This retreat is an opportunity to practise offering mandalas. In this practice, we imagine a pure & peaceful world beyond suffering and offer it to others to create special causes for such a world to arise. The retreat is also a special method for making a connection with a Spiritual Guide and receiving their blessings.
There are 4 guided sessions a day, 9am , 11am , 4.30pm and 7.30pm. We will provide an information sheet and diagram on how to offer a mandala. Each session consists of a teaching, prayers and silence for meditation and offering mandalas, either by imagination, or by creating rice representations. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.
What do I need to bring for my mandala kit?
We have a couple of full kits here and also alternative ones for the purpose of this retreat. Otherwise, feel free to bring a 1kg bag of rice, a small-medium sized plate and a 80cm square piece of cloth to contain the plate and rice (the cloth also catches the rice as you are making your mandala offerings).
About the teacher
Kadam Mike Garside
Mike is the main teacher at Dharmavajra Buddhist Centre in Swansea. He has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the UK and Spain for over 30 years under the direct guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Mike is known amongst his students for his approachability, deeply insightful and inspiring teachings, and his love of meditation and exploring the teachings through discussion.