Bring a sense of calm and ease back into your life with Meditation.
This is a silent retreat combining a mix of teaching and practice on Shamatha and The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness/Vipassana Meditation. It is preferable that people who attend, have some meditation or retreat experience, but it is not essential. The retreat will focus on the basic principles of training the mind in Shamatha meditation, to create a relaxed, peaceful and contemplative countenance as well as basic teachings on the Four Close Applications of Mindfulness/Vipassana. The evening sessions will focus on the heart practices of the Four Immeasureables, Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equinimity. The costs will include all meals for day participants and all meals and shared accommodation for residential participants.
The retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to gain greater clarity of mind, increase their mindfulness and insight into the true causes of our stress and tension in the mind and body. Whilst the teachings are derived from the Buddhist philosophy a commitment to Buddhism is not required.
The retreat will be facilitated by Venerable Rinchen who is the resident nun at the centre, she has been facilitating meditation courses and retreats since 2002. Rinchen completed the 2 month silent Shamatha Retreat in Phuket in 2011 with Dr B Alan Wallace and has attended and completed many other retreats and courses over the years.
Recommended reading for the retreat are: The Attention Revolution and Minding Closely both by B Alan Wallace, Satipatthana Meditation A Practice Guide by Bikkhu Analayo.
Please email Rinchen for a registration form before booking, the form must be completed prior to the retreat. Bookings are essential by 22 September as places are limited. All meals will be vegetarian, please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Residential participants please bring your own linen, towel and toiletries. If anyone has any specific dietary allergies or restrictions please let us know well in advance but be aware that we might not be able to accommodate every meal.
Non residential member/Concession: $600.00 Non residenital non member: $700.00
Residential shared accom for member/concession: $870.00 Residential shared accom for non member: $970.00
To book and pay please click on the Trybooking link:
The retreat will be held at the centre - 348 Severin Street, Paramatta Park, Cairns