18th – 25th November 2017
With Gen Kelsang Gomchen, Principal Teacher of KMC London.
All of our fears, discontent, and anxiety can be traced to a distorted, exaggerated view of ourselves, others and the world. Buddha’s teaching on emptiness, the dream-like nature of phenomena, teach us how to abandon useless worries, gradually replace them with more confidence and finally enjoy supreme inner peace.
“If there were a truly existent I, it would make sense to be afraid of certain things;
But since there is no truly existent I, who is there to be afraid?” – Shantideva
During this week long retreat we will explore how to assemble all the conditions necessary to gain a direct realization of profound emptiness and gain practical meditative experience of mixing our mind with the ultimate nature of things. The retreat will conclude with practical teachings on how we can then integrate this experience into our daily life and eventually become an actual yogi or yogini.
Gen Gomchen is The Principal Teacher at KMC London and the new commercial space in Kensington. He has completed the Special Teacher Training Programme, engaged sincerely in meditation retreats on both Sutra and Tantra, and taught extensively throughout the UK. He is known for his ability to inspire others through sincere practice and to present the deeper meanings of Venerable Geshe-la’s books in a way that is practical and relevant to all who listen.
The retreat starts on the first day with supper at 6pm followed by the introduction at 8.15pm and finishes on the last day with lunch. There will be several meditation sessions and one teaching/discussion session every day as well as a session with chanted prayers. During break times each participant helps with small jobs and there is plenty of time to go for walks and discuss the topics with other practitioners.
During this course all participants observe silence in the morning until lunch. The library and meditation room are silent zones all day.
The course will be held in English, please contact us if you need translation.
Kailash IRC is a non-profit charity and the Retreat Centre, B&B and courses are all run by a few volunteers. Therefore it is common practice during an event at Kailash IRC that every participant helps with some jobs (e.g. chopping vegetables, washing dishes, tidying up etc.) and the final cleaning at the end of the course.
Practical information about your stay