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The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive mental states and overcome negative habits. Through meditation we learn that happiness is a state of mind and that the real source of happiness lies within, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. Meditation is the method to make our mind peaceful and can be practiced by anyone.
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what is retreat?
Retreat is a time where we stop our normal daily activities so as to emphasise a particular meditation practice. They can vary in length from a day or two, to a few weeks or longer. Retreat enables us to gain deeper experience of what we are meditating on, which will naturally improve our ability to keep a positive mind and good heart all the time.
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These retreats are suitable for everyone and are designed to provide an introduction to retreat in the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. From complete beginners to those with some meditation experience, these guided retreats explore meditation essentials and establish the foundation of Kadampa Buddhist practice.
Weekend Away retreats
These retreats are an opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing weekend of guided meditations and teachings on a particular meditation topic. Deepen your experience of meditation and return home feeling positive, refreshed and inspired.
These retreats focus on gaining deeper experience of Kadampa topics such as meditating on the path to enlightenment and accumulating positive mental energy. Most of these retreats include optional silence so we can fully immerse ourself in the practices and take the meaning deep into our heart.
We provide perfect conditions for those interested in deepening their meditation practice through self-guided personal retreat. By withdrawing from distractions and emphasising spiritual practice you will experience profound inner peace. Kailash offers a tranquil and unique environment for your journey within.
In retreat we take the time to step away from the busyness and distractions of daily life, creating the space in which we can take the teachings to heart and cultivate a deep experience of inner peace and further our spiritual practice.
We offer a variety of retreats to suit everyone. If you are new to meditation or have never done retreat in the Kadampa Buddhist tradition, we recommend you begin your journey with an Introductory Retreat >>
We have both chairs and meditation cushions available in the meditation room at Kailash so you can choose to sit where you are most comfortable. At our external drop-in class locations we only have chairs.
There is no physical exercise involved. We focus on internal development through contemplation and meditation.
No. We present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone and welcome people from all faiths and backgrounds.
Kailash International Retreat Centre is temporarily closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Meditation classes and events are now available online through live-streaming so that you don’t miss out.