Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Meditation and Buddhist Retreats

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso on retreat at Tharpland Scotland Meditating Shantideva, from the cover of Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life book


About Meditation Retreats

Sometimes it is helpful to do a meditation retreat. This can just be one day, or a weekend, or longer if you have the time. On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasise 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 ourselves 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 ignorance 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.

Meditation Retreats

There are a number of beautiful rural Centres in the UK and across the world within the New Kadampa Tradition that offer both introductory and in-depth Buddhist retreats, which are held over the course of a week or a weekend. We can highly recommend Manjushri Centre in Cumbria, Tara Centre in Derbyshire and Madhyamaka Centre in Yorkshire.

Buddhist Retreats

Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre offers a number of Buddhist retreats that people can drop into; limited accommodation is available. Please check the Centre's monthly spiritual programme to see when these retreats are running.

Mandala Offerings Retreat: Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th June- Times available on online calendar

Engaging in the practice of Guru Yoga together with making mandala offerings creates a vast collection of merit through which we can receive the powerful blessings of our Spiritual Guide and fulfil our spiritual wishes. This retreat traditionally takes place in May and October.