down, or sit on the floor. You may decide to attend all sessions, or just a few. In your time out, explore the grounds and gardens, visit the café, rest, read, or just ‘be’.
Each day you will experience the beautiful ebb and flow of the meditation sessions, interspersed with regular breaks for morning and afternoon tea, lunch and supper. Once you are familiar with the practice, it can be drawn upon at any time in the future, when the worries of life once again might overwhelm.
Enjoy the unique experience of living and sleeping in a real-life Buddhist community, with its own resident Tibetan lama and active monastic community. Discover the beauty and deep peace of this unique location, where others will respect and support your journey.
If you’re at the point where you need a break, and you need it now, there is still time to book in for this beautiful week-long retreat and find the space and peace you are yearning for.
Calm Abiding Retreat with Wai Cheong Kok (Senior resident teacher at Vajrayana Institute, Sydney)
Chenrezig Institute, 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo
Commences: 7pm Friday 2nd of October | Concludes: 12 Noon Friday 9th of October 2015
Cost: $360 (less 10% for concession). This works out at $55 per day, incredible value.
To book: Phone Chenrezig Institute on 07 5453 2108 or book online at www.chenrezig.com.au
Meals and a range of reasonably priced accommodation are available separately.
Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo
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